St Lucia: Jonny Bairstow’s half century (68r, 40b, 9×4, 2×6) helped England beat West Indies by four wickets in St Lucia here, Tuesday in the opening Twenty20 international of their three-match series.
West Indies made 160 for eight in their innings with Nicholas Pooran top scoring with 58 (37b, 3×4, 4×6), his best score in the format, while seamer Tom Curran picked up 4-36 for the tourists.
Bairstow’s 68 from 40 balls set England on their way to a relatively comfortable win with seven balls to spare, aided by some poor bowling and fielding from West Indies, who dropped four catches.
England, who lost the three-match test series 2-1 in the Caribbean and drew a five-match ODI series 2-2, will look to wrap up a series win in St Kitts and Nevis, Friday.
West Indies: 160/8 (20 overs)
England: 161/6 (18.5 overs)