England in West Indies, 3 T20I Series, 2019

West Indies vs England - 1st T20I

Venue: Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, St Lucia

Date & Time: 06 March 2019

England 161/6

RR: 8.54 | England beat West Indies by 4 wickets

commentary

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.

18.5
1
S Cottrell to Tom Curran, That is the match! Short ball outside off, Curran pulls it over the mid-wicket region. The ball races to the fence but they complete the run before that. England win by 4 wickets with 7 balls to spare.
18.4
1
S Cottrell to D Willey, Nudges this through mid-wicket to get to the other end. Scores are level.
18.3
0
S Cottrell to D Willey, FOUR BYES! This has taken the wind out of this game. Short ball down the leg side. Willey looks to hook but misses. Hope behind jumps but the ball touches his glove and goes to the fine leg boundary. Just two more needed now.
18.2
1
S Cottrell to Tom Curran, Outside off, punched through cover off the back foot for a single. England are just a hit away.

Tom Curran walks in at number 8, replacing Billings.

18.1
0
S Cottrell to Sam Billings, OUT! Bowled 'em! Could there be a surprise for us? Sheldon back into the attack and gets a wicket off his first bowl. Rolls his finger to this one and serves it on middle. Billings is early in his slog and cannot get bat to it. The furniture behind is disturbed and out comes the military celebration.

Sheldon Cottrell to bowl his final over. England need 7.

17.6
0
J Holder to D Willey, Played to the point region by Willey. No run taken.
17.5
1
J Holder to Sam Billings, DROPPED! Oh dear, that would have been interesting. Short ball again on off, Billings pulls but the ball goes towards deep backward square leg. Thomas runs but goes with just his left hand for the catch and fails to hold on. They change ends. England would have had two new batsmen to complete the task.

David Willey walks in at number 7, replacing Denly.

17.4
0
J Holder to Joe Denly, OUT! A wicket against the run of play. Short ball on the leg side, Denly looking for a maximum on the on side doesn't get hold of it. The ball goes in hands of Pooran at deep square leg who takes it easily. Is this come too late?
17.3
0
J Holder to Joe Denly, Down the leg side, Denly tries to pull but cannot get bat to it.
17.2
1
J Holder to Sam Billings, Bounce! Outside off, Billings is caught by surprise and gets hit high on the bat. The ball goes to the off side where they take a single.
17.1
1
J Holder to Joe Denly, Full toss on the pads, worked away through mid-wicket for one.
16.6
0
C Brathwaite to Joe Denly, On a good length around off, nipping back in, Denly misses his flick and is hit on the pads. The ball rolls to the off side and a single is taken, leg bye signalled.
16.5
0
C Brathwaite to Joe Denly, The batsman appears to have been struck on the thigh pad. Leg byes signalled by the umpire. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.
16.4
1
C Brathwaite to Sam Billings, Short ball, Sam mistimes his pull through mid on for a run.
16.3
2
C Brathwaite to Sam Billings, A low full toss outside off, eased wide of cover for a couple.
16.3
0
C Brathwaite to Sam Billings, ANOTHER WIDE! Full and outside off, this time Billings reaches out to drive but misses.
16.3
0
C Brathwaite to Sam Billings, WIDE. Well outside the wide guideline, outside off, left alone.
16.2
1
C Brathwaite to Joe Denly, Very full outside off, almost a yorker, squeezed through the covers for a run. The stand moves to 40 from 28 balls.
16.1
1
C Brathwaite to Sam Billings, Full and wide outside off, driven through the covers for a single. 19 needed from 23 balls now.

Carlos Brathwaite is asked to bowl.

15.6
1
J Holder to Sam Billings, Billings taps this to the off side and is happy with the single. 20 needed from 4 overs for the visitors.
15.5
1
J Holder to Joe Denly, Great yorker. Denly plays it to the on side and takes one.
15.4
4
J Holder to Joe Denly, FOUR! Not elegant bu effective. Short again, Denly shows all his three stumps and goes for a forehand tennis smash. The ball goes over the bowler's head to the long off boundary.
15.3
0
J Holder to Joe Denly, Short ball on leg, Denly attempts to hook that one but fails to make contact.
15.2
2
J Holder to Joe Denly, Outside off, Denly gives room and slaps it to extra cover. They get the second comfortably.
15.1
0
J Holder to Joe Denly, Awkward bounce. Back of a length ball outside off, Denly goes for the pull but the ball keeps way too low and goes to the keeper.

