ICC T20 World Cup – Super 12: England, Australia Seal Wins
A ruthless bowling performance saw England get their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 campaign off to a perfect start as they defeated the West Indies by six wickets in Dubai. The rematch between the 2016 finalists was eagerly anticipated, but proved almost as onesided as that famous occasion in Kolkata had been dramatic, with the reigning champions subsiding to 55 all out – their second-lowest ever T20I score.
Spin twins Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid were the principal architects of West Indies’ downfall, the latter finishing with England’s best-ever T20I figures of four for two after Moeen had set the tone with two wickets and 18 dot balls in a miserly four-over spell. The returning Tymal Mills, representing England for the first time since February 2017, chipped in with two scalps of his own including key man Chris Gayle, who was the only batter to make it into double figures.
Meanwhile Australia kickstarted the Super 12 stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 with a nervy five-wicket victory over South Africa in a low-scoring contest in Abu Dhabi. Having restricted the Proteas to 118 for eight, Australia slipped to 38 for three in reply before Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell’s partnership of 42 set the platform for Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade to see Justin Langer’s side home with two balls to spare.
Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa and Mitchell Starc had all picked up two scalps as South Africa lost wickets at regular intervals to leave Australia needing less than six an over at the Zayed Cricket Stadium. Aiden Markram struck a fluent 40 off 36 balls to top score for the Proteas, but he ran out of partners as Australia got their campaign off to a winning start.
West Indies vs England
West Indies: 55 (14.2) (Chris Gayle 13, Adil Rashid 4/2, Moeen Ali 2/17, Tymal Mills 2/17)
England: 56-4 (8.2) (Jos Buttler 24 not out, Akeal Hosein 2/24)
South Africa vs Australia
South Africa: 118/9 (20) (Aiden Markram 40, Kagiso Rabada 19 not out; Josh Hazlewood 2/19, Adam Zampa 2/21)
Australia: 121/5 (19.4) (Steve Smith 35, Marcus Stoinis 24 not out; Anrich Nortje 2/21)