Match starts 7 pm. IST. Rohit Sharma will lead the Indian side in the absence of Virat Kohli, who has been rested for the series. The left-armer is familiar with the conditions at the Eden Gardens, having played all his IPL cricket for the Kolkata Knight Riders. In a release on the eve of the first T20I, West Indies' chairman of selectors Courtney Browne confirmed that Russell was injured, without elaborating. However, Virat maintained that it was Dhoni insisted that Rishabh Pant should get enough chances in the T20s. Hotstar will avail the online streaming option for the subscribers in India, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Fortunately for India, the target was not a steep one and all they needed was a sensible partnership, which turned out to be the 38-run stand from 45 balls between Manish Pandey (19) and Karthik.
INDIA - Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem. The man who helped the Caribbeans win their second World T20 title with a spectacular final-over-flourish in 2016 at the Eden Gardens will be hoping his favourite venue brings him and his team luck.
However, India will be wary of the threat that West Indies poses in the shorter format of the game since they are the reigning T20I champions.
Shimron Hetmyer would like to carry his form from the ODIs to the T20Is. The visitors though have struggled in their favourite format in the ongoing year, managing only two wins from nine matches so far.
WEST INDIES - Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Obed McCoy, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Sherfane Rutherford, Oshane Thomas. The Eden track promises a run feast with a bit of grass on the surface affording even bounce and the ball expected to come on to the bat nicely.
Here's a look at the predicted playing XIs of both teams. Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard and Darren Bravo are all back in India for the series.