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A weakened but still unsafe 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.

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The left-armer finished with figures of 3-13, including the key wicket of Windies skipper Carlos Brathwaite, as the visitors were restricted to a modest total of 109-8. The match will start from today at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Hosts India have been dominating them since the start of the series in October. The India-West Indies live streaming will take place on Hotstar. Who can forget that his four consecutive sixes to Ben Stokes, which led the Windies to win the World Cup 2016.

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The stats also favour the World T20 holders who have a five-two record from eight exchanges from 2009-17. The squad has seven first-timers for the Windies in this format at the global level; all of whom would have represented the Windies B and A for tours of Canada and England.

Unlike India, the West Indies suffered early setbacks due to poor batting.

Shimron Hetmyer would like to carry his form from the ODIs to the T20Is. His absence gives Rishabh Pant a chance to prove his credentials.

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Pant is expected to fulfil the wicket-keeping responsibilities while Karthik could take on one of the positions in the outfield. Shahbaz Nadeem and Khaleel Ahmed have also been named for this series. India will be looking at its current No. 2 ranking in the ICC list to fire itself up for the challenge.

The Eden centre strip promises to be full of runs, and batsmen from both sides will look to make 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.

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India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant (wk), Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal.