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West Indies were blown away by the Salt-Bairstow storm

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West Indies were blown away by the Salt-Bairstow storm

England had to walk the path of complex equations to get through the group stage. But the current champions showed power in the first match of Super Eight.

Even after crushing the host West Indies. They beat the Caribbean by 8 wickets in St. Lucia.
After losing the toss and batting first, the hosts scored 180 runs for 4 wickets. In response, Phil Salt and Jonny Bairstow stormed past that target with 15 balls in hand, Jos Buttler’s team.

England had a disastrous start. Captain Butler (25) added 67 runs in the opening partnership with Salt. He departed after being trapped lbw by Roston Chase. Moeen Ali scored 13 runs off 10 balls for three. Despite losing two wickets by a short run, England was not in any danger after that. Salt and Bairstow covered the rest of the way together.

Man of the match Salt remained unbeaten on 87 runs off 47 balls with 7 fours and 5 sixes. Among them, he scored 30 runs with three fours and a six in the 16th over by Romario Shepherd. Jonny Bairstow’s unbeaten 48 off 26 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes.

Earlier, the first four batsmen of West Indies got runs. The maximum 38 runs from 34 balls came from the bat of Johnson Charles. Nicholas the Elder couldn’t play with his hands open either. The left-handed batsman scored 36 runs off 32 balls. Then West Indies reached 180 with Rovman Powell’s 17-ball 36 with 5 sixes and Sherfan Rutherford’s 28-run cameo innings. Zafra Archer, Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone took one wicket each for the English.

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