About the Match
England has bounced back from its lean phase, putting a lot of hard-work into their game to win matches against strong teams; they will try to continue with their winning momentum here as they start their World T20 campaign with the first match against West Indies, to be played at Mumbai on 16th March. The Windies have been on a slippery slope and this will be their opportunity to make a comeback; the contest will test their perseverance and skills and they will need to come out all guns blazing here on Wednesday.
Darren Sammy is back donning the captain’s hat and will definitely motivate his mates to do well here; most players have the experience of playing in the sub-continent conditions and bring their skills to the table. The batting line-up has players like Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Andre Russell and Denesh Ramdin, who can get the big runs once they are settled. All-rounders like Sulieman Benn and Darren Sammy along with others like Carlos Brathwaite and Jason Holder bring depth to the team and must come out all guns blazing here.
Speedsters like Jerome Taylor, Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Andre Fletcher and Sammy can pull out some tricks from the bag to stifle the opponents; spinners Samuel Badree, Ashley Nurse and Gayle can help the team with regular breakthroughs when needed. The conditions will suit the spinners and they must strategize well here in order to contain the English batsmen.
Overall, the West Indies have a rejuvenated squad consisting of experienced batsmen and bowlers, who have proven to be match-winners in this format of the game. They should be cautious against complacency and must keep themselves motivated to do well here.
Eoin Morgan will lead the side and although he is yet to find his rhythm with the bat, he has a strong batting line-up consisting of players like Jos Buttler, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Moeen Ali, Alex Hales and Sam Billings, who can prove to be good assets here. The top order has done well recently, providing a stable foundation while the middle-order batsmen have stepped up their ante to keep the scoreboard ticking.
The bowling squad has pacemen like Reece Topley, Liam Plunkett, Ben Stokes and David Willey, who bring their wicket-taking skills to the table; they can definitely prove to be a formidable force to reckon with thanks to spinners like Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali and Liam Dawson. Chris Jordan, James Vince and Joe Root bring variety and depth to the attack and they must use the resources well to outwit West Indies here.
England surely has a boosted morale and their preparation in the run-up to the tournaments has been good; if the bowlers can find a way to make in-roads into the Windies batting line-up quickly, they definitely can emerge victorious on Wednesday.
While England has risen back from the ashes to put up spectacular performances in the last few months, they will take a cautious approach to the Windies, who can pull out some stunts as seen in the many T20 leagues they have been a part of. The contest could surely go down to the wire, but we feel that England with its well-rounded effort will have the last laugh in their opening game.