England in West Indies, 3 T20I Series, 2019
Venue: Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, St Lucia
Date & Time: 06 March 2019
RR: 8.54 | England beat West Indies by 4 wickets
That is it from this game. Easy peasy for England, which actually comes as a surprise. It is they who have the weaker squad but have come out trumps effortlessly. On the other hand, the first thing the Windies will address in their team meeting is their fielding. Maybe it was lights, maybe it was the wind but the catching was ordinary. The final two matches of the tour will be played at St. Kitts with the second T20I scheduled on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 1600 local (2000 GMT). 2-0 or 1-1? Join us to find out. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious England skipper, Eoin Morgan, says that this is the sort of win that his team has been aiming for, right from the first game of the tour. Praises Adil Rashid for tieing down the Windies in the middle overs. Has another praise for Chris Jordan and is impressed with his calmness in the Powerplay. Is very clear about not giving Jordan the 20th over as he felt that Nicholas Pooran would find it difficult to pick the slower balls of Tom Curran.
JONNY BAIRSTOW HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that it was great fun to play with freedom and get some runs at the top of the order. Adds that the absence of some of the players helped him a touch with no one there to challenge his spot. On his keeping in this game, Bairstow says that it felt refreshing after the gloves were taken away from him in the Tests and ODIs.
Windies captain, Jason Holder, says that the Windies were scrappy in the field. Feels that the wicket was two-paced and batting was difficult but the bowling let them down. Admits that the wind was another factor in this game which went against his team but backs his side to bounce back in the next match. Is happy for Nicholas Pooran for his innings in this game.
Earlier, a Nicholas Pooran special took the hosts to 160/8 - a competitive score at the halfway mark. Given that they lost their top three in the Powerplay, it was a decent effort. Adil Rashid and Chris Jordan tied them down and Tom Curran reaped the fruits of their efforts, finishing with a 4-fer. Please do stay tuned for the presentation...
160 could have been defended but was not defended. The bowling was carted but the Windies did come back nicely in the middle. Sheldon Cottrell continued his good form and took 3 wickets while Nurse and Holder kept it tight in the middle overs. But 4 dropped catches - 2 of Bairstow, 1 of Hales and 1 of Billings were what hurt the home side.
Good outing for Jonny Bairstow who got his highest T20I score and second international fifty in the span of three innings, slowly getting back to his form. He ensured that the Windies did not have a chance at all, though he offered two chances - both grassed. Joe Denly blossomed in his presence and helped himself to his highest score in this format as well.
The first over of the run chase set the tone. Hales went after Cottrell going for 4 and a 6 on the first 2 balls and even though the bowler got his revenge soon, that 17-run opening over set the base. England kept going hard at the bowling, as is their norm and with 62/2 in the Powerplay, needing another 99, victory seemed assured.
A little bit of drama towards the end but a comfortable victory for England nevertheless. They were largely untroubled in the chase of 161 and have taken the first step ahead in this 3-match T20I series. But who knows - with a bit of better fielding, the Windies might have won.
Tom Curran walks in at number 8, replacing Billings.
Sheldon Cottrell to bowl his final over. England need 7.
David Willey walks in at number 7, replacing Denly.
Carlos Brathwaite is asked to bowl.
Jason Holder to bowl the 16th over.
Sheldon Cottrell is back on. 2-0-15-2 so far.
Fabian Allen for the first time this evening.
Sam Billings comes in at number 6, replacing Bairstow. Two new batsmen in the middle.
Ashley Nurse is back on. 1-0-14-0 so far.
Joe Denly walks in next.
Carlos Brathwaite into the attack now.
Jason Holder to bowl his first over.
Ashley Nurse to roll his arm over.
Eoin Morgan walks in at number 4, replacing Root.
Root's gone LBW! But he wants it reviewed. Was height the factor?
Joe Root walks in at number 3, replacing Hales. Oshane Thomas to bowl from the other end.
We are back for the chase. Sheldon Cottrell will open for the Windies while Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow have come out for the visitors.