IND vs WI 1st T20I: All-round Krunal stars in India's tricky chase

IND vs WI 1st T20I: All-round Krunal stars in India's tricky chase

In fact, Windies have beaten India five times out of the seven matches that both teams have been a part of. Although in-form Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni will not feature in the match, stand-in captain Rohit Sharma and his men are still more than capable to steal a result.

For the clash at historic Eden Gardens, there will be no Chris Gayle - the most successful batsman ever in T20s - nor any Evin Lewis, who has already plundered two centuries in 17 matches.

Left-hander Darren Bravo, meanwhile, has not played global cricket in two years because of a protracted dispute with Cricket West Indies, and the last of his 12 T20s came four years ago.

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Manish Pandey looked solid during his stay at the crease and looked set to take India home alongside Karthik but ended up dismissed by debutant Khary Pierre. T20 specialist MS Dhoni has also been dropped from the side.

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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.

The three matches will also give another opportunity to young pacer Khaleel Ahmed who drew a lot of praise from skipper Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri during the ODIs. The latter has only two wins to its credit while one match was abandoned. On current form, having recorded big wins in the Test and ODI series, India look to be the favorites but West Indies are a completely different team when it comes to T20Is.

However, India will be wary of the threat that West Indies poses in the shorter format of the game since they are the reigning T20I champions.

"India at home in any format are very formidable, especially with the advent of IPL and the amount of T20 cricket that the Indian superstars play - they definitely start as favourites", he pointed out.

But it will not be an easy task for India against the Carlos Brathwaite-led team as the two-month long series begin its final leg, giving the visitors a chance to regain some pride.

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