England advance to a six-wicket victory over the West Indies in their T20 World Cup opener after crushing the defending champions by just 55 runs
- England strike out West Indies with 55 runs in just 14.2 overs in Dubai
- Jos Buttler finishes undefeated with 24 and England chase a total of 8.2 overs
- Adil Rashid claims four wickets as defending thrash champions of England
- Chris Gayle, only West Indies hitter to reach double digits with 13 runs
Eoin Morgan’s England signaled their title aspiration with a comfortable six-field victory against defending champions the West Indies in their first Twenty20 World Cup match on Saturday.
Batting fireworks were expected in the replay of the 2016 final between the teams, but England made it a one-sided affair with their bowlers going berserk at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Moeen Ali (2-17) shattered the West Indies’ higher order before Adil Rashid raced through the rest of the lineup to slide off the Caribbean side by a measly 55 within 15 overs.
Eoin Morgan (right) and Jos Buttler celebrate England getting over the line against the Windies
Buttler finished undefeated in the 24th when England won their first T20 World Cup match in Dubai.
England, aiming to become the first team to hold the 20 and 50 World Cup titles at the same time, chased the target in 8.2 overs to start their Super 12 campaign in style.
Morgan’s men endured their own wobble in pursuit, losing four wickets in the process, but their victory was never in doubt.
Earlier, wary of the evening spray that could make catching the ball a challenge, Morgan opted to field and the West Indies fell to 37-5 within eight overs with Moeen in the thick of things.
Parked midway, Moeen raced back in pursuit of an Evin Lewis skier and took an excellent catch over the shoulder to draw the first blood.
Adil Rashid (left) took four wickets in 2.2 overs as England pitched the Windies for 55
Moeen Ali took two wickets, including Chris Gayle’s, when England dominated the Windies.
In the next over, Moeen, who threw his four overs at a trot, caught Lendl Simmons in the depths and the roulette wheel returned to fire Shimron Hetmyer and shake up the West Indies.
The middle order barely made it better as Tymal Mills fired Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran, while Chris Jordan eliminated Dwayne Bravo to keep turning the screws.
Rashid then raced through the lower half of the West Indies lineup, firing Kieron Pollard and Obed McCoy from successive deliveries.
Gayle’s 13th was the only double-digit score in the West Indies’ abject batting capitulation against the fierce onslaught of England.
Rashid shipped 14 deliveries, conceded just two runs, and claimed four wickets in an excellent spinning bowling display.