Windies vs England, 1st T20I: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Windies vs England, 1st T20I: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update

Holder will be leading Windies and not Brathwaite.

Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle of the West Indies. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

After an action-packed ODI series, Windies and England will conclude one of the best contests between the two teams with three T20 Internationals. The visitors have struggled in the Tests and ODIs so far. Clearly, with what has transpired so far, the Caribbeans have gained more which wasn’t even a possibility when the tour began. The fifty-over format witnessed some brilliant action and it goes without saying that it will another blockbuster game.

The dynamics change completely when it comes to T20s. The Men in Maroon enter as the favourites and with Chris Gayle returning in this format as well, it is imperative that he will be hogging the limelight all the way through. England, on the other hand, will be eager to leave the island nation after such a long tour and there is no better way than to play with freedom for them.

Match Details:

The first game of the 3-match T20I series between Windies and England will be hosted by the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia.

The match starts at 4:00 PM local time (8:00 PM GMT) (1:30 AM IST – Next Day).

The game will be live on Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD in India. (Live streaming in Sony Liv)

Last five completed T20I matches:

Windies: W, L, W, L, L.

England: W, L, W, L, W.

Pitch Condition/Report:

Three 200+ scores during the CPL 2018 for the teams batting first.

Average first innings score: 170 (5 CPL 2018 matches)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 3, Lost – 2

Probable Playing XI:


Chris Gayle, Shai Hope (WK), Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder (C), Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas.

Bench: Devendra Bishoo, John Campbell.

Note: John Campbell could play ahead of Fabian Allen.


Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (C), Joe Denly, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Mark Wood.

Bench: Sam Billings, Liam Plunkett, Sam Curran.

Team News:

(Will be added when there is an update.)

Power Picks:

Dawid Malan:

Four fifties in 5 T20Is he played so far. 250 runs at an average of 50 and a S/R of 150.60.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

First preference – Shai Hope, Chris Gayle, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow

2nd Tier – Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo, Alex Hales, Nicholas Pooran, Adil Rashid

Alternatives – Carlos Brathwaite, David Willey, Jason Holder, Sheldon Cottrell

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Head to Head/Small Leagues:

Keeper – Shai Hope (VC)

Batsmen – Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Chris Gayle (C), Darren Bravo

All-Rounders –  Tom Curran, Carlos Brathwaite

Bowlers – Adil Rashid, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell.

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Grand/Mega Leagues:

Keeper – Shai Hope (C)

Batsmen – Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan (VC), Alex Hales, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran

All-Rounders –  Tom Curran, Jason Holder

Bowlers – Chris Jordan, David Willey, Sheldon Cottrell.


Expert Advice:

Among batsmen:

Best – Gayle, Bairstow, Malan

Safe – Bravo, Morgan, Hetmyer

Risky – Root, Pooran (Due to batting position)

Probable Winners:

Expect Windies to win the opening game of the series and take an early lead.

*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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