Group 1 after 2 matches: Not a bad place to be in, in what could be a closely contested group. A NRR of +3.97 for England!
England win by 6 wickets and 70 balls remaining: Well, what a night for the world No 1 T20I side. Talk about dropping a marker. Buttler finishes with a four.
England 50/4 after 8 overs (Target 56): Almost another stunning catch! This time Hayden Walsh, an electric fielder, with a big dive in the deep. Just parries it over, goes for four. Life for Morgan.
England 39/4 (6.1 ov) (Target 56): INCREDIBLE! It needed a few replays (we are not complaining) but WHAT A CATCH BY AKEAL HOSAIN! A stunning caught & bowled to dismiss Liam Livingstone.
ENG 39/3 after 6 overs (Target 56): A no ball in that McCoy over but doesn’t cost much. Livingstone joins Buttler in the middle.
ENG 36/3 after 5,2 overs (Target 56): Moeen Ali is in a hurry to finish things, and is run out. A third wicket for West Indies. We are not going to ask “game on?” yet but WI are certainly doing a decent job on the field. That was a great take at the bowler’s end by McCoy. 36/3.
ENG 34/2 after 5 overs (Target 56): Still no Malan, Moeen has joined Buttler in the middle. Perhaps a sign that Malan is not in England’s Plan A.
ENG 30/2 after 4.1 overs (Target 56): OUT! Well, Windies are already getting some moments to celebrate tonight. Hosein with a sharp return catch to remove Bairstow.
ENG 30/1 after 4 overs (Target 56): Back-to-back boundaries! Bairstow doesn’t waste any time in finding his groove, the right-hander plays a gorgeous drive down the ground and follows that up with a cracking cut past extra-cover. Successful but expensive over from Rampaul.
ENG 21/1 after 3.1 overs (Target 56): OUT! Ravi Rampaul gets the first wicket for West Indies as Jason Roy (11 off 10) offers a simple catch to Chris Gayle. Soft dismissal that. Jonny Bairstow is the new batter.
ENG 21/0 after 3 overs (Target 56): Shot! Hosein tosses the first ball of the over up and Roy leans forward to drive it over cover for six. Such a tough shot but he made it look easy. Good over for England, 11 runs come from it. They need 35 off 102.
ENG 10/0 after 2 overs (Target 56): Buttler picks up his second boundary with an on-the-rise drive past extra-cover. Five runs come from Rampaul’s first over.
Ravi Rampaul from the other end.
England 5/0 after 1 over (Target 56): Buttler gets going with the most elegant of off drives for four.
A slip and short leg in position. Of course.
Akeal Hosein, Fabian Allen’s replacement, will take up the same role as Windies start with spin.
STAT: In the last three completed innings in the evening matches, a total of 31.3 overs bowled and 144 runs scored. We are in for another early finish, should England coast through this.
Some of the dismissals showed a lack of responsibility... desperate, disappointing... I don’t have words to describe the West Indies performance: Brian Lara says in Star Sports studio
STAT: West Indies bowled out for 55. We repeat... 55. Third lowest score (when all out) in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup history.
WI 55 all out after 14.2 overs: Rampaul goes for a big slog against Rashid because why not. Madness. Bowled. Adil Rashid finishes on 2.2-0-2-4.
WI 55/9 after 14 overs: The West Indies batters hang on for another over. Mills concedes 5.
STAT: 60 is the lowest score by a Test playing nation at the T20 World Cup. Can WI avoid that ignominy?
WI 50/9 after 13 overs: Rampaul and Hosein in the middle.
Cheer goes around the stadium as WI reach 50. That must sting.
WI 49/9 after 12.2 overs: WICKET! McCoy out for a first-ball duck, trying to clear long on. Wow. Just no words at the moment. WI have found fielders with unerring precision.
WI 49/8 after 12.1 overs: Yikes. Kieron Pollard, perhaps worried by running out of partners, takes on Adil Rashid and he doesn’t get the connection. Caught at long on. He is usually so good when he goes down the ground against spinners, but on this occasion he seems to have misread one that came in. WI 49/8.
WI 49/7 after 12 overs: Ian Bishop says on air Akeal Hosein can handle himself with the bat, has a first-class hundred and plays for the same club as Pollard too. Can they add some respectability to the total? Just four singles in that Mills over.
WI 45/7 after 11 overs: Wicket, four dot balls, Hosein gets off strike. Pollard is just watching on at the moment. The chaos.
