Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

West Indies deny England again in one-off T20 in Durham

West Indies deny England again in one-off T20 in Durham

Chester-le-Street:: West Indian all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite would like to prove his World Twenty20-winning heroics were no fluke when he leads the Caribbean side against England in a repeat of the 2016 final at Chester-le-Street on Saturday.

In the end Rovman Powell's 28 was enough to lift the West Indies to 176/9 with a short rain delay stretching out the Windies innings.

The World Champions West Indies are on a streak of four wins in global matches, including the last three matches in a four-match home series against Afghanistan in June and the one-off T20I in their home series against India the following month.

"Adil and Liam got us back in the game, but with the bat our skill level wasn't there".

West Indies met further defiance from Buttler and Bairstow when they put on 50 for the fifth wicket with sensible batting, but with the scoring rate steadily increasing chances needed to be taken and the bottom half of the England batting failed to spark, as the Windies bowlers cleverly offered up a variety of cutters and change of pace deliveries.

Jerome Taylor (1/40) dismissed Jason Roy on the first ball of England's reply. Joe Root was caught in the covers trying to force the ball off Nurse and Eoin Morgan was soon on his way too, reverse sweeping Narine to be caught at point. It's not a huge concern but I would like to score more runs'. According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, a section of the floor appeared to have caved in, and there were reports that a female spectator had been injured after falling through the hole.

Brathwaite believes Lewis could reduce Chris Gayle to second fiddle on Saturday
Brathwaite believes Lewis could reduce Chris Gayle to second fiddle on Saturday

The home side suffered two collapses, one of three wickets for four runs and another of four wickets for 11 runs, in their pursuit of Windies 176 for 9.

Lewis enjoyed a fine season in the CPL as did Chadwick Walton and both men are considering in the top West Indies batsman market at 7/2 and 11/2 respectively, but it is obviously a competitive field with both Gayle (3/1) and Samuels (9/2) worthy of considerable respect.

The hosts were set 177 to win and looked odds-on to add to their Test series win after racing to 64 for 1 inside six overs.

Gayle smashed 40 off 21 balls before his languid running cost him his wicket inexplicably as he was run out by Jason Roy.

Rather like the last time the sides met in the World Twenty20 final in Kolkata previous year, England were on top for much of this game only to finish on the wrong end after losing the plot in the later stages.

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