India will clash with West Indies in first of two-match Twenty20 International Series on 27th August 2016 in USA. It is first time USA is hosting International Cricket Series. Earlier, when All Star series was played which included all the retired players.
Fixture: India vs West Indies, 1st T20/ IND vs WI
Time/Date: 07:30 PM IST/ 02:00 PM GMT/ 10:00 AM LOCAL/ 27 Aug
Venue: Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill, Florida
Both teams are champions in shortest format of Cricket, India won inaugural edition while West Indies have done this twice. Both teams are ranked in the top of list with India at second while West Indies is at third position in ICC Twenty20 ranking.
India comes into this series at the back of 2-0 test series win against same opponent. West Indies were outplayed in all departments of cricket except second test were Caribbean showed some resistance courtesy brilliant century from Roston Chase which helped West Indies save the test match.
Campaign now moves form test to Twenty20 with different sets of player on both side. India will be led by great MS Dhoni while Caribbeans to head by champion Carlos Brathwaite who hit four consecutive sixes in last over crown West Indies World T20 title second time in history.
Indian Squad looks well balanced looking at the fact many players are in good form. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan grabs to opening slot. Virat Kohli is an absolute colossal at number 3 spot followed by dependable Ajinkya Rahane who has been consistent former for India in any format of cricket. KL Rahul will be playing as wicket-keeper but his ability with bat gives tremendous advantage to men in blue. We all know MSD, he is deadly in death overs with his helicopter shots.
Two century and 17 wickets, yes we are talking about all-rounder R Ashwin during India tour of West Indies makes him valuable though he need to put all effort because this is completely different format. New star bowler in shorter format Jaspreet Bumrah consolidate adds extra strength in bowling attack let by Mohammed Shami along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and pacer Umesh Yadav.
Chris Gayle returns back to the West Indies squad for Twenty20 after being left out of Test series. One can say he is T20 specialist who tries to send each ball over the boundary rope gathering all his strength. He is expected to open the batting for Caribbeans along with either Andre Fletcher or Johnson Charles.
Dwayne Bravo could be key players for West Indies due to his ability to contribute in all departments of cricket. His variation with ball and power-hitting with bat can threatening for opposition. Andre Russell is another all-rounder who has improved alot over the years, he has potential to win game for his national single handed.
Bowling department seems to be handled by all-rounder because they lacks specialist pacer in their squad. Pace bowling will be lead by Jason Holder along with skipper Carlos Brathwaite. Mistery spinner Sunil Narine to head spin bowling attack with Samuel Badree.
This is going to be mouth watering contest between these two World T20 Champions. Get yourself ready for blast on Saturday (27 August).
Where to watch India vs West Indies, 1st Twenty20 Match Live?
TV Channels: Star Sports, Willow TV
Live Score: Cricbuzz.com and ESPNCricinfo.com
What is full squad of India and West Indies for Twenty20 International series?
India full squad: MS Dhoni(c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Lokesh Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Amit Mishra, Stuart Binny
West Indies full squad: Andre Fletcher, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite(c), Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Evin Lewis, Jason Holder, Johnson Charles, Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons, Marlon Samuels, Samuel Badree, Sunil Narine
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