Date: October 23, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Preview: In a repeat of the 2016 World T20 final, England and West Indies will lock horns in Match 14 of the T20 World Cup 2021. Both the sides will be eager to get their T20 World Cup campaign off to a winning start on Saturday. England will be led by Eoin Morgan while veteran all-rounder Kieron Pollard will captain Windies.
Pitch Report: This will be the first match of the T20 World Cup 2021 to be played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The pitch will favour the batters as was seen in the recently concluded IPL 2021. If the batters can settle in and build their innings steadily, they can go on to play a big innings.
England: The Three Lions lost to India in the first warm-up game and then defeated New Zealand in the second match. England are missing some important all-rounders in Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Sam Curran. As a result, David Willey, Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali will have to step up in the absence of the aforementioned trio.
England’s batting lineup looks solid with the presence of destructive batsmen like Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone and Jonny Bairstow. Skipper Eoin Morgan’s form will be a big cause of concern for the team management. The bowling department will be spearheaded by Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid and Mark Wood.
West Indies: The Caribbean side lost both of their practice games against Pakistan and Afghanistan. Their squad has gone through a rebuilding phase recently but still possesses an abundance of talent at skipper Kieron Pollard’s disposal. The team has some of the most destructive T20 players in its ranks with the likes of Andre Russell, Nicholas Pooran, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis and Lendl Simmons.
Their team balance looks well-settled at the moment. West Indies’ hopes for this match will rest on their big-hitters and their swashbuckling all-rounders Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo and Roston Chase, all of whom have the potential of changing the momentum of the game with their individual brilliance.
England: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
West Indies: Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Roston Chase, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr.
Conclusion: England, West Indies, South Africa and Australia will be the front-runners to progress to semis from this Group 1. The fight for the top two places in the group is expected to be a close battle between these four teams. As a result, each match will be of great significance in this group and no team can afford to get complacent. Coming to this match, defending champions West Indies are the favourites to emerge victorious due to the presence of T20 specialists in their team.
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