It will be a cracker of the game when host England will go up against a vibrant West Indies team in their fourth game of the ICC World Cup 2019 on June 14 (Friday) at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.
Meanwhile, after a shocking defeat to Pakistan, England dominated every department against Bangladesh, as they first put up 386 runs on board and then bundled them out for 280 in the 49th over. The openers, determined not to fall into the trap of spin bowling, gave a perfect start, as Jason Roy mastered his way to 153. While Ben Stokes has been giving some priceless overs with the ball, Moeen Ali is likely to return in the playing eleven, considering the number of left-handers in the West Indies line-up.
On the other hand, West Indies bowlers have put up a good show so far in the tournament. However, the batters have failed back the effort put on by the bowlers. They have lacked application in their batting, which cost them the match against Australia. In the last game against South Africa, Sheldon Cottrell gave a good start before rain played spoilsport. The batters need to raise their game and support the bowlers against a world-class England team.
Date and Time: June 14 (Friday), 3:00 PM IST, at Rose Bowl, Nottingham
The last time England and West Indies went up against each other, the team from the Caribbean Islands posed a tough challenge to the top-ranked ODI side. Backed by Chris Gayle’s outstanding hitting, Jason Holder & Co managed to secure a draw in a five-match series with one game washed off due to rain.
However, going by the record in World Cups, West Indies trails 1-5 against England. Although both the sides have come a long way since then, this England side is a lot more dangerous, and the passion to win games is at an all-time high. As a result, England who will be playing at home conditions has a fair chance to secure their third victory.