ICC World Twenty20: West Indies beats England by 15 runs

 ICC World Twenty20: West Indies beats England by 15 runs

Johnson Charles 150x150 ICC World Twenty20: West Indies beats England by 15 runsThe top ranked team England had lost their match against the West Indies team here played at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

West Indies won the match by 15 runs and it was the last match for the World Twenty20 Super Eight group.

Earlier, West Indies captain won the toss and elected to bat first. His decision soon proved right as both the openers playing short allover the ground. Big hitter Chris Gayle and Johnson Charles batted superbly till the 10th over, but Gayle fell at 58 runs with four sixes and sex fours from just 36 balls.

Johnson Charles played nice cricket, he made 84 runs from 54 balls hitting 10 fours and 3 sixes. West Indies made 179 runs in their 20 overs play.

England started their batting with a very negative manner, Ravi Rampaul took two wickets on first two balls of the match and England was 0/2 after one over.

But, Hales and Morgan played nice cricket, completed their fifties, but that was not enough to save England from 15 runs defeat.

During presentation England captain Stuart Broad said, “We had to regroup, obviously losing two wickets in that first over hurt us but we showed how good the wicket was. We were quite happy with our effort with the ball and I think we’re disappointed not to win tonight. Eoin has been fantastic in this form of the game and he showed it again. The surface played pretty well, I think it was a batter’s paradise. The bowlers kept them to a below par score so we’re disappointed not to have chased that. We’ve got to stop losing early wickets because it’s hurting us.”

West Indies captain Darren Sammy said, “We backed ourselves to set a target and Chris and Charles got us going well. It’s good to see the way Johnson Charles played, he stared off slow but he constructed an important innings. With Narine, Samuel, Chris, we decided to maximise out spinners against England and it worked out.”

Man-of-the-Match, Johnson Charles said, “It feels very good, coming up here we want to win the tournament. It feels very good because it’s my first one. On this pitch, if you bowl straight on a back of a length it is hard to score – Steve Finn is a tall man, hard to hit. It’s just a matter of staying in the crease and scoring the runs.”


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