Following their campaign in the World Cup, India and Windies are all set to lock horns in the three-match T20I series. The opening game is scheduled to be played on August 3 at Lauderhill, Florida and both teams would be keen to kick off their post-World Cup journey with a victory. Coming into the series, the Men in Blue rested quite a few of their big names, especially in the bowling department.
The Caribbean team also recalled Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard. Last year, India thumped the Windies 3-0 at home. But on the head-to-head count in the format, the teams are locked on five wins each. Back in 2016, at the same venue, the Windies beat India by one run in a game, which produced almost 500 runs. KL Rahul and Evin Lewis scored tons in that game and they will take the field again.
The first T20I of the three-match series between Windies and India will be played at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill, Florida.
The match starts at 10:30 AM local time (8:00 PM IST) (2:30 PM GMT). This game will be live on Sony Ten 1 and Sony Ten 3 in India.
Live streaming will be available on Sony LIV.
The venue has witnessed only T20Is ever since it hosted it’s a first international game back in 2010. Out of the seven completed games, six were won by the team, batting first. In fact, the last time, a chasing team won a T20I in Florida was back in 2010. The average score at the venue in T20Is is more than 160 in seven matches, something which suggests that the strip is a good one for batting.
Average first innings score: 181 (Last 5 T20s)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1 Lost – 4
Evin Lewis, John Campbell, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Carlos Brathwaite (c), Sunil Narine, Khary Pierre, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
Bench- Anthony Bramble, Keemo Paul, Jason Mohammed
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed.
Bench- Manish Pandey, Deepak Chahar, Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja.
Andre Russell has been ruled out of the first two games of the series
KL Rahul in T20s in 2019:
100s– 1 century
50s– 7 fifties
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul
Vice-Captain Options: Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran
Suggested Playing XI for Head to Head/Small Leagues:
Keeper – Nicholas Pooran, Rishabh Pant
Batsmen – Evin Lewis (vc), Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Shimron Hetmyer
All-Rounders – Krunal Pandya
Bowlers – Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed
Suggested Playing XI for Grand Leagues/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Rishabh Pant
Batsmen – Shimron Hetmyer (VC), Evin Lewis Kieron Pollard, Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan
All-Rounders – Carlos Brathwaite, Krunal Pandya
Bowlers – Sunil Narine, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep Saini.
Evin Lewis has both his T20I centuries versus India. He has 232 runs at an average of 116, compared to his overall average of 33.52. One of his tons was in Florida itself back in 2016. In a tactical move, he can well be made the captain.
Bearing in mind the record at the venue, the team, batting first should come out trumps.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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