Marlon Samuels hit an unbeaten 69 and followed up with two wickets to spur the West Indies to a comfortable 27-run victory over England in the opening Twenty20 cricket international at The Kensington Oval in Barbados.

Samuels' topscore, off 46 balls with ten fours and a six, lifted the hosts to a challenging total of 170-3 off 20 overs.

There were other solid contributions from opener Chris Gayle (43), Dwayne Smith (27) and Andre Russell (24 not out).

West Indies-England scorecard

West Indies innings 
D Smith b Bopara 27
C Gayle lbw b Tredwell 43
M Samuels not out 69
L Simmons c Lumb b Bopara 3
A Russell not out 24
Extras: 4
Total: (3 wickets; 20 overs) 170
Fall of wickets: 1-57, 2-87, 3-112
  
England innings 
M Lumb c Rampaul b Badree 18
A Hales st Ramdin b Badree 3
L Wright st Ramdin b Badree 0
E Morgan c Charles b Samuels 19
J Buttler c Charles b Narine 0
R Bopara c & b Bravo 42
B Stokes st Ramdin b Samuels 4
T Bresnan not out 47
S Broad run out (Ramdin) 5
J Tredwell run out (Russell) 1
J Dernbach not out 1
Extras: 3
Total: (9 wickets; 20 overs) 143
Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-13, 3-36, 4-40, 5-55, 6-73, 7-101, 8-123, 9-133 

England's chase stumbled early as leg-spinner Samuel Badree, celebrating his 33rd birthday, took 3-17 from four overs.

The visitors eventually limped to 143-9 off 20 overs.

Samuels helped ram home West Indies' dominance with 2-21 off his four overs of off-spin.

Tim Bresnan supplied some late resistance with 47 not out off 29 balls while Ravi Bopara scored 42.

Earlier, Gayle and Smith started with a flurry of boundaries after the West Indies had won the toss and chose to bat.

The opening pair shared a partnership of 57 inside the first seven overs before Smith departed after striking five fours and a six.

Gayle, returning from a back injury, slammed five fours and two sixes off 35 balls, before he fell seven short of a half-century.

Samuels dominated the latter part of the innings, sharing an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 58 of 34 balls with Russell.

When England replied, Badree wrecked the top order with his flat leg spin by claiming Alex Hales (3) and Luke Wright (0) off successive balls to slick stumpings by Denesh Ramdin.

He added the scalp of Michael Lumb (18), caught at deep square leg, as England slipped to 36-3.

They never recovered as Samuels got the key wicket of Eoin Morgan (19) and Sunil Narine removed Jos Buttler for a duck at 55-5.

Broad out injured

Bopara and Bresnan lifted spirits but the result was beyond doubt well before the final rites were delivered.

Both teams had injury concerns during the match with Badree nursing a bruised finger after dropping a catch and Narine leaving the field after two overs due to a sore knee he sustained diving in the field.

England's captain Stuart Broad has also ruled himself out for the remainder of the series with a sore knee.

The Kensington Oval hosts the second contest in the three-match series on Tuesday.

Source: AP