After concluding the ODI series on Saturday, West Indies & England will clash in a 5-match T20 series. Both teams are scheduled to play their first T20 fixture on Wednesday at Kensington Oval Barbados.
West Indies declared their supremacy in the ODI series by 2-1 and now the hosts will be eying to continue the winning momentum and dominate the shortest format of the game as well.
England is going through bad luck and a rough patch in international cricket. Even after some major changes in the team, they are struggling to win matches. The top bookmakers in India have amazing cricket odds with them.
Both teams are carrying a good depth in their bowling department and we will see an early fall of a wicket in the game.
The betting tip is...
First wicket to fall in second over
God of rains played their part and the fixture started late from the scheduled time. The decision to bowl first after winning the toss worked wonders for the team.
A good start from the bowlers was a major push as Matthew Forde and Alzarri Joseph picked up 3 wickets each and kept the run rate of the opposition in control. Romario Shepherd also contributed by scalping 2 wickets in 8 overs.
On the batting front, Alick Athanze (45 off 51) and Keacy Carty (50 off 58) gave a positive start to the team at the top order. However, it was Romario Shepherd’s (41 off 28) bullish innings that destroyed the confidence of the English bowling attack and helped the hosts to score a series win.
Andre Russell’s return to the squad is big news for the team and will bring in the required strength to the playing XI.
Predicted Lineup: Rovman Powell (C), Shai Hope (VC), Roston Chase, Matthew Forde, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd
The English batting lineup looked lost in the 3rd ODI as soon as the game began. Phil Salt (4 off 6), Will Jacks (17 off 20), and Zack Crawly failed to stabilise the innings. Ben Duckett handled the situation and scored 71 off 73 at a strike rate of 97.26. Liam Livingstone also made a contribution of 45 off 56 at the lower order and gave a required push to the overall score.
On the bowling front, Gus Atkinson picked up 2 wickets but Will Jackson came out on top with 3 wickets in 7 overs at an economy of 3.14. Rehan Ahmed also contributed with a single wicket. However, the game was out of hand from the rest of the bowling unit and England ended up losing the series.
Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, and left-arm pacemen Tymal Mills have returned to the team and will be used by skipper Jos Buttler.
Predicted Lineup: Jos Buttler (c), Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Will Jacks, Liam Livingstone, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley, Chris Woakes
After winning the ODI series, West Indies have gained confidence in the T20 series and they are known for their aggressive approach in T20 cricket.
England, on the other hand, will be happy to see some experienced players coming back in action but the team morale looks low and the confidence is at the lowest point. We predict a win for West Indies in the first T20 because of the home advantage and they are carrying the winning momentum.