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England down West Indies as Bairstow shines

6th March 2019, 00:16 by Michael Holland

England have won the first Twenty20 international against West Indies by four wickets, as Jonny Bairstow impressed with the bat.

Bairstow smashed a career-best T20 score of 68 off 40 balls as England made pretty light work of West Indies total of 160-8, getting there with seven balls to spare.

Bairstow fell in the 12th over, but Joe Denly and Sam Billings took over, scoring 30 and 18 runs respectively to see out the win.

Earlier Tom Curran had taken 4-36 as England restricted the hosts to a gettable target, and captain Eoin Morgan was delighted with the performance.

"The bowlers were magnificent - taking early wickets put us on the front foot," Morgan said. "It's something we've not been able to do with the white ball on this tour.

"Adil Rashid did a fine job today after that. He has proven in the last four years that he can come into the attack at any stage of the game and threaten both edges of the bat. He's a huge asset for us."

Meanwhile, Bairstow was also delighted with his knock: "It was great fun. It was good to get back out and play with a bit of freedom.

"There's a few guys not playing in this series so it's an opportunity to go out and hopefully carry on from the one-day series. It's good fun being back behind the stumps, too."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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