The two-time champion West Indies will hope to raise the game by several levels when they start the match against England in the T20 World Cup Super 12 held here on Saturday.
A team of some of the most destructive T20 players, the West Indies have performed poorly in two warm-up matches-against Pakistan and Afghanistan-and need to quickly get rid of disappointment before the official game.
In both practice matches, bad shots hurt the team. In the game against Pakistan, only 130 points on 7 shots, while in the game against Afghanistan, Kieron Pollard’s 5 shots were 133 points. Roston Chase was the main highlight of the team’s shot in 58 of 54 goals against Afghanistan, although Pollard did show some sparks when hitting the ball. 10 goals 23 with five borders against Pakistan.
The game requires Pollard’s finishing ability.
One of the main concerns of the West Indies is the form of Chris Gal, who scored only 165 points in 9 innings of the Caribbean Premier League and only represented the Punjab Kings in two games in the UAE of the IPL. Experienced all-around player Andre Russell often suffers from health problems, the most recent being a hamstring injury. He only played three games for the UAE’s Kolkata Cavaliers.
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There is nothing to write about bowling in the West Indies. Spinner Hayden Walsh (2 of 41 shots) and the left-arm pacemaker Obed McCoy (2 of 43 shots) were their most successful bowlers in the two practice games. With Oshane Thomas’ team, speed still seems to be a more appropriate choice.
On the other hand, England is the defending world champion of ODI and is eager to let the ghost of 2016 world T20 rest in peace. In the 2016 World T20 finals held in Eden, Carlos Brathwaite struck out Ben Stokes’s 6 shots four times in a row to raise the trophy.
Despite the lack of some key players from Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Sam Curran, Eoin Morgan’s England seems to be a balanced side. Its hits boast of Jason Roy, José Butler and Jonny Bairstow-they are all capable of destroying any bowling attack of their day.
Although England lost to India in the first warm-up match, they quickly recovered to defeat New Zealand in the second match.
Bairstow’s 49 points and 36 goals and Moeen Ali’s 20 goals and 43 points were the highlights of their game against India, while Butler scored 73 goals with 51 goals in the game against New Zealand to prepare for the game.
Mark Wood and Adil Rashid hit four and three wickets, respectively, leading the clinical bowling show against New Zealand. David Willie, Chris Walkers and Moen Ali were also nearby. England’s offense looked very powerful.
- West Indies: Geelong Pollard, Nicholas Prin, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Roston Chase, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gale, Himmren Heitmeier, Evan Lewis, Obed McCoy, Lundell Simmons, Ravi Rambauer, Andre Russell, Oshan Thomas, Hayden Wall Jr. Varied
- U.K: Ian Morgan, Moen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Butler, Tom Cullan, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, David Maran, Tamar Mills, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Wiley, Chris Vaux, Mark Wood.
- The game started at 7.30 p.m. IST.