Jason Holder to bowl the 16th over.

14.6
4
S Cottrell to Sam Billings, MISFIELD, FOUR! Cottrell is not happy. On a length, outside off, Billings opens the face of the bat and steers it behind point. The ball races away but Oshane Thomas gets to it from third man. However, when he tries to get down and stop, he tumbles and the ball deflects off his body to the fence.
14.5
1
S Cottrell to Joe Denly, Outside off, Denky opens the face of the bat and steers it to third man for a run.
14.4
0
S Cottrell to Joe Denly, Outside off, another play and a miss.
14.3
4
S Cottrell to Joe Denly, FOUR! Nicely timed. Short and outside off, Denly punches it behind point and gets a boundary.
14.2
0
S Cottrell to Joe Denly, Outside off, Denly flashes a cut but misses.
14.1
1
S Cottrell to Sam Billings, The batsman plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. They pick up a single.
14.1
0
S Cottrell to Sam Billings, WIDE. Slips this down the leg side, Billings misses his flick.

Sheldon Cottrell is back on. 2-0-15-2 so far.

13.6
1
A Nurse to Sam Billings, Half tracker on leg, Billings doesn't go after it. He decides to play it through mid-wicket for a single. Nurse ends with figures of 4-0-32-1.
13.5
1
A Nurse to Joe Denly, Played through mid-wicket by Denly. The batsmen have run through for a single.
13.4
4
A Nurse to Joe Denly, FOUR! Just as the pressure was building Denly gets a boundary. Steps out of his crease and flicks this over square leg to the fence.
13.3
0
A Nurse to Joe Denly, On middle, Billings uses his feet but hits it back to the bowler.
13.2
1
A Nurse to Sam Billings, On middle and leg again, Billings comes forward and pushes it towards mid-wicket for a run.
13.1
1
A Nurse to Joe Denly, Fuller ball on middle and leg, pushed to long on. They jog to complete the run.
12.6
0
F Allen to Sam Billings, Full and around off, watchfully punched back to the bowler.
12.5
2
F Allen to Sam Billings, Comes down the track, gets to the pitch and works it with soft hands through mid-wicket. Runs hard to return for the second. The stand moves to 11 from 8 deliveries.
12.4
1
F Allen to Joe Denly, Landed outside off, Joe drives it in front of point for a run. 49 more needed from 44 balls. Denly moves to 10 from 10.
12.3
4
F Allen to Joe Denly, FOUR! MAJESTIC! Just a little overpitched and pounced upon. Outside off, Denly reaches out and drives it through the covers for a boundary!
12.2
1
F Allen to Sam Billings, Short and outside off, placed past cover for a single.
12.1
0
F Allen to Sam Billings, Outside off, punched straight to cover.

Fabian Allen for the first time this evening.

11.6
2
A Nurse to Joe Denly, Ashley Nurse gets away with one. Short ball down leg, Denly pulls it but Thomas at short fine leg dives to his left and makes a good stop. They take two. Oshane saves two for his side.
11.5
0
A Nurse to Joe Denly, Flighted ball on middle, Denly cannot get it past covers.
11.4
1
A Nurse to Sam Billings, Fuller ball on off, slog swept through mid-wicket for a single.

Sam Billings comes in at number 6, replacing Bairstow. Two new batsmen in the middle.

