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Windies thrash England by 6 wickets in T20

Published: Monday, March 16, 2009, 10:33 [IST]
 
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Windies thrash England by 6 wkts in T20

Port of Spain: Ramnaresh Sarwan hit 59 from 46 balls to propel West Indies to a six-wicket victory over England in their Twenty20 International at Queen's Park Oval on Sunday.

England were bowled out for just 121 in 19.1 overs after they were sent in to bat, and West Indies replied strongly with 123 for four from 18 overs.

West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan, pictured on March 1, 2009. Sarwan hit 59 from 46 balls to propel West Indies to a six-wicket victory over England in their Twenty20 International at Queen's Park Oval on Sunday.

England, who have already lost the Test series, were undermined by disciplined West Indies bowling and alert fielding which accounted for three run outs.

International newcomer Steven Davies led the way for England with 27 from 21 balls and captain Andrew Strauss scored 22 from 25 balls.

But England's innings never got into gear, and they lost their last four wickets for seven runs in the space 14 balls.

Spinner Sulieman Benn took three for 24 from four overs to be the leading West Indies bowler.

After Ravi Bopara was bowled by Lionel Baker in the fourth over, England thanks to Davies raced to 55 for one in the eighth over.

But Davies and Kevin Pietersen were dismissed in successive overs, and England failed to keep the tempo alive.

Their effort was not helped when Dimitri Mascarenhas, Strauss, and Gareth Batty were all needlessly run out.

Stuart Broad removed Andre Fletcher in the second over to give England a bright start when they took to the field.

But stalwarts Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul carried West Indies to 45 for one in the fifth over.

James Anderson had Chanderpaul caught at square cover before Lendl Simmons and Sarwan put West Indies firmly on course with a stand of 60 for the third wicket.

Amjad Khan removed Sarwan in the 16th over and had Dwayne Bravo caught at mid-wicket two overs later before Kieron Pollard sealed the victory, when he swung a short, rising ball from the same bowler through mid-wicket for four.

The two teams will now contest a five-match one-day international series with matches in Guyana (March 20 and 22), Barbados (March 27 and 29), and St. Lucia (April 3).

thatsCricket ( With Inputs from Agencies)

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