ICC World T20 2012: West Indies opt to bat in the Super Eight match against England

West Indies qualified to the Super Eights after the Ireland tie recorded a superior run rate Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Pallekele: Sep 27, 2012

West Indies captain Darren Sammy has won the toss and opted to bat first against England in the Super Eight match at Pallekele on Thursday.

Defending champions England would like to overcome the disappointment of recording their lowest-ever Twenty20 total and return to winning ways when they take on a dangerous West Indies in their opening Super Eight match of the ICC World Twenty20 on Thursday.

After starting their campaign on a high with a comprehensive win over minnows Afghanistan, Stuart Broad’s men failed big time against India in their last group match.

Chasing a competitive 171-run target, England were found wanting against the turning ball as spin duo of Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla ripped apart the opposition batting line-up to bundle them out for a paltry 80.

The West Indies have yet to win a match, having come off worst against Australia in their Group B opener but recorded a superior run rate to Ireland’s.

Teams

England: Craig Kieswetter (wk), Alex Hales, Luke Wright, Eoin Morgan, Jonathan Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Samit Patel, Stuart Broad (c), Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, Jade Dernbach.

West Indies: Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy (c), Andre Russell, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Ravi Rampaul, Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree.

Catch the live score & ball-by-ball commentary of the Super Eight match here


Points Table

ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2012: Match time table with group details