WI vs ENG T20 Series will be starting from 22 January. The first match of the WI vs ENG 1st T20 will take place in Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, on January 23, 2022, at 1:30 AM IST.
West Indies vs England, 1st T20: Match Preview
West Indies will be hosting the early matches of the series this time. The first of the 5-match T20I series will take place in the country. Previously, West Indies lost the T20 World Cup prematurely, especially after they faced a rigorous defeat against Pakistan 3-0 last month. Thus, this match is of immense importance for the team of West Indies and should play patiently to secure their position.
Their performance was also not up to the mark during the T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE as they failed to qualify beyond the first phase of the tournament. Despite being a two-time T20 World Cup champion, during their loss against Pakistan, they faced 3-0 drubbing in hands of Pakistani players and later they lost against Ireland in the recent previous matches. Although, one of the major reasons could be that many key players of the WI team were not a part of the match against Pakistan.
Even, the team of England faced a defeat in their previous matches, so they will be well-prepared for this 5-match series. The team lost against Australia by 4-0.
Thus, for both teams, this match will be an ideal opportunity for a comeback and reinstall their glory. The white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan will be leading the team of England, WI team will be led by Kieron Pollard.
West Indies vs England, 1st T20: Weather Report
The weather is expected to remain moderately warm with temperatures hovering around 25 degrees Celsius on the day of the match. It will be slightly humid with 69 per cent humidity and 26 km/hr wind speed. But as per the latest report, there is no chance of precipitation on that day during the game.
West Indies vs England, 1st T20: Pitch Report
The pitch is quite favourable for the batsman and they can surely score good runs through excellent batting display as new balls approach very smoothly onto the bat. But the bowlers might have to be a little cautious and need to be on their toes.
West Indies vs England, 1st T20: Probable Playing XI
Brandon King, Fabian Allen, Nicholas Pooran, Shai Hope / Kyle Mayers, Romario Shepherd, Roston Chase, Akeal Hosein, Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder, Odean Smith / Rovman Powell, Sheldon Cottrell / Dominic Drakes
Jason Roy, James Vince, Tom Banton, Chris Jordan, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan, Tymal Mills, Phil Salt, Adil Rashid, Saqib Mahmood, Liam Dawson/George Garton
West Indies vs England, 1st T20: Dream11 Team Prediction
Brandon King, Odean Smith, Dominic Drakes, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, Darren Bravo, Rovman Powell, Kieron Pollard, Sheldon Cottrell, Roston Chase, Kyle Mayers, Akeal Hosein, Hayden Walsh, Romario Shepherd, Jason Holder, Fabian Allen
Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, James Vince, Eoin Morgan(c), Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Liam Dawson, David Payne, Tom Banton, Sam Billings(w), Philip Salt, George Garton, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Tymal Mills, Reece Topley, Saqib Mahmood
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West Indies vs England, 1st T20: Match Prediction
This match will be a great opportunity for Kieron Pollard for his comeback and prove his potential again that will help him build his folio for the World Cup, which will be taking place in Australia later this year. So, chances are high, the WI team will be at their best to outperform.
On the contrary, the absence of Liam Livingstone might pose a challenge to the ENG team. This will be the first time, they will be a part of the T20 match post the World Cup. Liam Livingstone can undoubtedly be a safe choice for captaincy for the small leagues. Sam Billings and Kieron Pollard will also be the best picks for the match. Considering, the match is being played on the home ground of West Indies, they might have an upper edge in terms of confidence. We expect West Indies to win the match if they could utilize the pitch during batting.