ENG vs WI Match Preview- ICC T20 World Cup 2021, Match 14. The qualifying round of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is done and dusted and its time to witness the much-anticipated matches of the Super 12 stage. The second match of the Super 12 stage is slated to be played between England and West Indies at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
It is pertinent to note that England have never beaten West Indies in the T20 World Cup. Eoin Morgan and Co. would look to end their losing streak on Saturday. Here’s a look at how both sides shape up ahead of the important encounter.
ENG vs WI Match Preview- ICC T20 World Cup 2021, Match 14
The last time when the ICC T20 World Cup was staged, England lost the final against West Indies in 2016. England would fondly remember the memories of that game. They know the threat posed by the West Indies side, which is filled with match-winners.
Having said that, England would be confident of beating them this time. They are no short of the match-winners in their team. In Jos Buttler, they have one of the best batsmen in T20 cricket.
He currently averages more than 50 as an opener in T20 cricket and is going to prove a big threat to West Indies. Jason Roy should open with Buttler, while Bairstow is likely to play in the middle-order. David Malan’s poor form suggests that he might be placed by Moeen Ali at number three. It will be interesting to see if England do that.
In the bowling department, they have got the likes of Mark Wood, Chris Jordan and Tymal Mills to look at. They are likely to share the fast bowling duties, while Adil Rashid would continue to be the first-choice spinner.
The defending champions, West Indies are termed as one of the favourites to lift the title. Interestingly, West Indies have beaten England in all the games played in the T20 World Cup and that should give them a physiological advantage.
West Indies are filled with some of the biggest power-hitters in the game and most of them are in supreme form. Evin Lewis has been in great touch and so is Andre Fletcher. While Ewin Lewis is a certainty at the top, Lendl Simmons might replace Fletcher as the second opener.
In the middle order, you have got the likes of Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran and Roston Chase.
The addition of Roston Chase certainly provides stability in the line-up. Among the big-hitters, he could be someone who can anchor the innings. The presence of Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo and Andre Russell tells you how much depth they have and why West Indies is a team to beat.