Man of the Match: Virat Kohli
Mission T20 - 2020!
India will win the match!
T20I cricket is on a rise nowadays among the international teams with two back-to-back T20 World Cups in 2020 & 2021. India and West Indies will look at this series as an opportunity to find their best squad for future tours and players will like to find a permanent slot in the team with their impressive performances.
The Indian team has been playing impressively across all the formats and they also have an edge over the West Indies team off late. West Indies team may have lost a few matches recently but never forget they are the current T20 World Champions. The Indian team will look to tame the biog-hitting West Indian team with their clinical performance. We can expect a cracker of performance between these teams on the opening day of this tour.
Virat Kohli returns to the T20I squad and takes over the captaincy duties from Rohit Sharma. KL Rahul is expected to partner Rohit at the top in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan. Shreyas Iyer and Rishab Pant will form the middle order of the batting with Sanju Samson & Manish Pandey on the standby.
All-rounders Ravindra Jadeja, Shivam Dubey, and Washington Sundar will add excellent depth to the team with their batting and bowling abilities. Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar are pace bowlers available and we expect two of them in the playing XI with Shami missing out on this match. Yuzivendra Chahal will pip his wrist spinning partner Kuldeep Yadav in the playing XI. The Indian team will look to test their bench strength and batting depth in this series with their all-rounders.
Shreyas Iyer – Iyer was very impressive in the limited opportunities he got in the last series. He is earmarked as one of the future stars of the Indian batting lien-up. And we can expect some fireworks from him in this series.
Deepak Chahar – Deepak Chahar has raised his stakes in the team after his record bowling figures of 6/7 in the last match. He will be a big boost the Indian pace line-up tat has likes of Bumrah, Shami, and Bhuvaneshwar in their ranks.
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishab Pant (wk), Ravi Jadeja, Shivam Dubey, Washington Sundar, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal
Virat Kohli, YS Chahal, Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul, Deepak Chahar, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Rishabh Pant, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube
West Indies team can be never counted out in the T20I format with the experience of their players in the different T20 leagues around the world especially IPL. Evin Lewis, Brandon King, Skipper Kieron Pollard, and Shimron Hetmyer will form a destructive batting line-up who is capable of changing the momentum of the match in a matter of minutes. Denesh Ramdin will keep wickets in this match as Nicholas Pooran ban ends after this match only.
All-rounders Fabian Allen and Keemo Paul are expected to slot in the lower middle order and are expected to showcase some fireworks in the death overs. Jason Holder, Sheldon Cotrell, and Kesrick Williams will form the pace bowling trio of the team. Khary Pierre will slot in as the lone spinner in the playing XI with the likes of Hayden Walsh in the squad.
Kieron Pollard – Pollard will be looking to make a mark in this series as a skipper. He has vast experience of playing in Indian conditions in the IPL matches. We can expect him to bludgeon some towering sixes in the middle order.
Kesrick Williams – Williams had match figures of 4/17 in their last T20I match and helped their team to victory against Afghanistan. His slower balls and variations may deceive the batsmen into mistimed shots.
Evin Lewis, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard (c), Denesh Ramdin (wk), Fabian Allen, Keemo Paul, Jason Holder, Sheldon Cotrell, Kesrick Williams, Khary Pierre
Kieron Pollard, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Denesh Ramdin, Khary Pierre, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Kesrick Williams, LMP Simmons, Evin Lewis
Hyderabad is expected to have a sunny and bright weather on the match day with some cool breeze. No rain interruptions are expected whatsoever.
Hyderabad pitch is a good batting pitch where we can expect high scores in range of 170-180 runs. Spinners are expected to enjoy bowling here more than the pacers.
Chasing is the safe option especially in the T20I cricket recently as batsmen are confident of chasing down any total with ease.
The Indian team has a quality batting and bowling line-up with a couple of all-rounders in the middle order. West Indies team has good depth in batting and bowling attack with a number of multi-dimensional players but they lack a need to put a spirited performance against this quality Indian team. We predict the Indian team to win this match owing to their recent form and performances.
India will win the match!