IND vs WI 1st T20I: All-round Krunal stars in India's tricky chase

Ruben Holloway
November 4, 2018

However, Virat maintained that it was Dhoni insisted that Rishabh Pant should get enough chances in the T20s.

West Indies lead India 5-2 in the eight matches they have played so far. With Virat Kohli's absence, Rohit Sharma would be leading the side against the Windies.

The 31-year-old has a world record score of 264 in ODIs at the Eden Gardens in 2014, besides winning two IPL titles, in 2013 and 2015.

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While Darren Bravo is set to play for West Indies for the first time in two years, dashing all-rounder Pollard will don the national jersey for the first time in a year. Moreover, the visitors have been bolstered by the return of Keiron Pollard, Darren Bravo, Andre Russel and Carlos Brathwaite. "The team retains some experienced players who will work alongside the younger group which is very important for their development". Kuldeep Yadav then ran through the middle order, getting rid of Bravo, Rovman Powell and Carlos Brathwaite in quick succession to reduce Windies to 63 for 7.

Rohit Sharma will captain India in the first T20I against Windies on Sunday after BCCI announced the starting 12 for the game in Kolkata.

Months earlier, the Windies had also overcome the Indians in Mumbai, in the semi-final of the T20 World Cup, and Brathwaite said he was hoping for similar results in the three-match series.

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India: Rohit Sharma (Capt), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, K Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem. The two sides will lock horns at Eden Gardens.

Live Broadcast: Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD (English commentary) and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD (Hindi Commentary).

Where and how to watch the live TV coverage of India vs West Indies? Khaleel Ahmed is also in the fray on a pace-friendly pitch in Kolkata but that will depend on the composition of the squad and if India decides to go without an all-rounder or not.

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