England take on West Indies in the second one-day international (ODI) in Antigua on Sunday knowing that nothing less than a victory will do if Stuart Broad’s side want to win this short three-match series.
The tourists lost the opener on Friday by just 15 runs in a contest they appeared to be in control of for much of the time, only to suddenly then falter with the finishing line in sight.
And so it really now is a case of win or bust for Broad and Co. as they go in search of what would be just a third ODI victory in their previous 10 outings.
What: West Indies vs. England
Where: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua
When: Sunday, March. 2, 1.30 p.m. GMT/ 9.30 a.m. local time
West Indies: Dwayne Bravo (captain), Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Jason Holder, Nikita Miller, Sunil Narine, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Marlon Samuels, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith
England: S Broad (Nottinghamshire - captain), E Morgan (Middlesex - vice captain), M Ali (Worcestershire), R Bopara (Essex), T Bresnan (Yorkshire), J Buttler (Lancashire), J Dernbach (Surrey), H Gurney (Nottinghamshire), A Hales (Nottinghamshire), C Jordan (Sussex), M Lumb (Nottinghamshire), S Parry (Lancashire), J Root (Yorkshire), B Stokes (Durham), J Tredwell (Kent), L Wright (Sussex)
West Indies: Friday’s win, in what initially had looked to be unpromising circumstances, will have given recently appointed ODI skipper Dwayne Bravo and his men a huge lift.
As a result, the home side will now be favourites to close out this mini series at the earliest possible juncture.
England: Where next for Ashley Giles’ team after they somehow contrived to lose the opening 50-over match from a seemingly winnable position (if there is such a thing with England these days)?
And with the tourists’ limited-overs form over the course of the past six months so underwhelming, you would be a brave man indeed to predict a series-levelling win by England at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Sunday.
West Indies win by 15 runs. Inspired by Bravo and Sammy. Narine out-foxed England middle order. #wiveng— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) February 28, 2014
Sunil Narine: The crafty off-break bowler bamboozled all of England’s batsmen in the first ODI on Friday. His subtle changes of pace, flight and spin led to impressive figures of two for 36 from his allotted 10 overs, including the only maiden recorded by the home team.
And the 25-year-old is sure to pose just as big a threat in the second match on a worn pitch that is likely to take even more spin than in the opening contest.
Jos Butler: In a batting lineup missing both Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales’ explosive big hitting, a lot is going to now rest on the broad shoulders of the tourists’ wicketkeeper-batsman.
However, if anyone is capable of rising to the challenge, then it is the 23-year-old Somerset star.
Who will win the second ODI in Antigua?
Weather: We are expecting a low of 23 degrees Celsius and a high of 27 degrees Celsius, with some cloud and a 10 per cent chance of rain, for this second match of the series.
Pitch: The surface on Friday was slow, low and receptive to spin. This made it difficult to time the ball, especially in England’s second-innings run chase, which could make for a tricky decision for whichever captain wins the toss.