After the hustle and bustle of the 2022 IPL auctions, it’s time for some real live cricket as India will be taking on the West Indies in the first of the 3 match T20 series starting tomorrow in Kolkata. India cleaned up the Windies in the ODI format, with a 3-0 whitewash and will want to do the same in the T20 version too. If they are able to do so, they will go to the top of the rankings.
This will be the first bilateral series India will be playing since their disappointing showing at the T20 World Cup in October last year. With another T20 world cup approaching this year, the think tank will have to start preparing for the tournament by testing the combinations in getting the perfect balance and sync in a squad that they feel is the right one if they want to improve on their poor showing of last year. This should be a great cricket match between two teams eager to win the game.
The boys from the Caribbean always seem to find an extra gear whenever it comes to playing in the shortest format of the game. The Windies came to India on the back of a thrilling 3-2 series win in a 5 match T20 series against England, and most of their squad played brilliantly in that series at home. They will be hoping to replicate that quality of performances against a side that has yet to play any competitive T20 cricket yet.
India holds a slight edge over West Indies when it comes to T20 internationals and will once again want to capitalize on this record. Out of the 17 matches played between the two sides, India lead the head-to-head, winning 10 times of the 17, with the Windies winning 6 and one no result.
Expect the series to be much more evenly contested between the 2 sides this time around, with West indies now acclimatized to Indian conditions and their recent exploits in T20 cricket will make them slight favorites over the hosts in the first game.
Date and Time
February 16th, 2022 (Wednesday) at 7:30 pm IST
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
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