It will be foolhardy to write West Indies off after the Saturday no-show, but unless they reinvent themselves, this could be one painful and long, yet paradoxically a very short, campaign.
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T20 World Cup 2021: Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali spin England to demolishing win over defending champions West Indies
England bowlers were persistent with their line and length and were rewarded as West Indies managed their second lowest T20 total after 45 they made against the same opponents in 2019.
T20 World Cup Top Moments: Chris Gayle blasts 11 sixes in 47-ball 100 for fastest ton in WT20 history
Coming into it, then freshly retired Brendon McCullum held the record for most sixes in T20Is but by the time Gayle was done, he had taken a sizeable lead over the New Zealander.
West Indies will need the likes of Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran to fire to make a good start and win at least three group matches to qualify for the semifinals.
T20 World Cup 2021: Eoin Morgan confident England have come a long way since agonising defeat to West Indies in 2016 final
A whirlwind knock from Carlos Brathwaite helped West Indies beat England by four wickets in the 2016 World T20 final but Eoin Morgan's side have been a consistent bunch ever since, going on to win the 2019 ODI World Cup.
Seamer David Willey said England players are soaking their hands in buckets of water during training sessions in order to replicate the feeling of using a ball saturated by evening dew, with four of their five Super 12 games taking place at night.
The three ODIs will be played on 8, 11 and 14 November before the two sides travel to Zimbabwe for the World Cup qualifiers that begin on 21 November.
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Daren Sammy led the West Indies to their second World T20 title, beating hosts India along the way as MS Dhoni's celebrated side once again stuttered in a crunch game.
West Indies, who had entered the tournament after a bitter pay dispute with their cricket board, ensured they celebrated their remarkable victory to the fullest.
The teams took part in the anti-racism gesture when the West Indies toured England for a three-Test series in 2020, with limited overs skipper Morgan's side following suit during a one-day international series against Ireland.
Ahead of the T20 World Cup 2021, Firstpost takes a look back at some of the best storylines from the 2012 T20 World Cup.
Marlon Samuels redeemed his international career with what many believe to be the greatest T20I innings of all time as West Indies defeated Sri Lanka in the 2012 World T20 final and ended the 33-year world title wait.
Curtly Ambrose is as much an achiever as Chris Gayle and entitled to his opinion, says Sir Viv Richards
Richards urged Gayle to take Ambrose's criticisms positively as he might just not be the only one taking a dig at his current form.
ICC World T20 2007 recap: The event that launched T20 into the mainstream, marked beginning of Dhoni era
The 2007 ICC World T20 was hosted between 13 to 24 September in South Africa, the event turning out to be a raging success that helped the global body recover from a disappointing ODI World Cup held in the West Indies earlier that year.
Samuels, who played international cricket between 2000 and 2018, was charged by the ICC on behalf of the Emirates Cricket Board for breaching four elements of their T10 League anti-corruption code.
Gayle will be seen in action for the 447th T20 match as Punjab Kings will lock horns with Rajasthan Royals (RR) in an IPL match in Dubai.
The rain-forced draw in the opening Test gave India four points and the outright win at Lord's 12 points. However, the team has 14 points in total, instead of 16, as it was docked two points for slow over rate.
Afridi induced a mistimed drive from Joshua da Silva for Faheem Ashraf to take the catch at mid-on and dismiss the West Indies for 219 and seal yet another come-from-behind effort for Pakistan in the Caribbean.