The recently concluded ODI series between WI and England saw the unretiring of Chris Gayle, with over 40 sixes in 4 matches, he has set the platform for this T20 competition. The question is can he keep the same temperament and form?
|Match||Windies Vs. England, 1st T20|
|Time||01:30 am IST|
|Series||England tour of West Indies, 2019|
|Match days||05 March 2019 – day/night match (20-over match)|
|Match number||T20I no. 750|
|TV Umpires||Leslie Reifer|
|Reserve Umpire||Zahid Bassarath|
|Match Referee||Andy Pycroft|
Team Windies (Probable 11)
Chris Gayle, Campbell / Hope, Dinesh Ramdin (WK), Hetmyer, D Bravo, Jason Holder (Captain), Carlos Brathwaite, D Bishoo, Cottrell and Oshane Thomas
Team England (Probable 11)
E Morgan (Captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings (WK), Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Rashid, Joe Root, David Willey, Mark Wood
The ODI series was a 2-2 draw, so now the one left is this T20 series. There are no favorites yet. The first one to blink will be left behind, and as per the recent form, it seems that WI will give a tough challenge to mighty England.
We might see a spectacle of hitting sixes out of the ground. Both the teams have big hitters in Gayle, Hetmyer, and Hope for WI and Morgan, Bairstow, Hales, and Billings for England. Thus, the batting department seems to be even. The team with better control on the bowl is likely to win this contest. While Rashid and Wood will lead England side, Thomas and Cotterell with competing equally from WI, it is difficult to predict the winner as we saw how fiercely they competed in the One Day Internationals. However, given the performance in the last 4 years, we will still say England has an edge due to their consistency. However, WI will start with a positive advantage of bowling England out for only 113 in the last ODI. So, they might want to keep going in the same direction.