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T20 WC: Salt, Bairstow spread carnage, as England registers dominating 8-wicket win over WI

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Jun 20, 2024 10:24 AM IST

With some eye-catching stroke play, Philip Salt and Jonny Bairstow led England to a resounding 8-wicket win over the co-hosts, the West Indies, chasing the target of 181 runs under 18 overs on Wednesday (local time), and brought the defending champions a step closer to the semi-final spot in the ongoing T20 World Cup.

Gros Islet [St Lucia], : With some eye-catching stroke play, Philip Salt and Jonny Bairstow led England to a resounding 8-wicket win over the co-hosts, the West Indies, chasing the target of 181 runs under 18 overs on Wednesday night , and brought the defending champions a step closer to the semi-final spot in the ongoing T20 World Cup.

T20 WC: Salt, Bairstow spread carnage, as England registers dominating 8-wicket win over WI
T20 WC: Salt, Bairstow spread carnage, as England registers dominating 8-wicket win over WI

With their aggressive batting and unorthodox shots, Salt and Bairstow brushed away the threat that the West Indies pacers carried.

The 8-wicket defeat brought an end to the West Indies 8-match winning streak.

While chasing 181, Salt and skipper Jos Buttler navigated through the powerplay to ease off the nerves in the dugout.

Off-break spinner Roston Chase brought the co-hosts back into the game by getting the better of Buttler . Moments later, Andre Russell struck another blow by removing Moeen Ali.

Bairstow arrived following Moeen's dismissal, who pulled the game back in England's favor. The fluency in his strokes, with Salt playing the supporting role at the other end, changed the course of the game.

The dynamic between the duo changed after Salt raised his bat for fifty. He went berserk smashing 30 runs in Romario Shepherd's over to completely kill West Indies' chances of winning the game.

In the 16th over, he smoked the ball three times into the stands and found the fence the same number of times to raise the heat.

Bairstow took the winning single on the third ball of the 18th over to make a strong statement for the defending champions. Salt and Bairstow walked back to the dugout unbeaten with scores of 87* and 48* respectively.

Earlier in the innings, Sherfane Rutherford's cameo of 28 off 15 balls and Johnson Charles' 38 helped the West Indies post 180 runs in the first innings in St. Lucia. Eventually, England just managed to prevent the hosts from scoring close to 200.

After being put to bat, the West Indies got off to a splendid start as openers Brandon King and Johnson Charles stamped their authority, slamming England bowlers all around the ground.

The pair had the Windies flying at 40/0 early in the fifth over, however, the hosts were hit with a big blow as, attempting to drive an England pacer Sam Curran ball down the ground, King picked up what appeared to be a groin complaint and had to retire hurt.

The in-form Nicholas Pooran joined Charles at the crease, bringing the total to 54 runs in six overs - a strong Powerplay performance.

Pooran smoked Mark Wood for a long leg side six to begin the eighth over, but England tightened the hold on leaking runs. The West Indies scored 82 runs in the first ten overs, losing no wickets.

Pooran continued his great form, complementing Charles' patient approach with some aggressive stroke play.

The Windies were cruising until Charles fell in the 11th over trying to accelerate. In came captain Rovman Powell, who went berserk, smashing 36 off just 17 balls before falling prey to Liam Livingstone.

The English found some fight in the final five overs. Jofra Archer found the edge of Pooran's bat, with the heavy hitter removed for 36 off 32.

Andre Russell couldn't wreak much damage, and then Pooran too, followed soon after, and the Windies lost 3 wickets for just 6 runs, putting a dent in their scoring rate.

Rutherford played a crucial cameo in the backend and helped the West Indies post a competitive total on the board.

Brief score: West Indies 180/4 vs England 181/2 .

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