LIVE: England v West Indies – the action from the World Twenty20 from Pallekele as it happens
15:07 GMT, 27 September 2012
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England v West Indies: Essentials
England: C Kieswetter (wkt), AD Hales, LJ Wright, EJG Morgan, JM Bairstow, JC Buttler, SR Patel, SCJ Broad (capt), GP Swann, ST Finn, JW Dernbach
West Indies: J Charles, CH Gayle, MN Samuels, DJ Bravo, KA Pollard, D Ramdin (wkt), AD Russell, DJG Sammy (capt), SP Narine, R Rampaul, S Badree
Umpires: S Davis (Aus) and A Rauf (Pak)
Third umpire: A Dar (Pak)
Match referee: J Srinath (Ind)
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6th over: West Indies 47-0 (Charles 14, Gayle 28)
Broad back on and Gayle is desperate to get on strike. He hits the second ball away for four. This is the final over of the power play. Decent bowling from the England captian, restricting Gayle and Johnson. A single from Gayle on the last ball means he will retain the strike.
5th over: West Indies 40-0 (Charles 14, Gayle 23)
Finn stays on for his third over. And Finn being Finn he has kicked the stumps again on his follow through. Good bowling from Finn, three dot balls in his over.
4th over: West Indies 37-0 (Charles 12, Gayle 22)
Captain Stuart Broad brings himself on to bowl. Gayle get a top edge to the first ball, but manages to get so much distance on the ball that it goes to safety for four. Charles punches the ball down to the boundary and Bairstow gets round to try and stop it, but his leg touches the boundary rope and the four is given.
3rd over: West Indies 26-0 (Charles 6, Gayle 17)
Two dot balls to start with from Finn from his second over. Then they run a single form a leg bye. Gayle is in the mood today and hits another boundary on the offside. Gayle is clearly a brilliant batsman, but his massive bat is clearly an advantage as well.
2nd over: West Indies 20-0 (Charles 6, Gayle 12)
Jade Dernbach looks to get to Gayle early and bowls a short ball first up. Third ball is clubbed away through mid-wicket by Gayle and along the ground for four. Another couple of runs come from a leg bye. A slower, shorter ball from Dernbach is smashed away by Gayle for another four. Final ball of the over is sent straight down the ground for another boundary.
1st over: West Indies 6-0 (Charles 6, Gayle 0)
Steven Finn opens up the bowling for England and his first ball is a full delivery and a dot ball. Johnson Charles then hits two runs off the second ball. Third ball is another dot ball and then Charles has a swing and a miss with the fourth. Good ball from Finn just missing the outside edge. The final ball of the over is a top edged away one bounce and away for four. Six from the over.
3.38pm: Chris Gayle is getting his bandanna ready and in place before walking out to open the batting.
3.34pm: The West Indies national anthem is a very upbeat number.
3.32pm: The teams are coming out onto the pitch, the national anthems are coming up.
3.30pm: Play is due to start at 3.40pm
3.13pm: England and West Indies have a lot to do if they are going to live up to that last game. Sri Lanka and New Zealand provided real entertainment, get the feeling that the tournament has really kicked into life now.
3.10pm: West Indies have made two changes, bringing in Dwayne Bravo and leg-spinner Samuel Badree.
3.08pm: Team news from the England camp, spinner Samit Patel comes back into the side and Tim Bresnan goes out.
3.05pm: West Indies win the toss and will bat first.
3pm: All over Pallekele, Sri Lanka beat New Zealand on the super over. The hosts batted first and hit 13-0 off their over and then restricted New Zealand to 6-1 from their six balls.
2.55pm: England and West Indies were due to get underway at 3pm BST. But due to Sri Lanka's match against New Zealand going to a super over after a run out off the final ball, with England and West Indies are waiting on the sidelines.
2.50pm: England captain Stuart Broad will be supporting a cut in the middle of his forehead. Click here to read how it happened.
2.45pm: While we are waiting for the Sri Lanka vs New Zealand game to reach its conclusion, you can click here to read Lawrence Booth's Top Spin column about how the England batsmen have struggled to deal with spin. Click here to read it.
2.40pm: Good afternoon and welcome to England's first game in the Super Eight stage of the World Twenty20. Stuart Broad's side will be hoping to have learned their lessons from Sunday's game with India where they lost by 90 runs and were undone by spin bowling.
Time to deliver: The England cricket team warm up ahead of their game with West Indies