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Defending champions England are in deep trouble, having opened their Super Eights campaign with a narrow 15 run defeat at the hands of the West Indies. The men from the Caribbean are fast becoming the dark horses for the title with their excellent batting depth and array of match winners holding plenty of threat in friendly conditions. Batting first on winning the toss, the Windies posted a challenging 179-5 in their 20 overs with rookie Johnson Charles top scoring with an exceptional 84 from 56 balls. England in response were given a fighting chance thanks to half-century from Alex Hales (68 from 51 balls) and Eoin Morgan (71* from 36 balls), but could recover from a terrible start and fell just short in the end.

The second ICC World T20 match of the day at Pallekele saw the West Indies win the toss and opt to make first use of the pitch against the champions, England. There were changes for both teams with Dwayne Bravo recovering from injury to earn an instant recall, while Samuel Badree was called up for Fidel Edwards to exploit England's weakness against spin. England also bolstered their spin arsenal with Samit Patel coming in for Tim Bresnan.

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England Women beat Pakistan Women by 43 runs in their first group match of the ICC World T20 at Galle International Cricket Stadium today.

England were put into bat and made 133-6 from their 20 overs. Laura Marsh hit seven boundaries and two maximums on the way to a career best T20 score of 54 in a 102-run partnership with Charlotte Edwards. Edwards posted 45 including five boundaries as the pair attacked from the first ball. England looked to accelerate in the final five overs but in doing so lost wickets in the middle order.

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Pakistan cruised into the Super Eight stage of the ICC World T20 with a crushing 8 wicket win against Bangladesh on Tuesday night to knock the minnows out of the competition. Batting first on winning the toss, Bangladesh posted a very competitive 175-6 in their 20 overs with former skipper Shakib Al Hasan leading the way with an excellent 54-ball 84, a knock which included 11 boundaries and 2 sixes. Pakistan needed to make 140 to progress, but the former champions powered their way to a winning total for the loss of just 2 wickets, with Imran Nazir smashing a 36-ball 72.

Bangladesh got off to a lightning quick start with Tamim Iqbal smashing his way to 24 from just 12 balls. Bangladesh powered their way 61 in the mandatory powerplay, and never really took their foot off the accelerator with Shakib leading the way with the bat.

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