Time: March 24, 7:30 PM IST
Venue: National Cricket Stadium, St George’s, Grenada
Although Test cricket will be played at Grenada after a span of 7 years, it hosted a T20I series between West Indies and South Africa in July last year. The bounce in the pitch equally helped the pacers and spinners, and thus it is unlikely to be as lifeless as it was at Barbados.
Fantasy Tip of the day
Selecting a captain and vice captain for your fantasy team is one of the most critical decision while selecting fantasy team as captain and vice captain in an online fantasy cricket help you get 2X and 1.5X scores.
Probable XI for West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite (c), John Campbell, Shamarh Brooks, Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, Jason Holder, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Veerasammy Permaul, Jayden Seales
Probable XI for England: Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (c), Daniel Lawrence, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Foakes (wk), Chris Woakes, Matthew Fisher, Jack Leach, Saqib Mahmood
We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Both captains have led from the front thus far, dealing in three-figure marks. While Joe Root has hit 284 runs with his fluent strokeplay, Kraigg Brathwaite has scored 304 runs, grinding for long periods of time. To add fuel to the fire, both scored hundreds in the 2015 Test at the venue.
Jack Leach’s disciplined bowling has fetched him 11 wickets at 26 – the most in the series. He bowled brilliantly especially on the last day of the second Test.
Ben Stokes seems to have found his lost mojo. A total of 5 wickets and a brisk 120 off 128 are evidence to the very fact. He was picked by over 90% of fantasy players on My11Circle in the first two Tests. He will be a popular pick, especially for vice-captaincy for his dual skills.
After a brilliant start to the series, Jason Holder was ineffective at Bridgetown with both and ball. It seems he needs tough situations to thrive on. He lacks enthusiasm when the pitch is lifeless. He will play a key role in the decider, on a wicket that is likely to challenge the batters.
After a brilliant hundred at Antigua, Jonny Bairstow played a quickfire innings of 29 off 25 on the morning of the final day at Barbados. Overall, he has scored three hundreds this year, including 106* against WICB XI ahead of the series.
Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, and Jayden Seales have taken 7 wickets each. The hosts will bank on them for early breakthroughs.
Saqib Mahmood impressed one and all on his debut. He dismissed Shamarh Brooks and Jermaine Blackwood in quick succession, giving England a slight hope. If anything, he looked superior to England’s other experienced pacers.
A total of 132 runs and two wickets from Dan Lawrence spiced things up amongst the fantasy players. His selection percentage on My11Circle fantasy cricket app has spiked above 80% from 35%.
After a match-saving hundred, all Nkrumah Bonner could manage was 9 and 3 on a flatter wicket.
Both teams haven’t been winning consistently for over a year now, and worse still, the pitches in West Indies have been – for the lack of a better word – uncharacteristic. The seam fades away after two sessions and there’s hardly any spin on offer either. However, West Indies have bowled far better than England, and if the pitch behaves better, they are likely to continue their winning streak against the visitors at home.