20 match between India & West Indies to be played in Kolkata today

Rohit Sharma

India vs West Indies 1st T20I at Eden Gardens: So if you thought Taimur Ali Khan was extremely cute, MS Dhoni's daughter is here to give him competition with her cute expressions.

India will be looking at its current No. 2 ranking in the ICC list to fire itself up for the challenge. Who can forget that his four consecutive sixes to Ben Stokes, which led the Windies to win the World Cup 2016. The good balls from the fast bowlers -- like when debutant Khaleel Ahmed angled one across Denesh Ramdin and induced an edge or when he tempted Kieron Pollard with a ball that slanted away or the Jasprit Bumrah delivery that beat Darren Bravo but missed the outside edge -- didn't fetch wickets.

West Indies have gotten the better of India in their recent meetings. Keemo Paul and Pierre took 16 off Umesh Yadav, who bowled the 19th over, and given how they bowled, West Indies were left ruing how underwhelming they were with the bat. The 31-year old has a world record score of 264 in ODIs here in 2014, a Test ton (177) and two IPL titles won on this ground. Rishabh Pant will don the gloves in place of MS Dhoni.

Winning Super50 Cup Captain, Carlos Brathwaite will turn his attention to the Windies as he heads a 14-man squad for three T20Is against India, starting tomorrow, November 4. In the final-12 team announced for the first T20I, Pant will be behind the stumps with Dinesh Karthik also there to bolster the team's middle order.

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Here's a look at the predicted playing XIs of both teams.

. Shikhar Dhawan also has a chance to re-establish his credentials after a moderate outing in the one-dayers.

India, who had already named their XII on the eve of the match, picked left-arm wristspinner Kuldeep Yadav over legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal and made a last-minute change, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar missing out because of a "gastric complaint".

A release from the BCCI announced the starting 12 for the first T20I against Windies at Eden Gardens, which includes Krunal Pandya, who could well make his worldwide debut.

Match starts 7 pm. IST.

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