England all-rounder Moeen Ali, who delivered a Man of the Match performance against West Indies, credited his stint with CSK as the reason behind his spectacular performance.
The English all-rounder, who won the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 with Chennai Super Kings (CSK), is representing England in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021 that is being played in UAE and Oman.
Moeen Ali delivered an outstanding match winning performance in terms of fielding, bowling. Moeen Ali picked up 2 important wickets of Lendl Simmons and Shimron Hetmyer in his four overs and gave away only 17 runs. West Indies were restricted to a modest score of just 55, which England chased down in just 8.2 overs.
Moeen Ali credits IPL 2021 stint with CSK
Moeen Ali during the post match presentation credited his involvement with Chennai Super Kings in the IPL as the reason behind his success. He stated during the presentation that the role in CSK is very good for him and felt comfortable and involved with both the bat and ball. He further stated that playing in the big IPL semi-finals and finals and then coming World Cup helps big.
Moeen Ali said “The role at Chennai Super Kings is very important for me, it feels like I am always involved with bat, ball and field – it made me comfortable, to play in the play-offs of IPL was very good preparation for the T20 World Cup”. #T20WorldCup2021— Cricket Crazy! (@KirkatCrazy_) October 24, 2021
After the post match presentation, the English all-rounder was captured handing over his CSK jersey to someone in the stands.
Moeen Ali presented his CSK jersey to someone in the stands!!— SPREAD.DHONISM 🦁™ (@Spreaddhonism7) October 24, 2021
Great gesture by him💛 pic.twitter.com/Ngtr2pMLfF
England vs West Indies T20 World Cup 2021
Talking of about the match, it was a low scoring match which you kind of don’t expect from a T20 specialist side like West Indies, who are filled with T20 specialists in the squad, the likes of Lendl Simmons, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell to mention a few.
The coin flipped in favour of England captain Eoin Morgan, who decided to go with the ball first. They strike in the 2nd over itself with Chris Woakes dismissing Evin Lewis. They just couldn’t get going as only Chris Gayle managed to contribute with double digit. As a result, the Caribbeans were wrapped up for 55 runs in just 14.2 overs.
It was England bowlers’ night with Adil Rashid picking up four wickets and just gave 2 runs in his 2.2 overs. 2 wickets apiece for both Moeen Ali and returning Tymal Mills and 1 wicket each for Chris Jordan and Chris Woakes.
Chasing just 56 runs target, England suffered a small heart attack as they kept losing wickets as just a partnership was forming, however, Jos Buttler got them over the line with an unbeaten innings of 24 runs in 22 balls. England completed the chase in just 8.2 overs.
Akeal Hosein, who was making his World Cup debut, was the pick of the bowler for West Indies with 2 wickets in his 4 overs, including a stunning one-handed catch of his own bowling to dismiss Liam Livingston.