West Indies started its T20 World Cup rubric defence with a stunning nonaccomplishment connected Saturday, bowled retired for lone 55 by England successful the lowest full astatine the tourney by a Test-playing nation.
England completed a six-wicket triumph by reaching the full of 56 with conscionable 4 wickets down successful the ninth implicit to summation revenge for losing the last to West Indies astatine the past T20 World Cup successful 2016 — and, much importantly, commencement this tourney disconnected successful convincing manner and with the added vantage of a beardown tally rate.
“It’s arsenic bully arsenic it gets,” said England skipper Eoin Morgan, who won the flip and asked West Indies to bat. “To commencement our run similar that, each recognition to our bowling unit. The guys were precise disciplined and we took our chances.”
The large triumph took England apical of Group 1 successful the Super 12s and up of Australia, which bushed South Africa by 5 wickets successful different low-scoring crippled earlier Saturday successful Abu Dhabi.
India plays Pakistan to unfastened Group 2 connected Sunday successful 1 of cricket's fiercest rivalries.
The West Indies innings successful Dubai disintegrated successful 14.2 overs successful a flurry of attempted large hits connected the archetypal time of Super 12 action, erstwhile the alleged large teams articulation the fray.
Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Nicholas Pooran each went down swinging and, successful the blink of an oculus and with immoderate crisp catching by England, the defending champion was 42-6 aft 8.5 overs.
Obed McCoy embodied the cavalier attack by throwing his bat astatine the archetypal shot helium faced, contempt his squad being 49-8 astatine the time, to beryllium caught astatine long-on.
Legspinner Adil Rashid finished with superb figures of 4 wickets for 2 runs disconnected 2.2 overs. Moeen Ali and Tymal Mills some returned 2-17.
England mislaid 4 wickets successful its undemanding pursuit but was ne'er realistically successful information of losing the crippled and Jos Buttler (24 not out) confirmed the inevitable by smacking a propulsion changeable for 4 disconnected West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard.
England won with 70 balls remaining for a effect that mightiness soothe 5 years of hurt. In 2016, Carlos Brathwaite deed 4 sixes successful a enactment successful the past implicit of the last to snatch the rubric from England.
On a debased time for West Indies connected Saturday, rotation bowler Akeal Hosein whitethorn person had the lone item with his diving, one-handed caught and bowled effort to region Jonny Bairstow.
But adjacent that didn't distract from a dismal batting show from West Indies, wherever T20 seasoned Gayle, who deed 3 fours successful his 13, was the lone subordinate to scope treble figures.
Only the Netherlands, twice, has been dismissed for a little full than 55 astatine the T20 World Cup.
“It was unacceptable, we judge that," said West Indies skipper Pollard. “These sorts of games (happen) sometimes, we conscionable request to bin it.”
“Guys tried to play their shots and it didn’t travel off.”