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West Indies crush England in T20 opener as Jason Holder makes light work of top order

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 23/01/2022 Jonathan Gorrie
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England were thrashed in the opening Twenty20 international of their five-match series against West Indies on Saturday.

Jason Holder (4-7) and Sheldon Cottrell (2-30) made light work of England’s top order with the visitors eventually bowled out for 103 in 19.4 overs.

The hosts knocked off the runs with ease as Brandon King (52 not out) struck a fluent half-century and finished the job with Nicholas Pooran (27 not out) in 17.1 overs. England’s only success came through Rashid, who removed Shai Hope (20).

"The (conditions) were actually opposite to the wicket that we played on two or three days ago," said England captain Eoin Morgan.

"We lost early wickets, we didn’t seem to adapt well enough in running, which is what you have to do when challenged like that with movement and a bit of bounce."

West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard was happy with the performance of his team.

"That’s the blueprint we ask guys to put up. To come out and win a match isn’t easy, to see the young guys come out and finish it off was fantastic," he said.

"Sheldon coming back in, Jason showed his quality. These two bowlers were phenomenal. Sometimes when you get four wickets early guys can relax, but they know the importance of sticking to plans."

Kensington Oval will host the second match of the series on Sunday.

Additional reporting from Reuters

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