ICC World Twenty20: West Indies beat England at a canter in warm-up
England's warm-up preparations for the ICC World Twenty20 started with a seven-wicket defeat to West Indies.
Last Updated: 20/03/14 6:24am
In the first of two pre-tournament practice matches in Bangladesh, England managed a modest 131-7 having opting to bat first against their Group 1 rivals.
Eoin Morgan, captaining while Stuart Broad sat out with tendonitis, top-scored with 43 not out but West Indies powered past their target with 23 balls to spare thanks to openers Chris Gayle (58 not out) and Dwayne Smith (36).
Having already beaten England in the recent T20 series in the Caribbean, it was another timely reminder about which of these sides carries the biggest threat at the forthcoming competition.
England's innings was devoid of fireworks, Morgan by some distance the top performer. Just one other batsman made it out of the teens, Moeen Ali making 22 in 16 balls.
The West Indies reply was emphatic from the off. Smith struck two boundaries in James Tredwell's opening over, before Chris Jordan's untidy start cost 11 from the other end.
Then came a run of three sixes in six deliveries, an effort that put England's ball striking to shame.
Smith got the ball rolling by lifting Tredwell over the top before both he and Gayle smashed Tim Bresnan long and straight down the ground.
The Windies reached 50 from five overs as their opening pair continued to throw the bat with abandon, Jade Dernbach taken for two streaky boundaries and Bresnan's struggles continuing as he leaked 15 from his second visit.
After the six-over powerplay, the score was 65 without loss - compared to England's 48-3 at the same stage - but the wily Ravi Bopara joined Tredwell in putting the brakes on.
Tredwell claimed the first wicket, Smith caught at long-leg for a fine 36, but Bopara's tricky seamers were crucial to the cause.
His first three overs yielded just 12, but with Gayle still at the crease a West Indies win still appeared inevitable.
Johnson Charles (seven) and Marlon Samuels (two) fell to Bopara and Stephen Parry respectively, but Gayle - whose 58 occupied just 38 deliveries - finished the job with Lendl Simmons (15no).