West Indies v England: Stuart Broad calm despite T20 defeat

West Indies v England: Stuart Broad stays calm after tourist fall to a comprehensive 27-run defeat in first T20

By Daniel Jolly

Stuart Broad insisted there is “nothing to panic about” as England fell to a comprehensive 27-run defeat in the opening Twenty20 international against the West Indies.

After winning the toss in Bridgetown, Marlon Samuels (69 not out) and Chris Gayle (43) helped the hosts to a competitive total of 170.

We didn’t get going today but that can happen chasing a decent score

Stuart Broad

It proved to be a case of old habits rearing their head as Ashley Giles’ men limped to 143-9, with Tim Bresnan notching an unbeaten 47.

Spin proved to be a useful weapon as birthday boy Samuel Badree picked up three wickets and skipper Broad was quick to credit this as the difference.

“The spin bowlers have taken most of the wickets and had the best economy rates but last time we played here it was different as the seam bowlers did a lot of damage so that’s something we’ll have to take into consideration,” said Broad.

“We didn’t get going today but that can happen chasing a decent score and things didn’t go our way.

“I’ve got a bit of patella tendinitis so I’m not sure I’ll play the next two games to get right for the World Twenty20.”

Darren Sammy’s decision to bat first looked to be a good one, especially given past results at this venue.

In 13 matches in this format at the Kensington Oval, the side batting first had won ten of those, so the signs didn’t look good for the tourists.

The Windies started positively as they quickly reached 50 – with Broad conceding 19 in the opening over – but the breakthrough came shortly after as Dwayne Smith fell for 27.

A pair of wickets, coupled with tight bowling, slowed down the run rate as Lendl Simmons and danger-man Gayle departed.

Samuels, who was dropped on 43 by James Tredwell, helped them regain the momentum as he combined with 20-over specialist Andre Russell to add a quickfire half-century.

Mirroring the approach adopted by his captaining counterpart in the one-day series that preceded this game, Sammy used slow bowling early on and it reaped rewards.

It proved to be a tale of inept chasing as the visitors collapsed to 73 for 6, with Dinesh Ramdin claiming a trio of stumpings.

Despite late resistance from Ravi Bopara (42), they were well beaten and attentions now turn to saving the series in Tuesday’s encounter at the same ground.

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