The grand finale of the World T20 2016 at Eden Gardens lost the excitement as the host India knocked out by the West Indies at the Wankhede. Most of the cricket fans who booked the hotels in Kolkata now cancelling and selling their tickets. However there are possibly that now a thousand of fans in India and hopeful fans of West Indies and England will enter the Eden Gardens stadium to watch a good final between two arch nemesis England and West Indies. England and West Indies will meet each other in an ICC trophy final since the 2004 champions trophy where Ian Bradshaw and Courtney Browne’s remarkable eight wicket partnership helped West Indies to win an ICC Champions Trophy at the Oval, London since their 1979 World Cup triumph. Michael Vaughan’s England were dejected as they lost the match from the jaws of victory.
So, this time at the Eden Gardens, England will have a chance to take the revenge, but West Indies with more than one genuine match winners will not give up an inch to England without any fight.
Now 12 years after the battle between West Indies and England will produce an exciting match. West Indies need to win the match to revive their cricket in the Caribbean while England keen to know the world their newly adopted aggressive brand of approach to the game.
All roads of Kolkata will converge at the Eden Gardens to being a witness of a historic T20 match at their city.
Strength: West Indies have a couple of match winners. In the last match, Lendl Simmons played one of the best innings of his life as he scored unbeaten 82 that helped West Indies to chase down 193 at Wankhede. West Indies top order with Chris Gayle and Johnson Charles and middle order with Lendl Simmons, Andre Russell, Dwyane Bravo, Carlos Braithwaite are very strong and Darren Sammy will provide solidity in the lower middle order. The bowling department with key spinner Samuel Badree and left arm Suleiman Benn will surely bring the variations while Russell, Bravo, Brathwaite will chip in their seam bowling.
West Indies are also a good fielding side and have the ability to rise when it matters the most.
Weakness: Their unpredictability is the main weakness and can break like a pack of cards at any situations. Their bowlers also can be rattled by England’s powerful hitters like Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Ben Stokes and Joe Root.
They also have a knack of dropping catches in pressure situations.
Predicted XI: It is expected that West Indies will keep their winning XI of the semifinal intact.
Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Andre Russell, Denesh Ramdin, Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy, Carlos Braithwaite, Suleiman Benn, Samuel Badree
Head to head: West Indies and England have met each other for 13 times and West Indies have won nine times and lost only four times. In the World T20 England have never won against West Indies as on four occasions West Indies have defeated England.
Pitch conditions: The match will be played on a big ground and the pitch will be either batting friendly or sticky depending on which pitch the match will be played. So whether the match will be high scoring or low scoring will be dependent on the pitch.
Weather conditions: Kolkata weather can spoil the match as regional met department predicted that the black cloud will hover around the Kolkata sky and there will be a chance of heavy shower and thunderstorm in the afternoon. However, ICC has kept a reserve day to avoid the shame.
Where to watch the match: Star Sports and Hotstar (India)
Time: 7 PM.