West Indies will be up against England at Wankhede Stdium, Mumbai. (Photo courtesy: Getty Images)
West Indies will be up against England at Wankhede Stdium, Mumbai. (Photo courtesy: Getty Images)

West Indies will be up against England in their first game of the Super-10 stage of the the T20 World Cup 2016 on Wednesday at Mumbai. Both teams are part of Group 1 of the Super-10 phase of the tournament. The match will be one of the two matches scheduled for the day. The other match will witness subcontinent teams – Pakistan and Bangladesh clash against each other in Group 2. West Indies are coming into the game after winning one of the two warm-up games that it played. Darren Sammy will lead the West Indies unit against Eoin Morgan’s England side. West Indies have not had pleasant year with T20 in particular, but they will carry forward the World T20 2012 title along as they proceed to the tournament. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs West Indies, T20 World Cup 2016, Match 15 at Mumbai

They already have an upper hand winning a jaw dropping warm-up match against Australia, despite Josh Hazlewood’s hat-trick. The West Indies team will count on the knowledge and experience of Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Sammy himself. Some West Indies players have experience of Indian conditions after playing in Indian Premier League (IPL), that might give the squad a required boost as and when needed. Not to forget, if anyone of these starts firing they can prove to be match-winners on any given day. All in all, the side has enough all-round abilities and will be looking to begin their World T20 campaign on a winning note. Below are West Indies likely XI to play on Wednesday:

Top Order: With the ever-powerful Chris Gayle opening the batting, West Indies will be hoping the giant sized cricketer gets them off to a flying start. Johnson Charles will be his partner who will have to get some quick runs for the side in the first 6 overs. Marlon Samuels will also look to hold the innings together. If the top-3 can get them off to a firing start, the middle-order could then capitalize from there on. England bowlers although, will be coming into the match with a definite plan to send Gayle back to the dug-out as soon as possible because if gets going, West Indies will be heading towards a massive score.Also Read: ICC World T20 2016: Dwayne Bravo’s assessment of West Indies is accurate, question is on showing up

Middle Order: The West Indian middle order will consist of Dinesh Ramdin, the wicket-keeper batsman, Dwayne Bravo, who is an experienced T20 all-rounder and the strong Andre Russell. Ramdin will have to be at his wicket-keeping best while on the field as the ball could be turning and bouncing. Bravo may have a huge role to play while his team bowls. His slower deliveries and yorkers along with his fielding skill will add to the assets in the side. READ: West Indies vs England, T20 World Cup 2016, Match 15 at Wankhede: Key Battles

Lower Order: West Indies will be high on confidence after their superb show with the bat against Australia in the second warm-up. They won by 3 wickets chasing 162. But what might have been pleasing for the Caribbean side would have surely been Darren Sammy taking up the role of the finisher and taking his team to victory. Also, Carlos Brathwaite getting some quick-runs with his power-hitting would have sent out a message to other teams about his potential as an all-rounder.

Samuel Badree and Suleiman Benn will be the spinners in the side, and West Indies will be hoping Badree has a good day at the office against England. Andre Russell, Jerome Taylor and will represent the pace-attack for the Caribbeans. Brathwaite and Bravo will give them support with their medium pace and variations.

West Indies Playing XI: Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin(w), Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder, Samuel Badree, Jerome Taylor/Sulieman Benn