England overwhelm the West Indies by just 55 in their T20 World Cup opener as Adil Rashid takes four wickets
England’s T20 World Cup campaign got off to an impressive start as they beat the West Indies by six wickets after throwing them by just 55 in 14.2 overs in their first tournament in Dubai on Saturday.
Adil Rashid was the bowlers’ choice, claiming four wickets for just two runs in 2.2 overs, while Moeen Ali and Tyman Mills took two wickets each.
Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan, meanwhile, contributed one each as the West Indies began their trophy defense in dismal fashion.
Adil Rashid (left) took four wickets in 2.2 overs as England pitched the Windies for 55
Tymal Mills celebrates taking Nicholas Pooran’s wicket, his second of the match
Woakes and Ali set the tone early on, eliminating the starting pair of Evin Lewis and Lendl Simmons for a total of nine runs.
After a steady start returned seven runs, Lewis attempted to hit Woakes over his head, only for Ali to produce an impressive catch over his shoulder as he raced back from the middle towards the limit.
Simmons followed shortly after, trapped in the depths by Liam Livingstone as he attempted to smash the Worcestershire SUV out of the park.
Moeen Ali took two wickets, including Chris Gayle’s, when England dominated the Windies.
Worcestershire off-roader capped off a fine bowling display with a brilliant catch
The latter and Mills then hit back-to-back overs to get rid of Shimron Hetmeyer and the dangerous Chris Gayle.
With 13 runs, Gayle was the only West Indian hitter to reach double digits as Eoin Morgan’s men cut the defending champions, who had beaten them in the final five years ago, to 37-5.
Jordan and Mills then represented Dwayne Bravo and Nicholas Pooran, before Rashid picked up the remaining four wickets.
The Windies made some early strides in England’s batting lineup, cutting it down to 39-4, before Morgan joined Jos Buttler in the middle to fix things and lead his team over the line.
England got off to a splendid start to their T20 campaign, shooting the West Indies for just 55