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Eoin Morgan top-scores but England beaten by West Indies

Updated: Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 13:10 | Comments

England's innings was devoid of fireworks, Morgan by some distance the top performer
England's innings was devoid of fireworks, Morgan by some distance the top performer

A change of conditions did not bring a change in fortunes for England's struggling cricketers as they slipped to a seven-wicket defeat against West Indies in their first World Twenty20 warm-up.

In the first of two pre-tournament practice matches in Bangladesh, England managed a modest 131 for seven having opting to bat first at Fatullah, an innings that contained just one six.

That was scored by Eoin Morgan, captaining while Stuart Broad sat out with tendonitis, on his way to a hard-working 43 not out.

West Indies matched that six count in the third over and passed it in the fourth, as Chris Gayle (58 not out) Dwayne Smith (36) let rip in the powerplay overs.

They finished with five maximums to their name and cruised to victory with 23 balls remaining and Gayle in fine touch.

Having already beaten England in the recent T20 series in the Caribbean, it was another timely reminder about which of these sides carries the biggest threat at the forthcoming competition.

England's innings was devoid of fireworks, Morgan by some distance the top performer.

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