Despite that surprise loss against Pakistan, England remains one of the favorites for the World Cup 2019 title. This 19th clash of the World Cup 2019 takes the home team to The Rose Bowl ground in Southampton for the clash against a dangerous dark horse West Indies. This match can be termed as a clash between two big hitting outfits. This winter the two teams played a memorable ODI series in the Caribbean which finished as a 2-2 draw. You can expect more fireworks in this match as well with 2 of the world’s most destructive batting lineups going up against each other.
England Team Preparations
After a shock defeat against Pakistan, England is back on track with a solid win over Bangladesh at Cardiff. This victory has placed the British team well and truly on the path for qualification to the semi-finals. England is likely to make one change for this match and that is bringing back the spinner Moeen Ali. It is an expected change after he was dropped from the side due to seamer-friendly conditions for the last game in Cardiff. Jos Butler has a niggling injury he received during that Bangladesh match. He might play as a specialist batsman in this match with Johny Bairstow performing the duties as the keeper. Both teams also have aggressive pace bowling attacks with the English challenge being led by the fast bowler Mark Wood with Jofra Archer following the suit.
West Indies Team Preparations
West Indies was scheduled to play their last game at this venue against South Africa. But the match was washed out due to rain and there was no result possible. Both teams earned one point each. Otherwise, things are looking good for the Caribbeans in this World Cup. They did suffer a close loss to Australia but that would not put a damper on the West Indies spirits. The rain interrupted game against South Africa saw the West Indian bowling attack making early inroads in the South African team. The batting lineup is formidable one with several big hitters making up the composition of the team led by Chris Gayle.
Despite the dangerous West Indian batting lineup hosts England start as favorites to win this match. But things could easily go wrong for them in the match. I will pick the British team ahead of West Indies for this one.
England, West Indies.
The Venue, Match Timing, and TV & Live Streaming
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton.
Timing: Friday, June 14, 2019, 9.30 AM GMT, 3 PM IST.
TV: Sky Sports.
Live Streaming: NOW TV.