West Indies vs England 3rd ODI Match Prediction
England and West Indies head to Grenada for the third match in this five-game series all square, after a win apiece in Bridgetown. The match is scheduled for February 25, and the live action begins at 09:30 local time.
WI vs ENG, 3rd ODI: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: Sky Sports Cricket, Fox Sports, Ten Sports, Sony ESPN, PTV Sports, SuperSport, ATN Cricket Plus, Willow TV, Astro Cricket HD, OSN Sports Cricket, Star Cricket, Gazi TV
Live streaming: SonyLiv, Now TV, SuperSport Live, Willow TV Online
WI vs ENG Toss Prediction
England elected to field first last time out, having been asked to do so in the first match. With an eye on the World Cup, they may prefer to set a total this time.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for West Indies vs England, 3rd ODI.
WINNER : ENGLAND
West Indies Team News & Playing 11
WI Team News
West Indies profited from adding an extra bowling option last time out, as Sheldon Cottrell replaced big-hitting Nicholas Pooran in the line-up. That better balance could be repeated as the hosts look to back up their win.
WI Key Players
Shai Hope came into this series in red-hot form, scoring 43, 146* and 108* against Bangladesh, and he has added 64 and 33 so far in this series. He was outshone by Chris Gayle’s 135 from 129 balls in the first game, however – and the veteran opener hit another 50 last time out.
In the middle order, Shimron Hetmyer smashed 104 from 83 balls last time out to record his second ODI hundred, in a format he now averages 42 in with the bat at a strike rate of 109.29.
Sheldon Cottrell’s bowling was the major difference between the first two games, however. He removed both openers last time out and added a further three as England collapsed – finishing with 5-46 from nine overs.
Jason Holder took 3-53, meanwhile, to add to his 2-63 in the first game. The captain now has 117 ODI wickets in 86 appearances, as well as being useful down the order with the bat too.
WI Team Form
West Indies are still looking for their first ODI series/tournament success since beating Bangladesh at home in 2014.
Before facing England, they lost 2-1 to Bangladesh on the back of a 3-1 defeat in India. Against the Bangladeshis – in Bangladesh – they lost the first game by five wickets after posting just 195/9, though Shai Hope’s unbeaten 146 from 144 balls helped them bounced back with a four-wicket win chasing 256 in the second.
In the decider, Hope hit another century but West Indies were restricted to 198/9 and lost by eight wickets.
In this series, Chris Gayle became the latest to hit a century in vain as West Indies failed to defend 360/8 in the first game but, after Shimron Hetmyer’s unbeaten 104, they bowled England out for 263 – Sheldon Cottrell taking 5-46 – to win the second game and level the series.
West Indies Predicted Playing 11
- Chris Gayle, John Campbell, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Oshane Thomas, Sheldon Cottrell, Devendra Bishoo
England Team News & Playing 11
ENG Team News
Tom Curran slotted into the line-up last time out but went wicketless and was then given out to a terrible LBW decision first up. He should be given at least another game, however, as England assess their World Cup options. Joe Denly and Alex Hales have yet to be used at the top of the order, but again knee-jerk changes would be uncharacteristic from England who – apart from the defeat last time out – have been in good form in ODI cricket.
ENG Key Players
Eoin Morgan and Joe Root have been in outstanding form in England’s recent ODI successes and that looks set to continue in the West Indies. Morgan scored two half-centuries in the rain-affected series win against Sri Lanka and has hit 65 and 70 in the two matches in this series too.
Root, meanwhile, was one of two centurions in the first game – scoring 102, having also hit 114 in the warm-up game. He now has 14 ODI centuries to his name, and 30 in all formats with England.
Jason Roy was the other centurion in the first game – another continuing the superb form he has showed over the past 12 months or so in ODI cricket. He hit 123 from 85 balls.
England’s greatest strength has been their batting depth in this format, meanwhile. Ben Stokes top-scored with 79 last time out, while Jos Buttler is also down the order and yet to show his best form – having been one of the stand-out batsmen during his recent Big Bash League stint.
Stokes also took 3-37 with the ball in the first game, while Adil Rashid’s leg-spin has brought four wickets across the two matches so far.
ENG Team Form
England went into this series having won ten of their last 12 completed matches, so that record now reads 11 wins in 14 since a shock defeat in a one-off game against Scotland.
Before jetting out to the West Indies, England backed up series wins against Australia and India in the summer by beating Sri Lanka in a rain-affected series. Rain curtailed their first game, but England then won three in a row with Eoin Morgan in fine batting to ensure they would win the series – he hit 92, 58* and 31* in three consecutive innings. They conceded 366/6 in their final game, however, and were 132/9 when rain put them out of their misery in reply and consigned them to a 219-run DLS method defeat.
