India vs West Indies Live Score, 1st T20I Match at Hyderabad: Chahar Removes Simmons

India (IND), led by Rohit Sharma, face Bangladesh (BAN) in the second T20 of a three-match series, in Rajkot today. Mahmudullah’s men square measure riding high on their initial win in T20 International cricket against Republic of India, will they capitalise on it to seal the series with another win? India, on the other hand, will be under pressure to avoid another limited-overs series defeat at home - they lost to Australia earlier this year, and drew with South Africa. Catch live updates and live cricket score of IND v BAN, 2nd T20 here LIVE SCORECARD

India vs West Indies live blog - Those big hits from Lewis seemed to have rattled Chahar a little as he bowls a wide after that. But Lewis gets off strike with a single and the problems increase for India as King pulls a short ball from Chahar into the stands. This is a big over for West Indies as they pick up 19 runs of the over and move onto 46/1 after 4 overs.

PREVIEW: Round 2 of India vs West Indies in recent times is set to begin on Friday (December 6) with the first of three T20Is in Hyderabad. The two teams had faced earlier this year after the 50-over World Cup when India toured the Caribbean. India had dominated that tour, winning across formats, sweeping the T20Is 3-0. India were trying new combinations, yet West Indies couldn't match. India begin this series as favourites too, even as they continue to finetune their combinations with an eye on the T20 World Cup in Australia next year. Over the last few matches, India have more or less identified their batting combination. Shreyas Iyer has fitted in well at No. 4, and he'll look to make that his own spot in the coming games. India do have questions on their opening combination though. They've often gone with Shikhar Dhawan to partner Rohit Sharma, leaving out KL Rahul. The Karnataka batsman has got a chance only when Virat Kohli has rested, like in the Bangladesh series. Kohli is back now, but with Dhawan out with an injury, Rahul gets at least three chances to be the permanent opener along with Rohit.

The other question is around Rishabh Pant. The young wicketkeeper has been under pressure from all sides, which is showing in his batting. Runs haven't flowed, and he looks caught between playing for his spot and playing his natural game. Ahead of the first T20I, Kohli once again backed Pant saying people have to leave him alone to get the best out of him. Kohli said it's unfair to put pressure on Pant and made it clear that the team would do all to keep him in a good space. Pant has to justify this backing, else the noises will only grow. The other broader area India have to work on is their approach batting first. India have lost 7 of the last 14 matches batting first, an area Kohli conceded was a concern. "I don't think we've been very good batting first and defending low totals. Those are two things we need to focus on," he said in the press conference.

The bowling unit is falling in place, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami returning to partner Deepak Chahar. It will be interesting to see which two pacers India play in the first game, given Chahar had taken a hat trick in his last T20I. Shami has not played T20Is since 2017 but Kohli said he would be useful in pacer friendly conditions in Australia. Bhuvneshwar too will be looking to get back to the groove, returning after injury. Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal are back too, but it remains to be seen how many spinners India play given they have Washington Sundar and Ravindra Jadeja too. Since their last series against India, West Indies have undergone some changes, with Kieron Pollard now leading the limited-overs sides. West Indies started well under Pollard winning the ODIs against Afghanistan 3-0, but lost 1-2 in the T20Is. Their T20I record since winning the T20 World Cup 2016 has been poor; they've won only 12 of their last 39 matches in the format.

Pollard has the task of fixing that record ahead of the T20 World Cup next year, and the India series will be a stiff challenge on the way. They've got to begin their revival soon as time is running out. They've got a young squad with IPL experience, who on their day can win matches in this format. The likes of Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons and Shimron Hetmyer, along with Nicholas Pooran and Pollard himself make an explosive batting unit. In comparison, West Indies' spin unit is weak with only Hayden Walsh and Khary Pierre forming spin options.


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