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India vs. West Indies T20: Money on ‘hosts to continue fine form’ in all formats

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India head into another important series on Friday as they host West Indies in the first of three T20 matches.

They go into the game in astonishing form, having thrashed Bangladesh in a Test series, after beating them in a T20 series before that.

And those wins came on the back of a 3-0 Test series win over South Africa.

Despite a recent run of success, India remain fifth in the T20I World Rankings, and will therefore be looking to improve on that position. But it’s their opponents who need the victory more. They currently occupy tenth position in the standings.

India are favourites to win the first game at 4/9. And it’s 7/4 for an away win.

For the home side, Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul are in the current top ten batsmen in the world for T20 matches.

They will both be looking to add to their stock with another top performance in the opening game.

Sharma is currently 13/5 to top score for India, with Rahul available at 4/1.

However, they find themselves behind Evin Lewis in the standings. The West Indian batsman is 11/4 to top score for the travelling side on Friday.

Also looking to impress with the bat for West Indies will be Lendl Simmons and Brandon King. The former is 16/5 to be their best batsman on the day, with the latter currently 7/2.

But standing in their way will undoubtedly be an impressive performance from several other Indian batsmen.

Virat Kohli is currently 5/2 to top score for the hosts, with Shikhar Dawan available at 7/2.

Kohli is 6/1 to receive the man of the match award.

His compatriot Sharma is available at 7/1.

Yuzvendra Chahal is 5/2 to be India’s top wicket taker. His team-mate Bhuvneshwar Kumar is currently 10/3.

And it’s Sheldon Cotterrell at 3/1 who is the favourite to be the top bowler for West Indies. Both Jason Holder and Kesrick Williams are currently 7/2.

The action starts on Friday in Hyderabad, with Thiruvananthapuram and Mumbai hosting the other two fixtures.

It will act as the ideal warm up for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia next year, where India will come up against South Africa, Afghanistan and England in their group.

It looks set to be tricky enough already, but they could also face Bangladesh and Sri Lanka after the initial round of matches.

The T20 series will be completed this month, along with three ODI meetings between the pair, with India once again having home advantage.

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