Man of the Match: Oshane Thomas
England to win the Match
Our Prediction is England to win!
Hosts West Indies will be looking to make a strong comeback when they take on England in the fifth and final game of the one-day series in St Lucia on Sunday. Jason Holder and co. put a valiant effort in the chase in the previous game after England posted a mammoth score on the board.
Skipper Jason Holder will be determined to make sure that side can bring their A-game to table to level the five-match one-day series in St Lucia.
On the other hand, England will be keen to maintain their good form in the final game of the series. Captain Eoin Morgan led from the front for England in the previous game and smashed a scorching ton to help the side post a big score on the board. England would desperate to win this game in bid to clinch the one-day series.
The home side has certainly shown grit and determination with bat and ball so far in this one-day series. Captain Jason Holder will be pleased with his side’s performance throughout this series and will be hoping that they can deliver something special in St Lucia.
Veteran opening batsman Chris Gayle produced a blazing century in the previous game for West Indies. He scored 162 off just 97 balls and smashed fourteen sixes in his innings. It was largely due to his efforts that West Indies were well in the hunt to win the game. Gayle’s has certainly made an emphatic return to national side and is leading run-scorer for the side in this series.
West Indies will be hoping that Gayle can deliver something special in the final game of the series that will be played on Sunday. Rookie John Campbell has gone through quiet run with the bat and will be keen to make contribution in the final game of the one-day series. Wicket-keeper batsman Shai Hope has been prolific run-scorer for the side over the past two years.
Darren Bravo put in a credible effort with the bat in the previous game. He scored 61 off 59 balls and smashed four sixes in his innings. Ashley Nurse, Carlos Brathwaite and Jason Holder scored runs in the previous game for West Indies.
The bowling has been a big letdown in this one-day series in the absence of premier bowlers like Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel. Sheldon Cottrell and Ashley Nurse have done reasonable job for the side in the previous games played.
John Campbell, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetymer, Shai Hope (wk), Darren Bravo, Jason Holder (c), Carlos Brathwaite/Andre Russell, Devendra Bishoo, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas.
Darren Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite, Devendra Bishoo, Ashley Nurse, Jason Holder, John Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Oshane Thomas, Chris Gayle
The visitors will make changes to their playing XI for the final game of the one-day series. Jason Roy will return to the side after missing the previous game with a hamstring issue. Alex Hales will be dropped to make way for Roy in the opening slot alongside Jonny Bairstow.
The opening pair of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow has chipped in with crucial performances for the side so far in this one-day series. Bairstow smashed a quick-fire half century to help England get off to a flier in the game played in Grenada.
Joe Root has produced decent scores so far in this one-day series and will be keen to put in a credible effort with the bat in St Lucia. England Captain Eoin Morgan and wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler smashed splendid centuries to help England post 418 runs on the board. Buttler clearly showed his destructive abilities with the bat and scored 150 runs with the help of twelve sixes.
Ben Stokes has been consistent performer for England with the bat and ball so far in this one-day series. Off-spinner Moeen Ali has endured a horrible run of form with the ball and has failed to create pressure on the likes of Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo. Tom Curran might come in place of either Chris Woakes or Mark Wood for this series finale. Mark Wood has the standout bowler for England so far in this one-day series. Adil Rashid also picked up a five-wicket haul in the previous game.
Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Jason Roy/Alex Hales, Joe Root, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes/Tom Curran, Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid.
Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan, Mark Wood, AU Rashid, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Ben Stokes, CR Woakes
The surface prepared will be good for batting. The spinners might get some assistance from this pitch. The weather forecast for the game on Sunday is going to partly cloudy.
Darren Sammy International Cricket Stadium in St Lucia has hosted a lot of one-day games in the past. West Indies don’t have a good record at the venue in limited-overs cricket. The last game played was between West Indies and Afghanistan in 2017.
Both the teams will be keen to bowl first on this surface and make early inroads with the new-ball. The majority of the games played in St Lucia have been won by sides batting second.
England will be certainly favorites to win this game and clinch the one-day series in St Lucia. The biggest worry for West Indies will be their bowling attack that has not delivered so far in this series. The home side will need to improve their game with the bat in order to level the one-day series against England.
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