About the Match
West Indies knocked out India to make it to the World T20 finals against England on 3rd April at Kolkata; their 7-wicket win against the men in blue re-emphasized why they are such a dangerous unit in the T20 format. England defeated favorites New Zealand to clinch their place in the final battle; both teams have faced each other in the group stage wherein West Indies emerged victorious and they can do it again. On the other hand, England has announced its arrival in T20 cricket and they will definitely come out all guns blazing to win the title here on Sunday.
They have a deep batting line-up with in-form players like Jason Roy, who smashed away 78 off 44 against the Kiwis to help them win the match, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales and the captain himself Eoin Morgan. While Root’s brilliant knock helped England stay alive in the tournament, Jason Roy’s determined attack against the Kiwis ensured they won the match by 7 wickets. They have all-rounders like Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Chris Jordan, who can make a big difference here.
The bowling department has seamers like David Willey, Ben Stokes, who took 3-26 against New Zealand, and medium-pacer Chris Jordan; the spin attack looks good with Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Liam Plunkett being very effective in restricting the opposition with regular breakthroughs. However, they will have to strategize well against the Windies, who can go all out to get the required runs during a chase.
Overall, they are a much more confident unit compared to the start of the tournament and their positive attitude on the field could work magic for them; Joe Root, Jos Buttler and Jason Roy can be a lethal combination which can help them build a solid total or chase down a target with equal focus.
They dismissed critics’ opinions that they are a one-man team when they defeated India in the semi-finals despite Chris Gayle getting out early in the chase for only 5 runs; Lendl Simmons, brought into the squad for this match, smashed away a brilliant 82 off 51 that consisted of 5 sixes and 7 boundaries, to help them chase down 193 runs with 2 balls to spare. Youngster Johnson Charles supported well at the top with his 52 off 36 to keep the runs flowing while Russell played his part of a well-made 43 to ensure they crossed the finish line with ease.
Earlier, the bowlers weren’t very successful with only 2 dismissals in total; on a batting pitch, they couldn’t contain the Indian batsmen but they kept their determination to pull off a massive win here. The Windies have proved to be tough unit and this victory has surely boosted their morale after they lost the last group stage match against Afghanistan. West Indies, however, have struggled against spinners on a helping wicket as we saw against Tahir, Rashid and Nabi in their matches against South Africa and Afghanistan respectively.
With an in-form batting line-up consisting of experienced players like Gayle, Simmons, Samuels and Russell, West Indies will look to annihilate the English bowling attack on Sunday; if they can keep the wickets in hand and build a solid foundation whether batting first or during chase, then the Windies can surely emerge victorious.
England has emerged as a power-packed performer under pressure in this tournament and will fight till the last ball; and West Indies have exhibited a class-act that’s tough to follow and are determined to win the T20 World title. Considering the fact that Eden Gardens' pitch will be a lot different to the one in Mumbai, it will be tough for the men from Caribbean to get hold of the conditions so quickly. England, too, have not yet played on that surface, but the surface will be a lot closer to what was in Delhi. Considering the conditions, and the fact the the men in maroon like the ball to come onto the bat, we think it will be Morgan & Co. from England who will lift the ICC World T20 Trophy 2016