|ICC Males’s T20 World Cup, Dubai Worldwide Cricket Stadium|
|West Indies 55 (14.2 overs): Rashid 4-2, Mills 2-17, Moeen 2-17|
|England 56-4 (8.2 overs): Buttler 24* (22), Hosein 2-24|
|England gained by six wickets|
England bowled West Indies out for 55 as they made a surprising begin to their Males’s T20 World Cup marketing campaign with a six-wicket win in Dubai.
In a near-perfect bowling efficiency, England humiliated the defending champions by dismissing them in 14.2 overs.
Adil Rashid took a barely plausible 4-2 whereas Moeen Ali and Tymal Mills had been good, each claiming 2-17.
Chris Gayle was the one West Indies batter to achieve double figures in a feeble batting show – their second-lowest complete in opposition to England in T20s.
Though England misplaced 4 wickets as they tried to wrap up victory rapidly and enhance their web run-rate in Group 1 of the Tremendous 12s, it was nonetheless an announcement opening win from the world’s top-ranked aspect and one of many match favourites.
Opener Jos Buttler ended 24 not out because the chase was accomplished with an enormous 11.4 overs to spare.
England – bidding to turn out to be the primary staff to carry the 50-over and 20-over World Cups – face Bangladesh in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday and Australia in Dubai subsequent Saturday.
Earlier on Saturday, Australia held their nerve to chase 119 and beat South Africa by 5 wickets in Abu Dhabi.
England’s crushing win in numbers
- It was the primary time England have gained a T20 with greater than 10 overs to spare and the primary time West Indies have misplaced with greater than 10 overs to spare.
- West Indies’ 55 was the third-lowest complete at a T20 World Cup and their second-lowest rating in T20s.
- England’s win was the fourth largest on the T20 World Cup by way of balls remaining.
Dream begin for rampant England
This match was a repeat of the 2016 World T20 remaining, gained by West Indies after Carlos Brathwaite hit 4 consecutive sixes within the remaining over.
Regardless of England’s batting wobble, the rematch was not as dramatic, however it was no much less staggering.
West Indies are fancied to do properly on this match, not least due to their vaunted batting line-up. However as a substitute of racking up runs, their batters slumped again to the dressing room in a sorry procession.
England had been majestic with the ball and within the discipline as each transfer made by Morgan got here off.
After successful the toss he handed the brand new ball to off-spinner Moeen, who dismissed Lendl Simmons and Shimron Hetmyer inside three correct overs.
Mills marked his turnaround from injury nightmare to worldwide recall by having Gayle caught in his first over at a World Cup.
Adil Rashid, often England’s massive T20 risk, was not wanted till the eleventh over, however when he was launched he bowled Andre Russell along with his first ball. The leg-spinner went on to blow away the tail.
West Indies fail to fireplace
England had been wonderful however West Indies’ efficiency with the bat raised questions on their technique in T20 cricket.
England bowled 43 dot balls within the first 10 overs, their most in that interval since 2012.
West Indies’ method appeared to be to dam or attempt to hit a six – or, on this event, block or bust – as batters fell repeatedly to attacking strokes.
They salvaged some delight with the ball, Akeal Hosein taking a wonderful diving catch to have Liam Livingstone caught and bowled, and all isn’t misplaced for them, with the top-two groups within the two six-team teams progressing to the semi-finals.
Two of the three lowest scores in T20 World Cup historical past have now been scored within the final two days – Sri Lanka bowled the Netherlands out for 44 on Friday – whereas Australia and South Africa performed out a low-scoring thriller earlier on Saturday.
The early indicators are that this is probably not a high-scoring World Cup.