The road to T20 World Cup glory starts here for the two teams that fought out a thrilling final in the previous edition of the tournament way back in 2016.
West Indies triumphed on that occasions and are looking to become the first nation to win the competition for a third time as a team boasting legends of the format such as Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell seek to defend their title.
They face an England side that showed their white-ball prowess by claiming their first 50-over World Cup on home soil two years ago.
Eoin Morgan’s team, ranked no1 in the world, may be missing the likes of Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes, and may not be brilliantly suited by conditions in the UAE either, but they still come into the Super 12 stage among the favourites to kick on and reach the final.
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England vs West Indies prediction
With such a strong toss bias expected in this tournament, it’s difficult to make bullish predictions when assessing meetings between two such evenly matched sides.
England have, however, developed such a winning habit in white-ball cricket that perhaps they’re the more likely winner of this opener.
West Indies team news
West Indies, meanwhile, have a power-packed batting lineup but there is less certainty over the makeup of their bowling attack.
The spin of all-rounder Roston Chase could provide balance off the back of a superb campaign in the Caribbean Premier League.
England team news
England’s plans for the tournament have been complicated by the absences of Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Sam Curran.
The main selection dilemma ahead of the opener concerns the balance of the side, with batter Dawid Malan possibly at risk of losing his place to make room for an extra bowler.
Where to watch England vs West Indies
TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or Sky Go app.
Date, time and venue
England vs West Indies is scheduled for a 3pm BST start today – Saturday, October 23, 2021.
The match will be played at the Dubai International Stadium.
Good afternoon and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of the T20 World Cup as the Super 12 stage gets underway.
It’s England vs West Indies in Dubai this afternoon, with Malik Ouzia guiding you through the action.
Stay tuned for live updates!