The India Vs West Indies one-day series was a one-sided affair with India winning each game with ease. The T20 format though is where the West Indies will look more competitive. They have a strong T20 side and are building a team with new players, who are maintaining the West Indies template of looking for sixers through the innings.
Both teams come into the game with some questions. India has to look at their combination as many players on the side are injured. The Indian team is coming into the game on the back of a six-game winning streak in T20Is, and each game will be important in India’s planning ahead of the World Cup.
Match: India Vs West Indies
Date: 16th February 2022
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
The India Vs West Indies game is likely to face a lot of dew in the evenings, and the mornings have been pretty foggy as well, indicating a wet evening. The toss will be very important ahead of the India Vs West Indies game as dew will have a big say in the game.
The Kolkata surface has a good pace and bounce as usual and runs are expected. Batting will be easy and with dew around the chances of a high-scoring India Vs West Indies encounter increases.
India’s batting coach insists that Virat Kohli’s batting form isn’t a worry despite low scores in the West Indies ODI series. Virat Kohli himself will be eager to get some runs and spend some time in the middle, as he gears up for his first T20I after the T20 World Cup.
Jason Holder is a beast among all-rounders, but his efforts tend to go unnoticed. He has a lot of versatility with the bat and can extract bounce nicely with the ball. He was one of the few players to impress in the ODI series and was a key player against England as well. With the odds against West Indies, Jason Holder will have a role to play if they are to win the India Vs West Indies T20 series.
Kieron Pollard’s fitness is still a concern, and his participation isn’t certain. He has announced himself fit and if he is that will help deepen the West Indies batting line-up. The West Indies will also have to look into the way they manage their accumulators as they have the likes of Shai Hope and Darren Bravo who play slower in a team of big hitters.
India has a lot to consider coming into this game. They will be without KL Rahul and Washington Sundar. The loss of Rahul opens up an opening spot which is likely to be taken by Kishan. Other options for the spot are Venkatesh Iyer and Ruturaj Gaikwad. With Sundar injured, Kuldeep Yadav might get a go, while a choice between Shardul Thakur and Avesh Khan will have to be made.
India (possible) 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Ishan Kishan, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Rishabh Pant (wk), 5 Suryakumar Yadav, 6 Shreyas Iyer, 7 Harshal Patel, 8 Kuldeep Yadav, 9 Mohammed Siraj, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Avesh Khan
West Indies (possible) 1 Kyle Mayers, 2 Brandon King, 3 Nicholas Pooran (wk), 4 Kieron Pollard (capt), 5 Rovman Powell, 6 Jason Holder, 7 Romario Shepherd, 8 Fabian Allen, 9 Odean Smith, 10 Akeal Hosein, 11 Sheldon Cottrell
The West Indies team is packed with six-hitters who can create ruckus on their day. They however have to face India at home, which is a very tough ask. With India a strong side at home, they are likely to have an edge in this India Vs West Indies encounter unless West Indies can provide some strong individual performances. The toss also has a role in deciding the result, and the side bowling first will have drastically improved chances of winning the game.
Match Prediction: India will win the match.