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Holders England bend the all-round game to West Indies

T20 WORLD CUP, 2024

Salt scored an unbeaten 87 in the chase.

Salt scored an unbeaten 87 in the chase. ©Getty

Defending champions England showed their qualifications for a third title with a dominant performance in St Lucia, where they defeated fellow two-time winners West Indies by eight wickets in the team’s first Super 8 match. Jos Buttler’s side first limited a powerful line-up to 180 on the best hitting surface of the tournament so far and then mowed down that score with 15 balls to spare a fierce blow from Phil Salt, who continued to enjoy playing in and to hit the opponent. West Indies. After scoring two tons in a five-match series late last year, Salt finished with an unbeaten 87 tonight, a bout that also included a 30-run takedown of a Romario Shepherd.

Where was the game won?

In the death overs of the West Indies innings. The intention was for the hosts to post a total of around 200, as they had done against Afghanistan at this venue two nights ago. But after reaching 137 after 15 overs, they almost fell to 180. England produced three boundaryless overs at this stage, with Adil Rashid and Jofra Archer bagging the big wickets of Nicholas Pooran and Andre Russell, helping the West Indies their biggest hitters were denied. in this phase.

West Indies England
To score 43/2 40/0
Execution speed 8.6 16
4s/6s 3/2 4/3

West Indies

PowerPlay: WI loses King to injury after a good start

Phase score: 54/0 (RR: 9.00, 4s/6s: 8/1)

England’s bowlers started well after opting to bowl, with the first two overs lasting just 13 runs. A change of bats did the trick for Brandon King, who collected a full-length delivery from Reece Topley and deposited it into the stands beyond mid-wicket. A boundary inside for opening partner Johnson Charles made it two boundaries for the over and sent the hosts spinning. Each of the next three had two boundaries as West Indies raced past 50 in the PowerPlay. But they lost Brandon King in the process, when he appeared to have suffered a groin injury while turning to hit a full Sam Curran throw via the offside.

Middle overs: frugal Rashid, combative Powell

Phase score: 83/2 (RR: 9.22, 4s/6s: 2/7)

Nicholas Pooran started well in the post-PowerPlay phase, scoring a four off Topley and then lashing Mark Wood over the line for a six. But England hit back through spin with Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali bowling two overs for just 10 runs. Charles, trapped on a run-a-ball 30, tried to break free and hit a six off Rashid, but an attempted encore in the next over from Moeen resulted in a catch to long-on and his dismissal for 36. England were in charge this mini phase of the game, with the long-legged Rashid giving away just 19 from his three overs. But captain Rovman Powell turned the tide of the match with his powerful strikes on the ground. First, Moeen Ali was launched straight over his head six times. When Sam Curran tried to bounce him, Powell turned across to pull a six from 89 yards. For the 15th, Buttler rolled the dice and brought Liam Livingstone into the attack. Powell went after Livingstone’s legspinners and dropped him for three consecutive sixes. However, Livingstone got the crucial wicket with his last delivery when Powell trailed to short third man and fell for a 17-ball 36 (5x sixes).

Death Overs: Excellent England keeps WI down

Phase score: 43/2 (RR: 8.60, 4s/6s: 3/2)

England rode on that big wicket of Powell to pin their hosts further back. Jofra Archer struck with his plan to tip the ball over Pooran and allowed the belligerent batsman to tip one towards the keeper. Rashid then ended his excellent spell (1-21) by getting Andre Russell to hit his slog sweep straight to deep mid-wicket. Romario Shepherd dragged the West Indies out of the morass with a useful 15-ball 28, but when Sam Curran bowled another boundaryless over for England at the death, they were comfortably on top at the halfway point of the match, having maintained a powerful lead. lineup down to just 180.

England

PowerPlay: Buttler, Salt off to a solid start

Phase score: 58/0 (RR: 9.67, 4s/6s: 5/2)

Defending a sub-par 180, West Indies had to pinch the points or strike early blows in the PowerPlays and the pair of Phil Salt and Jos Buttler denied the hosts both. Powell had Akeal Hosein operating from one end while the seamers from the other bowled straight lines. The risk with this trick was that bowlers occasionally went too straight and were flicked past short-fine for fours. Against Andre Russell, Salt gave himself space to free his arms and swung through the line for a straight six. Alzarri Joseph attempted a short ball on the last ball of the Powerplay and was pulled away for a six. In between all this, Akeal matched Rashid from earlier in the match and bowled his three overs for 19. He should have had Salt on 7, but Pooran delivered a sharp catch behind the stumps.

Middle Overs: Bairstow’s counter-attack pushes Windies back

Phase score: 83/2 (RR: 9.22, 4s/6s: 7/2)

Like England, West Indies started well in the first part of the middle overs. Gudakesh Motie bowled a tight seventh over and then Powell made the surprise call of bowling off spinner Roston Chase against two right-handers. But the offie held his own very well and even found himself drifting away from the batters somewhat. He trapped Buttler in front of the stumps with a full ball, confusing the England captain as he tried to get out. Moeen Ali came in at number 3 and took on his opponent Motie for a pair of fours before Andre Russell bounced him out. Jonny Bairstow started the run with a couple of boundaries off Chase and Motie before bringing down a wayward Joseph for a six and a four in a 14-run over. Bairstow raced away to 46 off 21 and almost overtook Salt after smashing Akeal’s last over for 16 runs. This included a powerful sweep for four before the wind came to his rescue, carrying a top edge past midwicket.

Death Overs: Salt is in Shepherd, close the chase

Phase score: 40/0 (RR: 16, 4s/6s: 4/3)

England needed 40 to win from the last five overs and Salt destroyed 30 of those runs in the 16th over bowled by Shepherd. A thump over extra cover got him his half-century before he sent a full ball straight over the bowler’s head for a six. Shepherd went short and Salt smashed it over the keeper’s head before sending a closing ball long-range for six. Shepherd turned to a slower short ball which Salt powerfully pulled away for six, before rounding off a beautiful over by putting away a full toss for four. The end came soon enough.

Short scores: West Indies 180/4 in 20 overs (Rovman Powell 36, Nicholas Pooran 36; Adil Rashid 1-21) lost to England 181/2 in 17.3 overs (Phil Salt 87*, Jonny Bairstow 48*; Roston Chase 1- 19) by eight wickets.

What next for the teams?

England remain in St Lucia to take on South Africa in the second of their Super 8 matches on June 21. West Indies head to Barbados to take on the USA.

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