About the Match
No one can forget the WorldT20 Final where the West Indies and England faced off the last time in a T20 match. It ended with heartbreak for England and Ben Stokes as Carlos Braithwaite, the current T20 captain played out a fairytale ending to the match.
With the big West Indies stars back in the fold ahead of this match, can there be a repeat or will England be out for revenge?
It is not often that a one-off T20 international sandwiched between the Test Series and 5 ODI Internationals gets this much attention. The result of the World T20 final, however, has meant that cricket fans cannot wait for these two sides to go at each other again.
It is also expected to be a much more even contest between the sides as the West Indies can lay claim to being one of the best T20 sides going around and England too are coming off one of the best NatWest T20 Blast tournaments in their history.
Eoin Morgan will be back leading the side after an average T20 Blast and some middling performances at the CPL. Past performances have shown though that he often reserves his best for the England shirt.
Leading the batting charge for England will be Alex Hales and Jason Roy. Hales just had a fantastic NatWest Blast leading Nottinghamshire to a victory and will be keen to repeat that on the international stage. He has made it known that he intends to fight for a place in the Ashes squad by scoring runs in every format at every opportunity.
Alongside Hales will be Jason Roy, a player that has struggled in the recent past somewhat. He started to come into his own for Surrey near the end of the Blast but is definitely a shaky starter. Also firming up the lineup will be Joe Root, Dawid Malan, and Jos Buttler. All three of the players are capable of winning matches on their own and should pose a stiff challenge to the West Indian bowlers.
The bowling for England will be led by Liam Plunkett, Chris Jordan and Tom Curran with Liam Dawson and Adil Rashid the spinners. We think this bowling lineup can definitely be taken for runs and put under pressure by the West Indians. Jordan and Curran will be given the responsibility of bowling in the powerplay and the death overs while Dawson, Plunkett, and Rashid look for wickets in the middle.
Rashid is an accomplished T20 bowler and will probably be the biggest threat to the West Indies thanks to his variations.
A whole new set of players will take the field for the West Indies that have just had plenty of high-quality T20 games in the CPL. Back again are Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, and Jerome Taylor.
Add to that probably the most exciting young T20 batsman in the world right now, Evin Lewis, a highly rated all-rounder, Rovman Powell and the man that tormented England, Carlos Braithwaite, and you have a team that is incredibly dangerous.
There is a little concern about the fitness of Gayle, Samuels, and Pollard but there is no doubting their ability to win matches from seemingly difficult situations. Chris Gayle just had an excellent CPL showing the world that he remains a potent force while Samuels has professed his love for demolishing English attacks.
It is sad that we do not get to see round two of Samuels vs Stokes in this game but that is how the sport goes.
We expect the West Indies to come out hard with Lewis and Gayle followed by the more sedate Samuels, Walton, and Pollard. If any of them sticks around till the end, then they along with Powell and Braithwaite will be responsible for getting the big hits in.
A few early wickets and some injudicious shouts could see the West Indies collapse but there is a huge amount of T20 experience in this side. They believe they can win and beat any opposition in this format, something which is hard to argue against.
One thing that could hurt them is the lack of match practice they have had in the country. There is some expectation of seam movement throughout the match which could make the big West Indian hitters look quite silly indeed.
The bowling for the West Indies will be led by Sunil Narine, who is as dangerous as ever even after remodeling his action, with Taylor, Keswick Williams, and the all-rounders chipping in to complete quota of overs.
Pitch and Conditions
The conditions at Chester-le-street are expected to be slightly cold and overcast. This usually means some swing on offer for the fast bowlers and could end up evening out the contest between bat and ball.
The pitch is usually good for batting and we should see scores of around 170 at least.
England to wi