Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - West Indies v India 1st T20I
As India's tour of West Indies begins with a three-match T20I series, West Indies will have their best chance of winning in this format of the game.
The first two matches of the three-match series will be played in the USA and will also serve to increase the popularity of the sport in this part of the world. The series opener will be played at the Central Broward Stadium, Lauderhill in the United States.
While Rohit Sharma remains an automatic pick for the opening slot, India will have to choose between KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan for their second openers' slot. Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer are likely to bat at three and four.
Manish Pandey, Navdeep Saini and Rahul Chahar are all likely to get a look-in in the final playing XI. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Krunal Pandya will also retain their spot in the side from when India last played this format against Australia.
West Indies have the firepower of Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard and Evin Lewis in their ranks. Andre Russell will also be a big threat if he manages to be fit in time. Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas will lead their bowling attack.
Out of the total of 11 T20Is played between the two teams, both have won five each, with West Indies getting the better of India in the recent fixtures in this format. The Men in Maroon will fancy their chances to start the series on a winning note.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
West Indies- John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Carlos Brathwaite (c), Kieron Pollard, Sheldon Cottrell, Khary Pierre, Oshane Thomas
India- Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan/KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions* - PrePlay
Who will win the toss? - West Indies
Who will win? – West Indies
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)
Man of the Match – Nicholas Pooran
Team Scores Batting first – India 180+, West Indies 190+
Match Handicap West Indies
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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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