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England Thrashes West Indies In First Match Encounter In T20 World Cup

Today’s win by England against defending champions West Indies was like taking candy from a baby.

Team England played no letup and ultimately won by six wickets in their first encounter in the T20 World Cup Super-12 Group 1 match.

However, England tumbled along the way before overtaking the paltry target of 56 set by the Windies, losing four of their wickets in just 8.2 overs with Jos Buttler top scoring with 24 not out.

This must have led to the what-if question by the Windies as a better total on the board could have put them in pole position.

The question of omitting top form batsman Roston Chase from the starting 11 and not opening with Gayle may have been short-sighted.

Former Windies captain and batting star Brian Lara argued that the Windies team batted without a plan in their quest to dominate and show who is the boss – arrogance is, some would say.

That said, for the West Indies, the bright spot was Akeal Hosein, who took two wickets for 24 runs while Ravi Rampaul got one.

West Indies were all out for 55 in 14.2 overs after being asked to take first strike by England.

They suffered an early batting collapse, and only Chris Gayle could reach double-digit figures with 13. Adil Rashid was the pick of England bowlers with figures of 4/2 from 2.2 overs, while Moeen Ali and Tymal Mills took two wickets apiece.

Brief Scores: West Indies: 55 all out in 14.2 overs (Chris Gayle 13; Adil Rashid 4/2).

England: 56/4 in 8.2 overs (Jos Buttler 24 not out, Akeal Hosein 2/24).

At the end both captains commented thus:

Eoin Morgan: It’s as good as it gets. To start our campaign like that, all credit to our bowling unit. The guys were very disciplined, and we took our chances. I think Moeen Ali read the conditions beautifully, he took chances when his match-up was in his favor, and to take his opportunity like he has, after the success he’s had in the IPL was brilliant. I’m delighted for Big T. He’s had an unfortunate journey at times, but he’s now as good as I’ve ever seen him, especially with his fitness. We were [thinking of NRR, and held back Malan], we wanted guys to go after the bowling, but that was difficult today on that pitch.”

Kieron Pollard: “It was unacceptable, we accept that. These sorts of games sometimes, we just need to bin it. For us, it’s just a matter of finding our straps. We haven’t batted well in our three games so far. We went out, guys tried to play their shots, and it didn’t come off. I don’t think any sort of panic will come into our camp. It is what it is, we just need to take it on our chest and move on, this is international sport. Obviously, we play a lot of cricket around the world, and this is not the first time something like this has happened. We’ve played cricket around the world, and we have the experience of games like this. Getting an opportunity because of the injury to Fabian Allen. Everything happens for a reason, and Akeal Hosein showed us what he can do.”

Teams:

England XI: Eoin Morgan (C), Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, and Tymal Mills.

West Indies XI: Kieron Pollard (C), Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Akeal Hosein, Ravi Rampaul, and Obed McCoy.

Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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