World Twenty20 – Group E, The Brit Oval 17.30
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The winner of this one tomorrow joins South Africa from Group E in the semi-final line-up. Who would have thought at the start of the Super Eights that England and West Indies would be the two teams fighting it out and that India would be out of the tournament with a game still to play.
Thats exactly what the situation is after England defeated India at Lord’s on Sunday, added to West Indies unexpected victory over the pre-tournament favourites means the Indians now cannot go any further.
The bookies have it as a close call in the betting with England just edging favouritism at 10/11 to the Windies best price of Evens. West Indies have looked a far more polished side during this tournament, their fielding has improved no end and the bowlers have bowled with good discipline and accuracy. Added to that, the batsmen have chipped in with big runs from Gayle, Simmons and Bravo – they haven’t once yet relied on Shiv Chanderpaul to do all the work.
England have still yet to string two wins or performances together so far in this tournament. They beat India with short pitched bowling that the Indian batsmen couldn’t handle, can’t see West Indies batsmen being that soft on Monday.
England must be hoping that the West Indies team that played them in May will reappear tomorrow, the one that couldn’t bat, bowl or catch. The teams look fairly evenly matched in this form of cricket and the game could be decided by small margins such as who is the better in the field.
The English will also be pleased to see Ryan Sidebottom back to the sort of form which made him England’s leading bowler 18 months ago, against India he looked aggresive and his pace was up in the mid 80’s as he took two wickets.
Can’t see any changes to the teams for tomorrows game, Lendl Simmons and Ryan Sidebottom have both probally done enough to hold onto their places in their respective teams.
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