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Looking for West Indies vs India prediction for the T20I series? Following the Tests and ODIs, India and West Indies are slated to compete in a five-match T20I series. The first match of the series will be hosted at Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba, Trinidad on August 3rd. The bookmakers have India as clear favourites at 3/10 (1.30) while West Indies have bigger odds of 9/4 (3.25) to win this match.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
- West Indies vs India, 1st T20I
- August 3, 2023 – 2:30 PM GMT
- Brian Lara Stadium, Tarouba, Trinidad
Pitch Report and Weather Conditions
The Brian Lara Stadium has hosted a total of 35 T20 matches at the venue with the average batting first score of 142. The third ODI played on Tuesday saw India post a big score but the pitches here historically aren’t great for batting.
The weather in Tarouba is expected to be partly sunny with no big threat of rain. There’s around a 25% chance of precipitation with the weather in the early 30 degrees.
West Indies vs India Prediction
The head to head record shows India leading the scoreline in the last 10 encounters by 8-2. Despite the absence of top stars, they look like a better side on paper with more quality batters and pretty decent bowling options. West Indies possess some powerful strikers but can be vulnerable against spin.
Pooran to be West Indies' Top Run Scorer
Kuldeep to be India's Top Bowler
Nicholas Pooran made a sensational 137 not-out in 55 balls in the MLC final recently. He has been in terrific form and you can back him to be West Indies’ top batter at 11/4 (3.75). Shubman Gill scored 85 in the third ODI on Tuesday. Bet on him to be the top batter for India at 11/5 (3.20).
Our Prediction: Nicholas Pooran to be West Indies’ top run-scorer at 11/4 (3.75).
Kuldeep Yadav was brilliant in the fifty-over series, snaring seven wickets in three games. Bet on Kuldeep to be India’s best bowler at 3/1 (4.00). Akeal Hosein has 86 wickets in T20 cricket at 6.72 rpo. Bet on Hosein to be the top bowler for West Indies at 15/4 (4.75).
Our Prediction: Kuldeep Yadav to be India’s top wicket-taker at 3/1 (4.00).
Man of the Match
Suryakumar Yadav is one of the best in this format with over 1600 runs from 48 T20Is at 46 average and 176 strike rate. He doesn’t need too many balls to make an impact. You can take a punt on Suryakumar to be the player of the match at 8/1 (9.00).
Our Prediction: Suryakumar Yadav to be the Man of the Match at 8/1 (9.00) odds.
West Indies vs India Preview
India clinched the ODI series as well by annihilating the hosts by 200 runs in the final game. West Indies will be hoping to do better in the T20I leg. Here’s a look at two teams ahead of their clash.
West Indies have played one T20 series since their first round exit in the 2022 T20 World Cup. They toured South Africa earlier this year and won the series by 2-1.
The hosts will be boosted with the return of Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder and Akeal Hosein for this series. They have also brought back Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer.
Squad: Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Rovman Powell (c), Romario Shepherd, Akeal Hosein, Jason Holder, Roston Chase, Alzarri Joseph
The men in blue last played international T20s in January this year, when they took on New Zealand at home. They were defeated in the first game but bounced back to win the next two and clinch the series.
As for the playing XI, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Tilak Varma are likely to get multiple opportunities in this series. Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav could be the preferred spin duo.
Squad: Ishan Kishan (wk), Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Hardik Pandya (c), Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar, Avesh Khan
How to Watch West Indies vs India T20Is in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List
For the fans living in the UK, BT Sports will bring you all the live action of the T20I series between West Indies and India.
- BT Sports (TV)
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