Our prediction is Windies to win!
West Indies will be high on morale after their 2-2 result in the ODI series against the No. 1 ranked team. Winning the in the last T20I World Cup – Windies are the T20I Champions currently. Chris Gayle made a grand return to the international circuit and is expected to play a big role in T20Is too. Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran form the middle order of the batting line-up. Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite form the All-rounder combo capable of performing with both the bat and ball. After their recent success in ODI series, Sheldon Cotrell and Oshane Thomas will the fast bowling partners to take the new ball. Ashley Nurse will be the lone spinner to find place in the playing XI. West indies will look extend their dominance in the T20 format.
England team will be hugely disappointed with their batting performance in the final ODI. They have a lot of new changes in their T20 squad with some of the senior players being rested. England team has been not consistent in T20Is over a certain period. Skipper Eoin Morgan, Johnny Bairstow, Joe Root and Alex Hales will form the core of batting line-up. Chris Jordan, Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett are the pace bowlers available at the disposal in the squad. Joe Denly will be their pace bowling all-rounder in squad after his MoM performance against Sri Lanka in their last T20I. David Willey, Sam Curran and Tom Curran may face off for one spot in the playing XI. Adil Rashid is the lone spinner in the squad and his wicket taking capabilities place him in the team XI by automatic choice.
Chris Gayle – The Big man made an impressive comeback with 2 fifties and 2 centuries in the four matches he played. His six hitting abilities may well serve his team in the T20 format.
Jason Holder – Holder can perform with both bat and ball and is a complete all-rounder. He is good form recently and look for his exploits in T20 format too.
Recent Stats (just concluded ODI series):
Chris Gayle - 185 runs, Avg. – 106, Strike rate – 135 (HS – 162, 100s -2, 50s-2)
Oshane Thomas – 9 wickets at an economy 7.2 RPO (BB -5/21)
Chris Gayle, Shai Hope (Wk), Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Carlos Brathwaite(c), Andre Russell
Smriti Mandhana, Veda Krishnamurthy, Taniya Bhatia, Mithali Raj, Deepti Sharma, Shikha Pandey, Harleen Deol, Jemimah Rodrigues, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Arundhati Reddy
Joe Root – Root is in excellent batsmen in the Test and ODIs but he is yet to stamp his authority in T20Is. This series is an excellent opportunity to prove his credentials as a T20 batsmen.
Chris Jordan – Jordan is an amazing T20 bowler who can bowl well in death overs with his variations such as different kinds of slow balls, accurate Yorkers and bouncers.
Recent Stats (just concluded ODI series):
Eoin Morgan - 256 runs, Avg. – 64, Strike rate – 105 (HS – 103, 100s -1, 50s-2)
Adil Rashid – 9 wickets at an economy 7.5 RPO (BB -5/85)
Eoin Morgan(c), Sam Curran, Jonny Bairstow(Wk), Sam Billings, Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Mark Wood
Danielle Wyatt, Lauren Winfield, Sophia Dunkley Brown, Kate Cross, Tammy Beaumont, Heather Knight, Linsey Smith, Natalie Sciver, Alex Hartley, Anya Shrubsole, Katherine Brunt
St. Lucia Pitch is usually an average scoring ground but this season all the grounds have been flat and high-scoring in the West Indies. We can expect another run feat in T20I series too like the ODIs. Average score will be around 160-180 runs. St. Lucia has little chances of rain so we may get a full match.
Both teams are full of big hitters and they make chase down any score with ease on their day. Both teams will look to chase down the target set the opposition team. The dew factor may make it tough to grip the ball in the second innings.
West Indies have a formidable batting line-up in the T20Is with every batsman capable of clearing the ground with ease. They have an excellent record against England in T20Is. So, we expect them to win this T20 match.
We are backing West Indies for the win!
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