England vs West Indies, Match 19 Prediction2019-06-15
The Rose Bowl, Southampton, England
?Their last encounters were in West Indies, where both, England and West Indies played five-match series which resulted in a draw (2-2) as one match did not yield any result.
?Overall, England and West Indies have won the nearly same number of matches (Total Matches Played 101, England won 51, WI won 46, NR 6).
?Since the year 2000, England holds 67% winning ratio and it jumps to 80% in the last 15 games.
?West Indies are at the sixth place in the points table with one win, one loss, and one no-result. England is in the second position with 2 wins from 3 matches.
CRICBETTINGBUZZ PREDICTION: England will beat West Indies and remain at the top-two of the points table.
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Living up to the expectations, most of England’s batsmen and bowlers are shining in each match of the World Cup. They have won 2 out of first 3 matches and with a little bit of luck, they could have won the match against Pakistan which they missed just by 14 runs while chasing 348 runs. Their openers are threatening for any bowling unit while their pace attack, consisting of Mark Wood and Jofra Archer, is unnerving any batting line-up.
The performances of West Indies in the warm-up games and in main World Cup games so far have been remarkable. In the first two main games, the bowlers showed how good they are. They looked positive even in the washed-out third match against South Africa. Though, it is going to be a grueling task for West Indies to defeat prodigious England.
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England has won 8 out of 10 bilateral ODI series played in the past two years while after January 2018, they have won 74% of the matches. In the first match of the World Cup, England spanked South Africa by 104 runs thanks to Ben Stokes' 79 balls 89 and 2 for 12 along with Jofra Archer’s 3 for 27. Pakistan batted exceptionally well to smash 348 runs against England in the second match. Joe Root (107 runs) and Buttler (76 balls 103) played courageous innings but eventually, they fell short by just 14 runs. Jaso Roy (153 in 123 balls) lead the side to win their third match against Bangladesh by 106 runs while following England’s gigantic total of 386. Bairstow (51) and Buttler (64) played their part while Ben Stokes took 3 for 23.
Jason Roy is in a terrific form with 492 runs in his last 6 ODI innings that includes 2 centuries and 3 half centuries. Eoin Morgan has scored 1027 runs in past 22 innings at an average of 64.18. Chris Woakes (14 wickets in previous 8 matches) and Liam Plunkett (11 wickets in last 6 match) are the bowlers to look for along with “95-milers” Archer and Wood.
Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Liam Plunkett, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
West Indies destroyed New Zealand in the warm-up match by posting 421 runs on board thanks to Shai Hope's century and Russell's 25 balls 54. In the first main game against Pakistan, Oshane Thomas (4 wickets) and Jason Holder (3 wickets) crushed the opponent’s batting line-up and sealed the match chasing 105 in just 13.4 overs thanks to Chris Gayle’s 50 off 34 deliveries.
West Indies bowlers had stunned Australia by taking first 5 wickets under 80 runs but Smith and Coulter-Nile’s (60 balls 92) took the game away from them. Still they should have chased 288 runs and the half-centuries from Shai Hope (68) and Jason Holder (51) had given them a chance but eventually, Australia blocked their victory for 15 runs. The third match against South Africa gave them one point as it was washed out due to rain after bowling 7.3 overs to South Africa but before rain halted the match, Sheldon Cottrell could grab a couple of wickets in his four overs for just 18 runs. To beat England, they need equal contribution from all the players and ensure not to repeat the mistakes they did in the second match against Australia.
Jason Holder (c), Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, N Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Carlos Brathwaite, Andre Russell, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
The venue for the match is The Rose Bowl, Southampton. The last match played here (World Cup Match 15) was between South Africa and West Indies and it was washed out due to rain. The highest total recorded on this ground is 373 by England against Pakistan in May 2019. The average first and second inning scores are 260 and 214. The highest total chased is 306 by New Zealand against England and the lowest defended is 251. The surface looks good for batting and in 12 out of 24 matches, the teams batting first have won.
West Indies, no doubt, is a promising and talented side, and the mere presence of the legend Chris Gayle is enough to boost their morale, however defeating England is always going to be a challenging task for any team in the World Cup. Head to head, England hold better records against West Indies. Also, in past four World Cups, England and West Indies met twice and England were the victors in both the encounters. Thus, our prediction is that England will beat West Indies in this match.
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