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Andre Russell out of T20I series against India

Andre Russell out of T20I series against India

West Indies, the defending T20 World champion, will have a new captain and a refurbished squad to challenge the host, which strives to maintain its sway going into the final leg of the bi-lateral series which begins here at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. Although in-form Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni will not feature in the match, stand-in captain Rohit Sharma and his men are still more than capable to steal a result.

The Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder was conspicuous by his absence as a 13-member West Indies squad led by Carlos Brathwaite sweated it out under lights this evening.

Pant is expected to fulfil the wicket-keeping responsibilities while Karthik could take on one of the positions in the outfield.

A very warm welcome to the live blog of the first T20I between India and West which will be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The 31-year old has a world record score of 264 in ODIs here in 2014, a Test ton (177) and two IPL titles won on this ground.

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India failed to overcome Brathwaite's men in their last four encounters and the Windies ended the home team's campaign in the 2016 T20I World Cup, defeating them in the semi-finals in Mumbai. India's last win against the Windies came way back on March 23, 2014 in the World T20 in Bangladesh.

The Indian team management on Saturday named the 12-member team for the opening Twenty20 worldwide at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.

The first T20I will start at 7 pm local time and 2:30 pm BST. Krunal Pandya is the only all-rounder in team that has 3 pacers - Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Khaleel Ahmed and two spinners in Kuldeep Yadav, and Yuzvendra Chahal. On October 12, Russell took to Instagram to mention that he was heading back home early from the APL, indicating a problem with his knees. After registering comprehensive victories against the Windies in the Test and ODI series, an upbeat Team India will look to continue their winning momentum in the shortest format as well.

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