England cruised to a comfortable 4-wicket win over Windies in first of the three-match Twenty 20 series to set the ball rolling. The two sides square off in the 2nd T20I at Warner Park.
England arrived in the Caribbean with a reputation but spirited Windies blew them apart, registering a 2-1 win in the Test to welcome the tourists. The results were not much convincing for Eoin Morgan’s top-ranked ODI side either as they could not deal with Chris Gayle onslaught and the five-match ODI series ended 2-2, with one game getting washed.
England in the lead, Windies’ turn to fire shots
Just like the ODI series, England have recorded a comprehensive win to begin the T20 series. However, Windies are expected to come hard, for it is the all-important do or die situation. Fortunately, Chris Gayle has been on-song and in the mood to punish bowling attacks.
Pitch conditions: Warner Park is not a high-scoring venue and we could see a close tussle a close tussle between the bat and ball.
Head-to-head (last five T20Is) Windies – 3, England – 2
Windies vs England 2nd T20I Match Details
Where – Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
When – March 9 at 01:30 AM IST
Windies Team News: Big-hitting all-rounder Andre Russell has been ruled out of the series. Obed McCoy has been added to the Windies squad.
England Team News: England may consider the inclusion of in-form Mark Wood. Also, Joe Root can be given rest with Dawid Malan getting a look-in.
ENG Playing 11: Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Sam Billings, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Denly, David Willey, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid
Doubtful – Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood
England T20I squad: Eoin Morgan(c), Adil Rashid, Joe Root, David Willey, Mark Wood, Sam Curran, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan and Liam Plunkett.
WI Playing 11: Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
Windies T20I squad: Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Obed McCoy, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Fabian Allen, Devendra Bishoo, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, John Campbell and Sheldon Cottrell.
Top picks – Jonny Bairstow, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan and Nicholas Pooran are the first picks basis their current form. Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan and Sheldon Cottrell are top options with the ball.
X-factor – Joe Denly can contribute with both the bat and ball.
Risky options – Joe Root can make way for Dawid Malan while Liam Plunkett can be replaced with Mark Wood.
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