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World Cup 2019, Match19- ENG Vs WI, Preview: England Ready To Face The Aggressive Caribbean Challenge

“Rain is expected to have a say in this game.”

In the 19th match of the 50-overs showpiece event, hosts England will be squaring off with the Windies team at The Rose Bowl in Southampton on June 14, Friday. Both the teams are coming into this game after witnessing contrasting results being unfold in their respective previous outings. England defeated Bangladesh in a convincing fashion, while West Indies’ last match against South Africa got washed out. Therefore, both the teams will be desperately chasing a win in this encounter, unless the uninvited guests, rain stays away.

After their stutter against Pakistan at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, Eoin Morgan’s England was able to make a stupendous comeback, beating Bangladesh by 106 runs in Cardiff. Placed third in the points table, the Three Lions still have a fair amount of work to do in order to progress to the semis. The Brits are next scheduled to lock horns with Windies on June 14 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.

The five-match series between the two sides earlier this year ended in a draw (2-2) with the Jason Holder-led side punching above its weight. As far as the team combination is concerned, England look set to drop either of Chris Woakes or Liam Plunkett to accommodate Moeen Ali in the side.

On the other hand, the Windies team rolled over Pakistan but got beaten by Australia. To add insult to injury, their last match versus South Africa was called off due to heavy rain. As far as their head-to-head record in the World Cup is concerned, the Brits have a 5-1 lead over the Windies, having last lost a game way back in 1979. Moreover, the Windies are yet to beat England in an ODI at the Rose Bowl.

Head to Head Battle

Matches

England

Windies

No Result

Overall (101)

51

44

6

In World Cup (6)

5

1

 

England’s likely Playing XI

Moeen Ali missed the last game as he was on ‘paternal leave’ because of the birth of his daughter. He will be available for the next encounter. His return will also mean that their batting will be strengthened. In case he plays, then the axe may come down on pacer Chris Woakes. Jason Roy has arguably been the Brits’ best bet with the bat, having scored 215 runs with the top score of 153.

Jonny Bairstow notched a half-century in the previous game versus Bangladesh but is yet to come into his own. Mark Wood has done well and he’ll be persisted with. Bearing in mind the bowling-friendly conditions, Jofra Archer’s prowess to generate pace and bounce off the track can come in handy as well. Jos Buttler has recovered from the hip injury and he’s likely to make the cut.

Probable XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.

Windies’ likely Playing XI

West Indies are likely to bring in Andre Russell, who didn’t play the last match due to injury. In that scenario, Darren Bravo is the most likely candidate to be left out. Evin Lewis may have to warm the bench again even after returning from a hand injury. There will be more responsibility on Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer, both of whom may bat at three and four respectively.

Oshane Thomas and Sheldon Cottrell have been outstanding with the ball and have picked up early wickets. Kemar Roach can also crank up the pace and hurry batsmen on a consistent basis. Captain Holder averages 51 in the mega event with a half-century versus the Aussies. He has picked up four wickets as well. Carlos Brathwaite and Ashley also need to step up and deliver.

Probable XI: Chris Gayle, Shai Hope (wk), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (C), Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas.

Match Timings- 3:00 pm IST and 10:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.

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