West Indies vs England – 5th ODI International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is West Indies vs England taking place? Saturday 2nd March, 15:00 (UK)

Where is West Indies vs England taking place? Gros Islet

What is the expected weather for West Indies vs England? 27-28c with some cloud cover and a chance of rain during the afternoon

What channel is West Indies vs England on? The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream West Indies vs England? The match will be streamed live on the Sky Go app

Where can I get tickets for West Indies vs England? https://www.viagogo.co.uk/Sports-Tickets/Cricket/One-Day-Internationals-Tickets

LAST MEETING
England beat West Indies by 29 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

WEST INDIES

Captain: Jason Holder

  • West Indies put together a valiant run chase as they attempted to try and better England’s huge total of 418 but a collapse by the tail put paid to their chances as they fell to an agonising 29-run defeat.

  • Making it to 389/6 with 17 balls remaining, the Windies were in touching distance of their target but failed to score another run as they lost their final four wickets in the 48th over with their chances of winning the series ended.

  • Chris Gayle was again a joy to watch as he smashed his way to 162 runs off just 97 balls and his current form has resulted in him hinting that he may reconsider his decision to retire as he continues to punish the England bowling unit.

ENGLAND

Captain: Eoin Morgan

  • England head into the final ODI with a 2-1 lead in the series thanks to some bruising batting, particularly from Jos Buttler, proved to be too much for the West Indies as they fell short in their run chase.

  • Buttler smashed 150 off just 77 balls with his side hitting a world record 24 sixes during their innings of 418/6 and despite the batsmen producing once again, there will be some concern that the Windies came so close to chasing that target down.

  • The England coaching staff have hinted that the result of the series isn’t that important from this point on and would like to give some of their fringe players like David Willey and Tom Curran some game time whilst Joe Denly is another option they could turn to.

THE PREDICTION

England head into the fifth and final ODI match of the series with West Indies holding a slender advantage. They will now try and see out the series with a win in the final game but that could be difficult to achieve if they rotate their squad. England had to rely on Adil Rashid’s brilliance to rip through the tail as he took four wickets in an over to ensure the victory but questions remain about England’s bowling attack ahead of the World Cup. If they can get Chris Gayle out cheaply they can seal the series but if he finds his groove, the Windies can level the series.