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England Legends, West Indies Legends clash on Tuesday for a semi final spot

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England captain Kevin Pietersen

Virtually, it will be a quarter final when England Legends take on West Indies Legends at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium here on Tuesday under the Road Safety World Series T20 Tournament. While the winner will through to the semi finals to be played on March 17 and 19 respectively, the losers will board the flight for their home.

Kevin Pietersen-led England Legends is at number four in the table with 12 points, Brian Lara-led West Indies is at number five with eight points.

However, to enter the next stage of the tournament, the Caribbean team will not only have to take four points with a win but also improve their net run rate. Currently, the West Indies have a net run rate of -0.352, while England has a net run rate of -1.470. If England beat the Windies, they will easily reach the next round, but the Windies will have to win with a better run rate to reach the semi-finals.

The Windies will arrive with confidence after their better show with the bat against Bangladesh. Their captain Brian Lara has also returned to form and played an unbeaten 31 against Bangladesh. Edwards ‘form will also give depth to the Windies’ batting. Apart from him, Dwayne Smith can also bat aggressively if needed.

Brian Lara of West Indies Legends

The Windies team however seems to be struggling in the bowling department. Left arm spinner Suleman Benn has been the most consistent in terms of wickets. The rest of the bowlers are seen out of form.

This match will be a bit difficult for England as well after their confidence was shaken by a humiliating defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka on Sunday night. England could score 78 runs for 9  in the match. England’s batting is completely dependent on captain Pietersen and he will have to rise to the occasion. The bowling department of the team looks good due to the presence of experienced Monty Panesar who not only was economical but also claimed three wickets against Sri Lanka last night.

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