On Saturday, both India and West Indies will be coming from a World Cup whose results were below expectations, and will start afresh, as they lock horns in the first T20 international at the United States. Both teams want to improve their substandard T20 run of late, though they fared well in the other two formats. India as well as West Indies lost 4 of their last 5 T20 international matches, and both the sides are looking to put an end to this lean patch, and show that they are a serious contenders for the T20 World Cup next year. The last time both teams encountered each other, West Indies posed a tough target of 182, but Shikhar Dhawan’s entertaining knock of 92 in 62 balls took India home in a last-ball victory at Chinnaswamy.
West Indies v India Dream11 Team news:
The American pitch is conducive to good batting – with an average first-innings score as high as 188 in the last six T20I matches played here. This makes West Indies team a stronger force to reckon with the return of their power-hitters, despite the absence of Chris Gayle. The team batting first has won 5 of those matches with the other one being called-off for a no-result midway. Spinners have a significant advantage at this venue, as they average 19.1 here, on comparison with their pace counterparts who average 27.2.
West Indies: John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Rovman Powell, Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite (c), Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Sheldon Cottrell, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Anthony Bramble, Oshane Thomas
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Manish Pandey, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed
Expected playing XI:
West Indies: John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell, Nicholas Pooran, Carlos Brathwaite, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Sheldon Cottrell, Keemo Paul, Oshane Thomas
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar
IND v WI Dream11 team:
Wicket-keepers: Pant, Pooran
Batsmen: Rohit (c), Kohli, Hetmyer, Lewis (vc), Rahul
Bowlers: Khaleel, K Paul, Narine