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Earlier, the West Indies top order failed while its less-accomplished lower order sparkled with the bat to offer India a fighting score. The contest will be competed at Eden Gardens, in Kolkata.

Allen eventually fell to another T20 debutant, seamer Khaleel Ahmed, who followed up his promising display in India's recent ODI series triumph against Windies with 1-16. Ideally, KL Rahul is the most suited to bat at No. 3, but with Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer in the side, it can be a three-way battle.

Less than a week after two-time World Cup-winning skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was left out of India's T20I squad, captain Virat Kohli has said he remains an integral part of India's plans.

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. The classy opener also made his first-class debut at Eden and got his first IPL ton here.

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The tourists will depend on their famed T20 specialists who play in different leagues across the globe to come good.

The local crowd had been clearly silenced at one point following the meek surrender of a side that enthralled them two years ago to clinch the World T20 title and if not for some useful boundaries at the death, Windies wouldn't have crossed 100. Ashley Nurse will miss both the remainder of the India tour and the Bangladesh tour as he recovers from his injury.

Star all-rounder Andre Russell was forced to skip the West Indies team's practice session on the eve of their first T20I against India after missing a connecting flight from Dubai. The humidity is expected to be high and there will be a bit of dew as well throughout the match. The team will be led by Carlos Brathwaite who himself is a formidable all-rounder. In the following five-match ODI series, they posed some challenge before being thrashed 1-3 with a nine-wicket loss in Thiruvananthapuram in the final one-dayer. "The team retains some experienced players who will work alongside the younger group which is very important for their development".

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