England beat West Indies by 8 wickets

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England v West Indies, Scorecard

The defending ICC Men’s T20 World Cup champions have smashed their way back into prominance, producing a clutch run chase to defeat the West Indies in Saint Lucia.

It hands the co-hosts their first defeat of the tournament, who now find themselves in the bottom half of Group 2. They also face an injury concern to opener Brandon King, who suffered a side strain while batting.

Charles broke the mini boundary drought straight after drinks, clearing the long on rope off a fuller-length Adil Rahid delivery. But next over, Charles (38 off 34) had to go as Moeen Ali produced the breakthrough scalp – England’s first of the innings.

Captain Rovman Powell arrived and dished out some revenge to end the 12th over, crunching a maximum over Ali’s head.

Powell and Pooran hit the gas pedal in an eventful phase of play, before Liam Livingstone picked up the crucial wicket of Powell (36 off 17) to end over 15.

The English found some fight in the final five overs. Jofra Archer found the edge of Pooran’s bat, with the heavy hitter removed for 36 off 32.

Sherfane Rutherford (28* off 15) dominated strike in the last few overs to guide the Windies to 180/4.

Having produced 51 dot balls in the field, England felt confident as their run chase commenced.

Openers Phil Salt and Jos Buttler laid strong foundations, cracking seven boundaries in the Powerplay that included one of the biggest sixes of the tournament so far, out of the middle of Salt’s bat.

England pushed to 58 for no loss, marginally ahead of the Windies efforts at the six-over mark.

Roston Chase stepped up to finally remove one of England’s openers, trapping Buttler (25 off 22) out LBW in the eighth over.

Ali arrived at the crease and swept two ninth over fours, including an innovative reverse sweep off the back of his bat.

At the midpoint of their innings, England was 83/1 in a near identical scenario to the Windies.

Drinks favoured the hosts, as a shorter delivery first ball after the break created the undoing of Ali, holing out to Charles at deep midwicket.

Jonny Bairstow took England past three figures (101/2) at the end of the 12th over, with the English remaining neck and neck with the West Indies’ corresponding run rate.

<img src="https://images.icc-cricket.com/image/upload/t_ratio16_9-size20/prd/fwwvoi07mpznoqrstc4u" alt="Phil Salt goes down the track and hits a towering six