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West Indies vs. India - 3/8/19 T20 International Cricket - 1st T20I Pick, Preview, Odds, and Prediction

Game
India vs. West Indies
Date & Time Saturday August 3, 2019, 10:30 AM (EDT)
Location
Central Broward Regional Park
Lauderhill, Florida, USA
The Line
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TV Channel
Willow
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The West Indies will host India for a 3-match T20I series. India and West Indies will begin this series Central Broward Regional Park in Florida. 

India enters this series following a disappointing World Cup campaign. India played some extremely good cricket during the World Cup but the team was beaten in the semifinals which soured a sweet group stage performance. Rohit Sharma had an outstanding World Cup campaign as the batsman scored 648 runs. Rohit Sharma was the leading run-scorer at the World Cup. 

India have rested Jasprit Bumrah for this series following a heroic World Cup campaign for the bowler. That being said, India still have the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja to lead the bowling unit. A new addition, Navdeep Saini should provide pace to this bowling unit. Saini has been given a chance in this series following a successful IPL season with the Royal Challengers Bangalore. India look like a well-balanced side and they will be confident in their ability to win this match. 

Looking at the West Indies, the team had a very poor World Cup campaign. The West Indies only won 2 games in the entire tournament and finished 9th. Chris Gayle will miss this T20 series as the Jamaican has been given leave to play the Global T20 Canada. The West Indies will be hoping for runs from the likes of Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran. 

Sunil Narine and Keiron Pollard have both made returns to the West Indies side. The addition of these two players should aid the team immensely. The West Indies bowled poorly during the World Cup as they lacked variation. While Narine will improve the bowling, the West Indies still look weak in the bowling department. 

The conditions at the Central Broward Regional Park should aid batting. Both India and the West Indies will hope to score big runs in this match. 

The West Indies have an extremely strong batting line-up but their bowling looks weak and I see that being hugely costly for the team. India seem to have a better balance in their side and I see them being too good for the West Indies in this match. 

Pick:
India

Based in multiple cities around the world, Avijoy is a sports writer and handicapper with over 10 years experience. Avijoy has been at Sports Chat Place since 2015 and has been covering tennis, cricket and soccer. With a degree in statistics, Avijoy provides detailed mathematical edges which allow him to be successful in predicting winners on a consistent basis.   

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