Hardik Pandya Has a Message For Brother Krunal on His India Debut

Hardik Pandya Has a Message For Brother Krunal on His India Debut

West Indies batsmen Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer's awful mix-up between the wickets turned out into a comical run-out during the first Twenty20 worldwide of the three-match series against India at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday. The Kolkata Knight Riders star, a crowd favourite at the Eden Gardens, has been ruled out of the entire series with an injury.

Among the 14, are Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer who made a leap into the top 30 of ODI batters as a result of their performances on this current tour of India.

While Darren Bravo is set to play for West Indies for the first time in two years, dashing all-rounder Pollard will don the national jersey for the first time in a year. Talking about the Windies, Carlos Brathwaite will be handling the reins of the team.

Only lower-order contributions from Fabian Allen (27) and Keemo Paul (15*) ensured they got over the 100-run mark, although it still seemed unlikely that they would stand any chance of winning the match.

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

Since capturing the T20 World Cup two years ago under the now-discarded Darren Sammy, the Caribbean has struggled, losing 13 of their 23 outings.

Then the run-out that was symptomatic of all that was wrong with West Indies' batting on Sunday.

However, Brathwaite said there was no shame in being labelled underdogs, especially against a strong side home-side.

But Brathwaite made India work for their victory, taking 2-11 with the ball to reduce the home side to a nervous 45-4 in reply before Dinesh Karthik saw them home with an unbeaten 31.

"I guess we're not accustomed to the underdog tag but we have to take it this time around and it's not something we're ashamed of really".

Besides leading India to their maiden and only T20 World Cup triumph in 2007, Dhoni is also the most capped player in the shortest format, featuring in 93 of India's 104 matches.

For left-arm orthodox Krunal, bowling figures of one for 15 off four overs was a great way to make a debut but it was Kuldeep Yadav who excelled once again at the Eden Gardens.

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