Dubai: England captain Eoin Morgan is delighted his side started their T20 World Cup campaign on a winning note as spinner Moeen Ali exploited conditions to flatten the West Indies on Saturday.
Spinners Moeen Ali (2/17) and Adil Rashid (4/2) dominated the West Indies hitting roster to script England’s comfortable six-wicket victory over defending champions in a Super 12 Group game 1.
âIt’s as good as it gets. For starting our campaign like this, all credit goes to our bowling unit. The guys were very disciplined and we took our chances,â Morgan said during the post-presentation. match after England headed for the paltry target. from 56 in 8.2 overs.
Moeen finished his spell splendidly, playing up to 18 point balls in his four overs while conceding just 17 points.
“I think Moeen Ali read the conditions right, he took risks when his game was in his favor, and seizing his opportunity like he did after the success he had in the IPL was brilliant . “
Pacer Tymal Mills was also impressive as he also took two wickets for 17 races on his four overs.
“I’m thrilled for Big T. He’s had a miserable run at times, but he’s now as good as I’ve ever seen him, especially with his fitness.”
Morgan said Dawid Malan was pushed back in order and not sent to the middle in order to quickly suppress the required runs.
“We were (thinking of the net run rate and holding back Malan), we wanted the guys to go after the bowling, but it was tough today on that court.”
Player of the match Moeen said his time on IPL winning team Chennai Super Kings helped him.
“The role at CSK is very important to me, I feel like I’m always involved with the bat and the ball and on the pitch as well, and it was the perfect preparation for the World Cup.”
On his superbly judged mid-way effort to fire West Indies hitter Evin Lewis, he said: âA catch like this gives you a little confidence, I think it calmed my nerves a bit.
“They have a lot of lefties at the top so I knew I would be bowling from the start.”
West Indies captain Kieron Pollard admitted this was an unacceptable performance from West Indies beaters but said there was no need to press the panic button.
“It was unacceptable, we accept that. These kinds of games sometimes, we just need to put everything in the trash. For us, it’s just a matter of finding our straps,” he said.
âWe haven’t hit well in our three games so far. We went out, the guys tried to play their punches, and it didn’t work out. I don’t think there was any kind of panic. will settle in our camp. “
The 55 was the second lowest T20 total for the West Indies after 45 against the same opponents in 2019. It was also the third lowest T20 World Cup total behind 39 and 44 (both of the Netherlands). Low).
But, Pollard said it wasn’t the first time something like this had happened to his team.
“This is what it is, we just have to take it on our chest and move on, it’s an international sport. Obviously we play cricket a lot around the world, and this isn’t the first once something like this happens.
âWe have played cricket all over the world and we have the experience of games like this,â Pollard said.
“Getting an opportunity because of Fabian Allen’s injury. Everything happens for a reason, and Akeal Hosein has shown us what he can do.”