September 28, 2012
ICC World Twenty20, Pallekele
West Indies 179-5 beat England 164-4 by 15 runs
Eoin Morgan hit 71 from 36 balls but England fell 15 runs short of their target in their Group A Super Eights match against West Indies in Pallekele yesterday.
Batting first, West Indies posted 179-5 scoring at nearly 9 runs an over through the innings. Johnson Charles smashed 84 and Chris Gayle made 58 from just 35 balls, as the two put on 103 for the first wicket.
Stuart Broad was the pick of England bowlers taking 2-26 from 4 overs. Between Samit Patel and Luke Wight, England’s fifth bowler cost 45 runs, and were unable to take a wicket.
England needed to get off to a good start if they were to chase this total down, but yet again found themselves in trouble at 0-2. Craig Kieswetter hit one straight up in the air off Ravi Rampul and very next ball Luke Wright was caught at slip by Chris Gayle.
Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow put on 55 for the third wicket, before Bairstow was caught on the long off boundary off the bowling of Chris Gayle for 18. England found themselves well behind the rate with almost no chance of victory when Eoin Morgan joined Hales. The two batted brilliantly but in the end England fell 15 runs short of their target.
Hales was dismissed in the final over for a well-made 68 from 51 balls. Morgan was left stranded 71 not out from only 36 balls in an innings including 4 fours and 5 sixes.
England will now know they must win their final two matches in the Super Eights stage of the competition in order to progress through to the semi-finals.
The Scoop 28/09/12