West Indies batsmen Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer's bad mix-up between the wickets turned out into a comical run-out during the first Twenty20 global of the three-match series against India at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.
Brathwaite will have fond memories of the ICC World T20 where he smashed four consecutive sixes in a stay of 10 balls to douse the English hopes in the final at the same venue in 2016.
After losing the Test and the ODI series, West Indies are all set to challenge the hosts in a format wherein they have found a lot of success.
With Rovman Powell still new to global cricket, much then will rest on the shoulders of veterans Kieron Pollard and Denesh Ramdin, while captain Carlos Brathwaite's role will also be pivotal. Keemo Paul and Pierre took 16 off Umesh Yadav, who bowled the 19th over, and given how they bowled, West Indies were left ruing how underwhelming they were with the bat. Shai Hope, who had a good run in the ODIs, has been named his replacement.
He led India to the title in the Asia Cup in the UAE where he collected 317 runs in five innings to suggest that leadership comes naturally to him.
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The Eden crowd, apart from Kohli will also miss M.S. Dhoni who has not been picked for the T20Is.
Rishabh Pant will keep wickets ahead of Dinesh Karthik but it looks like that Karthik will also get a look in as a pure batsman. Rishabh Pant is confirmed to be a part of the playing XI. This apart, the side will expect K.L. Rahul, who is now ranked No. 3 in the ICC's batting rankings, to come good.
Brief scores: Windies 109/8 in 20 overs (Fabian Allen 27; Kuldeep Yadav 3-13, Krunal Pandya 1-15) lost to India 110/5 in 17.5 overs (Dinesh Karthik 31*, Krunal Pandya 21*; Carlos Brathwaite 2-11, Oshane Thomas 2-21) by 5 wickets. The most probable option to be left out out of these 12 looks to be Yuzvendra Chahal as Krunal Pandya provides an all-round option at number seven.
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.
The toss will take place at 6:30 PM IST.