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

Windies beat England by 21 runs

Windies beat England by 21 runs

England had one hand on the trophy until a last over where, in a superb display of clean hitting, Brathwaite struck four successive sixes off rival all-rounder Ben Stokes in Kolkata in May past year. "We said 'do you know what, let's give it a go"'.

Jason Roy is expected to open for England, pushing his case for a return to the 50-over side for the first time since being dropped in the Champions Trophy.

Though Jason Roy was dismissed via the first ball of the England reply, Hales struck 43 from just 17 balls to put the home side in charge.

Then England lost three wickets in three overs.

England were 64 for 2 after the powerplay but soon lost Joe Root (17) who chipped Ashley Nurse to cover then Eoin Morgan (1) who reverse swept Sunil Narine straight to the man at short third man.

But the Yorkshire duo of fast bowler Plunkett, who took three for 27 in his maximum four overs, and leg-spinner Rashid, whose return of three for 25 was his best at this level, helped England regain the initiative in a match that represented a repeat of last year's World Twenty20 final - won by West Indies.

The hosts needed 26 off the last over and Brathwaite, fittingly, ended the match when he bowled Liam Plunkett.

And the elder Curran brother, who made such an impact on debut for England in the Twenty20 series against South Africa earlier this season, is the only real 50-over newcomer as the selectors have chose to wheel out their big guns.

West Indies got off to a flyer with Gayle and Lewis before England looked to have pegged them back and at the halfway stage England would have been the happier of the two teams requiring 177 in the run chase to win.

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

Gayle was his typical big-hitting self - hitting four sixes in his 21-ball 40 before he was run-out in lackadaisical fashion.

After being put in to bat, West Indies scored 176-9, thanks to a whirlwind start by Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle.

That match saw fellow left-hander Lewis make a stunning 125 not out.

Lewis got into gear in the sixth over as he hit 16 runs in three balls off Tom Curran.

The 37-year-old has remained part of the Windies' powerhouse T20 team, winning the World Twenty20 last year, and will make his first one-day worldwide appearance since March 2015 in the upcoming series with England.

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