WI 44/7 after 10.1 overs: WICKET! WOW. Andre Russell looks to play the perfect forward defence, but unfortunately for him, the ball is past his bat and pad. Adil Rashid strikes first ball. Oh dear, oh dear. Dre gone for a duck.
WI 44/6 after 10 overs: Well, that has not gone per plan A, B or C for West Indies. Drinks break. Penny for Pollard’s thoughts.
WI 42/6 after 8.5 overs: And the procession continues. Mills strikes towards the business end of a long over (nine deliveries because of three wides), Pooran edges one behind. WI 42/6, can Pollard & Russell be the ultimate answer to their troubles at the moment?
West Indies are tottering at 38/5 after 8 overs. Huge rebuild job facing Pooran and Pollard.
WI 37/5 after 7.2 overs: FOUR AND OUT! Jordan strikes. The Bravo promotion doesn’t work out. They needed a right-hander in the middle, so the allrounder presumably got pushed up. He hits a four to start the over, going over point. Another cut shot next ball, his innings is cut short. Another sensational catch made to look easy by England. Bairstow this time.
WI 33/4 after 7 overs: 4-1-17-2 for Moeen Ali. Man must be loving Dubai at the moment.
WI 31/4 after 5.6 overs: WICKET! FOUR DOT BALLS, FOUR AND OUT! What a start for England. Mills strikes with the last ball of the powerplay. Gayle is out caught, Malan with an outstanding catch at midwicket. England’s fielding has been fantastic.
Tymal Mills to bowl the last over of the powerplay, Gayle on strike. And the pacer starts with four dot balls.
Well, well. DJ Bravo in the middle.
WI 27/3 after 4.4 overs: WICKET! England go to Moeen for a third over in the PP, because two lefties in the middle. Hetmyer wants to take him on anyway, hits two fours to start the over. But Moeen and Morgan have the last laugh! Hetmyer can’t clear Morgan at mid on. WI 27/3.
Hetmyer and Gayle in the middle, so Moeen gets another over.
WI 19/2 after 4 overs: Gayle gets going with a couple of fours in the Woakes over, off the first two balls. WI needed that.
WI 9/2 after 3 overs: A wicket maiden from Moeen Ali!
The production crew gave us this shot of the Simmons dismissal live.
WI 9/2 after 2.2 overs: WICKET! And both the openers are gone now. Simmons tries to take on a favourable match-up, not wanting to let Moeen Ali get away with another over in the powerplay. But he finds Livingstone in the deep.
WI 9/1 after 2 overs: Gayle joins Simmons in the middle.
WI 8/1 after 1.3 overs: WICKET! Woakes strikes, change of pace does the trick. Lewis tries to go down the ground and it is a really, really good catch running backward from mid off by Moeen. Made that look easy.
WI 7/0 after 1 over: IPL champion Moeen Ali (the first from England) gets things going. Two dot balls to Simmons, then two dot balls to Lewis... five balls done and just one run. And Lewis goes big off the last ball down the ground for a six. Classic West Indies, says Nasser Hussain on air.
Anthems done. Players ready, they take a knee and we are all set to go for what promises to be a blockbuster contest. ODI World Champions and T20I No 1 or T20I World Champions?
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07.22 pm: Mark Wood is out with a niggle reportedly, but wonder who would have replaced in the XI as picked now without changing the balance. Meanwhile, what about that West Indies batting lineup! Dwayne Bravo at No 8. If the top 3 or 4 give them a good start, they are going to end up with winning totals more often than not.
England: Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Tymal Mills
West Indies: Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Dwayne Bravo, Akeal Hosein, Obed McCoy, Ravi Rampaul
England have gone with a batting heavy XI, despite suggestions that he would be dropped Dawid Malan keeps his place.
TOSS: Eoin Morgan wins the toss and England will bowl first.
Australia win by 5 wickets! Stoinis hits the winning runs. South Africa fought hard with the ball but they simply hadn’t done enough with the bat.
As we wait for this match to start, a cracking finish unfolding in Abu Dhabi.
06.50 pm: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the match between England and West Indies in Group 1 of the Super 12 at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
Australia and South Africa, who are both chasing their first T20 world title, got the Super 12 stage underway at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Now time for the second match of the day. And what a cracking contest it promises to be.
Defending champions West Indies now face England in Dubai in a repeat of the 2016 final in Kolkata. Reigning ODI world champions vs T20I world champions too.