Sunday 3rd April. 2:30PM. Sky Sports 2
Following a month of absorbing action, the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup is down to just two nations; as those finalists prepare for Sunday’s showpiece event in Kolkata, the whole of England will be hoping to see Eoin Morgan and the boys bring the trophy home.
However, West Indies are in great spirits after seeing the women reach their final too, and will be equally confident about winning Sunday’s final at Eden Gardens.
Even if you aren’t a huge cricket fan, this will be a dramatic affair. You wouldn’t want to miss it for the world.
Can England Avenge Opening Defeat
England may have lost their Super 10 opener to Sunday’s opponents by six wickets, but the 2010 champions have grown in stature over the last few weeks and will fancy their chances of making amends with a victory on the big stage.
The fast bowling of Liam Plunkett and Ben Stokes will hope to have a better time of things against Chris Gayle, who hit the fastest T20 World Cup century in last month’s group meeting. Meanwhile, Moeen Ali and Chris Jordan will be hoping to replicate the economic figures from Tuesday’s semi-final win over New Zealand.
When it comes to batting, Joe Root will be England’s biggest threat but opener Jason Roy showcased his quality with the bat against New Zealand with an incredible 78. If the other top order batsman can put on a show, the Group A runners-up will have a fantastic chance.
Come on England!
Can Gayle Drag The West Indies To Victory
Most fans have labelled the West Indies a one-man team, which is perhaps a little unfair. Nevertheless, there is absolutely no question that their hopes rest on the shoulders of Chris Gayle.
The main man played a key role as the West Indies clinched the trophy in Sri Lanka four years ago and will be expected to pick his game up at Eden Gardens. Injury has stopped him from building on that opening game century, but the 36-year-old will be eager to prove himself as the world’s best with a match-winning display here.
Big hitters Marlon Samuels and Johnson Charles will be hopeful of helping Phil Simmons’s men to a big runs total. With the ball, Samuel Badree and co will be eager to give England’s batsmen a tough time on the Kolkata wicket.
The winner will become the first team to reach two T20 titles, and we’re expecting it to be a frantic battle from start to finish. Let’s just hope the drama lives up to expectations.
T20 Cricket World Cup Final Betting: England v West Indies Betting
This contest is almost impossible to call from a betting perspective, which is why most bookmakers have got the two teams level at odds of 10/11. Quite frankly, even the toss could play a monumental role in deciding this year’s final.
However, from an English point of view, we’re hoping that Gayle will still fall some way short of his best thanks to that injury sustained just under a fortnight ago. The West Indies have shown that they have plenty more to their arsenal, but even a slight problem for their main man could be vital.
And with England hitting their peak at the right time, we’re backing them to do the business.
The focus may be on batsmen, but we think England’s best hope of winning is with the ball. We’re hoping to see the bowling tear the West Indies apart. Many will think Gayle is the most important Chris on the pitch, but we’re optimistic that England’s Jordan will be the main man.
At odds of 4/1 to be England’s top bowler, we’ve got to fancy a bit of that.