Young Windies squad for three T20IS against India


Hello and welcome to Sportstarlive's coverage of the first T20I between host India and visitor Windies at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday. Shai Hope, who wasn't in the T20I squad in the first place, filled in for the injured Andre Russell. Kuldeep Yadav then ran through the middle order, getting rid of Bravo, Rovman Powell and Carlos Brathwaite in quick succession to reduce Windies to 63 for 7.

West Indies have suffered a major blow as they will be missing their all-rounder, Andre Russell.

However, Brathwaite said there was no shame in being labelled underdogs, especially against a strong side home-side.

Team India will play their next ODI series in Australia in January 2019 which means that he will finish the current year with 9999 runs. It was 4/45 when Pant fell, worse than West Indies who were 4/47, before Karthik and Pandey absorbed the pressure with a 38-run stand and before he and Pandya took India home.

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.

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Besides leading India to their maiden and only T20 World Cup triumph in 2007, Dhoni is also the most capped player in the shortest format, featuring in 93 of India's 104 matches.

"I was fortunate to be a part of one those games in Miami which was very, very exciting", the all-rounder said. Hopefully we can play a couple more games such as the one in Miami [and] the one in Jamaica which we also came out on top of. Several new faces have been inducted into the Indian team to test the struggling West Indies team in 3-match T20I series.

Debutant Oshane Thomas and Carlos Brathwaite had rocked India, chasing 110 for their first T20 win against West Indies in four years, with some express stuff on a wicket that aided such bowling.

Now, yesterday the team management declared the 12-man squad for the first T20 match at Eden Gardens, Kolkata and Krunal Pandya could make a debut into the Indian squad.