11.3
0
A Nurse to J Bairstow, OUT! The wicket that Windies desperately needed. Jonny Bairstow holes out but a classic innings comes to an end. Tossed up ball on middle, Bairstow gets low to slog but gets it off the toe end. The ball doesn't have the legs to clear the mid-wicket boundary and Brathwaite at the ropes takes it at a good height. 58 needed from 51 needed.
11.2
1
A Nurse to Joe Denly, On top of the stumps, hit on the up to extra cover to rotate strike.
11.1
1
A Nurse to J Bairstow, A bit short on off, flat-batted to long off. They cross.
10.6
0
C Brathwaite to Joe Denly, Played to the point region by the batsman.
10.5
1
C Brathwaite to J Bairstow, Driven through mid on by the batsman. One run added to the total.
10.4
2
C Brathwaite to J Bairstow, On a length outside off, JB runs it down straight to third man, sees that the fielder is taking it lightly, not attacking the ball and charges for the second. Not appreciable at all from the Windies. This is Bairstow's highest T20I total.
10.3
4
C Brathwaite to J Bairstow, FOUR! That is a gift from Brathwaite, wrapped in a bow-tie and presented to Bairstow, wishing, 'Merry Christmas!' A full toss outside off, Jonny reaches out and drives it behind point for the second boundary in three balls.
10.2
0
C Brathwaite to J Bairstow, Outside off, pretty full, almost a yorker, Jonny looks to squeeze it out but misses. The keeper and bowler appeal but in vain.
10.1
4
C Brathwaite to J Bairstow, FOUR! MAGNIFICENT! Good start to the over for England. Full and outside off, Bairstow leans and drives it behind point for a boundary! 67 more needed from 59 balls now.
9.6
0
A Nurse to Joe Denly, Comes down the track but is nowhere near the pitch of the ball. Is hit on the pads.
9.5
1
A Nurse to J Bairstow, Action replay of the previous delivery.
9.4
1
A Nurse to Joe Denly, The batsman has driven it through mid off. One run added to the total.
9.3
1
A Nurse to J Bairstow, Works it down to fine leg for a single.
9.2
2
A Nurse to J Bairstow, IN THE AIR BUT DROPPED! Oh dear... this was a golden chance for the Windies to come back into this game. This wicket would have meant two new batsmen in the middle. Too casual an attitude from Cottrell. Full and around off, Bairstow comes down the track and looks to go over the top but miscues it big time. It is a massive top edge but a relatively simple chance for Sheldon Cottrell at long off. He comes running in but simply shells it down. Two runs taken.
9.1
0
A Nurse to J Bairstow, Full and outside off, Bairstow looks to push but misses.

Ashley Nurse is back on. 1-0-14-0 so far.

8.6
0
C Brathwaite to Joe Denly, The batsman gets a leading edge on that one.
8.5
1
C Brathwaite to J Bairstow, Full and wide outside off, driven through point for a run.
8.4
1
C Brathwaite to Joe Denly, Outside off, punched away for a single.

Joe Denly walks in next.

8.3
0
C Brathwaite to E Morgan, OUT! Short and caught! Do the Windies still have a chance? Morgan was struggling with the bounce on this wicket and it has cost him his wicket. Dug in outside off, the skipper jumps a couple of feet in the air and tries the pull but finds Chris Gayle at short mid-wicket. Simple catch and the 51-run stand is broken. England need just 78 from 69 balls with 7 wickets in hand.
8.2
1
C Brathwaite to J Bairstow, Fullish, around middle, whipped through mid-wicket for a single.
8.1
6
C Brathwaite to J Bairstow, SIX! That is another good shot from Jonny Bairstow. Reaches his half century as well and brings up the 50-run stand too! Full and outside off, Bairstow reaches out and lofts it over mid off and clears the ropes comfortably! 79 more needed from 71 balls now.
7.6
1
J Holder to J Bairstow, Bairstow has worked it off his pads behind square. They pick up a single. More 85 needed in 72 balls.
7.5
0
J Holder to J Bairstow, Bouncer on leg, Bairstow ducks to evade it. No wide given.
7.4
1
J Holder to E Morgan, Quick run and Brathwaite fails to hit the target. Direct hit would have got him. Fuller ball on middle, Morgan pushes it to mid off and sets off. Carlos Brathwaite misses at the non-striker's end. Even a dive wouldn't have saved the skipper.
7.3
1
J Holder to J Bairstow, Similar ball, short on the body. Jonny stays inside, pulls but this time gets it to square leg to get off strike.
7.2
4
J Holder to J Bairstow, FOUR! Beats the man at 45 and runs away to the boundary. Short ball on the hips, Bairstow swivels and gets a bottom edge to this which runs fine to the boundary.
7.1
1
J Holder to E Morgan, Short ball outside off, Morgan slaps it to deep covers for one.
6.6
4
C Brathwaite to J Bairstow, EDGED, DROPPED FOUR! Great effort from Shai Hope. Full and outside off, Bairstow looks to drive but the ball moves away late and takes the outside edge. Hope initially moves to his left but then has to move to his right. Throws himself full stretch but can only get a glove to it. The ball races towards third man where Oshane Thomas lumbers to his left but cannot quite cut it off.
6.5
0
C Brathwaite to J Bairstow, Down the leg side, Bairstow misses his flick. The umpire does not signal a wide and Jonny is not happy. He reckons that he got nothing on it. Replays indicate a sound and that must be ball hitting the pad.
6.4
0
C Brathwaite to J Bairstow, Outside off, punched towards mid off.
6.3
1
C Brathwaite to E Morgan, Outside off, Morgan runs this down to third man for a run.
6.2
0
C Brathwaite to E Morgan, Outside off, on a length, Morgan plays inside the line and is beaten.
6.1
1
C Brathwaite to J Bairstow, Full and wide outside off, Bairstow reaches out and slaps it over covers. Nicholas Pooran runs to his right and dives to stop the ball. Just a single.

