Kolkata T20I: Karthik, Pandya secure India's nervy win

Sachin Tendulkar Weighs In On MS Dhoni

Sachin Tendulkar praised MS Dhoni's contribution to Indian cricket

Wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav (3/13) led the Indian bowlers' fine show to restrict West Indies to 109 for eight after stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma opted to to field on a dew-laden Eden Gardens.

Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, K Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav.

It was a ideal scenario for the aggressive wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant as he had ample time in the middle to play a match-winning knock and justify his inclusion in the side.

Brathwaite then weighed in with two more wickets before Karthik and Manish Pandey (19) put India back on track with a fifth-wicket partnership of 38.

All-rounder Krunal Pandya, who has been consistent in IPL over the years, is in the squad and is likely to make his worldwide debut today if India decide to go in with a third spinner. T20 specialist MS Dhoni has also been dropped from the side. The India-West Indies live streaming will take place on Hotstar.

In 2018, Dhoni, who has also captained India to 50-over World Cup glory in 2011, managed only 245 runs at 27.22 in 17 matches. The seasoned Mumbai batsman was the second highest scorer behind Kohli, scoring 389 runs at 129.66, that included two hundreds. The contest will be competed at Eden Gardens, in Kolkata. "There will be an official update", West Indies media manager told media at the news conference. Shahbaz Nadeem and Khaleel Ahmed have also been named for this series.

Shimron Hetmyer would like to carry his form from the ODIs to the T20Is. The Eden track promises a run feast with a bit of grass on the surface affording even bounce and the ball expected to come on to the bat nicely.

Coming to the T20 games, India will start as favourites after cantering to a 3-1 ODI series win and two test victories prior to that.

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.

However, India will be wary of the threat that West Indies poses in the shorter format of the game since they are the reigning T20I champions.

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.

Here's a look at the predicted playing XIs of both teams.

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