For the promotion of cricket, there could not have been a more favourable environment. The West Indies were down and out in the second Twenty20 International against England, but they rallied and came within striking distance of a victory. England may have won the second match to square the series, but they would be relieved with themselves for avoiding what might have been a humiliating defeat.
The first two games have established the tone for the remainder of the series, which now hangs in the balance perfectly. Both England and the West Indies have made their fair share of blunders and had flashes of brilliance in each cricket match. Now is the time for both teams to put their differences aside. The third match will provide an excellent chance for each of these teams to assert control over one another, and we anticipate that they will both come out swinging against each other.
Even though West Indies were on the losing end in the most recent encounter, they would be pleased with the manner they battled. The final score only represents a close victory and does not accurately depict the team’s journey to that point. It seemed as if West Indies were doomed at one point, and it was only because of a ninth-wicket partnership between Akeal Hosein and Romario Shepherd that they avoided a humiliating defeat.
Having seen two drastically different performances in the previous two matches, the hosts will have enough to think about heading into this next contest. Their bowlers and all-rounders have made significant contributions, but they would still want to see their mainstay batters play well. On paper, they have a very good team, a team that can blast sixes and picks wickets for the sheer joy of it. It will be quite tough to get past them if they can perform to their full capacity.
England is unquestionably one of the strongest teams in the format of the game, and even though they have not been at their best, they have done just enough to keep up with the West Indies in the series. As strong favourites entering this series, they have yet to fulfill their full potential on the field of play. In the last encounter, we saw a few flashes of their batsmen performing to their potential, but they will be looking to improve on that performance.
England is indeed missing a few of their usual players, but it won’t make much of a difference if this England team can find its best form early on. On their best days, players like Moeen Ali, Jason Roy, and Liam Livingstone are more than capable of taking down any team in the world. While this is the case, they have failed to come to grips with the circumstances so far and will need to make adjustments in the upcoming game. Assuming they are successful in doing this, they will be strong favourites to win this forthcoming match and claim the victory.
West Indies and England have met in a total of 21 Twenty20 matches so far this year. Since the beginning of the season, the West Indies have won 12 games while the English have won 9.
So far, this series has been a rollercoaster ride, but it has provided them with an opportunity to reflect on their faults and learn from their missteps. Both teams’ batting has been their Achilles’ heel throughout the season, and they would both want to improve on that in this next match.
On paper and in person, the two sides seem to be equally balanced, deciding between the two difficult. The West Indies have the benefit of playing at home, which may be a significant impact. In light of this, as well as the other criteria mentioned above, as well as the potential profits on their triumph, betting for the West Indies to win the third Twenty20 International of the series is the best option.
Date and Time: January 27th, 2022, Thursday, 01:30 AM IST
Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados.