Bairstow fires England to Twenty20 win over West Indies

Jonny Bairstow’s half century helped England beat West Indies by four wickets in St Lucia on Tuesday in the opening Twenty20 international of their three-match series.

Batting first, West Indies scored 160 for eight in their innings with Nicholas Pooran top scoring with 58, his best score in the format, while seamer Tom Curran picked up 4-36 for the tourists.

In reply, Bairstow’s 68 from 40 balls took England to a convincing  victory with seven balls to spare, aided by some poor bowling and fielding from West Indies, who dropped four catches.

Tom Curran bagged four wickets for 36 and becomne the top wicket-taker. He dismissed makeshift opener Shai Hope and then Shimron Hetmyer before returning to york the rampant Pooran in the 18th over. Curran also removed Holder to the final ball of the innings to finish with his best figures in T20Is.

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 on Friday.