SPORT-WT20-FINAL 3 LAST

SPORT-WT20-FINAL 3 LAST

first_imgBatting at 4, Butlers unbeaten 66 from 37 ball had Batting at 4, Butlers unbeaten 66 from 37 ball had powered England to a winning 171/4 against Sri Lanka, while he finished their tricky 154 chase with an unbeaten 32 in 17 balls to send New Zealand packing in the semis. England will hope that Morgan, who has had two golden ducks, returns to form and the Windies will have similar expectations from Marlon Samuels who had hit a match-winning 78 in the 2012 final against Sri Lanka. As for big-hitting standards, the Windies will be second to none with the big-hitting and most-sought T20 cricketer Chris Gayle leading the charge. Against the same team, he had smacked an unbeaten 100 in their tournament opener, the ominous Gayle is sitting quiet for sometime and he would look for one final hurrah in what could be his final International appearance. In Charles, who set up their win against India with a 36 -ball 52, and Simmons, who arrived just in time for his unbeaten 82 from 51 balls, West Indies have a dangerous top- order. An equally devastating bottom half with Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo and skipper Darren Sammy also holds promise of a run feast. With the teams matching each other on power-hitting, its the bowlers who are likely to make the difference on a pitch that has behaved slow and aided vicious turn on occasions. The surface may have some grass to aid the lateral movement and the English bowlers — with their seam quartet of David Willey, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett and Ben Stokes – — will fancy their chances. Their relatively expensive Windies counterparts — Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo and Sammy — will also hope for an improved show. As far as the spin battle is concerned, the West Indian duo of Samuel Badree and Sulieman Benn are expected to stay ahead of Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, who did well to turn it around for England in the semifinal against New Zealand. Teams (from) England: Eoin Morgan (captain), Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Sam Billings, Liam Dawson, Reece Topley and James Vince. West Indies: Darren Sammy (captain), Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Andre Russell, Denesh Ramdin (wicketkeeper), Dwayne Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite, Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Jason Holder, Jerome Taylor, Ashley Nurse and Evin Lewis. Match starts: 7pm IST. PTI TAP PM MRM MRMadvertisementlast_img

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