West Indies mauls England in T20 match by six wickets

March 16th, 2009 - 12:40 pm ICT by ANI  

Port of Spain, Mar 16 (ANI): Englands bid to regain momentum after last weeks Test series defeat against West Indies failed when Ramnaresh Sarwan hit 59 from 46 balls to propel his team to a six-wicket victory over the English side in their Twenty20 match at Queens Park Oval.

England were bowled out for just 121 in 19.1 overs after they were sent in to bat, and West Indies replied strongly with 123 for four from 18 overs.

England was undermined by disciplined West Indies bowling and fielding which accounted for three run outs. Newcomer Steven Davies led the way for England with 27 from 21 balls and captain Andrew Strauss scored 22 from 25 balls.

But Englands innings never got into gear, and they lost their last four wickets for seven runs in the space 14 balls.

Spinner Sulieman Benn took three for 24 from four overs to be the leading West Indies bowler.

After Lionel Baker bowled Ravi Bopara in the fourth over, England, due to Davies efforts raced to 55 for one in the eighth over.

But Davies and Kevin Pietersen were dismissed in successive overs, and England failed to keep the tempo alive.

Their effort was not helped when Dimitri Mascarenhas, Strauss, and Gareth Batty were needlessly run out.

Stuart Broad removed Andre Fletcher in the second over to give England a bright start when they took to the field.

But stalwarts Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul carried West Indies to 45 for one in the fifth over.

Amjad Khan removed Sarwan in the 16th over and had Dwayne Bravo caught at mid-wicket two overs later before Kieron Pollard sealed the victory, when he swung a short, rising ball from the same bowler through mid-wicket for four. (ANI)

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