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England Predicted Playing 11
- Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Adil Rashid
Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
WI : W L L W L
ENG : L W L W W
WI vs ENG Head to Head
This will be the 99th ODI match between West Indies and England, with England’s victory in the first game of this series their 50th in those fixtures. West Indies have now won 43 after their success last time out.
It means West Indies have already done better than the last time they met, in England, when England claimed a 4-0 series win with Jonny Bairstow scoring 302 runs – including two centuries – in the series. England also won 3-0 last time they were in the West Indies so victory last time out was very overdue for the hosts.
As a result, they go into this third game all square in the five-match series – England having chased 361 to win the first game by six wickets before falling to 263 all out in the second match in pursuit of 290 for victory.
West Indies vs England Betting Odds
England remain big favourites to beat West Indies in this third ODI, at 1.40 to win, though the West Indies can be backed at 3.00 – both with Bet365.
Chris Gayle was the star batsman for the hosts in the first game and followed that up with a half-century last time out. In top for, he is 3.75 to be their top run scorer. Shai Hope (5.00) and Shimron Hetmyer (5.50) – a centurion last time – are also worth a look.
For England, Joe Root is 4.00 to be their top batsman, while Jason Roy is 4.50 after both hitting centuries first up. Eoin Morgan is in consistently good form, however, and he could prove profitable at 5.50 to be their top batsman.
The difference last time out was Sheldon Cottrell’s bowling. If England are to bounce back, they will need their bowlers to excel this time and Adil Rashid, their most consistent wicket taker in this format, is 4.33 to be their top bowler.
West Indies vs England Prediction
England’s batting collapse in the second ODI was uncharacteristic given their form in the 50-over format and they will be keen to bounce straight back in this third game.
ABOUT THE MATCH
The win in the test series was supposed to be an anomaly and things would set right now that the West Indies and England have moved on to the ODI format. After all, England has 10 consecutive wins against the West Indies, including that brilliant chase of 360, to bank upon. They are the number one ranked side in the world and favorites for the ICC World Cup 2019. The West Indies, on the other hand, is ranked ninth in the world and very nearly did not qualify the cricket world 2019 at all.
There has been a resurgence of sorts in West Indies cricket and that is continuing in this series. They scored 360 in the first match and won the second one to level the series 1-1. There is everything to play for with three matches remaining and England is finding out that is not the walkover they expected it to be.
The West Indies put in another commanding batting performance in the second ODI against England as they put up 289 on a surface that was not as good for batting as the first one. The fact that they were able to reach that total was down the brilliance of Shimron Hetmyer, who now has four centuries from 22 ODI matches.
He is just 22 years old and we hope that he continues to play for the West Indies for years to come and is not swayed by the lure of T20 money like so many before him. The old warhorse, Chris Gayle also scored another fifty in typical fashion. It was full of dot balls and sixes eventually giving him a strike rate of just 79.36.
His lack of strike rotation makes it difficult for the batsmen on the other end as well.
John Campbell played a decent hand but will need to do more in order to be a serious contender for Evin Lewis’s spot. With Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, and Ashley Nurse, the West Indies has some good batting deep into the lineup.
There has been some speculation that Andre Russell could be returning to the ODI side for the remaining three matches. If that happens then that is going to be a giant boost to the West Indies. As of now, though, he is probably going to make a comeback for the T20 series that follows the ODI’s.
We were quite disappointed to see Nicholas Pooran dropped from the side to add another bowler. Sheldon Cottrell played an integral role in winning the West Indies the previous match and is not going to be dropped but Pooran could play in place of Carlos Brathwaite.
The bowling was better in the second match but we don’t think Jason Holder trusts his bowlers completely just yet. Oshane Thomas and Ashley Nurse did not bowl all their overs and this could be a reason why Holder wants to have a sixth bowling option in the side.
We hope the West Indies don’t stop trying to improve their team balance just because they won the second match.
Eoin Morgan conceded that they were beaten by a better side in the second match and he was not wrong. There is no doubt, though, that England seemed to have the match in the bag with about ten overs to go. Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes were batting comfortably and the required run rate was within control.
A flurry of late wickets lost them the match and having the deepest batting lineup in the world did not end up helping them.
We think this last match showed just how important Joe Root is to this side. He bats through the inning playing risk-free cricket and allows the other batter to play freely around him. He got off to a good start but was not unable to make it count.
Eoin Morgan also got a fifty for the second consecutive match but did not convert it into a hundred.
One defeat does not mean that England should go into panic mode and we think they are going to stick with much the same team. They rotated their fast bowlers and gave Tom Curran a chance in the last game. He bowled better than his figures suggest and should be persisted with.
We believe that Tom Curran and Mark Wood are the best choice for England alongside Plunkett and Stokes although David Willey is also likely to get a go sooner rather than later.
Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali have not been as effective as the England team would have hoped. Moeen Ali has had a great couple of years as a bowler and his white ball form leading into the ICC World Cup 2019 is a bit of a concern.