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ICC World T20 Final: players to watch

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ICC World T20 Final: players to watch © Gareth Copley/Getty Images ICC World T20 Final: players to watch

A young and daring England will take on a power-packed West Indies in the final of the 2016 World T20 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on April 3, 2016. While England defeated an in-form New Zealand side in the semi-final, West Indies did so by out-powering tournament favorites and hosts India. The final at Eden Gardens will be a battle of tactics, nerve, prowess and temperament, requiring the top players from both sides to rise to the occasion. Here are the key battles that, in all likelihood, will decide the outcome of the final.  

Captain – Eoin Morgan (England) vs Darren Sammy (West Indies)

Eoin Morgan (England) vs Darren Sammy (West Indies) © BPI/REX/Shutterstock/Rex Images; Nick Potts/PA WIRE/Press Association Eoin Morgan (England) vs Darren Sammy (West Indies)

Morgan, leading a new-look England side, has not been in the best form personally (61 runs from five innings) but his calming influence in keeping the team together and tactical efficiency cannot be underestimated. Sammy, on the other hand, has already led the West Indies to the World T20 title (2014) and knows what it takes to succeed in big matches. Will Morgan's calmness and tactics be able to outdo Sammy's courage and experience? 

Batsman – Jason Roy (Eng) vs Chris Gayle (West Indies) © Jason Roy vs Chris Gayle – Gareth Copley/Getty Images; DANISH SIDDIQUI/REUTERS/Reuters Batsman – Jason Roy (Eng) vs Chris Gayle (West Indies)

Roy, England’s blistering opener, has been setting the tone for the Three Lions by providing swashbuckling starts and attacking the ball in the first six overs. He has scored 183 runs from five innings at a strike rate of more than 150. Gayle, on the other hand, is West Indies’ talisman batsman but has not scored big after his hundred in the first game. However, a huge innings from Gayle is all the West Indies need to win their second World T20 title.

Bowler – Chris Jordan (England) vs Samuel Badree (West Indies)

Bowler – Chris Jordan vs Samuel Badree (West Indies) © Gareth Copley/Getty Images; Aijaz Rahi/ASSOCIATED PRESS/AP Images Bowler – Chris Jordan vs Samuel Badree (West Indies)

Jordan has been critical to England’s success with his bowling at the death (finishing off a team at the end of a short-innings match) and the ability to pick wickets (six wickets in five innings). His bowling at the death against the mighty Windies line-up could end up deciding the game. While Jordan has been excellent in the closing overs, Badree has stemmed the flow of runs at the top with his tight bowling (seven wickets in five innings at an economy rate of 5.68). Darren Sammy is likely to use Badree to stop the likes of Jason Roy, Joe Root and Jos Buttler.

Wicket keeper – Jos Buttler (England) vs Denesh Ramdin (West Indies)

Wicket keeper – Jos Buttler (England) vs Denesh Ramdin (West Indies) © Qamar Sibtain/India Today Group/Getty Images; PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images Wicket keeper – Jos Buttler (England) vs Denesh Ramdin (West Indies)

Ramdin has not contributed much with either bat or keeping but the final will give him a chance to shine on the biggest stage. Buttler, on the other hand, has performed well with the bat (155 runs in five matches at a strike rate of 158.16), taking his team home in the last two matches. Catches win matches in cricket and both keepers will need to bring their A games if their teams are to take home silverware. 

All-rounder – Ben Stokes vs Dwayne Bravo (West Indies)

All-rounder – Ben Stokes vs Dwayne Bravo (West Indies) © Gareth Copley/Getty Images; DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images All-rounder – Ben Stokes vs Dwayne Bravo (West Indies)

Both Stokes and Bravo have been effective with the ball, taking four and six wickets in five matches respectively. Neither has covered himself in glory with the bat in this tournament so far, though. Now's the time to step up.

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