Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid starred with the ball for England as Eoin Morgan’s side completed a dominant six-wicket win over the West Indies
England completed a staggering six-wicket win over the West Indies in their opening T20 World Cup, gaining a measure of revenge for their heartbreak in 2016 by running through the defending the champions for just 55.
England’s bowlers were outstanding, skittling the West Indies for the third-lowest total in tournament history in an almost faultless display.
All five bowlers recorded some excellent figures, with Moeen Ali getting things started in the powerplay.
The off-spinner bowled his full quota all in a row, recording career best figures of 2-17 after opening the bowling.
Adil Rashid ended with ridiculous figures of 4-2, with the two spinners getting ably supported by Chris Woakes, Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan who all picked up wickets themselves.
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England were also outstanding in the field, clinging onto some excellent catches as they limited the West Indies to a first innings total of just 55.
It was a combination of brilliance in the field by England and some very poor batting by the West Indies which ultimately led to an emphatic win for England.
England picked up four wickets inside the powerplay and simply refused to let up for the rest of the innings.
Woakes started the procession, getting Evin Lewis caught at mid-off for just six in the second over.
Moeen followed it up with an outstanding wicket maiden, picking up Lendl Simmons after he holed out to Liam Livingstone in the deep.
Shimron Hetmyer then became Moeen’s second and final victim, getting caught by Morgan for just nine.
Mills, playing in his first competitive game for England since 2017, marked his return to the international stage by claiming the wicket of Chris Gayle.
Dawid Malan took a good catch at midwicket to send Gayle packing for 13, with the West Indies ending the powerplay on 31-4.
Dwayne Bravo got promoted up the order to number five and he faced a ball in the powerplay for the first time since January 2018.
However, the strategy did not work out for the West Indies, with Bravo also getting out for a single figure score, getting caught by Jonny Bairstow off the bowling of Jordan for five.
Mills then picked up his second wicket and England’s sixth, getting Nicholas Pooran caught behind by Jos Buttler one to leave the West Indies 42-6 after just nine overs.
Having been held back until the 11th over, Rashid began his spell with a googly and promptly bowled Andre Russell for a duck, producing an outstanding first over where he showcased all his skills.
The leg-spinner followed it up with two wickets in his second over, with both Kieron Pollard and Obed McCoy holing out in the deep.
A single from number 11 Ravi Rampaul saw the West Indies limp to 50 and they were greeted by ironic cheers from the crowd inside the Dubai stadium.
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However, he was bowled in Rashid’s third over, becoming the final wicket to fall as Rashid ended with career best figures of 4-2 from just 2.2 overs.
In response, England knocked off the runs in just 8.2 overs to complete a dominant win, despite Jason Roy, Bairstow, Moeen and Livingstone all falling cheaply.
Hosein impressed with the ball for the West Indies, picking up 2-24 and taking a stunning caught and bowled chance to dismiss Livingstone.
Ultimately, though, the West Indies simply did not put enough runs on the board and Buttler and Morgan saw England over the line with plenty of time to spare.
It was a near-perfect start to the tournament for Morgan’s men and the emphatic nature of their victory could prove key later in the tournament if semi-final qualification comes down to net run-rate.