England openers overpower Windies

Updated: 04 June 2009 08:18 IST

England looked to have found the solution to their opening problems as Luke Wright and Ravi Bopara led them to a nine-wicket warm-up thrashing of the WI.

England openers overpower Windies
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London:

England looked to have found the solution to their opening problems at the ICC World Twenty20 as Luke Wright and Ravi Bopara led them to a nine-wicket warm-up thrashing of the West Indies here at Lord's.

Chasing 145 for victory, England got home with more than five overs to spare here on Wednesday after a first-wicket stand of 119 between Wright (75 not out) and Bopara, who made 60.

Since their first Twenty20 international against Australia four years ago, England have used 11 different duos at the top of the order.

But Wright and Bopara's 76-ball stand appeared to settle the issue ahead of England's tournament opener proper against the Netherlands at Lord's on Friday.

West Indies, well-beaten by England during both a Test and one-day series earlier in the season, made 144 for six with Ramnaresh Sarwan top-scoring with 46 in an innings where England leg-spinner Adil Rashid took one for 20.

West Indies though were without captain Chris Gayle after the aggressive opening batsman let wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin lead the side instead.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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