England vs South Africa will be played today at 7 PM Pakistan Standard Time
The stage is set for the two underdogs of the World T20, England and West Indies to go head to head in a battle of menace, flamboyance and most of all, skill. West Indies will take on England today in the first game of Group 1, in the Wankhede stadium, Mumbai. The match will start at 1900 hours, Pakistan standard Time.
Both teams have their unique set of armoury and style. West Indies rely more on the big hitting abilities of Chris Gayle, Andre Russel and Darren Sammy while Dwayne Bravo and Marlon Samuels have been given the role of anchoring and building the innings.
England on the other hand bank on a technical sound batting line up which is made spicy by a young and dynamic batting line up comprising Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Jos Butler, Joe Root, Ben Stokes and led by the icy cool Eoin Morgan.
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West Indian team have had their issues with the contracts of their players and Gayle is a new addition to the West Indian team, issues like these at times effect the performance of the players. England are a dynamic team but they are coming from a T20 series defeat from South Africa so they might have to get their minds off it to get the result in their favor.
Moreover, England will take confidence from the fact that they have whitewashed Pakistan in a three match T20 series against Pakistan last year. Their new look team seems fearless and ready to take on any side in the world.
The contest is taking place at the Wankhede cricket stadium which is considered a second home for Chris Gayle who has scored freely at this ground during the IPL, however he has not been in the best of T20 form off late. England would like to see the back of him as soon as possible. Jos Buttler is one player who can change the composure of any game with his power hitting. He has showed that time and time again even in spin friendly conditions in UAE.
On paper both teams look very evenly matched and it would all come down to who sustains the pressure of the big event to make a winning start to the World T20 campaign.