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Friday, August 07, 2009

England vs West Indies Twenty20 2009: Preview, Live Score

(This entry was originally published on Saturday, March 14th, 2009)

If you want to get the live score and updates of the match between West Indies and England, then visit the following link:

West Indies vs England Twenty20 Live Updates: 15 March 2009

West Indies takes on touring England in the only Twenty20 match on Sunday (15 March 2008). After winning the test series 1-0, West Indies would like to continue their success in Twenty20 format too, while the visiting side is expected to go all out to win the Twenty20 match to retain some confidence before the ODI series gets underway. England lost the first test, but they bounced back in the later part of the series, showing excellent batting form and strength of their batting line up, but that would not talk in favor of the English team unless they bring out result.

Match: West Indies vs England, Twenty20 2009

Venue: the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad

Date: 15 March 2009, Sunday

Time: Local 14:00 (18:00 GMT)

This will be the first Twenty20 match England will play under new captain Andrew Strauss who is considered to be a test cricketer. In fact, he did not play any ODI match since the last World Cup Cricket in 2007 and Sunday’s Twenty20 match will be his first appearance in the shortest form of cricket in three years. Given his recent form in test cricket, Strauss seems to be very confident while going into the Twenty20 game against host West Indies.

England will play their Twenty20 specialist Dimitri Mascarenhas and Ravi Bopara who just scored his first test hundred in Barbados. No doubt, their inclusion would strengthen the English batting line up, but there are some concerns too. England will miss two of their important members- Paul Collingwood and Andrew Flintoff- who are experienced and known as big hitters. Collingwood is suffering from a stomach bug, while Flintoff will be rested as he is on his way to recover from a hip injury that forced him out of the fourth and the fifth tests recently.

West Indies will miss their injured captain Chris Gayle for the Twenty20 showdown. In his absence, wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin would lead the West Indies team. All rounder Dwayne Bravo is expected to return after six months out injured. West Indies team will play their limited over specialists like Kieron Pollard, Darren Sammy and Andre Fletcher. Well, Bravo’s return is very important for the home side, but his form remains to be a concern as he is returning to international cricket after six months. Sarwan has been in sparkling form at this moment, and he could be crucial for West Indies in the Twenty20 too. Pollard is a big hitter and is capable of stealing the show against any opponent if he can play at his best.

England batting line up includes the hard-hitters like Kevin Pietersen who is considered to be one of the best batsmen in the world at this moment. Though he did not have a very successful series in the recent test series, the former England captain could play a big part for the visitors. Bopara is in good form and I would not be surprised if England wins the Twenty20 match and Bopara is awarded the man of the match award for a fiery innings. The bowler on whom I would like to keep my eyes on is Amjad Khan who debuted in the recent test series. If he plays, he could be a threat for the home batsmen.

The match takes place at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain which offers lots of assistance to the batsmen. This would be the first Twenty20 game in this ground. As the match takes place in the afternoon, bowlers would not get the assistance of an evening game. Rain has been forecast on Sunday. So, the match could be affected by shower.

Online Live Score and Updates

You can get the live score and updates of the match between England and West Indies from the following websites:

Cricinfo

Sify sports

action8cricket

cricketnext

Headlinesindia.com

CRICBUZZ

123INDIA.COM

Cricket365

Thatscricket

It is very hard to say who is favorite over whom ahead of the Twenty20 match. West Indies will be full of confidence after winning the test series, but England has no reason to go into the match short of confidence, given their performance in the last three tests in the series. With both sides featuring some hard-hitting batsmen, it seems to be a hard-fought affair between West Indies and England.

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