West Indies' Dwayne Bravo shakes hands with England's Eoin Morgan after their match at Dubai International Stadium on Saturday. Reuters
Mohammad Abdullah, Senior Sports Reporter
Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali shared six wickets between them to wreak a havoc as the duo helped England set up a facile six- wicket victory against a hapless West Indies in Dubai on Saturday.
After restricting West Indies to a paltry total of 55, England chased down the target for the loss of just four wickets in 8.2 overs. West Indies did try to make some in-roads through their bowlers but could not defend the second lowest total in the history of T20 World Cup.
Captain Eoin Morgan and opener Jos Buttler shared an unbeaten partnership of 17 runs to put the doubts to rest as England reached the target to notch up their first victory at the show piece event.
England avenged their loss of the 2016 T20 World Cup final to get their campaign off to a winning start. Carlos Brathwaite had hit four consecutive sixes off Ben Stokes as West Indies had pulled off an improbable victory from the jaws of defeat to claim their second title.
Fast forward to 2021, the West Indies did not look like a pale shadow of themselves and failed to live up their reputation of being the world champions.
The West Indies were off a disastrous start as they lost first wicket with just eight runs on the board. Woakes triggered the collapse as Evin Lewis holed out to Rashid in the second over. England bowlers ripped through a hapless West Indian batting line-up.
West Indies kept on losing the wickets in quick succession and failed to get the partnership going. There was an abject surrender by the West Indian batsmen as they could not show any kind of resistance at all.
Every time they tried to build a partnership, England pegged them back with a wicket or two. Lendl Simmons fell prey to Ali as the West Indies lost their second wicket after adding just one run to their total. They needed someone to play a big knock and stitch the innings.
Chris Gayle once again showed why he still remains the most bankable player despite his age. He was the only player, who managed to reach the double-figure mark.
West Indies put up such a pathetic batting display as a knock of 13 by Gayle, which otherwise would have been a cameo in the normal circumstances was the highest individual score.
Tymal Mills had the veteran left-hander caught by David Malan before Ali struck again to get rid of Shimron Hetmyer as West indies were reduced to 31-4.
Jordan sent back Dwayne Bravo in the next over which opened the floodgates for a lurking Rashid. He wiped out the tail by claiming four wickets.
The wily spinner had Kieron Pollard and Obed Mccoy caught by Bairstow and Roy respectively and rattled the stumps of Andre Russell and Ravi Rampaul to wind up the West Indies innings.
Meanwhile, in the early match of the day, Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade stood unbeaten to help Australia prevail in a tense finish against South Africa and win by five wickets.
Chasing a modest 119 for victory, Australia were in trouble at 81-5 after Steve Smith, who scored 35, and Glenn Maxwell, who made 18, departed.
Stoinis, who made 24, stood firm and put on an unbeaten stand of 40 with the left-handed Wade, who made 15. Stoinis hit the winning boundary to take Australia over the line with two balls to spare.
“The dugout was probably a bit more relaxed than I was,” said skipper Aaron Finch.
“Stoinis and Wade kept their cool there. It’s what experience can do. Maxwell did a really good job.”
Anrich Nortje took two wickets including Finch, for nought, and Smith to return figures of 2-21.
Tabraiz Shamsi dismissed Maxwell as the batsman’s attempted reverse hit ended with the ball crashing into the stumps.
Kagiso Rabada struck early to get David Warner trudging back to the pavilion for 14. Spinner Keshav Maharaj also chipped in with a wicket.
Earlier, pace bowler Josh Hazlewood took 2-19 to help limit South Africa to 118-9 after the Aussies elected to bowl first.
"I think young players should see him as a role model as he is still competing with them in domestic events and that shows how mentally strong he has been. "He is looking good and that shows he wants to go on a high."
Namibia reached the Twenty20 World Cup second round for the first time on Friday when they defeated Ireland by eight wickets.World number 19 Namibia, the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, chased down their modest target of 126 with skipper Gerhard Erasmus making an unbeaten 53.
Asif Ali stole the show with a quick-fire 12-ball 27 cameo after Haris Rauf took four for to help Pakistan set up a five-wicket victory against New Zealand in their T20 World Cup match at Sharjah Stadium on Tuesday.
Pakistan made a light work of the modest total to break their losing jinx against India after 12 failed attempts in the showpiece events. Prior to this match, India had defeated Pakistan in all 12 World Cup matches .
The closing ceremony was graced by former Indian cricket team captain Mohammad Azharuddin, as Chief Guest, Dr M Rafiuddin, Convener, BITS Pilani Sports Festival, Prof. Srinivasan Madapusi, Director BPDC, Dr Priti Bajpai, Dean, Student Welfare, and students from various colleges and Media.
The only Thoroughbred race on the card, it was contested by a field of 15 but very few ever managed to land a blow with Bernardo Pinheiro and Rebel Streak setting a decent gallop until Buckell, having pretty much stalked the lead throughout, committed for home entering the short straight.
An unbroken opening century stand by Abid Ali and debutant Abdullah Shafique gave Pakistan a solid platform after bowling out Bangladesh for 330 on day two of the first Test in Chittagong on Saturday.