KXIP vs KKR Live Score

The series opener will be played at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, K Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav.

Unlike India, the West Indies suffered early setbacks due to poor batting. The scale of success tilts heavily in favour of Carlos Brathwaite-led side, which has won five out of its eight clashes against India. Krunal Pandya, who also made the squad for the three-match T20I series in England but didn't feature is in the final 12 but it remains to be seen if he can break the spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav to make the starting XI.

In 2018, Dhoni, who has also captained India to 50-over World Cup glory in 2011, managed only 245 runs at 27.22 in 17 matches.

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He bowled a peach of a delivery that clocked 147kph, the extra bounce taking an inside edge off Rohit's blade to dismiss the stand-in skipper on his happy-hunting ground. Apart from notching up the ODI record of 264 in 2014, Rohit has a Test century (177) and two IPL titles, making the venue his favourite. 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 humidity is expected to be high and there will be a bit of dew as well throughout the match.

Having dominated West Indies in two formats - the Tests and ODIs - India is up against a perceived giant as the format shrinks to T20Is.

With Rovman Powell still new to worldwide 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. Hosts India have been dominating them since the start of the series in October.

The flashy and hard-hitting all-rounder was a part of Jamaica Tallawahs in the CPL and went to Dubai to take part in the Afghanistan Premier League where he played one game for Nangarhar Leopards on October 9.


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