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 in the 1st T20I.

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?

Match Summary
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.

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