T20 World Cup 2016 Highlights: England vs West Indies Highlights – T20 World Cup 16 March 2016. ENG vs WI Highlights at Mumbai, Watch England vs West Indies Cricket Highlights on Wednesday, 16th March 2016.
Cricket Series: T20 World Cup 2016
England Squad: 1.EJG Morgan(C), 2.MM Ali, 3.SW Billings, 4.JC Buttler(WK), 5.LA Dawson, 6.AD Hales, 7.CJ Jordan, 8.LE Plunkett, 9.AU Rashid, 10.JE Root, 11.JJ Roy, 12.BA Stokes, 13.RJW Topley, 14.JM Vince, 15.DJ Willey
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It was the bat of Chris Gayle that secured a win for the West Indies in their opening World T20 match against England, as he carried his bat in a magnificent display of batting.
Sammy won the toss and opted to bowl first, which proved to be a vital decision in the outcome of the game. Roy and Hales got England off to a decent start, putting on a 37 runs opening stand before Roy was caught by Russell with his score on 15 from 15 balls. Root joined Hales at the crease and the pair continued to pile on the pressure. Hales was bowled by Benn for 28 from 26 balls, while Root went on the top score for England with 48 from 36 balls. Butler and Morgan added some impotence towards the latter overs, but the continued loss of wicket managed to slow down England a bit, getting to 182/6 from their allotted 20 overs, when they were well on the track for 200 at one stage. West Indies made use of plenty of slower deliveries against the England batsman which played a huge role in keeping the score under 200. Russell and Bravo picked up two wicket each.
Willey struck early for England to dismissed Charles without scoring, bringing Samuels to the crease. Together with Gayle the pair put on a lighting 55 runs stand before Samuels was sent back to the pavilion for 37 from 27 balls. Gayle kept his cool and times the chase to perfection as he pummeled the England bowling attack to all parts of the ground. Dew played a huge role, as the England bowlers struggled to grip the ball, while Gayle was just lining them up. The big man ended 100 not out from just 48 balls, striking 5 fours and 11 sixes to take his side past the target with 11 balls still remaining in the innings.
The win again opens up the pool, and showed that less fancies sides have every chance to get far in the tournament.