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ESPNcricinfo presents plays of the day from the opening T20 between West Indies and England in Barbados
March 9, 2014
Start of the day
It was certainly a good way to make a statement: launch the first ball of the match for six. Dwayne Smith picked up Stuart Broad's opening delivery and pulled it over deep square-leg. Broad's over ended up costing 19 (without Chris Gayle facing a ball) and although England clawed back some ground the tone had been set.
Drop of the day
James Tredwell had a terrific day with the ball, bowling his four overs for just 16 despite the power-packed West Indies top order, but his most crucial moment could well have come when he shelled Marlon Samuels at cover on 43. Samuels drilled his drive with considerable power, it was straight at Tredwell but rebounded from his hands to the ground. The bowler was the under-pressure Jade Dernbach whose next four five deliveries went for four.
Character of the day
Given that treatment, and disappointment, for Dernbach his final over was therefore an impressive show of character as he restricted Samuels and Andre Russell, two set batsmen, to just five singles. There was a risky length ball to start with, and a low full toss later on, but there were also four yorkers which is a delivery not often seen from England's quick bowlers.
No idea of the day
Luke Wright looks shot of confidence. After being worked over by Sunil Narine in the second ODI where he was bowled for a duck he was beaten by Samuel Badree's googly first ball in this game, dragging his foot out of the crease to be stumped. It now means scores of 1, 0 and 0 in his last three innings and, for the record, completed back-to-back golden ducks against West Indies in T20 following his first-baller in the previous World T20.
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