WI vs ENG T20 World Cup LIVE: West Indies blown away by salt storm, England won in the 18th over

Orhan Wadia
Orhan Wadia - Editor
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New Delhi. England has made a great start in the Super-8 stage of the ICC T20 World Cup. It easily defeated West Indies in the first match of the Super-8 on Thursday. West Indies had given England a target of 181 runs, which it achieved with 15 balls to spare. The second match of the day will be played between India and Afghanistan from 8 pm. In the first match of the Super-8, South Africa defeated America by 18 runs.

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West Indies and England are in Group-2 of Super-8. In the same group, South Africa defeated USA by 18 runs a day earlier. There are 4 teams in each group. Each team will play 3 matches in the group. The top-2 teams of the group will enter the semi-finals.

82 runs scored in 10 overs
England won the toss in their first Super-8 match against West Indies and decided to bowl first. However, this decision of captain Jos Buttler proved wrong in the beginning when West Indies scored 82 runs without losing any wicket in the first 10 overs.

West Indies innings ends at 180
The way West Indies started, it seemed that they would cross the 200 mark. But, in the second half, England's bowlers put some restrictions on the Caribbean batsmen. Due to this, West Indies' innings ended at 180 runs for 4 wickets after the scheduled 20 overs.

Charles scored the most runs
Johnson Charles scored the most runs for West Indies. He scored 38 runs in 34 balls. Nicholas Pooran scored 36 runs in 32 balls. After the slow batting of Charles and Nicholas, Rovman Powell and Sherfan Rutherford scored fast runs. Rovman Powell scored 36 runs in 17 balls. Rutherford remained unbeaten after scoring 28 runs in 15 balls. Opener Brandon King retired hurt after scoring 23 runs in 13 balls.

England gave a strong reply
Chasing the target of 181 runs, England has made a good start. They have scored 44 runs in the first 5 overs without losing any wicket.

83 runs in 10 overs
After 10 overs, England has scored 83 runs at the loss of one wicket. Captain Jos Buttler was out after scoring 25 runs in 22 balls. He was sent to the pavilion by Roston Chase.

Jonny Bairstow changed his stance
England lost their second wicket on the first ball of the 11th over. Moeen Ali was the second batsman to get out. In this way, England's score became 84 runs for 2 wickets. After this, Johnny Bairstow, who came to bat, created a storm on the field. He scored 31 runs in just 15 balls. Phil Salt is supporting him well at the other end.

Phil Salt's Fifty-Five
Phil Salt has put England on the path to victory in the Super-8 match. Opener Phil Salt shared a brilliant opening partnership of 67 runs with captain Jos Buttler (25). After this, along with Moeen Ali (13), he took his team past the 100-run mark. Phil Salt completed his half-century in 38 balls during this period.

Phil Salt's Storm
As soon as he completed his half-century, a storm was seen from Phil Salt's bat. Romario Rutherford became the victim of this storm. Phil Salt hit 30 runs in one over of Rutherford. This included 3 sixes and 3 fours. In this way, he brought England closer to victory in one stroke.

England's score was 141 runs after 15 overs, which became 171 runs after 16 overs. After this, Salt and Bairstow scored the required runs for victory in the next 9 balls. England won the match by scoring 181 runs for 2 wickets in 17.3 overs. Salt remained unbeaten on 87 and Bairstow on 48.

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