Earlier, debutant Khaleel Ahmed (1/16) and Jasprit Bumrah (1/27) ensured that the Windies run-rate dried up before the spin duo of Krunal Pandya (1/15) and Kuldeep made merry.
It was a flawless 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. The Kolkata Knight Riders star, a crowd favourite at the Eden Gardens, has been ruled out of the entire series with an injury. Opener Shikhar Dhawan leads the batting department that features KL Rahul, Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik.
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Elder brother of star all-rounder Hardik Pandya, Krunal was part of the squad for the three T20I series in England but did not get a game. It was 4/45 when Pant fell, worse than West Indies who were 4/47, before Karthik and Pandey absorbed the pressure with a 38-run stand and before he and Pandya took India home. Also, the match will be telecast live in HD format as well!
Hetmyer, 21, is also in superb form scoring 259 runs in the ODI series including the counter-attacking 106 in Guwahati.More news: Blizzard announces its first mobile Diablo game
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The three matches will also give another opportunity to young pacer Khaleel Ahmed who drew a lot of praise from skipper Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri during the ODIs.
Russell recently played the CPL for Jamaica Tallawahs, and then went to the Afghanistan Premier League where he played one game for Nangarhar Leopards on October 9, a day after he had been picked in West Indies' T20I squad. The latter has only two wins to its credit while one match was abandoned.
Winning Super50 Cup Captain, Carlos Brathwaite will turn his attention to the Windies as he heads a 14-man squad for three T20Is against India, starting tomorrow, November 4. The humidity is expected to be high and there will be a bit of dew as well throughout the match.
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.
Here's a look at the predicted playing XIs of both teams.