About the Match
West Indies will be eager to avenge their ODI series defeat to England in the upcoming 3-match T20 series that starts on Mar 9th at Bridgetown; though the hosts have been performing poorly in this format lately, they will try to rebuild their team and boost their morale before the start of the World T20 at the end of this month. England showed good improvement playing against West Indies, after their disappointing series against Australia and will look to continue their winning momentum and gear up for the challenges ahead. Both sides will try to dominate the other and start the campaign on a winning note.
Darren Sammy will captain the side and will hope to lead the team from the front with an all-round performance as expected; with bowlers like Sheldon Cottrell, Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine, who have contributed to the team’s success in the past, the team is set to provide a good attack against the English batsmen. The experience of Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Ravi Rampaul and Dinesh Ramdin will be a major boost to the squad and though they haven’t had much to cheer about in the past few months, the players are confident to make a comeback with this series and stay positive. Simmons played well in the first one-day match and will need to repeat his good performance here; youngsters like Johnson Charles, Andre Russell, Fletcher and Santokie are also expected to give good support to the senior players. If the players can keep a cool head above their shoulders and learn to share the responsibility, this team can bounce back stronger.
The team has shown a positive growth after their debacle down under and they will now have some faith in themselves; upbeat after an ODI series victory, the squad is looking forward to come out stronger and improve their performance. Jos Buttler, Ravi Bopara, Joe Root and Moeen Ali have been in good form in the one-day matches though Ben Stokes and Morgan have struggled throughout. In the bowling unit, Tredwell, Bresnan, Parry and Stuart Broad have done their jobs extremely well and they will give a stiff opposition to the hosts. They have learnt their bitter lessons with each failure and now with some signs of improvement, the team needs to stay focused to achieve their goals emphatically. The players will grab this opportunity to sharpen their skills ahead of the World T20 series and are confident to let the good times begin again.
It has been a rough ride for both the teams in the recent past, but England has bounced back with a win in the ODIs; on the other hand, the hosts crumbled to pressure on home soil and they will look for redemption with a better performance in the T20s against the visitors. West Indies are trying to rebuild their squad and infuse some confidence and with a few changes made to the team, they seem to be in a better position to win the first match.
West Indies, 1.80 @ Bet365