Felt great coming into the World Cup after playing big games for CSK: Moeen Ali

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23 Oct 2021 | 05:32 PM
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Felt great coming into the World Cup after playing big games for CSK: Moeen Ali

The England all-rounder finished with figures of 2 for 17 during his side's six-wicket win over West Indies

Moeen Ali was named the player of the match for his excellent spell of 2 for 17 against West Indies, which saw him get the wickets of Lendl Simmons and Shimron Hetmyer. He also took an excellent catch running back to dismiss Evin Lewis.

Before coming into the T20 World Cup Moeen had an excellent stint With the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), which he says had helped a great deal going into the mega event.

In CSK's title-winning season, the England all-rounder scored 357 runs at a strike-rate of 137.30 and with the ball, he chipped in with six wickets at an economy rate of 6.35.

Speaking at the post-match presentation, Moeen said, "The role in that team (CSK) is really good for me, I felt comfortable and involved with both bat and ball, it is great to be playing those big games like the semifinals and finals and then coming to the World Cup."

England captain Eoin Morgan also praised Moeen for his effort today.  "He is someone who does the basics well, he finishes off matches for us, hasn't bowled a lot or played in a lot of games, but we did have someone like Ben Stokes in the middle. Mo has put in a huge contribution to the team," Morgan said

Losing skipper Kieron Pollard was dejected with the performance of his team, who were bowled out for just 56. He called this performance 'unacceptable' but has backed his side to bounce back.

"There's not a lot to explain - it was an unacceptable performance, but we do need to take this on the chin and move on. It's a matter of finding our straps, we have to find a way to get a fighting total on the board, today was a day where we couldn't find that balance, but we need to forget this and move on," Pollard said after his side's six-wicket defeat against England.

"This is an international sport, such days happen, but we need to find a solution. We have played a lot of T20 cricket around the world, this is something we have all experienced, you'll have to accept such days," he added.

West Indies are next in action on Tuesday (October 26) when they take on South Africa in Dubai. England, on the other hand, will look to make it two in two when they take on Bangladesh on Wednesday (October 27) in Abu Dhabi.

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