• Thursday, March 05, 2015

Windies take 1-0 lead

Afp, Bridgetown

West Indies returned to winning ways in the shortest variety, defeating England by 27 runs in the first T20 International of a three-match series at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown on Sunday.
Marlon Samuels, the star when the Caribbean side defeated Sri Lanka in the final of the last World T20 in Colombo 17 months ago, led the home team's effort with an unbeaten 69 as the West Indies totalled a competitive 170 for three.
Samuels finished off a good afternoon's work in front of a celebratory full house with two wickets to seal the man of the match award.
Wrist-spinner Samuel Badree put the tourists on the back foot early on with three wickets and although all-rounders Tim Bresnan (47 not out) and Ravi Bopara (42) made useful contributions, England were always struggling to keep up with the required rate and were restricted to 143 for nine.
Broad did suggest however that he is likely to miss the remaining two matches of the series on Tuesday and Thursday because of tendonitis in his knee.
For the West Indies, the celebrations over a victory that sends a message to all challengers for their World T20 title in Bangladesh later in the month would have been tempered by concerns over the fitness of ace spinners Sunil Narine and Badree.
Narine only bowled two overs and left the field after jarring his right knee trying to make a save on the boundary while Badree, who claimed three for 17 off his allotted four overs, injured the fingers of his bowling hand attempting to take a return catch just before completing his spell.

Injury has also limited Chris Gayle's appearances for the West Indies over the past two months, but he returned on Sunday, contributing a typically robust 43.
WEST INDIES: 170 for 3 in 20 overs (Smith 27, Gayle 43, Samuels 69 not out, Russell 24 not out; Bopara 2-23)
ENGLAND: 143 for 9 in 20 overs (Lumb 18, Morgan 19, Bopara 42, Bresnan 47 not out; Badree 3-17)
Result: West Indies won by 27 runs.  

Published: 12:00 am Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Last modified: 1:00 am Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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