World Twenty20 2012: Stuart Broad rues loss of early wickets

World Twenty20 2012: Stuart Broad says England were going to struggle to beat the West Indies after losing two early wickets

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Stuart Broad was left to rue England’s early wicket loss after his side were beaten by 15 runs in their first Super Eights game against West Indies at the ICC Twenty20 World Cup.

England lost two wickets for no runs in their opening over as they were set 180 to win, managing 164-4 in response to the West Indies’ total of 179-5, largely thanks to Eoin Morgan’s fantastic 71 not out in Pallekele.

“Obviously losing two wickets in that first over hurt us a lot. The way Eoin Morgan played got us back into the game,” Broad told Sky Sports.

“We’re really disappointed, I think it’s a missed opportunity not to win tonight.

“It’s pretty clear what we have to do. We’ve done some good things tonight but we’ve just fallen short and we’ve got to stop losing early wickets like
that because it’s hurting us.”

Darren Sammy won the toss and decided to bat first. Chris Gayle (58) and Johnson Charles (84) put on 103 for the first wicket and it looked like the Windies might run away with the game – before Gayle holed out to Steven Finn in the deep off the bowling of Graeme Swann; Finn clinging on with relief, having dropped Charles the previous delivery.

Some tight bowling from Broad slowed the Caribbean Islanders run-rate in the second half of their innings as he picked up the wickets of Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy to finish with tidy figures of 2-26 from his four overs.

If England were to exorcise the horrors of Friday’s 90-run defeat to India then a solid start was imperative.

But the defending champions suffered an early blow as Ravi Rampaul justified his selection ahead of Fidel Edwards by removing Craig Kieswetter and Luke Wright in successive balls.

England appear unwilling to drop the wicketkeeper Kieswetter despite his continued sluggish form – both Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler, already in the side, are able glovemen.

After scoring 29-2 from their first six overs, the run chase became all but impossible.

Morgan strolled to the crease at 55-3 and the Middlesex batsman hit a superb 71 from just 46 balls. Morgan and opener Alex Hales (68) put on a century stand and for a brief moment it looked like the unthinkable may just happen.

However, England were always behind the run-rate after their poor start.

With Morgan striking Samuels for a boundary off the first ball of the final over, 19 was need off the last five deliveries. But Morgan could only muster one run from the next two balls and then Hales was stumped to end a valiant comeback.

Broad will take comfort from Morgan’s and Hales’ innings, but anything less than a victory in their next match against New Zealand on Saturday, will see the defending champions limp meekly out of the tournament.

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