WI vs ENG Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Updates For 1st T20I

Cricket fans around the world are in for a T20 extravaganza as the West Indies and England gear up for the first match of their five-game series on Tuesday, December 12. The battle will unfold at the iconic Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, promising an exhilarating contest between these cricketing giants.

Match Overview:

The West Indies enter this series with high spirits, having claimed victory in the three-match ODI series against England with a 2-1 margin. The Windies secured the last ODI with a four-wicket win on the DLS method, setting the stage for an intense T20 face-off.

England, fresh off a T20 series against New Zealand in August and September, has made some strategic changes to their squad. Key players such as Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Brydon Carse, Chris Jordan, and Luke Wood have been dropped. Injuries have plagued their camp, with John Turner ruled out due to a side strain, making room for Matthew Potts. Phil Salt, Reece Topley, Chris Woakes, and Tymal Mills have been added to the squad for this series.

Match Information:

  • Teams: West Indies vs England
  • Fixture: 1st T20I
  • Tournament: England tour of West Indies
  • Date: 13th December 2023 (Wednesday)
  • Time: 3:30 AM IST
  • Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados

Probable Playing XI:

West Indies:
Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Rovman Powell (C), Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), AD Russell, Romario Shepherd, Jason Holder, G Moti-Kanhai, AJ Hosein, Alzarri Joseph

England:
Jos Buttler (C), PD Salt, WG Jacks, HC Brook, LS Livingstone, MM Ali, SM Curran, Chris Woakes, TS Mills, RJW Topley, AU Rashid

Player Picks for Fantasy Team:

Captains:

  • Romario Shepherd (WI | ALL): A standout performer in the ODI series, Shepherd made 108 runs in three matches and claimed five wickets. He is a strong captaincy choice for the West Indies.
  • Harry Brook (ENG | BAT): The second-highest run-scorer for England in the ODI series, Brook made 115 runs in three matches with an average of 57.50 and a strike rate of 92.74.
  • Jos Buttler (ENG | WK): The English captain made 61 runs in three innings in the ODI series. With extensive T20 experience, Buttler brings leadership and batting prowess to the side.

Top Picks:

  • Shimron Hetmyer (WI | BAT): Hetmyer is 101 runs away from reaching the 100-run mark in T20Is. He made 44 runs in three innings in the ODI series at a strike rate of 89.79.
  • Nicholas Pooran (WI | WK): The third-highest run-scorer in the recently concluded Abu Dhabi T10 series, Pooran scored 254 runs at an average of 36.28.
  • Brandon King (WI | BAT): The second-highest run-scorer for the West Indies in T20Is this year, King has made 233 runs in eight innings at a strike rate of 138.69.

Budget Picks:

  • Liam Livingstone (ENG | ALL): Livingstone scored 62 runs in two innings in the recently concluded ODI series. He has made 461 runs in 33 T20I games and has taken 18 wickets.
  • Alzarri Joseph (WI | BOWL): The leading wicket-taker for the West Indies in T20Is, Joseph has taken 10 wickets in six matches at an average of 19.40.
  • Moeen Ali (ENG | ALL): Moeen made 112 runs in seven innings in the recently concluded Abu Dhabi T10 League, boasting a strike rate of 172.30. He also took five wickets.

Players to Avoid:

  • Sherfane Rutherford (WI | BAT): Having not played a T20I match for the West Indies since January 2020, Rutherford can be avoided for this match.
  • Adil Rashid (ENG | BOWL): It will be Rashid’s 100th T20I game, but he has taken just five wickets in seven games this year and can be left out of fantasy teams.

Fantasy Team – Head To Head:

  • Wicket Keepers: Jos Buttler, Nicholas Pooran
  • Batters: Harry Brook, Will Jacks, Brandon King, Rovman Powell, Shimron Hetmyer
  • All Rounders: Romario Shepherd, Liam Livingstone, Andre Russell
  • Bowlers: Alzarri Joseph

Fantasy Team – Mega League:

  • Wicket Keepers: Jos Buttler, Nicholas Pooran
  • Batters: Harry Brook, Brandon King, Rovman Powell, Shimron Hetmyer
  • All Rounders: Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Andre Russell
  • Bowlers: Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein

As the T20 clash unfolds at the Kensington Oval, cricket enthusiasts and fantasy team managers alike can anticipate a high-energy contest between the West Indies and England. The explosive batting line-ups, combined with the bowling prowess of key players, promise a thrilling spectacle under the Barbadian night sky. The battle for T20 supremacy is about to begin!

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