The 14th match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 will have England take on West Indies at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday. The two teams played against each other in the final of the 2016 edition of the tournament. West Indies beat England in that game to win their second title in the T20 World Cup history.
Ahead of their first game of this year’s T20 World Cup, West Indies would be keen to lift their third T20 World Cup title. They certainly have what it takes to lift the title. The likes of Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell all are in great form and will be the biggest bets in the batting department. The poor form of Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran though remains a concern for them.
Consistent performances in the CPL 2021 helped Ravi Rampaul get into the West Indies World Cup squad. He will lead the fast bowling department. All-rounders such as Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, and Andre Russell make a great balance in the squad. All three are match winners and will hold key to West Indies’ fortunes in the tournament. As for the spin department, Hayden Walsh will be a certainty.
On the other hand, England is currently the number one ranked T20 side in the world. They too are filled with world-class players. Despite the absence of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, England certainly have the potential to lift the title. Jos Buttler should open the innings alongside Jason Roy, followed by David Malan and Jonny Bairstow. Jos Buttler will undoubtedly be the biggest bet for England in the batting department.
He has an outstanding record as an opener in T20 cricket. He would be keen to make it count on the biggest stage. In the pace department, they have got the likes of Chris Jordan, Mark Wood, and David Willey, etc. In the absence of Archer, Mark Wood will have the responsibility to bowl the crucial overs. As for the spin, Adil Rashid will continue to be their best bet.
ICC T20 World Cup 2021: England vs West Indies Predicted XI
Ahead of the highly anticipated encounter, here’s a look at the predicted playing XI of both sides:
England: Jos Buttler (wk), Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes/Chris Jordan
West Indies: Jos Buttler (wk), Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes/Chris Jordan