Jonny Bairstow fires England to win against West Indies in first T20

England landed the first blow of the T20 series thanks to Jonny Bairstow’s opening glove affair.

Bairstow opened the batting for the first time in his 28th match and spanked a career-high 68 as England chased down their target of 161 to win by four wickets.

The 29-year-old was given the role up top in the absence of Jos Buttler and he took the gloves for just the third time too as England went 1-0 up in the three match series.

When Bairstow was caught on the cow corner boundary there was 58 still needed but Kent duo Joe Denly and Sam Billings stepped up with 30 and 18 respectively to see them home with seven balls to spare.

With the ball Adil Rashid was at his bamboozling best liberally sending down googlies that batsman after batsman failed to pick, while Chris Jordan was just as outstanding during his three overs.

For the first time during these white-ball games Chris Gayle was stopped at source and in his current form that deserves a pat on the back for Jordan who collared him.

The Barbados born fast bowler might have fallen out of favour in both the Test and 50-over arena but in his regular T20 slot he showed yet again just what a talented cricketer he is.

Bowling with pace and skill, Jordan’s variations were enough to perplex the Windies batsmen almost as much as Rashid’s, and it was the two of them who combined to remove Gayle for 15 as he sliced a wide yorker to short third man.

It was the sort of delivery that head coach Trevor Bayliss noted simply wasn’t bowled much at the Universe Boss during the one day series, which begs the question why has Jordan slipped so far down the World Cup pecking order?

While all the talk is of Jofra Archer’s claims to a place in the World Cup squad, England would do well to look again at Jordan’s credentials against Pakistan in May where Bayliss admitted they could play one or two other players not in the initial squad.

It is not just his bowling that appeals either, as he took two catches including one of the most athletic caught and bowled chances diving one handed the wrong way in his follow through to remove Darren Bravo for 28.

All the while Nicholas Pooran was showing just why local fans are so excited about his talent with a blistering 58 that included four sixes to elevate the Windies to a defendable total after losing three early wickets.

It still wasn’t enough.

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