From 2007 to 2019, England and the West Indies played Eighteen t20I’s and West Indies won eleven of them, England got seven wins. England won four T20I”s out of their last five matches and West Indians got three victories. But also always keep in mind the West Indies team won two T20I World Cup titles.
ENG vs WI Highlights Today, Saturday 23-10-2021. 14th Match, Group 1, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup England vs West Indies, from Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Eoin Morgan win the toss and will bowl first.
Eoin Morgan says: batting second is a “safety net” in case dew does come into it. England opts for batting-heavy in the end, with Dawid Malan keeping his place and Chris Woakes playing alongside Chris Jordan and Tymal Mills. “The balance with Livingstone and Ali gives us three seamers and three spinners. The absence of the all-rounders who aren’t here does hurt us but hopefully, we can make it work.”
Kieron Pollard says: Andre Russell is fit, West Indies have left out their anchor, Roston Chase, with Lendl Simmons adding to the 2016 vibes and Ravi Rampaul a throwback to their title win in 2012. “Toss is always 50-50, if we’d won we might have bowled as well. We have to play all three facets of the game, so we’ll bat first and try to bat well.”
England team: 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jos Buttler (wk), 3 Dawid Malan, 4 Jonny Bairstow, 5 Liam Livingstone, 6 Eoin Morgan (capt), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Chris Jordan, 10 Adil Rashid, 11 Tymal Mills.
West Indies team: 1 Evin Lewis, 2 Lendl Simmons, 3 Chris Gayle, 4 Nicholas Pooran (wk), 5 Shimron Hetmyer, 6 Kieron Pollard (capt), 7 Andre Russell, 8 Dwayne Bravo, 9 Akeal Hosein, 10 Ravi Rampaul, 11 Obed McCoy.
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 18:00 Local
Umpires – Aleem Dar, Marais Erasmus
TV Umpire – Chris Brown
Match Referee – David Boon
Reserve Umpire – Paul Wilson
Match number – T20I no. 1354 – ICC T20 World Cup 2021 14th Match
“Been a long time since I last played but it’s been a great few weeks, on the training camp in Oman, the boys were quietly confident. Really nice to be back out there and take a few wickets. [Injuries] It’s tough mentally, especially during the pandemic, but you’ve got to take it day by day and focus on the end goal. I had a good summer with Sussex, in the Hundred, so I came out after six months of strong performances and confidence in my body. A dream start. Pitch looks okay we just bowed really well. They have a great line-up but we had to be on our A-game. It’s a brilliant way to start the tournament. [Moeen four overs] You look at the match-ups, he was bowling well so you keep him going.”
Post match presentation.
Moeen Ali is the Player of the Match:
“A catch like that gives you a bit of confidence, I think it settled my nerves a bit,” he says of his superbly judged effort at mid-off to send back Evin Lewis. “They do have a lot of left-handers at the top, so I knew I would be bowling early on. The role at CSK is very important for me, it feels like I’m always involved with bat and ball and on the field too, and it was the perfect preparation coming into the World Cup.”
“It was unacceptable, we accept that. These sorts of games sometimes, we just need to bin it. For us, it’s just a matter of finding our straps. We haven’t batted well in our three games so far. We went out, guys tried to play their shots, and it didn’t come off. I don’t think any sort of panic will come into our camp. It is what it is, we just need to take it on our chest and move on, this is an international sport. Obviously, we play a lot of cricket around the world, and this is not the first time something like this has happened. We’ve played cricket around the world, and we have the experience of games like this. Getting an opportunity because of the injury to Fabian Allen. Everything happens for a reason, and Akeal Hosein showed us what he can do.”
It’s as good as it gets. To start our campaign like that, all credit to our bowling unit. The guys were very disciplined, and we took our chances. I think Moeen Ali read the conditions beautifully, he took chances when his match-up was in his favor, and to take his opportunity like he has, after the success he’s had in the IPL was brilliant. I’m delighted for Big T. He’s had an unfortunate journey at times, but he’s now as good as I’ve ever seen him, especially with his fitness. We were [thinking of NRR, and held back Malan], we wanted guys to go after the bowling, but that was difficult today on that pitch.”