India`s 12-member team for the 1st T20I against Windies

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A weakened but still risky West Indies will clash with powerhouses India in the opening Twenty20 worldwide here Sunday, hoping to spring a surprise and also halt their decline in what has become their most successful format.

With Virat Kohli rested ahead of the bigger battles Down Under, India's stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma will have the task getting India's record better against the Windies.

The India-West Indies live streaming will take place on Hotstar. He would look to carry his fine form from the ODI series, in which he finished behind Kohli, with 389 runs, at a staggering average of 129.66. The Caribbeans enjoy a 5-2 head-to-head record against India in T20Is. While he was named in the T20I squad, he was left out from the ODI team with Cricket West Indies citing an injury as the reason for his exclusion.

Kohli's absence would mean KL Rahul will come into the picture while Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant are expected to add firepower in the middle order alongside Krunal Pandya.

West Indies will enter their final leg of India tour when they face India in the first T20I of a three-match series in Kolkata today.

Months earlier, the Windies had also overcome the Indians in Mumbai, in the semi-final of the T20 World Cup, and Brathwaite said he was hoping for similar results in the three-match series. India's last win against the Windies came way back on March 23, 2014 in the World T20 in Bangladesh.

West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite said he would have preferred to bowl first as well.

The Indian team management on Saturday named the 12-member team for the opening Twenty20 worldwide at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday. In fact, Windies have beaten India five times out of the seven matches that both teams have been a part of.

INDIA - Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem.

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