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Chris Gayle hits one to the boundary during his fluent knock of 43 against England © Getty Images

 

West Indies beat England by27 runs in the first T20 match at Bridgetown on Sunday. West Indies were helped by a great knock of 69 by Marlon Samuels whereas Chris Gayle supported him with a fine 43.

 

Samuels, the star when the Caribbean side defeated Sri Lanka in the final of the last World T20 in Colombo 17 months ago, led the home team’s effort with an unbeaten 69 as the West Indies totalled a competitive 170 for three.

 

Samuels finished off a good afternoon’s work in front of a celebratory full house with two wickets to seal the Man of the match award.

 

Wrist-spinner Samuel Badree put the tourists on the back foot early on with three wickets and although all-rounders Tim Bresnan (47 not out) and Ravi Bopara (42) made useful contributions, England were always struggling to keep up with the required rate and were restricted to 143 for nine.