Preview for ENG vs WI Dream11 Contest:
The England-West Indies encounter is arguable the most anticipated fixture of Group 1 of the Super 12 round at this year’s T20 World Cup.
It’s a repeat of the last edition’s riveting finale in Kolkata when England nearly defeated the Calypso Kings but were outdone by a memorable cameo from Carlos Brathwaite.
This time as well, it is the ability to powerhit the ball consistently that is expected to decide the winner of the contest between the two former champions.
Probable Playing XI
England – Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
West Indies – Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (c), Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Akeal Hossain, Ravi Rampaul, Obed McCoy
Weather Update: Clear skies; 30 degrees C; wind 17 km/h
Pitch Report: Dubai was the truest of the three main surfaces used across UAE for the second half of the IPL 2021 and is an ideal venue for both West Indies and England to kick-off their campaign. The ground recorded a very healthy run rate of 7.92 per over across 13 matches of the IPL this year. In all T20Is played in Dubai as well, teams have scored above 7.20 runs per over in Dubai. So expect the ball to come on to the bat and pacers and spinners to feel the heat a bit.
ENG vs WI Dream11 Prediction
This is a difficult one to predict since both the sides depend heavily on their batting and specifically, the six-hitting ability, to cover for the flaws in their bowling unit. Having said that, England have come out on top in three of their previous four T20Is against West Indies since the end of the last T20 World Cup. They also have a better win-loss record (1.526 versus 0.666) over 50 and 67 matches, respectively, in this five-year span.
West Indies have not always had their best players available for selection due to their respective domestic commitments around the globe. But the record still reflects a tiny gap in terms of resources and depth to England, who may have a slight edge heading into this contest.
ENG vs WI Dream11 Captaincy Picks
1. Jos Buttler – Buttler has been England’s star wicketkeeper, opener and vice-captain over the years. The aggressive right-hand batter is expected to set the tone for England at the top of the order. Buttler has been fantastic in T20Is in this cycle, with 1,032 runs since the end of the last T20 World Cup at a strike-rate of 139.45 while averaging 38.22.
2. Jonny Bairstow – Bairstow is another of England’s key players heading into this T20 World Cup. Usually an opener, the right-hander is expected to bat in the middle-order because of his ability to bat well against spin. Overall, since the last T20 World Cup, Bairstow has struck 948 runs in T20Is with a fantastic strike-rate of 145.17. Like Buttler, he is also an enticing captaincy pick.
3. Kieron Pollard – the West Indies skipper holds an invaluable presence in his team because of the wealth of experience he possesses to go with his allround capabilities. Pollard was one of the only shining lights for Mumbai Indians (MI) in this year’s IPL, going at a strike-rate of 148.48 while averaging 30.62. In T20Is in 2021, Pollard has had a strike-rate of 155.10. He is also capable of chipping with some useful tight overs when his team requires.
ENG vs WI Dream11 Budget Picks
1. Mark Wood – In the absence of Jofra Archer, England need Mark Wood to be their saviour with the ball in the pace department. England need Wood to fire in all cylinders and nail the hard lengths consistently throughout the tournament. Since the last T20 World Cup, Wood has taken 23 wickets in 16 T20Is while going for 8.49 runs per over. He is available for 8.5 credits.
2. Tymal Mills – England have brought back Mills at the right time, for the right event. In conditions in UAE, Mills’ back of the hand slow balls from the left-arm angle are expected to be a handful. The unorthodox pacer has earned his place back through solid performances in the English domestic summer. Mills had an economy rate of only 6.67 over 10 games in The Hundred. He is available for 8 credits.
3. Obed McCoy – the left-arm pacer has quickly become an integral part of the West Indies T20I set-up. With his ability to nail the yorkers and mix his slower balls well, McCoy has now taken 19 wickets in his 12 T20Is for West Indies while conceding a respectable 7.70 runs per over. He is available for 8.5 credits.
Mega League Team for ENG vs WI Dream11 Contest
Jos Buttler (vc), Jonny Bairstow, Lendl Simmons, Shimron Hetmyer, Dawid Malan, Kieron Pollard (c), Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Chris Woakes, Tymal Mills, Akeal Hosein
Small/Head to Head Team for ENG vs WI Dream11 Contest
Jos Buttler (c), Jonny Bairstow (vc), Chris Gayle, Jason Roy, Shimron Hetmyer, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Moeen Ali, Mark Wood, Tymal Mills, Obed McCoy