Rashid & Co. Dismantle The Defending Champions

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Rashid & Co. Dismantle The Defending ChampionsAdil Rashid recorded figures of 4 for 2 as he helped skittle West Indies out for 55.

In a nutshell

West Indies were expected to test the boundaries in Dubai but all they found were the men riding them. A loud cheer when the side got past 50 in the 13th over, and precariously with only one wicket in hand, will tell you all that you need to know: that Kieron Pollard will want to move on quickly from the horrors of this 55 all out, the lowest total by a full member at the T20 WC. For England, this six-wicket win, their first over West Indies in a T20 WC, was straight out of a dream sequence.

Brief Scores:West Indies 55 all out in 14.2 overs (Chris Gayle 13; Adil Rashid 4-2, Tymal Mills 2-17, Moeen Ali 2-17) lost to England 56/4 in 8.2 overs (Jos Buttler 24*, Akeal Hosein 2-24) by 6 wickets

Just how did the West Indies get there?

It all started with Moeen Ali setting up the game early with his four straight overs from one end, returning figures of 2 for 17 in the process. While the 18 dot balls weren't much of a surprise against the big-hitting West Indies, the lack of sixes were. Evin Lewis's maximum off Moeen in the first over of the match remained the only six hit in the PowerPlay, and across the 14.2 overs West Indies lasted. Most batsmen, though, fell trying to clear the boundaries, starting with Lewis who was allegorically caught by Moeen.

Tell me more about Moeen's spell

Moeen's first wicket was that of Lendl Simmons, who found the deep midwicket to perfection and set off Nasser Hussain into calling it “brainless batting” on air. His second was Shimron Hetmyer, who went for the glory shot having hit a couple of fours already in the over. Not only had Moeen strangled the run-making in the PowerPlay but also made it more difficult with crucial wickets.

It was Tymal Mill's strike of Chris Gayle, the only West Indian to get into double digits tonight, that capped up a mediocre PowerPlay (31 for 4). But it was about to get from bad to worse.

Adil Rashid spins another web

The interesting bit is that Adil Rashid came on to bowl only in the 11th over. Until then, it was Mills and Chris Jordan operating in tandem and doing the damage. Jordan got Dwayne Bravo cutting to point while Mills got Nicholas Pooran caught behind but once the legspinner was in, all he needed was a ball to strike. Andre Russell was atypically bowled through his forward defence and what followed were 3 wickets in the next 8 balls that Rashid bowled. One of them was that of Kieron Pollard, West Indies's last hope for a decent score, caught at long-on for a 14-ball 6.

The dismissals of Obed McCoy and Ravi Rampaul didn't need much setting up, as was perhaps true for most of the wickets to fall tonight. And just like that, West Indies had their second lowest T20I total ever; three of their four lowest totals have come against England.

Anything to write about the chase?

Not much except that England picked 21 runs off the first three overs, ticking off over 38 percent of the target in two shakes of a lamb's tail. It was always going to be a straightforward chase from there and vice-captain Jos Buttler ensured it remained that, even as England took a punt by sending Moeen Ali at No.4 to maximize Net Run Rate gains.

A silver lining for the West Indies was Akeal Hosein, a late injury replacement for Fabian Allen, who warmed up by bowling all his overs for 24 runs tonight. He picked two fantastic catches off his own bowling, the return catch of Liam Livingstone being one of the highlights on an unreal night.

A note on selections

Mark Wood and Tom Curran “needed a bit more time to recover,” Eoin Morgan said at the toss, meaning Tymal Mills played his first game for England in over three years as a result. Ravi Rampaul dwarfed that with his return to national colours for the first time in six years. Kieron Pollard didn't pick Roston Chase or Hayden Walsh Jr, instead going with left-arm spin of Akeal Hosein. “Andre Russell is fit but West Indies “do not depend on Russell bowling 4 overs every game,” Pollard stressed at the toss.

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What next for these teams?

West Indies have a couple of days to recover before they take on South Africa here itself in Dubai. With both teams coming off losses, it would be a good battle of one-upmanship. England, on the other hand, will travel to Abu Dubai during their three-day break and thereafter take on Bangladesh.

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