Carlos Brathwaite into the attack now.

5.6
1
J Holder to J Bairstow, Fuller ball on the stumps, kept out to the on side. Bairstow will retain strike.
5.6
0
J Holder to J Bairstow, Wide! The umpires are busy. Another ball down the leg side. Easy decision.
5.5
0
J Holder to J Bairstow, Over the stumps, Bairstow makes room to run it down but fails to get behind the ball.
5.5
0
J Holder to J Bairstow, Wide. An attempted bouncer which was well over head height. The umpire signals a wide.
5.4
2
J Holder to J Bairstow, SAFE! Length ball around off. Bairstow gets a top edge towards the backward point region. Allen runs towards it but never quite got there. They collect a brace.
5.3
1
J Holder to E Morgan, Pushed to the cover region by Morgan. They pick up a quick single.
5.2
0
J Holder to E Morgan, Short ball outside off, Morgan jumps to upper cut it but cannot make contact.
5.1
1
J Holder to J Bairstow, Length ball around the leg side. Bairstow looks to pull it but it goes off his thigh pad towards short third man. They manage to collect a single. Run given, perhaps got an inside edge on it.

Jason Holder to bowl his first over.

4.6
0
O Thomas to E Morgan, The batsman has punched that ball through the off side.
4.5
0
O Thomas to E Morgan, Outside off, played straight to point.
4.4
0
O Thomas to E Morgan, FOUR BYES! Trying too hard, is Thomas. A short ball, outside off, Morgan leaps and attempts the upper cut but misses. Unluckily for the bowler, the keeper Shai Hope misses too, with a lion-hearted leap. The ball races down to the fence.
4.3
0
O Thomas to E Morgan, On middle and leg, watchfully pushed towards mid on.
4.2
0
O Thomas to E Morgan, Short and outside off, Eoin slashes hard but misses.
4.1
4
O Thomas to E Morgan, FOUR! Cracking shot. 50 UP FOR ENGLAND in the 5th over. 110 more needed now, from 95 balls. Short and outside off, Morgan reaches out and crunches it through the covers for a boundary!
3.6
6
A Nurse to J Bairstow, SIX! Just a flick and away she goes. Fuller ball on the leg stump. Bairstow nonchalantly flicks this over the long on fence to end the over with a biggie. 10 from the last 2 balls and 14 from the over.
3.5
4
A Nurse to J Bairstow, FOUR! Edge and away to the boundary. Off spinner on off, Bairstow gets an outside edge trying to cut it. It goes fine to the third man fence. Gayle jogs behind it and there was only going to be one winner.
3.4
0
A Nurse to J Bairstow, Gets behind this one and keeps it out.
3.3
4
A Nurse to J Bairstow, FOUR! All easy for Jonny this. A tad short outside off, Bairstow stays planted in his crease and caresses it through covers for a boundary.
3.2
0
A Nurse to J Bairstow, Over the stumps, Bairstow gives room but cuts it to the man at point.
3.1
0
A Nurse to J Bairstow, Arm ball on middle and leg, turned away to the on side.

