T20 World Cup: England hammer Windies as defending champions out for 55

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England avenged themselves by bowling West Indies out for a mere 55 runs in their first T20 World Cup match, thrashing the defending champions by six wickets. 

The Windies defeated England in the 2016 World Cup final, but in a completely one-sided Group 1 clash at the Dubai International Stadium on Saturday, they were reduced to their second-lowest T20 International total. 

In their previous five T20 World Cup matches, England had never beaten West Indies, but that record was broken as the defending champions’ humiliating innings was over in 14.2 overs. 

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After spinner Moeen Ali (2-17) bowled a brilliant opening spell, Adil Rashid earned stunning best T20I statistics of 4-2. 

Tymal Mills was also outstanding in his first T20I for England since February 2017, taking 2-17 as England’s fielding was faultless, with some stunning catches. 

Chris Gayle (13) was the only Windies batsman to reach double digits. 

T20 World Cup: Australia throw formbook out the window and beat South Africa 

With a five-wicket victory over South Africa to begin the T20 World Cup Super 12 stage, Australia beaten the odds. 

In their three T20I series in 2021, South Africa has only lost two matches, but Australia has lost each of their previous five series. 

However, Australia’s decision to bat first proved sensible, with Josh Hazlewood (2-19) leading a seam attack that exploited the pitch well, while spinner Adam Zampa took 2-21. 

Aiden Markram (40) made the most significant contribution to South Africa’s underwhelming 118-9. 

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