ENG vs WI: Weather Forecast And Pitch Report of Dubai International Cricket Stadium – ICC T20 World Cup 2021, Match 14. West Indies and England will lock horns in the 14th match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 on Saturday at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The two teams have met each other on 18 occasions in T20 internationals, of which West Indies have won on 11 occasions, while England have managed to beat them 7 times.
Out of their last three T20 international series, Pollard and Co. have managed to win one. Despite that, West Indies will go into the tournament as one of the favourites to win the title. Most of the batsmen in the team have played on these pitches in the recently concluded IPL 2021.
They know how the surfaces are going to behave and should take benefit of that. West Indies’s depth in batting makes them a formidable batting unit. The opener, Ewin Lewis has been in the form of his life. He is most likely to partner with Lendl Simmons for the opening position.
Shimron Hetmyer’s great form will give them a great solidity in the middle over. Besides, Roston Chase has shown great form in CPL 2021 and that would make them feel even more confident about themselves.
The presence of Keiron Pollard, Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo makes this batting unit all the more threatening. Ravi Rampaul’s outstanding performances in CPL 2021 helped him find a place in the World Cup squad. He is most likely to lead the pace-bowling department, while Oshane Thomas might make the cut as well.
Facing them are England, which are currently the number one ranked T20 side in the world. Their record in T20 internationals is outstanding, to say the least. England too has a great depth in their batting unit and thus the game might turn out to be a high-scoring encounter.
Jos Buttler played a blistering knock in England’s last warm-up game against New Zealand. He scored 73 runs off just 51 balls to help the team post a competitive score of 163 runs in the first innings. Buttler’s penchant for T20 cricket isn’t unknown to many.
He has an outstanding record in T20 cricket and it will be interesting to see how he plays for England in the big-ticket event while opening the innings.
Jason Roy is most likely to partner him as the second opener, while Jonny Bairstow should bat in the middle-order. There have been reports that Dawid Malan might make way for Moeen Ali at number three. It won’t be a bad decision if England decides to do that given how Ali played for CSK at number three in IPL 2021.
Eoin Morgan’s poor form is perhaps their biggest worry right now. It has been understood that Morgan might sit out if his poor form continues in the T20 World Cup. However, for the game on Saturday, he should make the cut.
Jofra Archer, the hero for England in the 2019 World Cup, isn’t available. Mark Wood, however, has shown time and again, that he too has the ability to fill his shoes.
In the last warm-up game against New Zealand, Wood returned with figures of 4 for 23 in 4 overs. A lot will be on his shoulders as far as the pace department is concerned. For the spin, Adil Rashid will continue to be the biggest bet for England.
ENG vs WI: Weather Forecast And Pitch Report of Dubai International Cricket Stadium – ICC T20 World Cup 2021, Match 14
Dubai International Cricket Stadium will play host to the 14th match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 between West Indies and England. The pitch in Dubai bods well for the batsmen. Amongst three stadiums in UAE, batsmen have enjoyed batting the most here in Dubai.
Having said that, pacers should get some extra bounce and movement early on. The dimensions are pretty big and the spinners are going to make good use of that. Though, there isn’t much spin on offer for them.
Both teams would like to bowl first upon winning the toss.