Chris Gayle is one of the best T20 batsman in the world. Picture: Eranga Jayawardena/AP
Defending champions England will look to continue its recent dominance of the West Indies when the sides meet in the World Twenty20 Super Eights at Pallekele on Thursday night. The West Indies failed to win any of the seven Test, ODI and Twenty20 matches that they played against England when on tour there earlier in the year but can get revenge for those results by winning on the biggest stage.
After opening their campaign with an effortless 116 run win over Afghanistan, England suffered a humiliating 90 run loss to India two days later after being bundled out for just 80. They can be expected to improve greatly on that performance on the quick surface that they will encounter in Pallekele however. Luke Wright and Alex Hales starred against Afghanistan and will enjoy the pace coming onto the bat again after struggling on the slow pitch in Colombo. Paceman Tim Bresnan is expected to retain his place in the side at the expense of Samit Patel.
For the first time in a long time, much is expected of the West Indies in this tournament but they have failed to flatter in their two outing thus far. Despite posting 191 against Australia in Colombo, the Windies bowlers were unable to defend the total and Australia was 17 runs ahead of the Duckworth/Lewis standard when rain brought the match to a premature end. Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels both struck four sixes in their half centuries in that match, helping their side to more sixes than the opposition for the fourth straight match. Dwayne Smith and Dwayne Bravo could both return from injury after not being named in the side selected for the abandoned match against Ireland at the start of the week.
Sri Lanka and New Zealand meet in the first Super Eight game of the tournament, with both sides having collected a win and a loss from the initial group stage.
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