England and the West Indies have been two of the most impressive teams we have seen in the ICC World Cup 2019 so far. Both the teams will lock horns when they meet each other at The Rose Bowl, Southampton on 14th June 2019. The contest will be live from 3:00 PM IST.
England is the world’s number one ranked team and is playing in home conditions. Team has won 2 out of the three matches they played. They played a near flawless game against South Africa, were let down by their fielding against Pakistan, and then dominated Bangladesh with the bat once again. Jason Roy showed a terrific performance with the bat against Bangladesh, scored 153 runs off 121 balls to seal player of the match award. Archer and Stokes took 3 wickets each whereas Adil Rashid, Plunkett and Wood got 1,1 and 2 wickets respectively. England will not be underestimating Windies as they are the only side against whom England failed to win an ODI series in the last few years.
Player To Watch Out For – Ben Stokes
West Indies have won an important game against Pakistan and lost one close encounter against Australia. The team was in a good position when they meet South Africa but the game was abandoned due to rain interruption. England where he smashed a world-record 39 sixes and kept scoring runs with unbelievable consistency and will be looking to keep the same in World Cup match too. It is unclear if Evin Lewis is going to be fit for this match or not. The West Indies need to pick between him and Darren Bravo if both are available for selection. The form of Oshane Thomas and Sheldon Cottrell is a big plus in the bowling department although Jason Holders lack of wickets could be a little troubling.
Player To Watch Out For – Chris Gayle
The pitch at Southampton has been good for the fast bowlers. India’s bowlers managed to get some extra bounce from the surface and both the sides in this match will be hoping for the same. Getting first use of the conditions, particularly with some cloud overhead could be very important.
Probable Line Ups
England – Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett/Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
West Indies – Chris Gayle, Shai Hope (wk), Evin Lewis/Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (c), Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas.
Both teams have powerful batting lineups and this is why England’s better bowling attack could be the difference.