Time: The match begins at 19:00 hrs IST.
Russell was one of seven players supposed to join the T20I squad over the last three days, but his absence during the training sessions at Eden Gardens - his home ground in the IPL - was conspicuous.
Unlike India, the West Indies suffered early setbacks due to poor batting.
Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports 1 select will telecast the matches live for viewers in India. However, Virat maintained that it was Dhoni insisted that Rishabh Pant should get enough chances in the T20s.
All-rounder Krunal Pandya, who has been consistent in IPL over the years, is in the squad and is likely to make his worldwide debut today if India decide to go in with a third spinner. Hotstar will avail the online streaming option for the subscribers in India, the United States and the United Kingdom. T20 specialist MS Dhoni has also been dropped from the side.
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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. Also, the match will be telecast live in HD format as well!
West Indies lead India 5-2 in the eight matches they have played so far. The contest will be competed at Eden Gardens, in Kolkata. 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. Shahbaz Nadeem and Khaleel Ahmed have also been named for this series.
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.
Debutant Oshane Thomas and Carlos Brathwaite had rocked India, chasing 110 for their first T20 win against West Indies in four years, with some express stuff on a wicket that aided such bowling. The humidity is expected to be high and there will be a bit of dew as well throughout the match.
India's reply was equally wobbly with the hosts looking ill at ease against the pace of Oshane Thomas.