ICC T20 World Cup 2021: West Indies and England will lock horns in the 14th match of the T20 World Cup 2021. West Indies are the defending champions, while England is the 50-overs champions. It is likely to be a great game when these two forces collide against each other.
It will be the rematch of the final of the 2016 edition of the World Cup when Carlos “Remember the Name” Braithwaite stood in between England and a win. He smacked four sixes in a row off Ben Stokes. Both the players are not a part of their respective sides anymore. Braithwaite has been dropped from the side, while Stokes took a break from cricket in July.
West Indies lost both its practice matches in the T20 World Cup. The batters were disappointed in both the games. Against Pakistan, they could make only 130 runs in 20 overs and made 133 runs against Afghanistan. England lost their first practice match to India and won the second against New Zealand.
Since the 2016 T20 WC final, the West Indies and England have played four T20Is against each other. England has won three of these four games. Overall, England has the edge over West Indies in head-to-head results. However, England has never won a match against West Indies in the T20 World Cup. Let’s look at five players from both teams who might play a significant role in today’s game.
T20 World Cup 2021 – 5 Key Players for West Indies
1. Evin Lewis
Evin Lewis was a part of the Rajasthan Royals during the UAE leg of the IPL. He made 151 runs in five matches, including a half-century at a strike rate of 162.36.
In the CPL, he was the second leading run-scorer. Lewis made 426 runs in 11 matches at an average of 47.33 and a strike rate of 163.22.
2. Andre Russell
Andre Russell will be making his comeback after recovering from an injury during the IPL. He missed the last few games for the Kolkata Knight Riders.
He will be a key player for West Indies in the tournament.
3. Hayden Walsh Jr
Hayden Walsh Jr is a spinner who can use the slow tracks in UAE very efficiently. In West Indies’ last outing against Australia, he picked 12 wickets in five T20Is at an average of 11.67, an economy of 7, and a strike rate of 10.
4. Roston Chase
Roston Chase is one of the few players in the squad who has scored runs throughout this year. In the CPL, he was the leading run-scorer with 446 runs in 12 matches across his name. He had a batting average of 49.56 and a strike rate of 144.34.
In the second practice match against Afghanistan, Chase made 54 runs off 58 deliveries and was the highest scorer for the team.
5. Lendl Simmons in T20 World Cup 2021
Lendl Simmons was the highest scorer for West Indies in the T20I series against Australia. He made 165 runs in five matches at a strike rate of 122.22.
Simmons has made 320 runs in 12 T20 World Cup matches at an average of 29.09 and a strike rate of 131.14.
5 Key Players for England in T20 World Cup 2021
1. Jason Roy
Jason Roy played for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. Roy made 150 runs in five matches at a strike rate of 123.96. His experience in UAE will help him in the T20 World Cup as well.
Roy is known for his power hitting and providing a fiery start to England. England will be hoping to get a similar start in this game as well.
2. Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali played a considerable role for CSK in the IPL. He made 357 runs in 15 matches at an average of 25.50 and a strike rate of 137.30. Moeen picked six wickets at an economy of 6.35.
In the practice match against India, he made 43 runs off 20 balls, including four fours and two sixes. Moeen would be aware of the conditions in UAE, and his bowling will be a tremendous asset for England in this game.
3. Chris Jordan
Chris Jordan is an all-rounder who is an irreplaceable part of England’s T20I squad. He can bowl perfect yorkers and is quick in the outfield as well. Jordan is a proper T20 player.
He has picked 73 wickets in 65 T20Is at an average of 27.17, an economy of 8.70, and a strike rate of 18.70.
4. Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler missed the UAE leg of the IPL. However, he made huge noises with his batting during the first half.
In the practice match against New Zealand, he made 73 runs off 51 deliveries. He helped England make 163 runs in 20 overs and win the game by 13 runs.
5. Dawid Malan
Dawid Malan is the number one T20I batter with 841 rating points. Hence, he becomes an integral part of the T20I setup. He has made 1123 runs in 30 T20Is at an average of 43.19 and a strike rate of 139.33.
England has a lot of homework to do before the start of this match. Eoin Morgan is not having the best of his time with the bat. All-rounders like Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, and Sam Curran are missing from the squad. Also, Liam Livingstone’s form has taken a dip. Hence, the importance of Dawid Malan increases automatically.