Pooran fireworks help West Indies set England target of 161


Gros Islet (Saint Lucia) (AFP)

Nicholas Pooran?s pyrotechnic half-century lifted the West Indies to 160 for eight batting first against England in the first day/night T20 international of a three-match series at the Darren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia on Tuesday.

Dropped after his one-day international debut in the opening fixture of the preceding five-match series, the 23-year-old left-hander smashed four sixes and three fours in getting to a top score of 58 off 37 deliveries to underline his value in the shortest form of the international game.

Pooran and Darren Bravo (28) put on 64 for the fourth wicket as the West Indies suffered early setbacks after being put in, including big-hitting opener Chris Gayle. He was one of two wickets to fall to Chris Jordan, the Barbadian-born all-rounder also removing Bravo via a spectacular diving effort off his own bowling.

Tom Curran was England?s leading wicket-taker with four for 36, dismissing makeshift opener Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer before returning to york the rampant Pooran in the 18th over. He also removed captain Jason Holder to the final ball of the innings to finish with his best figures in T20Is.

Leg-spinner Adil Rashid made amends for dropping Hope on the third man boundary off David Willey in the first over of the match with an excellent effort with the ball, conceding just 15 runs off his four overs and claiming the wicket of Carlos Brathwaite.

Brief scores: West Indies 160-8 (N. Pooran 58, D. Bravo 28; T. Curran 4-36, C. Jordan 2-16) vs England

Toss: England