Time: October 23, 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
In the recently concluded Indian T20 league, the average first and second innings scores read 156 and 150 respectively at Dubai. The team batting second won 9 of 13 matches.
Probable XI for England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, David Willey
Probable XI for West Indies: Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons/Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, DJ Bravo, Hayden Walsh, Obed McCoy, Ravi Rampaul
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With 426 runs at an incredible strike rate of 163, Evin Lewis was the second-highest run-scorer in the Caribbean T20 League. He continued his stunning form in the Indian T20 League, smashing 151 runs at a strike rate of 162 in 5 games. For West Indies, he has hit 1,318 runs including 2 hundreds and 9 fifties.
Dawid Malan’s recent form has dipped and yet he is at the No.1 spot in ICC T20I Rankings for batters. He achieved the feat in a meagre 30 T20Is, amassing 1,123 runs at an average of 43 and a strike rate of 139.
Andre Russell is back! He took 1 for 13 and scored 11 runs in the warm-up game against Afghanistan. In the Dubai leg of the Indian T20 League, he could play only three matches due to an injury: he managed 4 wickets and 20 runs. In the Caribbean T20 League, however, he was at his absolute best, smashing 160 runs at a strike rate of 176 and scalping 11 wickets in 10 games.
Ravi Rampaul was called back to the international side on the basis of his spectacular performance in the Indian T20 League. He topped the bowling chart by taking 19 wickets in 10 games.
David Willey was the highest wicket-taker for England in the 2016 T20 World Cup. His 10 wickets came at a strike rate of 12.6. His ability to swing the ball in the powerplay and use cutters at the death is commendable.
While Obed McCoy lays a strong foundation with his pace bowling in the powerplay, Hayden Walsh chokes the batters in the middle overs with his leg-spin. Earlier this year, McCoy bagged 9 wickets in 5 games against South Africa and Walsh picked up 12 wickets in as many games against Australia.
Jason Roy looked threatening in the Indian T20 League: his scores read 60, 2, 10, 44, and 34.
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West Indies have emerged victorious in 11 of 18 games against England. To make matters more interesting, West Indies have won all five matches against England in the T20 World Cup.
England will be playing without their key players Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, and in addition, their bowling is a bit thin on numbers. On the other hand, West Indies look as solid as ever. They have a combination of experienced war horses and ever-evolving youngsters. England will have to play out of their skin to get the better of the two-time champions.
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