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133dThe Report by Andrew Miller at The Oval

Bopara stars as England cruise to victory

Graeme Swann performed his first duty as England captain with aplomb, and chose to bowl first after winning the toss ahead of the first Twenty20 against West Indies at The Oval

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AD Hales
62(48) 8x4 - 1x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 18 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
1 0 33 6 3 6 5 8
C Kieswetter
58(49) 3x4 - 2x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 14 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
5 8 1 10 9 7 4 14

Best performances - Bowlers

RS Bopara
O3.4
M0
R10
W4
Eco2.72
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SR Patel
O4
M0
R23
W2
Eco5.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

England , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

England led the 2-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

18.15 start, First Session 18.15-19.35, Interval 19.35-19.55, Second Session 19.55-21.15

Match days

23 September 2011 - night match (20-over match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Liam Brickhill

What a comprehensive thumping this young England side have handed out, rushing to a 10-wicket win with almost five overs to spare. It's hard, if not impossible, to fault England in any department. The West Indies openers got away from them a little at the start, but the bowling - led by Ravi Bopara - came back strongly, and the fielding, with two run-outs, was top notch. West Indies would have come into this match hopeful of unearthing some new talent, but they've left dejected. Read all about this resounding win in Andrew Miller's report, and if you're feeling particularly sadistic then check out our gallery. Bopara's figures were the best ever by an Englishman in a Twenty20 international, and this is England's first 10-wicket victory in Twenty20s. Says it all really.

"When we started batting we were right on course, but we lost our way from there and we never caught up," says a forthright Darren Sammy. "As soon as the spinners came on it started to turn a bit, we lost crucial wickets and we couldn't rotate the strike enough. It's something that's affected our game in 50-over cricket too, rotating the strike. But we're working on it. We were expecting our spinners to turn it more. Patel and Swann bowled much slower, found some turn." Sammy agrees that the fielding was sloppy, but in mitigation cites the very chilly weather out there tonight. "We had lots of footage of the england guys and we had plans on how we wanted to bowl to them, but we didn't execute them," he adds.

"I'll take that," says a beaming Graeme Swann. "I was delighted with the way everyone performed. Good old Ravi Bopara, he's been bowling me out for two years in the nets and I've told everyone he should bowl more. He did really well. It speaks greatly for the depth in the squad when we can leave someone like James Anderson out and still win like this. It bodes well. Even though we've not got a lot of international experience in this team, the guys have grown up playing twenty20 cricket and no-one panicked out there. Kiesy has already shown what he can do at this level, and this was an important knock for Halesy too."

Ravi Bopara is the Man of the Match. "I actually feel a bit embarrassed by having the best figures!" he jokes in his Essex-lilted tones "The lads played really well. I'm playing with more of a free spirit, which is definitely a big thing for me. The pitch was very similar to a subcontinental wicket, slow and low. We knew changes of pace would be vital. Swann asked me to bowl in the first six overs on, and I said 'are you having a laugh?' He put Samit on instead. It's a great dressing room, these young players are unbelievable. It's brilliant to see and its exciting for the fans."

And that's all from us tonight. Andrew McGlashan and Liam Brickhill have been your commentators, and Andrew Miller has been reporting from the ground. Thanks for joining us, I'm off to enjoy some birthday cake!

15.2
4
Smith to Kieswetter, FOUR runs, a shovelled drive flies through cover, and that's the game!
15.1
0
Smith to Kieswetter, no run, good start from him, Kieswetter having to dig out a pinpoint yorker

Dwayne Smith comes on to bowl what should be the last over on his international return.

END OF OVER:
15 | 6 Runs | ENG: 124/0 (2 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 8.26, RRR: 0.40)

  • AD Hales62 (48b)
  • C Kieswetter54 (47b)
  • CD Barnwell2-0-12-0
  • D Bishoo4-0-28-0
14.6
4
Barnwell to Hales, FOUR runs, just two runs to win now, as Hales swivels on one leg to pull a slower ball past the man at short fine leg
14.5
1
Barnwell to Kieswetter, 1 run, chopped down on the off side for a single
14.4
0
Barnwell to Kieswetter, no run, both batsman are just having a look here, there's a definite 10-wicket win on the cards now
14.3
1
Barnwell to Hales, 1 run, flicked off the pads for one
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