Battle for T20, West Indies to take on England today

RSTV Bureau
England cricketers at a training session ahead of their ICC World T20 final match against the West Indies

England cricketers at a training session ahead of their ICC World T20 final match against the West Indies

In the T20 World cup final, England will take on the West Indies in Kolkata today, both the teams are aiming to become the first nation to win the Twenty20 for a second time. England won the title in 2010 where as West Indies got it in 2012.

Wary of the collective batting prowess of the West Indies, England skipper Eoin Morgan says their focus would be on the entire Caribbean side and not just Chris Gayle in the World T20 final.

“Even before we played them in the group stages I was quite firm that the West Indies team is not just about Chris Gayle,” said England Skipper Morgan on the eve of the summit clash.

Fully aware about the magnitude of the moment, Morgan has called on his side to embrace the World T20 final.

“We’re quite real about things. We know it’s not going to be a normal game. Even the semi-final we played, there was quite a lot of hype around the expectation of playing in a final and I want all of our players to embrace it. It is important we are in the right frame of mind to slow it down when needed and more importantly execute our skills,” he said.

Bitter but not unnerved by the “lack of respect” for his team even back home, West Indies captain Darren Sammy today said the side’s stupendous World Twenty20 run has been possible because of the players’ unity in the face of acute adversity.

“People just paint us as money grabbing cricketers because of our success in Twenty20 cricket. But yes still they don’t respect us in that format. We get that sometimes from our own board,” West Indies Captain Sammy said in the pre-match press conference.

West Indies’ players celebrate the victory during  ICC WT20 Semi Final match against India. Photo-PTI

West Indies’ players celebrate the victory during ICC WT20 Semi Final match against India.
Photo-PTI

The two finalists qualified played in Group 1 played together in the present tournament where West Indies defeated England by six wickets.

The England team finished second in the group surprised everyone by their victory in semi-final over New Zealand. England’s Jason Roy had given a career best performance at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi with 17 balls to go.

Meanwhile, the West Indies triumphed against world up host India in a nail-biting win in the last over.  Windie’s players Simmons, Charles and Andre Russell scored batted well to chase the 193 target set by India.

England and West Indies were beyond anyone’s prediction when they started their stint at Twenty20 2016.