Match 19 of ICC Cricket World Cup will be seen the battle of the two top teams- the host England and West Indies. While England have won against South Africa and Bangladesh and lost to Pakistan, West Indies registered a convincing win over Pakistan and lost to Australia, having a washed out game against South Africa in their last clash. Both the teams will now try to grab another two points.
England’s wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has been suffering from a hip injury and recovered well. He is expected to be fit before the game. Moeen Ali also made himself available for the match. Even, they are dealing with the injuries of Mark Wood.
For West Indies, Andre Russell’s fitness is a big concern as he walked off the field against the Australia game and missed the washed out game against South Africa. If he misses out, Darren Bravo might get a chance to play.
Predicted Playing 11
England: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
West Indies: Jason Holder (captain), Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas.
Weather and pitch report
One of the biggest problems in this tournament is the rain. Already a couple of matches have been washed out due to rain and the weather over the last two days was bad and England have not been able to train there. With the overcast conditions, it is expected that the fast bowlers will have the upper hand in Southampton. Spinners might get some help from the pitch later, in the middle-orders.
Both the teams have met 6 times in the history of ICC World Cup where England won 5 times and West Indies managed to win 1. With this record, it is clearly understood that England are pretty much dominant over West Indies over the years.
In the Dream 11 team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match, Jonny Bairstow and Sai Hope have been named for the place. Both have been in the formidable form where Bairstow scored a half-century in their last game. Sai Hope, on the other hand, scored 68 against Australia. Both of them have the ability to give a flying start to their respective teams.
Three batsmen have been selected on this Dream 11 team because of their current form. England’s Joe Root and Jason Roy along with West Indies’ Chris Gayle. Both Joe Root and Jason Roy smashed hundreds in the ongoing tournament and have the ability to change the game single-handedly. Alongside them, there is universe boss Chris Gayle, who loves to punish every bowler-be it pacer or spinner. He can be very dangerous on his day and these three are the safe choice for the Dream 11 team.
The Dream 11 team also consists of two all-rounders, named Ben Stokes and Andre Russell. As it is expected that Russell would be fit for the game, his inclusion in the team will play a huge boost for his side as we are aware of his strength. He is equally good in both bat and ball. Along with him, there is Ben Stokes, who was the man behind a stunning catch in their first game where he smashed a quickfire 89 as well as bagged 2 wickets and took 3 against Bangladesh. His form will be a great benefit to England.
Four bowlers have been named in the Dream 11 team, Oshane Thomas, Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett and Jofra Archer. It is needless to say what Jofra Archer is capable of. He has already taken 6 wickets from the last 3 games and is all set to dismantle West Indies’ line up. Alongside him, Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett have 7 wickets between them and the trio are able to provide early breakthroughs as well as can restrict the opponents within a below par.
Apart from them, there is Thomas who has already shown a great prospect in West Indies bowling line up. He had a 4-wicket haul against Pakistan and scalped 3 wickets against Australia and expected to do well in the game as well.
Captain and vice-captain
Sai Hope and Joe Root have been chosen the captain and vice-captain of the Dream 11 team respectively of ES.