Date: 23rd October, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
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Preview: The defending champions of the T20 World Cup are set to face England in their opening game of the tournament on October 23, 2021. West Indies are in a decent form having won 6 out of the 10 T20Is against Australia and South Africa earlier this year. However, the Kieron Pollard-led side faced defeats in both of their warm-up games. On the other hand, though England lost their 1st warm-up game to India, they made a good comeback against New Zealand, which will act as a confidence booster.
Given that England have never beaten West Indies in T20 World Cup, it’ll be interesting to see which team starts as favourites and takes a lead right from the opening game itself.
Analysis: The defending champions will aim to dominate right from the start with an all-round performance and taking an early lead in the T20 World Cup. Evin Lewis and Kieron Pollard are the top batting picks from the side with the former being a smart vice-captain choice. Additionally, power-hitter Andre Russell can be a massive boost to one’s fantasy team. Lastly, Hayden Walsh and Obed McCoy, who have had a good run of late, can be beneficial in fantasy picks.
The English batting line-up looks fierce with the likes of Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, and Jonny Bairstow amongst others. Wicketkeeper batsman Jos Buttler can turn out to be the most valuable player from the side and is an excellent captain choice in fantasy team. Besides Mark Wood and Moeen Ali can add to a dominating performance by contributing in their respective departments.
Probable Playing XIs:
England- Jos Buttler (wk), Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills/Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
West Indies- Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Hayden Walsh, Ravi Rampaul, Obed McCoy
Wicketkeepers: Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow
Batters: Kieron Pollard, Shimron Hetmyer, Dawid Malan, Jason Roy, Evin Lewis
All-rounders: Andre Russell, Moeen Ali
Bowlers: Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Obed McCoy, Hayden Walsh, Chris Jordan
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