Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - India v West Indies 1st T20I
The 1st match of the three-match T20I series between India and West Indies will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
India played an ODI series and a T20I series against West Indies right after the World Cup and won both of them convincingly. The team has since played T20Is against South Africa and Bangladesh and have done decently.
After losing the series against India at home, West Indies are currently in India where they won an ODI series against Afghanistan comprehensively but then lost 1-2 in the T20Is.
West Indies have the power of Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran and skipper Kieron Pollard in their middle order. They will open with senior pros Evin Lewis and Lendl Simmons.
With each of their big three all-rounders in Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo and Carlos Brathwaite missing, the onus will be on Jason Holder to step up. Sheldon Cottrell, Keemo Paul and Kesrick Williams will lead their bowling attack.
A lot of chopping and changing is going around in Indian cricket to get their personnel right with the upcoming T20I World Cup in focus. Another big talking point of the series will be the form of Rishabh Pant. It seems like the left-hander will have to perform in this series to retain his place in the side.
After Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out in the T20I squad due to an injury, KL Rahul will open the batting along with Rohit Sharma with Virat Kohli coming in at number three. Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant will follow.
The team will look more well-rounded with the return of Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the bowling attack who will join hands with Yuzvendra Chahal and Deepak Chahar.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI both teams:
India - Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Manish Pandey, Deepak Chahar/Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
West Indies - Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Shimron Hetmyer, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Sherfane Rutherford, Fabian Allen, Jason Holder, Kesrick Williams, Sheldon Cottrell, Hayden Walsh
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - West Indies
Who will win? – India
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Rohit Sharma (India), Nicholas Pooran (West Indies)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Bhuvneshwar Kumar (India), Sheldon Cottrell (West Indies)
Most Sixes – Rishabh Pant (India), Shimron Hetmyer (West Indies)
Player of the Match – Rohit Sharma
Team Scores Batting first – India 180+, West Indies 160+
Match Handicap India
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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