England won the first ODI by 45 runs    Getty Images
England won the first ODI by 45 runs Getty Images

After a victorious series opener, England are all set to face hosts West Indies in the second One-Day International (ODI) on Sunday. To be played at Antigua’s North Sound, the match will be West Indies only chance to keep the series alive while the mighty visitors will look to post a series-winning victory. While West Indies have the home advantage, England are the favourites looking at their current form in limited-overs format. Before the match, here are the likely XIs for both the sides: FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: West Indies vs England, 2nd ODI

Top order: England have heavy batting line-up across formats. Jason Roy and Sam Billings open the batting in limited-overs for the side. While Roy is a good hitter, Billings last knock of 52 despite losing Roy and Joe Root early proves his class as well as resilience. Roy s last innings (13) was unlikely as he had scored three half-centuries in his last three ODIs before that. With Billings, too, in a good form, England are likely to start off well.

Following the openers comes out Root, one of the finest batsmen of modern era. He has been an achiever across formats and will be expected to add vital runs up the order. Root, too, has a couple of ODI half-centuries in his last two innings, and will be expected to emulate that form of his.

For West Indies, Kraigg Brathwaite and Evin Lewis open the innings. The left-right combination is justified, and the fact that the pair includes experience in Kraigg and young blood in Lewis. Averaging over 40, Lewis has impressed one and all in a short span. On the other hand, Kraigg lacks consistency. Both will have to look for longer knocks to pave West Indies way towards a big total. West Indies brought back Kieran Powell after a good 3 years, but the ploy did not turn out to be a fruitful one. The No. 3 spot is a very crucial one, and West Indies might ponder giving the responsibility to someone like Shai Hope who has been scoring consistently in recent times.

Middle order: Skipper Eoin Morgan is the most trustworthy name in the middle order, given he scored two centuries in his last three innings. England get the services of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes at No. 5 and 6 respectively.

Moeen Ali is one all-rounder England can play in different positions, but with the current team combination, he will have to play with the tail to add the crucial runs towards the end. Chris Woakes as well will be expected to do some slogging.

Looking at his brilliant knock under pressure, Jason Mohammed deserves to come out at No. 4. This will give him opportunity to face more deliveries. At No. 5 comes Jonathan Carter. He will be expected to replicate his performance in the first ODI. Replacing Kieran Powell, West Indies may consider bringing in the other Powell, that is, Rovman. He scored 65 and picked up 2 wickets in his most recent List A match for Jamaica, while in the previous match, he added 95 runs and took a 5-for. With the in-form batsman at No. 6 scoring good runs, skipper Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite find both time and confidence to hit out freely towards the end. Ashton Nurse s couple of sixes in the first ODI showed what he is capable of and his contribution will be an added bonus for the team.

Bowlers: With a 4-for in the first ODI, Woakes was the pick of the bowlers and all eyes will surely be on him for the next fixture. Liam Plunkett was the other successful bowler, who will be expected to pull off a similar spell. Steven Finn completes the pace attack, making it more lethal. Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali constitute the spin attack, while Root can also bowl a few occasional overs.

With three right-handed batsmen at the top of England line-up, West Indies would have liked to have a left-arm seamer in their armoury. However, their options are Holder, Shanon Gabriel and Carlos, among whom only Gabriel was successful in the first match. West Indies need more consistency with the pacers. Picking Rovman will give them another good choice. For spinners, they opted for Ashley Nurse who had scalped two crucial wickets in the previous game along with the experienced Devendra Bishoo. Jason Mohammed can do what Root will do for England.

Likely XIs:

England: Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Steven Finn

West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (wk), Jason Mohammed, Jonathan Carter, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder (c), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Shanon Gabriel