West Indies Vs United States Toss Update, T20 World Cup: USA Bat First - Check Playing XIs

The toss was slightly delayed due to rain in Barbados, but the covers were promptly removed as the rain abated. West Indies and United States are both facing a must-win scenario, as whoever loses will stand on the brink of elimination from ICC T20 World Cup 2024

Aaron Jones will lead United States in the absence of injured Monank Patel against West Indies for their T20 World Cup 2024 clash in Barbados. Photo: File

West Indies captain Rovman Powell won the toss and decided to bowl first against United States on Saturday (June 22) in a crucial Super Eights, Group 2 clash of ICC T20 World Cup 2024, being played at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, West Indies. (Match Blog | Streaming | Scorecard)

The toss was slightly delayed due to a light shower in Barbados, but the covers were promptly removed as the rain abated and play is expected to start on time.

Aaron Jones walked out for the toss and will lead United States in the absence of Monank Patel, who has been sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Explaining why he chose to field, Rovman Powell said: "Looks a pretty good wicket, inclement weather as well. We'll look to bowl well and take instructions from there."

He added: "Our destination in our hands. Today provides us an opportunity to get back to winning ways. We have been batting well as a team. We were lacking a bit of intensity in the middle overs in the previous game. Romario misses out, in comes McCoy. King has been ruled out and in comes Shai Hope."

His opposing number Aaron Jones said: "It's going to be good. I'd get a lot of support tonight. It's going to be a good wicket. We are going to play our normal cricket, fearless and aggressive cricket. We'll look to get a good total. We'll try to be as positive as possible. Two changes. Milind Kumar and Shadley are in. Jessy is out and Shayan is out."

Both teams are coming off losses in their opening Super Eight encounters, and whoever loses this match will teeter to the verge of elimination. Thus, the stakes are high.

West Indies were unbeaten in the group stage but were thrashed by England by 8 wickets in their previous game. USA upset Pakistan in a superb group-stage campaign that led to their qualification, but lost to South Africa by 18 runs in Super 8s.

Playing XIs

West Indies: Johnson Charles, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Roston Chase, Rovman Powell (c), Sherfane Rutherford, Andre Russell, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Obed McCoy.

United States: Steven Taylor, Andries Gous (wk), Nitish Kumar, Aaron Jones (c), Corey Anderson, Milind Kumar, Harmeet Singh, Shadley van Schalkwyk, Nosthush Kenjige, Ali Khan, Saurabh Netravalkar.