England vs. West Indies
|Date & Time||Friday June 14, 2019, 5:30 AM (EDT)|
England 1.34 West Indies 3.40
England and the West Indies will come up against each other on Friday with both teams in a good position to push for a top 4 spot in the table. Pre-tournament favorites England have four points from a possible six whilst the West Indies have picked up three point from their opening three matches.
Rain abandoned play in the West Indies last match. They reduced South Africa to 29-2 but only managed to bowl 7.3 overs before the match was called off. They will no doubt be disappointed that they couldn’t take advantage of their promising start to that match and pick up a victory against the struggling South Africans.
The West Indies have performed well so far at the World Cup. They began their campaign with a convincing seven wicket win over Pakistan before narrowly losing to Australia in their second match. Their performance against a very strong Australian side will give them hope of picking up a lot more points in the group stage.
England beat South Africa by 104 runs in their opening match of the tournament. They then surprisingly lost to Pakistan before bouncing back with a win against Bangladesh. They will be hoping to kick on against the West Indies and are firm favorites to secure the win on Friday.
England’s batsmen have been in fine form and Ben Stokes set the pace early on with an impressive 89 runs against South Africa in their first match. Joe Root and Jos Buttler both hit centuries against Pakistan however their performances weren’t enough to get England over the line on that occasion.
In England's last match, Jason Roy smashed the highest total of the 2019 World Cup so far with 153 runs from 121 balls. Jos Buttler chipped in with 64 from 44 but sustained a hip injury whilst batting. England will be hoping Buttler can recover in time to face the West Indies.
The West Indies are well known for their big hitting batsmen but it is their bowlers than have been causing all sorts of problems in their recent matches. They tore Pakistan apart in their first game with their hostile pace attack. Oshane Thomas claimed figures of 4/27 from 5.4 overs and Jason Holder finished with 3/42 from 5 overs.
In West Indies next match, they reduced Australia to 38-4 and then 79-5 as the Aussie batsmen struggled to deal with the power of their deliveries. Andre Russell (1.33) has the lowest economy rate of any bowler at the World Cup so far.
It should be an exciting match in Southampton on Friday and we’re certain to see a lot of runs. There are superstars of the game on both sides and some big hitters in both camps. If England’s batsmen can weather the early storm from the West Indian bowlers, they should be able to outscore the underdogs and claim the victory.