West Indies vs India Match Prediction 1st T20 Match :
Date: August 03, 2023
Start Time: 20:00 IST / 14:30 GMT
After an enthralling Test series and an action-packed ODI series, the cricketing giants West Indies and India are all set to lock horns in a thrilling five-match T20I series, commencing on Thursday morning in Trinidad. With India winning the Test series 1-0 and securing a 2-1 victory in the ODI series, the T20I format promises to offer a whole new level of excitement. Let’s dive into the pre-match analysis and predictions for this thrilling opening encounter.
Key Players for West Indies
Brandon King has been in splendid form lately, hitting all six of his T20I half-centuries in his last 22 innings. We expect him to be West Indies’ highest run-scorer in this match. On the bowling front, Obed McCoy, with his best T20I figures of 6-17, stands as a strong contender for West Indies’ top wicket-taker on Thursday.
Key Players for India
Vice-captain Suryakumar Yadav boasts an exceptional T20I record, and we pick him as India’s highest run-scorer in this game. Yuzvendra Chahal’s remarkable performance with 91 wickets from 74 T20I innings makes him a strong choice for India’s top wicket-taker in Trinidad.
Fun Fact: Suryakumar Yadav has three T20I centuries to his name, making him an exciting choice to hit over 31.5 runs in this clash.
Based on current statistics, India holds a win probability of 68.8%, while West Indies stands at 31.3%. However, as we all know, cricket is a game of uncertainties, and the unpredictable nature of T20 cricket could surprise us all.
Live Match Odds
According to betting odds from various platforms, West Indies comes in as the underdogs, with odds ranging from 3.000 to 3.2. On the other hand, India stands as the favorite, with odds ranging from 1.400 to 1.364.
In the only previous T20I at this venue, West Indies won the toss but lost the game. Considering the poor weather forecast, it’s likely that both teams will opt to bat first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The pitch at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy is expected to offer significant turn for the spinners, with some assistance for the quick bowlers if they hit the right areas. A par score around 175-180 is expected. Weather-wise, scattered thunderstorms are forecasted throughout the game, with high humidity and a temperature in the low-30s.
Fans can catch all the action live on TV channels like BT Sport, DD Sports Channel, Flow Sports, Rush, and SportsMax. Additionally, the match can be streamed live on JioCinema and Fancode.
Team Previews and Predicted Playing 11
West Indies Team News & Playing 11
Despite a narrow losing margin in the Test and ODI series, West Indies have been outplayed for most parts of India’s tour. Nicholas Pooran and Akeal Hosein are expected to join the team after their participation in the 2023 Major League Cricket tournament.
Predicted Playing 11: Kyle Mayers, Brandon King, Shai Hope (wk), Rovman Powell (c), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Romario Shepherd, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Obed McCoy
India Team News & Playing 11
Hardik Pandya will continue as the captain for this series, having led the side in the final two ODIs. Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant, and KL Rahul are missing due to injuries, but Bumrah is scheduled to return for the next tour.
Predicted Playing 11: Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya (c), Sanju Samson, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
Head-to-Head Stats in T20 Matches
Since July 2017, West Indies has beaten India in only two of their last 17 meetings. India has been dominant in the recent head-to-head clashes, winning the last three encounters by 7 wickets, 59 runs, and 88 runs.
Considering the closely contested nature of T20 cricket, we anticipate a hard-fought series with each side securing at least one victory. However, with the sheer strength and form of India’s T20 team, they are likely to emerge victorious in the opening encounter.
India to beat West Indies in 1st T20.