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T20 World Cup 2021, ENG vs WI (Super 12 Preview): England looks to avenge 2016 final loss with first laugh

The Super 12 stage of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 gets underway from Saturday. Meanwhile, England and Windies lock horns in Dubai, as the latter looks to get its title defence underway successfully.

ICC T20 World Cup 2021, ENG vs WI (Super 12 Preview): Team analysis, head-to-head, pitch, probable, fantasy xi-ayh
Dubai - United Arab Emirates, First Published Oct 22, 2021, 9:17 PM IST
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The 2021 ICC T20 World Cup is set to get intense hereon as the Super 12 stage would make things even more competitive. In Match 13, former champion England would face off against defending champion Windies in a repeat of the 2016 final at the Dubai International Stadium on Saturday, as we present the match preview.

Current form
England is coming off a mixed performance in the warm-ups, winning and losing one each, while it narrowly defeated Pakistan in its previous T20I series at home 2-1. As for Windies, it lost both of its warm-ups, while it lost the four-match T20I series to Pakistan at home 0-1 after rain robbed it of a chance to bounce back.

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Team composition
England is heavily loaded in its batting, with as many as 11 in the department, compared to eight in the bowling. England's top-order has been shaky and needs to fire, while its middle-order is also unstable, fuelled by skipper Eoin Morgan's terrible lack of form. The onus would be upon Jason Roy, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Mark Wood and Chris Jordan.

As for the Windies, it too is tide heavy on its batting. However, it is the order's inconsistency that leads to its downfall. Nevertheless, the focus would be on veteran opener Chris Gayle. At the same time, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, skipper Keiron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell and Nicholas Pooran need to step up. On the other hand, its bowling is relatively inexperienced, with Ravi Rampaul leading the department.

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Injury concerns and head-to-head
None of the sides has any injury concerns ahead of the Super 12s. The two sides played each other in the format on 18 instances, with Windies leading 11-7, while Windies also has a 5-0 lead over England in the tournament.

Weather and pitch report
The Dubai weather would be hot, with an expected temperature of 36 degrees and 44% humidity. The track could be slightly slow, with the side winning the toss looking to chase, considering the dew factor at night.

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Probable XI
Jos Buttler (wk), Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills and Mark Wood.
Windies: Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Hayden Walsh, Ravi Rampaul and Obed McCoy.

Fantasy XI
Simmons, Lewis (vc), Roy- Roy would be giving an explosive start, while Simmons should fire at number three, as Lewis would consolidate in the middle-order. Lewis's technicality makes him the deputy captain.
Wicketkeepers: Buttler (c), Bairstow- Buttler should fire anywhere in the middle for his reliable form, making him the skipper, while Bairstow does fir as an opener.
All-rounders: Pollard, Russell, Moeen- Pollard and Moeen are in form with the bat, while Russell has been delivering with the ball.
Bowlers: Rampaul, Woakes, Wood- In an all-out pace attack, these three are enough experienced to bowl the correct lengths and make an impact.

Match details
Date and day:
October 23, 2021 (Saturday)
Venue: Dubai International Stadium
Time: 7.30 PM (IST)
Where to watch (TV): Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 Hindi (Also available in HD, along with regional languages)
Where to watch (Online): Hotstar

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