Our prediction is England will win the match!
West Indies are the defending champions in the T20 cricket, but they are suffering from a slump in form in T20Is recently. Chris Gayle`s return may bolster their attacking batting line-up. Nicholas Pooran played superbly and scored an attacking fifty last match after early wickets. Rest of the batting line-up stumbled and they were not able to put up a winning total.
Sheldon Cotrell was good with the ball and he picked up wickets at regular intervals. Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse and Carlos Brathwaite bowled decent spells but were not enough to stop England from successfully chasing the score. Devendra Bishoo might get the nod ahead of Fabian Allen due to his wicket taking capabilities.
England was expected to win all the series when they landed here. But, they lost the Test series and ODI series were shared between them. They have a chance to win the T20I series now and would love return with at least a trophy. Jonny Bairstow set the tone for the chase with his stroke –filled 68 runs.
Sam Billings and Joe Denly made a much needed responsible partnership of 50 runs before getting dismissed at the last stages of the chase. Tom Curran was the Man of the Match for capturing 4 wickets and halting the West Indian batting line–up`s momentum. Adil Rashid and Chris Jordan provided good support by tightening the run-rate at the other end. Liam Plunkett and David Willey were erratic and leaked runs at a high economy.
West Indies have 100% win record here winning 5 matches played at the Warner Park and one match ended as a no-result. West Indies will dearly miss the services of Kesrick Williams who has taken 12 wickets in the four matches he has played here.
Shimron Hetmyer – Hetmyer is an exciting talent who has ability to hit big sixes frequently. He played a gem of an innings to score a century with tail-enders in the 4th ODI played recently.
Oshane Thomas – Thomas has raw pace and bowls at speeds in excess of 150kmph. His 5/21 bundled out England for a paltry 113 runs in the fifth ODI.
Recent Stats :
Nicholas Pooran – 58 runs (37 balls) (3X4s, 4X6s)
Sheldon Cotrell - bowling figures of 3.5-0-29-3
Chris Gayle, Shai Hope (Wk), Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(C) , Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Carlos Brathwaite, Devendra Bishoo.
Alex Hales – Hales has been pushed to the third opener`s slot recently. He needs to push his case for playing XI with some good knocks in the T20Is.
Chris Jordan – Jordan showed exhibition of his skills last match making the batsmen look horrible. He had impressive match figures of 3-0-16-1 last match.
Jonny Bairstow – 68 runs (40 balls) (9X4s, 2X6s)
Tom Curran - bowling figures of 4-0-36-4
Adil Rashid – bowling figures of 4-0-15-1
Eoin Morgan(c), Sam Curran, Jonny Bairstow(Wk), Sam Billings, Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Mark Wood.
Warner Park has been one of the slow pitches in the West Indies. Run-scoring is very difficult here with bowlers enjoying more success here. The average score in the pitch has been around 120-130 runs. The highest score scored here so far is 147 by West Indies against Afghanistan. Bowlers with the ability to bowl slower balls and cutters have enjoyed more success here.
Teams batting second have 80% matches played here. And this is a low scoring ground so batsmen would be looking to chase down opposition`s target taking minimal risks.
Despite West Indies 100% win record here, we expect England to win this match, because England has bowlers like Liam Plunkett and Chris Jordan who can exploit this pitch with their variations. England team has better bowling line-up than the West Indies team.
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