England beat Windies by 4 wickets in 1st T20I in St Lucia
England won the toss and decided to bowl against the Windies at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia today in the 1st T20I.
Windies 160-8 (Nicholas Pooran 58, Darren Bravo 28; Tom Curran 4-36, Chris Jordan 2-16, Adil Rashid 1-15)
England 161-6 (Jonny Bairstow 68, Joe Denly 30; Sheldon Cottrell 3-29)
Result – England won by 4 wickets
Jonny Bairstow's 68 guides the chase for England to take a 1-0 T20I series lead; West Indies underpar in the field after Tom Curran's 4/36 helped set up a four-wicket victory for the visitors in Saint Lucia.#WIvENG SCORECARD?? https://t.co/iiYUfxW7pp pic.twitter.com/l8OaNE7eXa— ICC (@ICC) 5 March 2019
Put in to bat, the Windies scored a par score of 160-8 off their 20 overs. Nicholas Pooran 58 and Darren Bravo 28 top scoring and Tom Curran 4-36, Chris Jordan 2-16 and Adil Rashid 1-15 (off 4 overs) were the pick of the England bowlers.
In reply, England raced to 100 off 11 overs mainly thanks to Jonny Bairstow (68). Then a partnership of 50 between the Kent batsmen, Sam Billings (18) and Joe Denly (30), took England to within 8 runs of victory. Then both were out, leaving England requiring 7 off 11 balls and a nerve jingling end to the match - David Willey and Tom Curran then finished it off for England with 7 balls to spare – After a lacklustre performance in the field and the Windies dropping at least four chances, they will be thinking what might have been?
West Indies - Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Shai Hope(wk), Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Fabian Allen, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas
England - Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow(wk), Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Sam Billings, Joe Denly, David Willey, Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid
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