Kolkata: Having slayed the giants of ICC T20 World Cup 2016 -- India and New Zealand -- in their respective semi-finals, West Indies and England clash in the final of the tournament at the iconic Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Sunday.
For many in the cricket fraternity, neither West Indies nor England were among the favourites when the tournament began.
But both the teams surprised with their unique brand of cricket, setting themselves perfectly to have a crack at the World T20 trophy for the second time in their history.
It will be truly hard to pick a favourite for this clash, as both West Indies and England can mercilessly scourge the best of the oppositions on their day.
West Indies and England were the two teams who had qualified for the semi-final round from Group 1, with the Caribbean team occupying the top spot in the points table and Eoin Morgan’s team at the second.
And shockingly, Group 2, which was the toughest and being described as the ‘group of death’ since it had India, New Zealand, Australia, Pakistan and Bangladesh, failed to provide even a single team good enough to make it to the final.
While New Zealand erred with their plans and execution in the first semi-final against England, India made errors equivalent to school cricket teams in their high-scoring semi-final at Mumbai while defending a strong total of 193.
West Indies proved that with their power-hitting ability, they can shock even the best and England should not expect any mercy from the Caribbean team, which says it has ’15 match-winners’ in their side.
Both West Indies and England bat very, very deep. But their bowling resources and ideas are quite limited. Sammy looked clueless to control the Indians when they were on charge in the semi-final, and Morgan was lucky to have Ben Stokes towards the end of the innings to limit the Kiwis to a modest total.
England: Eoin Morgan (Capt.), Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wk), Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, James Vince and David Willey
West Indies: Darren Sammy (Capt.), Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons and Jerome Taylor
Head to head
Total Match - 12
West Indies Won - 9
England Won - 3
Sunday April 3, 2016 (day/night)
Start time 1900 local (1330 GMT)