On Tuesday (16th March) night, England Legends and West Indies Legends will face each other at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium (Raipur) during the 16th game of the Road Safety World Series 2020/21.
In this tournament, England Legends have already earned 12 points in five matches with a net run-rate of -1.470 while West Indies Legends have collected 8 points in five matches with a net run-rate of -0.352. While only one spot is available for the semi-final of this tournament, England Legends just need to avoid a defeat in the forthcoming match while West Indies Legends must have to win the upcoming game.
Road Safety World Series 2020/21, Match 16: England Legends vs West Indies Legends – Match Preview
While England Legends thrashed Bangladesh Legends and closely beat India Legends, they suffered two big defeats against South Africa Legends and Sri Lanka Legends respectively. While England Legends have also got the 4 points due to the unavailability of Australia Legends, another win will secure their place in the semi-final of this tournament.
England Legends’ batting seams hugely depended on Kevin Pietersen‘s batting performance. The right-handed batsman has scored 139 runs in four innings, including two big scores of firing 42 and 75 runs respectively. Their only other 30+ knock in this tournament is 32 not out by Philip Mustard.
Among their bowlers, Monty Panesar is currently in brilliant form as he has taken 8 wickets in four games, including a four-wicket haul in the last game (against Sri Lanka Legends) and one more three-wicket haul against India Legends. James Tradewell has also got three wickets in this tournament.
Kevin Pietersen (C), Owais Shah, Philip Mustard, Monty Panesar, Nick Crompton, Kabir Ali, Sajid Mahmood, James Tredwell, Chris Schofield, Jonathan Trott, Ryan Sidebottom, Usman Afzaal, Matthew Hoggard, James Tindall.
West Indies Legends
While West Indies Legends just beat Bangladesh Legends and got four more points due to the unavailability of Australia Legends, they have lost against India Legends, South Africa Legends and Sri Lanka Legends. So, the forthcoming match will be the must-win game for them to reach the semi-final of this tournament.
Captain Brian Lara scored 53 not out and 31 not out in the last two games of this tournament. Also, Dwayne Smith scored 47 runs during their meeting against Sri Lanka Legends this year while Kirk Edwards scored match-winning 46 runs against Bangladesh Legends in the last game.
In this tournament, left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn has taken 7 wickets while pacer Tino Best has collected 5 wickets. Also, Ryan Austin has picked up 3 wickets in two games.
Brian Lara (C), Tino Best, Ridley Jacobs (wk), Narsingh Deonarine, Sulieman Benn, Dinanath Ramnarine, Adam Sanford, Carl Hooper, Dwayne Smith, Ryan Austin, William Perkins and Mahendra Nagamootoo.
Road Safety World Series 2020/21, Match 16: England Legends vs West Indies Legends – Match Prediction
England Legends have played some strong cricket this year before suffering two big defeats. Meanwhile, West Indies Legends are believing in the team game. As it is going to be a do-or-die kind of match for both these teams, which we can also call as virtual quarter-final of this tournament, there is no proper favourite at least before the first delivery of this match.