England’s dream of winning the title was shattered five years ago when they lost to the West Indies in the final of the Twenty20 World Cup. This time Eoin Morgan’s team took revenge for that loss.
The English lost to the West Indies by 7 wickets in the Super Twelve match on Saturday (October 23). And with this victory, the ODI champions got a good start in the current edition of the World Cup. On the other hand, the current T20 champions started their journey to the World Cup with a loss in the first match.
England defeated the Caribbean in Dubai on Saturday. The English bowlers were bowled out for just 55, drowning in the embarrassment of Pollard-Gayle’s second lowest run. However, the English also lost wickets at regular intervals to chase the small target.
English opening batsman Jason Roy returned with 11 off 10 balls with a catch to Gayle off Ravi Rampal. Then Johnny Bairstow added 9 runs from 8 balls and was cut by Akil Hossain. Then Moin Ali fell into the trap of run out. On the other hand, talented batsman Liam Livingstone became the second victim of Akil by scoring 1 run from 2 balls.
Earlier, Pollard’s West Indies won the toss and elected to bat against England at the Dubai Cricket Ground. However, Gayle-Pollards, who were in trouble at the beginning of the batting, could not turn around in the end.
Earlier, in a series of come-and-go processions, the Caribbeans’ innings finally came to a halt, losing all their wickets for just 55 runs. This is the second lowest innings of the Windies in T20 cricket. Earlier in 2019, the Caribbeans were bowled out for the lowest 45 runs in their history against England.
One by one, Lindley Simmons, Evin Lewis, Shimran Hetmeyer, Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Nicholas Puran and Andre Russell returned to the dressing room. Evin lost to Lewis in the second over of the innings. The opener returned to the dressing room with a catch off Moin Ali off Chris Oakes off 6 balls. On the other hand, experienced batsman Lindley Simmons also returned with the ball of Moin Ali in the third over. He was able to make only 3 runs off 8 balls before being dismissed.
Meanwhile, English all-rounder Moin Ali’s second victim is mercurial batsman Shimran Hetmeyer. He also went back with 9 off 9 balls. Also disappointed is ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle. He also could not handle the batting disaster of the team. He returned with 13 runs off 13 balls.
After Gayle, Dwayne Bravo returned with 5 off 5 balls off Chris Jordan. Nicholas Purano has also been cut by Mills. Made only 1 run from 9 balls.
Kieron Pollard also failed to take the helm of the team in the procession of his teammates. He returned to the dressing room after scoring 7 off 14 balls with Adil Rashid.
Adil Rashid was the most successful with the ball. The English spinner picked up four valuable wickets with just two runs off two balls in two overs. On the other hand, another spin all-rounder Moin Ali took 2 wickets. Mills also took two wickets. Chris Oakes and Chris Jordan also took one wicket each.