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Wright and Morgan punish the West Indies


Luke Wright and Eoin Morgan launched a devastating blitz on the West Indies bowlers scoring 98 from just 56 balls to help England set the hosts a target of 192 to chase for victory.

The batsmen came together at the start of the 10th over with England 88-4 after they had lost Paul Collingwood and Kevin Pietersen in the space of 4 balls. After slowly getting settled at the crease the pair launched their blitz in the 15th over.

Kieron Pollard was dispatched for 16 runs, Dwayne Bravo conceded 14 runs before Ravi Rampaul was dispatched for 27 runs in the 17th over as England took control of the game.

Morgan brought up his half century from just 35 balls in a display of polished hitting while Wright smashed 4 sixes on the way to a score of 45.

Morganís innings of 55 was brought to an end in the final over by Bravo but the damaged had already been done to leave the West Indies with a difficult run chase.

Micheal Lumb and Craig Kieswetter, who became the 16th different opening partnership for England in the last 27 Twenty20 International matches, got off to a fantastic start.

Having seen off the threat of spinner Suliemann Benn in the first over; Lumb attacked Rampaul who conceded 16 runs from the second over of the day which included 2 wides and a no ball.

Lumb, who was playing his first Twenty20 International for England enjoyed a tremendous start cutting and pulling Benn for consecutive boundaries at the start of the third over as England scored 30 runs from the first 3 overs.

The openerís cameo was end by Chris Gayle who brought himself into the attack hoping to stem the flow of runs. Having just been smashed to the boundary by Kieswetter; Gayle floated up a delivery to tempt Lumb (28) into a shot.

The plan succeeded as the ball crash into the stumps to end Lumbís innings.

Kieswetter was joined at the crease by Pietersen who signaled his attentions by smashing Gayle for a boundary from the very first ball he faced.

Pietersen and Kieswetter continued to attack the West Indies bowlers reaching 60-1 after just six overs setting a new record for the tournament for runs scored during the power play overs.

With a large total looking possible the hosts struck back to remove Kieswetter (26) who was trapped LBW by Nikita Miller to leave England 66-2.

After losing Kieswetter; England suffered a little batting slump losing skipper Collingwood (6) and Pietersen (24) in the space of 20 balls as Darren Sammy lead the fight back.

With the West Indies looking to take control Wright and Morgan came to the rescue of England taking the game away form the hosts in a display of powerfully big hitting which gave England the momentum going into the West Indies innings.

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