Time: Feb 16, 7 PM IST

Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Pitch Report

The pitch is nice and hard and is expected to generate even bounce. However, toss remains crucial. Dew gets heavier as the evening progresses. Both teams will look to field only one spinner in their XI.

Teams

Probable XI for India: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer/Deepak Hooda, Venkatesh Iyer/Deepak Hooda, Kuldeep Yadav/Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal

Probable XI for West Indies: Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Romario Shepherd, Fabian Allen, Odean Smith, Akeal Hosein, Sheldon Cottrell

Fantasy Tips

We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.

Power Players

Jason Holder took a whopping 15 wickets in the 5-T20I series against England last month, eventually winning the Player of the Series award. He also became only the fourth bowler to snipe up 4 wickets in 4 balls in international cricket.

Rohit Sharma has a hundred in Tests, ODIs, and Indian T20 League at Eden Gardens. In T20Is, he has scores of 10, 6, and 56 at the venue. Against West Indies, he has hit 519 runs at 43, including a hundred and 4 fifties.

Nicholas Pooran may have had an ordinary time in the ODI series, but he was West Indies’ best batter against England. He got starts in all games – one of which was converted into a breathtaking innings of 70 off 43. In the same game, Rovman Powell blasted 107 off 53 including 10 sixes. India will have to be wary of these two in the middle-order.

Smart Picks

Suryakumar Yadav has 3 fifties and only two single-digit scores in 9 T20I innings. He finished the ODI series as the highest run-scorer (104).

Romario Shepherd fetches fantasy points with both bat and ball. He took 6 wickets and played a spectacular innings of 44* off 28 including 5 sixes against England.

Kuldeep Yadav has taken 8 wickets in 4 T20Is against West Indies.

Rohit Sharma has issues against in-dippers. West Indies will employ the rampaging Sheldon Cottrell against him. Given he also bowls at the death, the chances of him picking more wickets scale up.

Virat Kohli averages 63 in 11 innings against West Indies. In 2021, he scored 4 fifties in 7 T20Is.

Kyle Mayers played two innings of substances (40 & 31) against England, laying strong foundations in the powerplay.

Match Prediction

West Indies have never won a T20I series against India in India (note that West Indies have played T20Is series against Afghanistan in India), overall losing 6 in 17 games. To make matters worse, they were smashed to pulp in the ODIs. The dew factor can favour them, though. For that, nonetheless, they will need to win the toss first.

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