India vs West Indies 1st T20 Prediction
- India has won only two games against the West Indies in T20 cricket and have lost five games against them so far
- Andre Russell, Keemo Paul and Obed McCoy are expected to be best bowler for West Indies and share odds of 4.00 (win INR 400 by betting INR 100) while for India Kuldeep Yadav has odds of 3.00 (win INR 300 by betting INR 100) BET NOW
- For Man of the Match Award Rohit Sharma leads the race and has odds of 8.00 (make INR 800 wagering INR 100) BET NOW
- For most match sixes West Indies have odds of 2.40 (make INR 240 wagering INR 100) and India 1.75 (make INR 175 wagering INR 100)
- KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma are tied on odds of 3.75 (win INR 375 by betting INR 100) to be India’s best batsmen and for the West Indies it is Shimron Hetmyer who has odds of 4.33 (win INR 433 by betting INR 100) BET NOW
Virat Kohli has been rested for the T20 series and it would be a huge setback for the Indians given the form he was in during the ODIs. But Rohit Sharma has proved his leadership skills in Asia Cup and also for his IPL side Mumbai Indians. While the Indians are known to be an extremely competitive side in T20 cricket somehow they have fared poorly against the West Indies in the past. Rohit would want to change this in the upcoming game and make the right start to the series. With quality mix of hitters and spinners and momentum from the win in the ODI series he wouldn’t like to drop the guard.
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan make for a great opening pair and in home conditions they are a huge threat to any bowling side. KL Rahul who has been indifferent with the bat would like to turn it around in the next game. In the middle order the likes of Manish Pandey, Dinesh Kartik and Shreyas Iyer along with wicketkeeper Rishab Pant will need to take on the West Indian attack. Over to bowling Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will look to pick wickets early and set the perfect platform for Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav to spin their web around the famed West Indian line-up and win the game for India.
Even as the West Indian cricket is undergoing perennial decline T20 is the format that has held the popularity of the game in the Caribbean together. They have been among the most successful T20 sides in the world over the last decade. This would give lot of confidence to skipper Carlos Brathwaite as he takes command of the side for the T20 leg of the tour. The team is packed with match winners who can turn the game on its head. This is one format where the West Indies take the field as a confident unit and their incredible record against India would only add to their confidence in the upcoming game.
Hard-hitting would be an under-statement to term West Indian batting. They have the firepower to annihilate bowling attacks. They are likely to try a new opening composition with Shimron Hetmyer and it will be interesting to see who opens alongside. The middle order is formidable for the side having likes of Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite, Andre Russell and Denesh Ramdin. The side has an advantage over the Indians in terms of the finishers they have in the end who can tear the cover of the ball like they have done in the past. In the bowling department the team would rely on Oshane Thomas, Obed McCoy, Keemo Paul and all-rounders such as Pollard, Russell and Brathwaite to do the job for them.
India and West Indies would start equally matched in this upcoming game but with momentum on its side Indians would feel nose ahead in the contest and definitely wear the favourites tag.
Our Prediction for India vs West Indies
India will win the 1st T20 game
The 5-Match ODI series may have gone 3-1 in favour of the Indians after their thrilling win in the Test Series but the score card wouldn’t suggest how close it was barring the last two games. A second-rung West Indian side under an inspiring Jason Holder nearly did the unthinkable and pulled plugs on the formidable Indian side. As the T20 series starts at the iconic Eden Gardens, Kolkata the West Indian side would fancy its chances. They are the World Champions, have an incredible record against the Indians in this format and are packed with heavyweights. This is the only format where India has struggled at home in the last few years and all this makes up for an exciting 40 overs of cricket at Eden Gardens.