By Lee Dolbear
- England look to Jason Roy
- West Indies look for consistency
- Only one winner
EDEN GARDENS KOLKATA, INDIA – England v West Indies World T20 final preview
After nearly a month of blisteringly amazing cricket it all comes down to todays’ game here in eastern India. Nobody can really say that neither of the teams lining up today deserve to be there.
Well in England’s case they chased down a world record target of 230 against South Africa in their second game of this tournament, after the Windies had inflicted a six wicket pounding on them in their opener.
The West Indies, prior to this competition, were becoming the laughing stock in other formats of the game, were dominant throughout, with the exception of their slip to Afghanistan. They bounced back to break every heart of the host nation after beating India in the Semi Final by seven wickets.
Looking at the head to head, the teams have played each other 13 times, the West Indies have won 9 England 4. But it’s the final, it’s on the day and it comes down to which team can be consistent with the pressure cooker of the occasion and the huge crowd watching them.
On batting statistics the widely renowned ‘World Boss’ Chris Gayle is way ahead on strike rates but his compatriots have come to the party in the last few games with Lendl Simmons and Andre Russell, they certainly look more than a one man team. England can chuck in the kitchen sink too – Jos Buttler and Jason Roy aren’t shy of going big and the ever consistent Joe Root is a difficult man to dismiss.
On bowling Russell (8) Samuel Badree (7) and Dwayne Bravo with six wickets have been pretty effective on the sub continent, Both David Willey (7) and Chris Jordan (6) have had a great tournament for England.
So prediction time. Who is going to lift this years trophy?
I won’t sit on the fence, I’m here to be shot down.
I think ENGLAND will be the 2016 World T20 winners. But whichever team it is, it has been the most thrilling tournament to watch from a cricket fans point of view.