Windies hold off England

2012-09-27 19:58

Pallekele - The West Indies edged out defending champions England by 15 runs in an exciting finish to their World Twenty20 Super Eight group one match at Pallekele Stadium on Thursday.

Full scorecard

Chasing a daunting 180-run target, England came close with Eoin Morgan (71 not out) and Alex Hales (68) putting on a resolute 107-run partnership for the third wicket but in the end they fell short.

England had lost Craig Kieswetter and Luke Wright for first over ducks but Hales, who hit five boundaries and two sixes off his 51 balls, and Morgan's 36-ball knock, with five sixes and four boundaries, defied the West Indies' four-pronged spin attack.

England needed 125 runs in their last 10 overs but Morgan and Hales paced the innings well before Marlon Samuels bowled an excellent last over, conceding only eight runs.

The West Indies were set on their way for a big total by openers Johnson Charles and Chris Gayle.
Charles smashed three sixes and 10 well-timed boundaries in his 56-ball 84 while Gayle hit four sixes and six fours in his 35-ball 58.

The Windies had raced to 103 by the 11th over when Gayle was finally out, caught by Steven Finn at long-on off as the left-hander tried to hit Graeme Swann out of the ground.

Three of his sixes came in one over from left-arm spinner Samit Patel.

But Gayle's dismissal allowed England to pull back as they dismissed Marlon Samuels (two) and Kieron Pollard (one) in quick succession, with Stuart Broad claiming one wicket besides bowling a maiden over.

Charles finally holed out at mid-on, missing a low Jade Dernbach full toss and was caught by Jonathon Bairstow.

Broad was the pick of England bowlers with 2-26.

Earlier Sri Lanka beat New Zealand in a sensational “Super Over” finish after both teams were tied at the end.

Brief Scores:

West Indies 179-5 in 20 overs (J. Charles 84, C. Gayle 58); England 164-4 in 20 overs (E. Morgan 71 not out, A. Hales 68)


  • richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-27 20:45

    I don't think Windies will get far in this tournament. Even against two non-subcontinent sides and even with Gayle firing, they just can't get enough runs on the board for their weak bowlers to defend. Aus took them apart the other day and, if England had sent Morgan in ahead of Bairstow tonight, they'd have won comfortably too. WI don't seem to have anybody who can take wickets. It's not going to take a very good team to expose that.

      David Theoha - 2012-09-27 22:49

      dude,this is a sport that you cant predict,west indies might surprise you and win this tournament,don't right them off because they can be full of surprises

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-27 23:20

      Absolutely. As I've always said, any of the eight teams left can win this. But Windies haven't looked very convincing so far. Maybe they'll find some bowling mojo in the knockout stages.

      mdu.s.khumalo - 2012-09-28 06:48

      I am with Richard on this one, I have also noticed that there are some loopholes in the fielding as well. Not all of them are committed

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-28 08:41

      Windies probably needs only 1 more win to advance, England probably won't be able to advance unless they win the next 2.

  • andile.nokhetshe - 2012-09-27 21:35

    If this was a cricket a game i was going to say well done to the West Indies

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