Pallekele, Sep 27: West Indies survived a late assault from Eoin Morgan to eke out a 15-run win over England in the Super Eights of ICC World Twenty20 2012 here on Thursday night. This was West Indies' first victory in the tournament after losing to Australia and their game against Ireland was washed out.
Morgan's 36-ball 71 with four fours and five sixes could not take his team home. The left-hander played a magnificent innings and kept trying till the end but the required run rate was just out of reach of him and Alex Hales, who made a 51-ball 68.
In the last over bowled by Marlon Samuels, England needed 23 but only managed seven losing Hales' wicket. The target of 180 proved enough for West Indies. England ended the game with 164/4 in 20 overs.
England were rocked early as they lost two wickets for no run. Ravi Rampaul took two in two balls dismissing Craig Kieswetter and Luke Wright in the opening over of the England chase. Jonny Bairstow played out the hat-trick ball but could not deny Rampaual a double-wicket maiden. From then on, England were reduced to 55/3 in 10 overs.
In the next 60 balls, they had to score 125 at a run rate of more than 12 per over. At this stage Morgan and Hales did not give up and kept fighting till the end. They associated for 107 runs in 9.4 overs but all their efforts could not take them over the finishline.
Spinner Samuel Badree was the most economical bowler with figures of 0/20 in four overs. Rampaul took 2/37 with one maiden.
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Johnson Charles hit his best Twenty20 International score of 84 and Chris Gayle made a 35-ball 58 to lift West Indies. to 179/5 in 20 overs.
The final total could have been more for the West Indies but they lost wickets towards the end. Captain Stuart Broad took two wickets for 26 from four overs with one maiden. Steven Finn had 1/26 from four overs. Left-arm spinner Samit Patel was the most expensive with 0/38 in four overs.
It was a slow start for Charles but came back strongly with some big hits. Charles took 18 balls for this first 14 runs in the powerplay overs of six.
Charles and Gayle put on 103 runs for the first wicket in 11 overs. Once Gayle was dismissed West Indies lost Marlon Samuels and Kieron Pollard cheaply. But Charles continued the good work and got his highest T20I score in ninth game. Charles fell for a 56-ball 84 in the 18th over. The right-hander hit 10 fours and three sixes.
Gayle hit four sixes and six fours. Three of them came in one over of Patel. This was Gayle's second successive half century in this tournament.
West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first against England.
West Indies have picked spinner Samuel Badree in place of paceman Fidel Edwards. England batsmen looked clueless against Indian spinner in their heavy defeat and that might have prompted West Indies to add an additional slow bowling option. Dwayne Bravo is also back in place of his brother Darren Bravo.
England made one change, bringing back Samit Patel for Tim Bresnan.
In the league stage, England defeated Afghanistan and lost to India. West Indies did not win a game but made it to Super Eights on better net run rate over Ireland.
West Indies: Darren Sammy (captain), Dwayne Bravo, Samuel Badree, Johnson Charles, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin (wicketkeeper), Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels.
England: Stuart Broad (captain), Jonathan Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Craig Kieswetter (wicketkeeper), Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright.
Umpires: Steve Davis (Australia) and Asad Rauf (Pakistan)
Third umpire: Aleem Dar (Pakistan)
Match Referee: Javagal Srinath (India)