England captain Eoin Morgan hails Moeen Ali after T20 World Cup win vs West Indies

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Moeen Ali was named Man of the Match for his bowling display against West Indies (Picture: Getty)

Eoin Morgan has hailed England’s bowling attack for their contribution to England’s T20 World Cup win over West Indies, while singling out Moeen Ali for special praise. 

England dismantled the Windies batting lineup to bowl them out for just 55 inside 14.2 overs, thanks to four wickets from Adil Rashid and two dismissals each for Tymal Mills and Moeen. 

England slumped to 39-4 in reply, but an unbeaten 24 from wicket-keeper batter Jos Buttler guided them home to kick off their World Cup campaign in style. 

Speaking after the match, the England captain praised his team’s bowling efforts, before praising Moeen’s spell, which included the key wickets of opener Lendl Simmons and Shimron Hetmyer within the Powerplay.

‘I think it’s as good as it gets,’ said Morgan. ‘To start a world tournament like that, or a campaign like that, I think full credit has to go to our bowling unit.’

‘I don’t think the wicket was all that flush to bat on but still even the start West Indies got, we made inroads, they came back at us and we stuck to our guns. The guys were very disciplined.

Eoin Morgan’s side were impressive in their opening encounter (Picture: Getty)

‘I thought we fielded well, we took all of our chances and built pressure and momentum to create the rest of the chances throughout the innings.

‘I thought he [Moeen] summed up conditions beautifully.

‘He hit his lengths really well, he took chances when his match-ups were right so I think the reason he hasn’t featured as much as we would have liked is down to conditions.

‘A guy in his position is always chopped and changed between either a Sam Curran or a Ben Stokes so to come in and take his opportunity like he has. He is full of confidence after his success in the IPL. It’s going to be a huge contribution [from him] throughout this campaign for us.’

England continue their World Cup campaign against Bangladesh in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. 


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