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Cricket news - Curran, Bairstow power England to one-nil lead

Bairstow registered his highest T20I score.

Tom Curran's four-wicket haul and Jonny Bairstow's 40-ball 68 helped England beat Windies in the first Twenty20 International in St Lucia by four wickets. Opening for the first time in T20Is, Bairstow recorded his highest score in the format and paved the way for an ego-boosting win for the visitors.

Bairstow's innings wasn't just about rattling through the chase; it came after England lost the wickets of Alex Hales and Joe Root within 2.3 overs. Bairstow and Eoin Morgan then put on 51 runs for the third wicket, the partnership coming off 30 balls, to set England on course.

Bairstow fell in the 12th over, when he mistimed a slog-sweep off Ashley Nurse, but a fifty-run stand between Joe Denly and Sam Billing ensured no collapse - something boom-and-bust England have been vulnerable to in the past. Both batsmen fell towards the end, Billing doing so to Sheldon Cottrell who finished with 3 for 29, when seven were needed off 2.5 overs. David Willey and Curran though were able to cater to the modest asking rate modest, helping England reach the target with seven balls to spare.

Earlier, the Windies innings was mostly about Nicolas Pooran, who scored 58 for 37 after Windies had lost their three main batsmen - Shai Hope, Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer - within the first five overs. Curran accounted for Hope, who was dropped in the first over by Adil Rashid off David Willey's bowling, and Hetmyer, while Gayle was taken by Chris Jordan, who returned excellent figures of 2 for 16 but astoundingly bowled only three overs.

Darren Bravo and Pooran compiled the only partnership of substance for the Windies, putting on 64 for the fourth-wicket before Pooran lost his stumps to Curran in the 18th over. Nurse hit a few boundaries towards the end to take the total to 160, which was a good recovery from the kind of start Windies got but wasn't enough on the day.

Brief Scores: Windies 160/8 in 20 overs (Pooran 58; Curran 4-36) lost to England 161/6 in 18.5 overs (Bairstow 68, Denly 30; Sheldon Cottrell 3-29) by 4 wickets

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