Talk about unpredictability and the team that now comes in the mind of one and all are the Windies, who managed to make easy work of the Englishmen in the 1st T20I and tasted defeat by the narrowest margin of 1 run in the 2nd T20I.
If the opening encounter was all about Jason Holder, the second one belonged to another star all-rounder Moeen Ali. The English all-rounder managed to pick three crucial wickets and scored a quickfire 31 runs which earned him the MOM.
Such a brilliant start to the series! Absolutely loving the atmosphere and support from the home crowd and I’m sure there’s much more in store. Exciting times ahead! 🙌🏽 pic.twitter.com/GuGcsEuAUi— Shai Hope (@shaidhope) January 25, 2022
Although the visitors managed to clinch a win, their middle-order seems to be shaky and it will be interesting to watch if that would have helped the morale. The Windies too have been heavily relying on their lower order and if they are to make a point in the upcoming matches, their openers will have to contribute.
With three T20Is left in the series, can the batsmen start to make an impact? Or will it be a clash of the all-rounders once again?
Match Toss Time: 01:00 IST (19:30 GMT)
Match Start Time: 01:30 IST (20:00 GMT)
Match Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
Head to Head
Matches Played: 21, West Indies: 12, England: 9
Weather conditions and pitch
The hosts are likely to feature the same playing Xl as they seem to have gelled well together for now.
The Englishmen on the other hand will be looking to replace the 24-year old pacer Saqib Mahmood, who has been very expensive in his outings this series. Left-arm pacer David Payne or veteran Tymal Mills looks the likely replacement.
Probable playing Xl
West Indies (WI): Brandon King, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Akeal Hosein, Sheldon Cottrell
England (ENG): Jason Roy, Tom Banton, James Vince, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings (wk), Liam Dawson, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Saqib Mahmood/ David Payne, Reece Topley
English all-rounder Moeen Ali and West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder are no-brainers given their current form. They are guaranteed to perform in either of the departments.
England's opener Jason Roy and West Indies left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein are the other two Must-Picks for the 3rd T20I.
WI vs ENG fantasy team
Captain and Vice-captain picks
A tough call to make as England came back strong in the 2nd encounter. However, West Indies have the home advantage on their side. The English batsmen might have just got into the groove. We do not see the Windies batsmen matching the visitors and it will be once again added pressure on the spinners.
Cricwizz predicts England to win the 3rd T20I.
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