Both W.I. and England will match their cricketing skills today against each other as they battle for the ICC World Twenty20 Cup.
The inaugural event was staged in South Africa in 2007, and won by India, who defeated Pakistan in the final at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.
Other winners include Pakistan in 2009, England in 2010, West Indies in 2012, and Sri Lanka in 2014.
In today’s match neither team should have any reason to change the XIs that won them the semi-finals. If the pitch turns, they have two spinners each. If it helps the quicks, they have the bowlers to exploit that too. England had a couple of players down with illness in the lead-up, but they were fit and ready to train.
England (probable) 1 Jason Roy, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Jos Buttler (wk), 6 Ben Stokes, 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Jordan, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 David Willey, 11 Liam Plunkett
West Indies (probable) 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Johnson Charles, 3 Lendl Simmons, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Andre Russell, 8 Darren Sammy (capt), 9 Carlos Brathwaite, 10 Sulieman Benn, 11 Samuel Badree
Pitch and conditions
“There is a nice covering of grass,” Morgan said. “Looks like a really good cricket wicket, which is good news.” Kolkata remains a good chasing ground with dew likely to play some part in the evening. There is a chance of a thunderstorm on Sunday, but not serious enough to disrupt the cricket.
“We are quite real about this. We know it is not going to be a normal game. Even in the semi-final there was quite a lot of hype of expectation playing the final. I want all of our players to embrace it. Tomorrow everything will feel rushed to start with, but we want to be in a really good frame of mind to slow things down when needed. Most importantly execute our skills.”
England captain Eoin Morgan stays away from the cliché. Almost
“We have studied England. We look at the players. They have a lot of match-winners. We don’t take that for granted. But after we have done that we shift the focus back on us… One of the senior players made a comment in a team meeting, I think it was Dwayne Bravo, the only team that can beat us is ourselves. We believe that. Only we can defeat ourselves. Once we do what we know we do well, we will win. That’s the mentality we take into the final.”
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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