The Indian captain Virat Kohli has won the toss and he has decided to bowl first in the first T20I against West Indies at Rajiv Gandhi International stadium at Hyderabad. India had whitewashed the Windies 3-0 in August and they would like to continue their domination going. We bring you the toss report.
The hosts have got back their main bowlers like Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami and they would like to hit the ground running. It is expected to be a high scoring match and both teams will aim to be at their best in the opening match.
Here is what both captains had to say at the toss.
Virat Kohli, “We’re going to bowl first. There will be dew in 45 mins to one hour. It’s a good wicket to bat on, and it’s going to get better to bat with the ball coming on nicely. Chasing has been better for us to be honest. The data has to be taken into account, particularly when you win the toss, which is uncontrollable. Shami and Bhuvi come back into the squad. Bhuvi has done well in this ground, to be honest. At the international level, we tend to overcomplicate, and it’s important to maintain the IPL mindset (on Pant). Samson, Pandey, Yadav miss out.”
Kieron Pollard, “The toss is 50-50, so we can’t really control it. We just need to bat really well. It’s important to ignore the outside noise, try to do the right things on the field and come out on top. We have a few young guys who have done well in the CPL. You don’t want to put extra pressure on them, just do really well and express themselves in terms of their skills and fielding. Rutherford, Keemo Paul, Allen, Pooran, missing out”
Here is the playing XI of both sides:
India playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal
West Indies playing XI: Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard(c), Denesh Ramdin(w), Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Kesrick Williams, Khary Pierre
India is known to be good chasers and the bowlers will like to keep the West Indies batsmen in check. The Indian team will also have the advantage of not bowling in the dew conditions.