WI romp to easy victory

Port of Spain, March 16:

Ramnaresh Sarwan hit 59 from 46 balls to propel West Indies to a six-wicket victory over England in their Twenty20 International on Sunday.

England were bowled out for just 121 in 19.1 overs and West Indies replied with 123-4 from 18 overs. Newcomer Steven Davies led the way for England with 27 from 21 balls and captain Andrew Strauss scored 22 from 25 balls. But England’s innings never got into gear, and they lost their last four wickets for seven runs in the space 14 balls. Spinner Sulieman Benn took 3-24 for the hosts.

After Ravi Bopara was bowled by Lionel Baker in the fourth over, England thanks to Davies raced to 55-1 in the eighth over. But Davies and Kevin Pietersen were dismissed in successive overs. Their effort was not helped when Dimitri Mascarenhas, Strauss, and Gareth Batty were all needlessly run out.

Stuart Broad removed Andre Fletcher in the second over to give England a bright start when they took to the field. But stalwarts Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul carried West Indies to 45-1 in the fifth over. James Anderson had Chanderpaul caught at square cover before Lendl Simmons and Sarwan put West Indies firmly on course with a stand of 60 for the third wicket.