West Indies beats England in one-off T20 by 21 runs

17 September, 2017, 06:44 | Author: Eloise Marshall
  • West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite celebrates after taking the wicket of England's Liam Plunkett to win the T20 match in Durham

Chester-le-Street - Chris Gayle said opening partner Evin Lewis was "one to look out for" after the West Indies duo combined to good effect in a Twenty20 worldwide against England on Saturday.

It was the first T20 meeting between the sides since a Brathwaite-inspired West Indies won the World Twenty20 final in 2016.

"This was probably the more challenging of our recent wins", Brathwaite told Sky Sports.

"The umpires were in agreement with us but then we thought we will give it a go and see if there are any slips, and there weren't".

A wet outfield caused by heavy overnight rain had initially delayed the toss at the Civil Service Cricket Club but the rains eventually returned before a scheduled 1:30 pm (8:30 am Eastern Caribbean time) inspection, forcing officials to call off the contest.

"I am now heading off to Manchester to support the Red Devils (Manchester United) against Everton tomorrow (Sunday)", he explained.

England lost Jason Roy off the very first ball of its run chase when he was dismissed by Jerome Taylor.

Alex Hales was nearly out for a golden duck as well but Rovman Powell dropped a tough diving chance following a firm clip off the pads.

In response Alex Hales struck a blistering 43 as England started strongly but the hosts fell to 68-4 and were all out for 155.

"It's the batting certainly", Morgan said.

Conditions at the Riverside, the home of northeast county Durham, were always likely to prove challenging for a team used to the rather warmer climate back home in the West Indies.

Gayle's first match of the West Indies' tour of England saw the big-hitting opener make a typically rapid 40 before he was run out at Chester-le-Street.

After a relatively sedate start, which saw West Indies 11 for none in two overs, the innings came to life in the third over when Gayle smashed left-arm paceman David Willey for two successive sixes - a pull followed by a powerful straight drive.

Adil Rashid (3-25) and Liam Plunkett (2-27) put the brakes on West Indies' run spree once Gayle was run out in the seventh over.

The 37-year-old Gayle, in common with several senior West Indies players, had been involved in a bitter dispute with Caribbean cricket chiefs.

That match saw fellow left-hander Lewis manage the impressive feat of out-hitting Gayle on his way to a stunning and unbeaten 125.

The Trinidadian, however, was out soon afterwards when he drove Plunkett to Root at mid-off.

"I can see both sides of it, of course guys want to see him play", said Morgan.

The match is the sole T20 before a five-match one-day global series beginning on Tuesday.

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