Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been rested from the three-match series and stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma has been given the duty to guide the Men in Blue.
INDIA - Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem.
The toss will take place at 6:30 PM IST.
For the clash at historic Eden Gardens, there will be no Chris Gayle - the most successful batsman ever in T20s - nor any Evin Lewis, who has already plundered two centuries in 17 matches.
Fortunately for India, the target was not a steep one and all they needed was a sensible partnership, which turned out to be the 38-run stand from 45 balls between Manish Pandey (19) and Karthik. T20 specialist MS Dhoni has also been dropped from the side. Also, the match will be telecast live in HD format as well!
West Indies have gotten the better of India in their recent meetings. He has a highest score of 86 runs with two half-centuries to his name. The umpire missed the snick which the cameras detected to help West Indies find an early break. 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.
Captain Brathwaite, who famously clubbed four consecutive sixes off Ben Stokes to win the World Cup here two years ago, will also be counted on as a match victor for the side missing the services of talisman Chris Gayle who declined selection.
Coming to the T20 games, India will start as favourites after cantering to a 3-1 ODI series win and two test victories prior to that. Andre Russell, Kieron Pollard and Darren Bravo are all back in India for the series. "The team retains some experienced players who will work alongside the younger group which is very important for their development".
Having restricted West Indies to a below-par 109-8, India suffered a top order collapse of their own but Karthik stayed put to guide the hosts home with 13 balls to spare at Kolkata's Eden Gardens.