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T20 World Cup: Champs self destruct in opener

There couldn’t be worse methods to launch a title defence. The West Indies, world champions, T20 ninjas, crash-landed to 55 all out in 14.2 overs, in opposition to the staff that they had toppled to the title, 5 years in the past on the Eden Gardens. If ever England went into the sport with revenge on their thoughts, it might need resulted in buying and selling empathetic glances at their devastated opponents.

Reminiscences of that electrical evening in Kolkata appeared distant, maybe as distant because the advantage of logic and West Indies batsmen. It’s fathomable if high-class bowling precipitates a meltdown, the torture of physique and soul West Indies quick bowlers of the yore repeatedly subjected English batsmen to. However this was merely a case of what can, at finest, be known as a mockery of a batting present, a case of contagious and collective brainfreeze. A guide on how to not bat, in any format, at any degree.

Evin Lewis mistimed his chip of Chris Woakes and was pouched adeptly by a springing Moeen Ali; Lendl Simmons struck the ball sweetly however straight into Liam Linvingston at deep midwicket. West Indies stumbled to 2/9 in 2.2 overs.

The scenario known as for knuckling and seeing by means of the storm. For just a few overs, Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer did train warning. However not for lengthy. After thumping Ali for 2 attractive boundaries and dead-batting the third, conveying false notions that probably the most dazzling of West Indies contemporary crop batsmen, Hetmyer dragged a flat, quick in need of size ball straight to mid-wicket. So aghast was he that he showered himself with a volley of abuse.

Eight balls later, Tymal Mills rushed Gayle right into a pull, the one occasion whereby a genuinely good ball, although not a non-negotiable supply, winked out a wicket. Most of the time, Gayle would have deposited the ball within the stands, however right here, he underestimated Mill’s steep bounce and tempo. He would have escaped undamaged however for the athleticism and consciousness of a back-pedalling Dawid Malan at midwicket.

Thereafter, it was only a matter of retaining the West Indies batsmen quiet. Ali was exemplary at that, rattling in 18 dot balls. Dwayne Bravo, unusually pushed up the order, minimize a Chris Jordan ball straight to the fielder at backward level. Nicholas Pooran had a wishy-washy swipe exterior the off-stump, his toes static, and edged to the keeper.

In strode out Andre Russell, one of many heroes of the 2016 triumph, his staff at 44/6. Then the primary ball he confronted, he tried to smack it out of the bottom. A hideous leg-side heave to a left-arm seamer bowling from over the stumps and slanting the ball throughout. He was overwhelmed neck and crop. This injudicious method embodied the mess. He’s bowled the following ball, by an Adil Rashid slider that slithered by means of his uncovered gate. The England leggie picked up three extra scalps to finish his finish with scarcely plausible determine of 4/2 together with the wicket of Kieron Pollard, the final flickering hope of the champions. Typically it was an unlucky case of two for the worth of 1 for Rashid. However, alas, the match can be remembered extra for West Indies’s comical meltdown than Rashid’s twinkling variations.

The evening ended extra ruefully for them, as England stuttered of their chase, had been 39/4 at one stage, however the goal was too low to make a severe contest out of it.

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