England cruise to six-wicket win over West Indies in their T20 World Cup opener after rolling over defending champions for just 55 runs

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  • England bowled out West Indies for 55 in just 14.2 overs in Dubai
  • Jos Buttler remained unbeaten on 24 as England chased down a total in 8.2 overs
  • England beat the defending champions and took four wickets of Adil Rashid.
  • Chris Gayle the only West Indies batsman to reach double digits with 13 runs

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Eoin Morgan’s England signaled their title aspirations with a comfortable six-wicket win over defending champions West Indies in the opening match of the Twenty20 World Cup on Saturday.

Batting fireworks were expected in a repeat of the 2016 final between the two sides, but England made it one-sided as they ran with their bowlers at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

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Moeen Ali (2-17) ruined the West Indies top-order before Adil Rashid ran through the rest of the line-up to bowl the Caribbeans out for 55 in 15 overs.

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Eoin Morgan (right) and Jos Buttler celebrate England’s line up against the Windies

England began their Super 12 campaign in style, chasing down the target in 8.2 overs, trying to become the first team to win the 20-over and 50-over World Cup titles at the same time.

Morgan’s men rattled their own batting order, losing four wickets in the process, but their victory was never in doubt.

Earlier, wary of the evening dew that could make catching the ball a challenge, Morgan opted to field as West Indies rolled 37-5 within eight overs and Moeen was in the thick of things.

Buttler remained unbeaten on 24 as England won their T20 World Cup opener in Dubai

Buttler remained unbeaten on 24 as England won their T20 World Cup opener in Dubai

West Indies rattled England's top order but their total proved too small to defend

West Indies rattled England’s top order but their total proved too small to defend

Positioned at mid-off, Moeen ran past a skier from Evin Lewis and took a brilliant running catch over his shoulder to draw first blood.

In the next over, Moeen, who bowled his four overs at the trot, got Lendl Simmons caught in the deep and the spinner dismissed Shimron Hetmyer to shock West Indies.

The middle order hardly did any better as Tymal Mills dismissed Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran, while Chris Jordan tightened the screws by removing Dwayne Bravo.

Adil Rashid (left) took four wickets in 2.2 overs to help England beat Windies 55.  out on

Adil Rashid (left) took four wickets in 2.2 overs to help England beat Windies 55. out on

Moeen Ali took two wickets, including Chris Gayle, as England dominated the Windies

Moeen Ali took two wickets, including Chris Gayle, as England dominated the Windies

Rashid then ran to the bottom of the West Indies line-up, dismissing Kieron Pollard and Obed McCoy in successive deliveries.

Gayle’s 13 was West Indies’ only two-digit score to bat against a fiery England attack.

Rashid sent 14 deliveries, conceded only two runs and took four wickets in a brilliant display of spin bowling.

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