Ashley Nurse to roll his arm over.

2.6
0
S Cottrell to E Morgan, Really opened him up there, pitching around middle and then shaping it away. A squared up Morgan defended it towards cover. Just 2 runs and a wicket from the over, Cottrell's figures read 2-0-15-2!
2.6
0
S Cottrell to E Morgan, WIDE. Short and wide outside off, Morgan is up in the air, trying to cut that one but misses.
2.5
0
S Cottrell to E Morgan, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
2.4
0
S Cottrell to E Morgan, Full and outside off, left alone.

Eoin Morgan walks in at number 4, replacing Root.

2.3
0
S Cottrell to Joe Root, OUT! LBW! Umpire's call in terms of height and Root has to go! England do not lose a review though. Joe shuffled across his stumps and Cottrell pitched that in line of the stumps. But the batsman missed his flick and was hit on the pads. The bowler appealed, the umpire thought for a while and then raised his finger. Root immediately signalled for the review and Hawk Eye showed it to be pitching just around leg and only clipping the top of the bail! How close was that? England have lost 2 in quick succession. 129 more needed from 105 balls.

Root's gone LBW! But he wants it reviewed. Was height the factor?

2.2
0
S Cottrell to Joe Root, Full and around off, Root looks to drive but is comprehensively beaten by the outswing.
2.1
1
S Cottrell to J Bairstow, Full and around middle and leg, clipped through mid-wicket for a single.
1.6
1
O Thomas to J Bairstow, Finally Hetmyer fields! Full and down the leg side, flicked straight to deep backward square leg for a single. 14 from the over, 31 from the first 2!
1.5
0
O Thomas to J Bairstow, Full and around off, pushed straight to cover.
1.4
0
O Thomas to J Bairstow, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
1.3
4
O Thomas to J Bairstow, FOUR! Excellent batting but where does Shimron Hetmyer go? 1.1 - runs to his right. 1.2 - runs to his left. 1.3 - runs to his right again! And does not get even close to the ball on any occasion. Full and down the leg side, Bairstow flicks it through square leg and gets a hat-trick of boundaries!
1.2
4
O Thomas to J Bairstow, FOUR! This is a wonderful shot. Mid-wicket was moved to his right in after the previous hit but Bairstow is just too good. Flicks it in front of square and gets it through mid-wicket!
1.1
4
O Thomas to J Bairstow, FOUR! Easy runs. Fine leg up and the ball is a half volley down the leg side. Bairstow flicks it past short fine leg towards the backward square leg fence. 139 more needed from 113 balls.
1.1
0
O Thomas to J Bairstow, WIDE. Full and down the leg side, Bairstow misses his flick.

Joe Root walks in at number 3, replacing Hales. Oshane Thomas to bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
S Cottrell to A Hales, OUT! Cleans him up and Cottrell gets his man. He was taken for runs in the first 3 balls, almost gets him caught and now rattles the stumps behind. Length ball in line of the stumps, a little bit of inward movement. Hales gives room but fails to make contact with the ball. It goes and crashes into the stumps and out comes the celebration. England still manage 17 from the over though.
0.6
0
S Cottrell to A Hales, Wide! Down the leg side, first wide of the innings.
0.5
1
S Cottrell to J Bairstow, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
0.4
1
S Cottrell to A Hales, DROPPED! Tough chance but Brathwaite will not be happy as he had it in for most of the time. Length ball on the leg pole. Hales chips it towards mid on. Carlos runs to the ball, dives, gets his hands to it but the ball falls off while he was landing. They cross.
0.3
0
S Cottrell to A Hales, FOUR Leg byes! It's getting from bad to worse for the hosts. Length on the pads, Hales gets it off his thigh pad. The ball goes below the hands of the keeper and into the fine leg fence. Make it 14 from 3.
0.2
4
S Cottrell to A Hales, FOUR! Sheldon goes short again on the leg side, this time Hales helps it fine to the fine leg boundary. 10 runs off the first 2 balls. Great start.
0.1
6
S Cottrell to A Hales, SIX! Is there a better start? Short ball on the leg side, Hales stands inside the crease and pulls this over the square leg boundary to begin the innings with a biggie.

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.