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5th ODI – ENGLAND VS WEST INDIES – FANTASY PREVIEW

After the high-scoring thriller at The Oval, teams moving to Southampton to play the last ODI match the series on Friday. The home team has successfully registered another win in the fourth ODI and sealed the series 3-0. West Indies has pulled all their efforts in the last game and will go on to the last match of the tour with full of confidence. Fifth and last ODI match between England vs West Indies scheduled to start at 12:30 PM Local | 5 PM IST on Friday, 29th September 2017.

 

ENGLAND :

England has proved that they could chase any kind of target at their home even without the power-hitters Alex Hales and Ben Stokes. After took a lead of 2-0 in the series, England has faced the first real trouble in the fourth ODI at The Oval on Wednesday. England bowlers had a tough time in the middle, where they conceded 356 runs in 50 overs. Chris Woakes claimed 3 wickets early in the 1st power-play, but nothing gone England’s favour thereafter. But the spirit of England batters came high at right time and won the high scoring game by 6 runs under DLS method. Jason Roy who awaited for the opportunity, batted so well to score 84 runs at top of the order and the healthy contributions of Moeen Ali and Jos Buttler confirmed the victory for the home team in that rain affected encounter. No news yet about Alex Hales availability for the last ODI, if he is not available again, Jason Roy will open the innings again with Jonny Bairstow. In case, Hales makes a return to the XI, Jonny Bairstow would make a way for him. The pillar of England’s batting, Joe Root misfired in the last game and dismissed for 14 runs. He is quite experienced and talented player, who scored back-to-back match winning half-centuries already in the series. Root could be back in style with big runs, keep him in your teams.

Captain Eoin Morgan’s bad time continued when he dismissed for another 20 less runs on Wednesday. He generally plays as a run machine at home, some chances for him to find his form back on this last game of the season. The wicket keeper Jos Buttler contributed with useful 43 not out off 35 balls at the Oval. He is very dangerous power-hitter in the ODI format, he may offer more runs in this clash. He will keep the 5th place in the batting order, if Ben Stokes not available once again. England brought in Sam Billings as the last minute replacement for suspended Ben Stokes. Billings just thrown out the opportunity with 2 runs. If Stokes return to the XI, Billings would be omitted. Moeen Ali just took over the momentum which he got in the Bristol ODI to The Oval. After smashed 102 off just 57 balls in Bristol, Moeen Ali smashed 48* off just 25 balls at The Oval in the last game. He gains confident match after match and with the form he is in, he deserves a place in all your fantasy teams. The bowling all rounder Chris Woakes had a good time with the new ball in fourth ODI and picked three quick wickets inside his 4th over. He scored much needed 34 runs in third ODI as well. He is a key bowler who give more points with his batting. Jake Ball who played the first match of the series by replacing Willey in the last game, remained wicket-less and conceded 68 runs in his 10 overs spell. He may get another chance before go back to Willey. Liam Plunkett has claimed 5 wickets haul in Bristol, picked 1 for 67 in 10 overs at The Oval. He is must pick bowler in England’s bowling unit and he will give you lot of points in this game. As Southampton supports spinners, Adil Rashid is expected to play a good role with a bowl for England.

 

WEST INDIES :

As series gone already, Jason Holder led-side eyes on winning the last ODI for their pride and also avoid whitewash. After stunned England in the second test match and in the one-off T20I, West Indies has shown the big performance in the last match on Wednesday. The brilliant knock of the opener Evin Lewis, 176 off 130 balls lifted West Indies to 356 for 5 in 50 overs. While defending the huge target, all the bowlers gone expensive. But, Alzarri Joseph who played his first match in the series picked 5 wickets to his credits. In the end, Lewis and Joseph’s efforts in vein as England sealed a victory by 6 runs (DLS method). After scored firing 94 in the third ODI, Chris Gayle dismissed for just 2 runs in the very first over of WI innings on Wednesday. He is expected to be back with runs in this game and there would be no surprises if he brings ‘Gayle Storm’ into Southampton. Evin Lewis’s availability is not confirmed yet, who retired hurt with hairline fracture on his ankle for the score of 176 runs in the last game. If Lewis is not available, Kyle Hope is expected to open the innings with Gayle. The wicket keeper batsman Shai Hope had poor outing in last two occasions, hopefully will back with bang on Friday.

The experienced Marlon Samuels poor form makes questions on his selection for Friday game. He wasted all three opportunities, but based on his experience he might keep his place in the XI. The vice-captain Jason Mohammed has played handy knocks in last two matches. He is a key player in West Indies middle-order, hope for more runs from him on Friday. Captain of the side, Jason Holder is in prime batting form at the moment. He scored 152 runs in 3 innings this series and he maintains monstrous strike rate as well. He claimed only 2 wickets in 4 matches, but with his batting form, he is expected to give you lot more points on Friday. The all rounder Rovman Powell is also a key in the lower-middle order for West Indies. He is capable of scoring runs quickly and also bowl an economical overs. On Wednesday, West Indies has played with 4 seamers and one spin option of Ashley Nurse. Devendra Bishoo was rested, but as Jerome Taylor and Miguel Cummins gone too expensive, Bishoo may replaces either one of them on Friday. Alzarri Joseph justified his selection with 5 for 52 in his 8 overs spell, he may take the momentum into this game as well. Ashley Nurse bowled at 13 runs per over other day, but he would keep his place as West Indies need an off-spinner in the line-up. Kesrick Williams has bright chances to be back in the XI as well.

 

KEY PLAYERS :

ENGLAND :

  • Joe Root
  • Jason Roy
  • Jos Buttler
  • Moeen Ali
  • Chris Woakes
  • Liam Plunkett
  • Adil Rashid

 

WEST INDIES :

  • Chris Gayle
  • Jason Mohammed
  • Shai Hope
  • Jason Holder
  • Ashley Nurse
  • Alzarri Joseph
  • Kesrick Williams

 

POSSIBLE LINEUPS :

ENGLAND :

1. Jason Roy, 2. Jonny Bairstow, 3. Joe Root, 4. Eoin Morgan, 5. Jos Buttler, 6. Sam Billings, 7. Moeen Ali, 8. Chris Woakes, 9. Liam Plunkett, 10. Adil Rashid, 11. Jake Ball.

WEST INDIES :

1. Chris Gayle, 2. Kyle Hope / Evin Lewis, 3. Shai Hope, 4. Marlon Samuels, 5. Jason Mohammed, 6. Rovman Powell, 7. Jason Holder, 8. Ashley Nurse, 9. Jerome Taylor / Devendra Bishoo, 10. Alzarri Joseph, 11. Miguel Cummins / Kesrick Williams.

 

Note : As per recent update, ECB has suspended both Ben Stokes and Alex Hales for Friday ODI!

 

 

Anand Thiyagarajan
Cricket is what everyone loves. If you’re ready to play fantasy cricket but don’t know how to analyze players, consider his Articles as the foundation of your fantasy teams. Anand is a cricket blogger and fantasy cricket lover.
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