Monday, March 16, 2009

ENGLAND VS WESTINDIES 1st T20:Sarwan steers WI to T20 win over Eng

An inspired performance by Ramnaresh Sarwan steered the West Indies to a comfortable six-wicket victory over England in their one-off Twenty20 International match at the Queen's Park Oval on Sunday. 

Sarwan helped run out two England players and then hit a fine 59 to spur the West Indies to 123-4 off 18 overs, finishing with 12 balls remaining, in reply to the visitors' modest 121 all out off 19.1 overs. 

Opener Steve Davies, on his international debut, top scored for England with 27. But Sulieman Benn took 3-24 and a total of three run outs caused England's innings to stutter. 

There was also a wicket apiece for Lionel Baker (1-12), Darren Sammy (1-14), Fidel Edwards (1-18) and Dwayne Bravo (1-34). 

The West Indies lost an early wicket but Sarwan, the standout batsman in the preceding Test series, guided his side to victory. 

Having already engineered the run-outs of Gareth Batty and Dimitri Mascarenhas, the 28-year-old right-hander lashed four fours and two sixes off 46 balls before he fell with the victory in sight. 

Lendl Simmons contributed a level-headed 23 not out while Kieron Pollard (4 not out) ended the match with a boundary

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