The West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl in the World T20 final in Kolkata.
Advantage West Indies. Eoin Morgan said he too would have chosen to bowl first. Both field unchanged teams
The last time these two teams met, in the first match of their group, in Mumbai, England ran up a useful 182-6. Chris Gayle, once again turned that challenge into a practice run by slamming 100 off 48 balls. Big Ben Stokes bore the brunt of the onslaught, conceding 42 in three overs.
But England have shown their resilience, for in the following game, Joe Root led a magnificent charge to chase down the 229 set by South Africa, showing that they, too, are now cowed by numbers.
One remarkable stat, given the reputation of the West indies as big hitters, is that England are second only to West Indies in six-hitting, trailing by just two. England make up for it with a lower dot-ball percentage – 33.85 to West Indies’ 45.44, but West Indies have conceded runs at only 7.25 an over compared to England’s 8.53.
Both teams are looking for their second win in the history of the tournament: England in 2010 and the West Indies in 2012.
England Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Liam Plunkett
West Indies Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles, Lendl Simmons, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy (capt), Carlos Brathwaite, Sulieman Benn, Samuel Badree