WI vs ENG, 1st T20I, Windies v England Twenty20 Series 2019, 05 March 2019
England won by 4 wickets
BALL BY BALL
England have beaten Windies by four wickets to take an early lead in the three match T20I series, reaching their target with seven deliveries remaining in St Lucia. Jonny Bairstow set the tone in the chase, blasting his way to a career best 68 as the tourists raced ahead of the required run rate. There was a little wobble towards the end of the innings with Sheldon Cottrell bowling intelligently, but Joe Denly got them close enough for it to be too little too late. With the bat, no one could support Nicholas Pooran's explosive 58 for the hosts as the left-hander smashed four sixes. Chris Jordan, Tom Curran and Adil Rashid will all be pleased with their bowling performances as they stifled the normally powerful men in maroon. In the end, the main difference between the two sides was the fielding - Jordan took a spectacular return catch in the first innings while the Windies dropped a few chances and made several fumbles in the second. They will need to work on that for the 2nd T20I in St Kitts on Friday.
18.5 - S Cottrell to T Curran
Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot pulling, in the air under control to deep mid wicket for 1 run.
18.4 - S Cottrell to D Willey
Slower length ball, outside off stump on the front foot working, to mid wicket for 1 run, fielded by Holder.
18.3 - S Cottrell to D Willey
Short, outside off stump on the back foot hooking, missed past fine leg for 4 runs, mis-fielded by Hope.
18.2 - S Cottrell to T Curran
Length ball, middle stump on the front foot pushing, to deep point for 1 run, fielded by Pooran.
Now then, is there going to be a twist in this match? England have been coasting along but all of a sudden they are looking nervous with just seven runs required. Billings was completely deceived by the slower ball and Cottrell made a mess of the stumps. Attention.
18.1 - S Cottrell to S Billings
Off cutter length ball, to leg on the front foot slog sweeping, missed to.
Ov 18: 1 1 0 W 1 0 ( 3 Runs, 1 Wkt )
17.6 - J Holder to D Willey
Yorker, outside off stump on the front foot defending, to point for no runs, fielded by Allen.
This sums up the night for the Windies. Thomas sticks out a big hand and it bobbles out. If it had stuck it might have caused a few nerves in the England camp.
17.5 - J Holder to S Billings
Short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, top edge in the air uncontrolled to fine leg for 1 run, dropped catch by Thomas, fielded by Pooran.
Denly wants to get things finished in a hurry but this hits high on the blade and loops out into the deep. Pooran clings on, it's subdued celebrations from the hosts though because they know it's too little too late.
17.4 - J Holder to J Denly
Back of a length, off stump backing away pulling, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to deep square leg, by Pooran.
17.3 - J Holder to J Denly
Back of a length, outside off stump backing away pulling, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Hope.
17.2 - J Holder to S Billings
Seaming away back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot defending, hit body to gully for 1 run, fielded by Hope.
17.1 - J Holder to J Denly
Full toss, to leg on the front foot driving, to mid on for 1 run, fielded by Thomas.
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