T20 World Cup: English cricketers celebrate a wicket on Saturday.© AFP
Former West Indies captain Brian Lara was not impressed after watching his country draw just 55 runs in the first innings of their opening match against England in Dubai in the ongoing T20 World Cup in 2021. English bowlers enjoyed a field day after winning the toss. Losing all 10 wickets for just 55 runs, Lara said during a Star Sports performance: ‘It was disappointing, reckless, I have no words to describe it. As a West Indian, I am very disappointed. “
Eoin Morgan won the toss and decided to put the West Indian batting to the test at Dubai International Stadium. Openers Evin Lewis and Lendl Simmons initially showed signs of maturity, but it only lasted a while.
Moeen Ali tuned in an excellent line with clever variations in pace to break down the top order. His figures of 2/17 in four overs include wickets from Simmons and Shimron Hetmyer.
With pacemakers Tymal Mills, Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan also kicking in with regular wickets from the other side, the backbone of the West Indies has been ripped off the board without many runs.
Adil Rashid soon unleashed one of the best periods of T20 spin bowling to score four wickets in his 2.2-over quota. He bowled 12 balls and conceded only two runs.
Chris Gayle finishes as the top scorer for West Indies with 13 runs off 13 balls.
In response, England stumbled a bit, but revised the target in 8.2 overs and with six wickets left.