England skipper Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bowl against holders West Indies in the Super 12 match of the Twenty20 World Cup on Saturday, five years after the two sides clashed in the 2016 final.
Carlos Brathwaite hit four straight sixes off Ben Stokes in that dramatic final in Kolkata, but both players are missing from this tournament.
Morgan, who is looking for a double World Cup triumph after he led England to the 50-over title in 2019, said the team has the balance to make an impact.
“We get balance with Liam (Livingstone) and Moeen (Ali), so it gives us three seamers and three spinners,” Morgan said at the toss.
“We are excited about the start of our campaign tonight.”
West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard said his team is looking to the likes of 42-year-old “legend” Chris Gayle to fire up the team.
“We have an all-round team. Just a matter of us coming together and playing,” said Pollard.
“Chris Gayle, legend for us…Looking forward to what we can do as a team more than individuals.”
Both teams decided to take a knee once the anthems had been played.
England: Jos Buttler (wk), Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (capt), Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Tymal Mills
West Indies: Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Kieron Pollard (capt), Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Akeal Hosein, Obed McCoy, Ravi Rampaul