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

Russell was one of seven players supposed to join the T20I squad over the last three days, but his absence during the training sessions at Eden Gardens - his home ground in the IPL - was conspicuous. In a release on the eve of the first T20I, West Indies' chairman of selectors Courtney Browne confirmed that Russell was injured, without elaborating.

He proceeded to remove Bravo, Rovman Powell and Brathwaite with consummate ease as Windies seemed likely to be dismissed for a score below three figures. Krunal may be best option available for the shortest format of the game.

Here's a look at the predicted playing XIs of both teams. Inside the last 12 months, they have won just one of nine matches.

Kuldeep Yadav then ripped the heart out of the West Indies middle order with his triple strikes as the touring batsmen struggled to read the unorthodox left-arm spinner.

However, Brathwaite said there was no shame in being labelled underdogs, especially against a strong side home-side. Hotstar will avail the online streaming option for the subscribers in India, the United States and the United Kingdom.


The West Indians innings could have folded up even earlier but for a rearguard action by the tail enders - Fabien Allen, Keemo Paul and Khary Pierre - who combined in two nearly even partnerships for the eighth and the undefeated ninth wicket to bring up the last 46 runs in the final five overs.

"I know the crowd in Kolkata is always massive so it's very, very loud".

"Hopefully we can have as exciting a battle as we've had in those two games and hopefully we can get the same result with the West Indies coming out on top".

After defeating the Windies in the Test matches by 2-0 and ODIs by 3-1, the Indians will play three T20 matches against the same opponent.

Earlier, debutant Khaleel Ahmed (1/16) and Jasprit Bumrah (1/27) ensured that the Windies run-rate dried up before the spin duo of Krunal Pandya (1/15) and Kuldeep made merry. They have not lost to India in previous four encounters and they will bank on happy memories of their previous encounter at the Eden Gardens when current captain Carlos Brathwaite hit four sixes in the final over against England to hand Windies their second WT20 trophy in 2014.

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