Windies have slotted in Shai Hope and Denesh Ramdin to open the innings. This does not seem quite a great idea as both these batsmen are not renowned for power hitting. Forcing them to play against their natural game will only put them in a spot of bother.
Also, Kieron Pollard is low on form and slotting him and Darren Bravo together in the middle order can create a patch where the run rate slows down. Windies have to get their batting lineup in order for the coming matches.
For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar would most likely be back in place of Umesh Yadav in the second match. Khaleel Ahmed, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav would continue. Krunal Pandya made a mark as an all-rounder in his debut match and has done his reputation no harm.
India's batting, though without Dhoni and Kohli, has enough depth to counter the Windies bowling lineup. Dinesh Kartik showed in the last match that he has the nerves to take the team over the line even if the top order in Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul fail on rare occasions.
Here's a look at the probable playing XIs of both teams.
India - Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, K Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav
Windies - Rovman Powell, Darren Bravo, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite (c), Keemo Paul, Fabian Allen, Khary Pierre, Oshane Thomas
Who will win? – India
Head to Head – Total matches 8, India 3, Windies 7
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Rohit Sharma (India), Shimron Hetmyer (Windies)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Kuldeep Yadav (India), Oshane Thomas (Windies)
Most Sixes – Rohit Sharma (India), Shimron Hetmyer (Windies)
Team Scores batting first – India 170+, Windies 150+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have
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