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Brian Lara, the former West Indies captain, wasn’t impressed after watching his country fold for just 55 runs in the first innings of their opening match against England in Dubai in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021. West Indies batting collapsed like a pack of cards as England bowlers enjoyed a field day after winning the toss.

Reacting to the reckless batting performance by the West Indies – they were bowled out for the lowest total by an ICC full-member nation in T20 World Cup – the legendary Brian Lara said he doesn’t have words to describe the batting approach. This is also the third-lowest score overall in a T20 World Cup. The overall lowest total in the T20 World Cup still stands with the Netherlands, who were bowled out for 39 in the 2014 World Cup against Sri Lanka.

Brian Lara (Image Credit: Twitter)
Brian Lara (Image Credit: Twitter)

Brian Lara Disappointed With Reckless Batting From West Indies Against England

A thumping win for England to begin their campaign in the 2021 T20I World Cup, and a bit of a damp squib as far as a repeat of last 2016 final, which was won by defending champions West Indies was concerned. England has a net run rate of 3.970 at this point, and West Indies the minus version of the same number.

West Indies lost nine of their 10 wickets, looking to hit a four or a six, while 59 of the 86 balls they faced were dots, and they did not attempt to rebuild after losing early wickets. Lendl Simmons (3), Evin Lewis (6), Shimron Hetmyer (9), Dwayne Bravo (5), Nicholas Pooran (1), Kieron Pollard (6), and Andre Russell (0) didn’t contribute much with the bat.

West Indies' Andre Russell is clean bowled by England's Adil Rashid during the T20 World Cup match. (AP Photo)
West Indies Andre Russell is clean bowled by England’s Adil Rashid during the T20 World Cup match. (AP Photo)

Losing all 10 wickets for just 55 runs, Brian Lara said during a Star Sports show covering the match, “It was disappointing, it was reckless, I don’t have words to describe this. As a West Indian, I’m very disappointed.”

Brian Lara said he doesn’t have words to describe the batting approach. Brian Lara’s 375 and 501 not out broke world records for the highest Test and first-class scores. Brian Lara is one of the few batsmen to score above 10,000 runs in both ODIs and Tests.

Eoin Morgan won the toss and decided to put the West Indies batting to test at the Dubai International Stadium. Openers Evin Lewis and Lendl Simmons initially showed signs of maturity, but that lasted for over. After that, England spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid bowled 6.2 overs for 19 runs and took six wickets between them.

Moeen Ali And Adil Rashid Stars For England

Moeen Ali bowled a superb line with clever variations in pace to dismantle the top-order. His figures of 2/17 in four overs included wickets of Lendl Simmons and Shimron Hetmyer. With pacers Tymal Mills, Chris Woakes, and Chris Jordan also pitching in with regular wickets from the other end, the West Indies backbone was jolted. West Indies did pick four wickets, three inside the powerplay, but the target of 56 was always chasable.

England leg-spinner Adil Rashid
England leg-spinner Adil Rashid- Twitter

Soon, Adil Rashid unleashed one of the best spells of T20 spin bowling to capture four wickets in his quota of 2.2 overs. He bowled 12 dot balls, conceding only two runs. Finally, Chris Gayle ended as the top scorer for West Indies with 13 runs off 13 balls.

In reply, England stumbled a bit but overhauled the target in 8.2 overs and with six wickets remaining. Adil Rashid takes 4 for 2 as England bowl West Indies out for 55 and completes the chase inside nine overs. West Indies’ lowest T20I score is 45, against England in 2019.

England 56 for 4 (Buttler 24*) beat West Indies 55 (Rashid 4-2, Moeen 2-17) by six wickets