Holder stars for West Indies in a comfortable win in T20 opener
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Jason Holder took 4-7 as England were skittled for 103 at Kensington Oval.
Jason Holder took 4-7 as England were skittled for 103 at Kensington Oval.

JASON Holder took 4-7 as England were bowled out for 103 on their way to a comprehensive nine-wicket defeat to West Indies in the first T20 international at Kensington Oval in Barbados.

England quickly found themselves in trouble after being asked to bat as Holder and Sheldon Cottrell did damage with the new ball, reducing the visitors to 10-3 which swiftly became 29-5 and then 49-7.

It took a 36-run stand between Chris Jordan (28) and Adil Rashid (22) for the eighth wicket to take England up to anything close to respectability before Holder wrapped up the innings with two balls to spare.
Brandon King then hit an unbeaten 52 as West Indies calmly knocked off the runs with 17 balls to spare to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

The one positive for England is that they have less than 24 hours to wait before trying to put things right, with the second T20 taking place at the same venue today.

England collapse early in Barbados
At the toss, Eoin Morgan insisted that he would have chosen to bat first as they aim to work on setting a total ahead of another T20 World Cup at the end of the year and if it was a challenge he wanted, he got it as three wickets fell in the first two overs.

Jason Roy (6) was first to go, losing his middle stump as he advanced to Cottrell, the ball after advancing to smash the left-arm seamer for six. Then it was over to Holder.

The big all-rounder found a hint of swing and was able to use his height to extract extra bounce from the surface, with that combination helping him to find Tom Banton’s (4) outside edge. Nicholas Pooran took the chance at slip.

Moeen Ali came and went, slashing his first ball to backward point to put Holder on a hat-trick. He could not quite get it but batting was proving extremely difficult and two maidens followed before James Vince got after Cottrell (2-30).

Brandon King finished unbeaten on 52 as tWest Indies cruised to victory

Back-to-back boundaries were followed by a top-edged hook for six, only for Vince (14) to slap the next ball – short, wide and begging to be hit – straight to cover and become the second of three England batters to fall the ball after hitting a maximum.

The early damage had been done by the seamers but Akeal Hosein showed there was plenty in the pitch for the spinners too, ripping the ball past Sam Billings (2), who was stumped by a mile to end the seventh over.

Morgan and Liam Dawson (2) tried to rebuild and got through to the halfway stage of the innings but a calamitous run out the ball after drinks saw the latter heading back to the pavilion and Morgan (17) was not far behind, smashing Romario Shepherd over the offside for six before being deceived by a slower ball next up and picking out Kieron Pollard at cover.

Jordan and Rashid did at least manage to provide some resistance over the next five overs, Jordan clubbing three big sixes before he holed out off Fabian Allen in the 17th over and then it was left to Holder to wrap up the innings, castling Rashid the ball after dismissing Saqib Mahmood (5).

England desperately needed early wickets to give them any chance of defending such a low total but with the West Indies not needing to take any risks and the pitch having steadily improved through the match, none were forthcoming.

King and Shai Hope eased through the powerplay, smartly playing the situation and turned the chase into something of a non-event.

Rashid (1-21) removed Hope (20) with a superb leg-break, Billings with quick hands to complete the stumping, and Dawson (0-12) offered as much threat as any England bowler in a tidy spell, but the result was never in doubt.

King and Pooran (27no) steadily took the home side towards their target before King, the over after bringing up his second T20 fifty from 47 balls, hit the winning run from the first ball of the 18th over.

After a disappointing start, England will aim to bounce back today and show why they are the No 1 ranked T20 side in the world.(Sky Sports).

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