The 14th match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 will see England facing off against West Indies on 23rd October at 15:00 BST / 7:30 PM IST at the Dubai International Stadium.
It has been five and half years since West Indies and England played that Historical final of the 2016 World T20 in Kolkata. It is often said that T20 matches fade quickly from memory but that is one T20 game that never will. The final over, Carlos Brathwaite, Ben Stokes, four consecutive sixes, Ian Bishop’s brilliant ‘Remember the name’ commentary.
“In terms of personnel and bearing, to say it can have a big impact, I don’t think so. But it’s definitely going to be in the back of our minds. I thought what Carlos did in those four deliveries in that last over, it was unbelievable and it’s something that we actually as a team saw last night and it brought goosebumps back to us. For us to be back in that situation, to get over the line, it shows that sort of never-say-die attitude and we, as a team, look forward to replicating this entire tournament.” said Pollard of the media on Friday.
The men from the Caribbean may have disappointed in their two warm-up games, losing to both Pakistan and Afghanistan, but they have never lost a T20 World Cup game to England in their five Matches and West Indies have won 11 of their 18 T20Is against England.
“The boys are upbeat. We accept that the two warm-up games did not go as well as how we would have wanted, in terms of scoring the amount of runs or the intent that we are looking for. But we get a sense the guys are up for it, the guys are ready to start this tournament.” – Kieron Pollard is not worried about West Indies’ warm-up performances
West Indies captain Kieron Pollard is confident the team has done enough work to address concerns surrounding an inability to rotate the strike ahead of the start of the T20 World Cup.
“A lot of work has been done behind the scenes. The guys have worked tirelessly to get to where we are right now in terms of trying to cover our bases,” Pollard said.
“I’ve said before that we try to keep our strengths and work on our weaknesses. We’ve accepted certain things and gone back behind the scenes and hopefully, we will see a difference,” he added.
Kieron Pollard is hoping to have Andre Russell in the mix soon,
“He played in that warm-up game a couple of days ago and it was just like a trial for him because he hasn’t played a cricket match in about three-four weeks, so there’s still some rust there for him, still need to be a bit confident in his mind. But I’m sure even yesterday and a couple of days before that, he’s been working tirelessly behind the scenes to be fit.”
Possible XI (WI) : Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Akeal Hosein/Hayden Walsh Jr, Obed McCoy, Oshane Thomas/Ravi Rampaul
Possible XI (ENG) :Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Liam Livingstone, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid