The West Indies swept aside England by 27 runs in the first Twenty20 International in Bridgetown.
Marlon Samuels laid the foundations for a West Indies victory as he hit 69 runs in the hosts' innings of 170. England struggled to challenge that total, and at one point, they were reduced to 55-5.
Only Ravi Bopara for the tourists offered any hope of victory as he took two of England's three wickets and hit 42 runs.
This match was the first of three Twenty20 internationals in preparation for this month's ICC World Twenty20 tournament in Bangladesh.
England welcomed Paul Collingwood into the coaching fold on a six-week contract with the upcoming ICC World T20 in mind. The former England all-rounder has recently been working with Scotland in their attempt to qualify for the 2015 World Cup, per BBC Sport.
But the English were without Joe Root, who returned home with a broken thumb he had suffered in the one-day victory over the West Indies in Antigua.
The hosts welcomed back their influential slogger Chris Gayle, who has been sidelined with a back injury, but were without the all-rounder Kieron Pollard.
Collingwood told BBC Sport before the game that the game had moved on a lot since England won the ICC Twenty20 in 2010:
The game has changed a lot in those four years. You would think it has got the same principles and the same strategies - but they wouldn't work in this game.
The scores people are getting these days are a lot higher. Back then, we went on a nine-game unbeaten run - and the top score was 149 against us.
That doesn't happen these days. The game has changed massively - for the better as well - and we have to come up with new strategies to overcome these powerful batsmen.
The West Indies were put in to bat first and sent out a message of intent as Dwayne Smith and Gayle plundered 45 runs from the first five overs in typically cavalier fashion.
Rather unexpectedly, it was Smith who destroyed the England bowling attack from the start, the Barbadian hitting 19 off Stuart Broad in the first over. But Gayle soon joined the party, hitting four fours and a six as he raced to 27 from 20 balls.
The West Indies have enjoyed far greater success in this fixture in the Twenty20 format, as Opta Jim tweeted:
|West India vs. England 1st Twenty20 International|
|West Indies Innings||England Innings|
|170 - 3||143 -9|
|Samuels (69 not out)||Bopara (42)|
|Gayle (43)||Bresnan (47 not out)|
|West Indies win by 27 runs|
England tried to stem the tide of runs as they brought Jade Dernbach, Tim Bresnan and Ravi Bopara into the bowling attack. And Bopara's medium pace proved decisive in breaking up the West Indies' dangerous opening partnership.
The Essex all-rounder stepped up with his second delivery to bowl the dangerous Smith for 27.
The West Indies' run rate dropped with the introduction of Bopara, as they reached 76-1 from their first 10 overs. England were reminded of the danger Gayle poses, however, when the Jamaican nonchalantly knocked the ball over the Greenidge and Haynes Stand for six.
Gayle was dismissed for 43 in the 12th over, as James Tredwell dismissed him lbw, and Bopara was again on form, as he removed Lendl Simmons for three.
West Indies rallied under Marlon Samuels, as the Jamaican hit 69 off 46 balls, including 10 fours and a six. Samuels was supported by Andre Russell, who hit 24 from 15 balls, and West Indies finished on 170-3 from their 20 overs.
England's response was unconvincing.
Chasing a target of 171, they were quickly down to two for 13 from three overs. Wicketkeeper Dinesh Ramdin stumped both Alex Hales and his replacement Luke Wright off consecutive balls from the bowling of Samuel Badree as England slumped.
Michael Lumb tried to steady the ship with Eoin Morgan, but he was dismissed in the sixth over by Badree for 18. Jos Buttler came to the crease but was dismissed for a duck after three balls when caught at third man after attempting a reverse sweep.
England were rocking and struggling to build any semblance of momentum against the West Indian bowling attack. Morgan was the next to go, as he was bowled by Marlon Samuels, who was proving to be a thorn in England's side with both bat and ball.
Ravi Bopara was England's standout player in an otherwise bleak performance. Bopara continued to be the principle source of resistance from England, even as Ben Stokes was dismissed for four.
The Essex man hit 42 from 24 balls, including five fours and a six, until he was eventually caught and bowled by Dwayne Bravo. England were now struggling with only the tail-enders left to offer any resistance to the West Indians.
Tredwell and Broad were dismissed for one and five, respectively, as Bresnan was left helpless on 47 not out.
The two sides will face each other again twice on Tuesday and Thursday in Barbados before heading to Bangladesh for the Twenty20 World Cup.
England and the West Indies have shared the last two World Twenty20 titles, but it was only the hosts who gave any indication that they could go on to repeat that triumph. England will certainly need to improve upon a limp batting display if they are to challenge the West Indians in this series, let alone challenge for the World crown next month.