Bowlers take Windies to 21-run vic­tory over Eng­land — T20I

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CH­ESTER-LESTREET, Eng­land, CMC — West Indies bowlers — led by their cap­tain Car­los Brath­waite, the ir­re­press­ible Kes­rick Wil­liams and the clever Su­nil Narine — de­fied cold, wet con­di­tions and proved their adapt­abil­ity to usher their side to a 21-run vic­tory over Eng­land in their Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional yes­ter­day.

Brath­waite snared 3-20 from 3.3 overs, Wil­liams took 3-35 from his al­lot­ted four overs and Narine, later named Player-of-theMatch, grabbed 2-15 from his four overs, as Eng­land were dis­missed for 155 in pur­suit of a vic­tory tar­get of 177 in the weather­af­fected match at the River­side Sta­dium.

The Windies over­came a slip­pery out­field that al­most forced um­pires Martin Gough and Tim Robin­son to aban­don the Eng­land chase in the fifth over, an Alex Hales 39-ball blitz for a top score of 43, and a rear­guard from Jos But­tler and Jonny Bairstow to clinch their 11th vic­tory over Eng­land in 15 matches in this for­mat.

Us­ing a num­ber of vari­a­tions in the sec­ond half of the chase, the vis­i­tors made it dif­fi­cult for the home Su­nil Narine was voted man of the Match. (Photo courtesy of Cricket West Indies)

team to lift the tempo late in the chase, as the last six wick­ets fell for 37 in the space of 36 balls.

The em­bat­tled Brath­waite for­malised the re­sult with three balls re­main­ing when he went past Liam Plun­kett’s ugly swipe and bowled the Eng­land fast bowler to cap one of his bet­ter bowl­ing per­for­mances in ma­roon since he was con­tro­ver­sially

el­e­vated to cap­tain last year.

West Indies had failed to build upon a typ­i­cally ex­plo­sive start from Chris Gayle and fel­low opener Evin Lewis, and were re­stricted to 176 for nine from their al­lo­ca­tion of 20 overs, after they were sent in to bat un­der cloudy skies.

Lewis led the way with 51 off 28 balls that in­cluded

six fours and three sixes and Gayle smote three fours and four sixes in 40 from 21 balls in an open­ing stand of 77.

After Gayle was run out in the sev­enth over, fail­ing to beat Ja­son Roy’s throw from square leg to bowler Liam Plun­kett in the sev­enth over, the rest of the in­nings lacked the same in­ten­sity and mo­men­tum.

The Windies reached West Indies play­ers cel­e­brate with suc­cess­ful bowler Jerome Tay­lor after he claimed the wicket of Ja­son Roy. (CWI Photo) 106 for one at the half­way stage, but Plun­kett and legspin­ner Adil Rashid grabbed three wick­ets apiece to un­der­mine their bat­ting in the sec­ond half of the in­nings.

Jerome Tay­lor then gave West Indies the per­fect start and si­lenced the ca­pac­ity crowd, when he had Roy caught at back­ward point with the first ball of the chase.

But Tay­lor and new ball part­ner Wil­liams failed to find fur­ther con­sis­tency, and Hales made the most of an early re­prieve to give the Eng­land chase early legs, putting on 64 for the sec­ond wicket with Root.

Brath­waite made the break­through when he bowled Hales with the penul­ti­mate de­liv­ery in the fi­nal over of the Power Play to put Eng­land in a tail­spin that saw them plunge to 68 for four in the eighth over.

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. WEST INDIES (max­i­mum 20 overs) C Gayle run out (Roy/Plun­kett) E Lewis c Root b Plun­kett M Sa­muels c Root b Plun­kett +C Wal­ton c Wil­ley b Rashid K Pol­lard c Cur­ran b Plun­kett R Pow­ell c Jor­dan b Cur­ran *C Brath­waite b Rashid S Narine lbw b Rashid A Nurse not out J Tay­lor lbw b Jor­dan K Wil­liams not out Ex­tras (w7, lb1) 8 TO­TAL (9 wkts, 20 overs) 176 Fall of wick­ets: 1-77 (Gayle, 6.3 overs); 2-106 (Lewis, 10.1); 3-115 (Sa­muels, 10.5); 4-123 (Pol­lard, 12.2); 5127 (Wal­ton, 13.4); 6-138 (Brath­waite, 15.1); 7-142 (Narine, 15.6); 8-165 (Pow­ell, 18.3); 9-167 (Tay­lor, 19.2) Bowl­ing: Wil­ley 2-0-20-0 (w1); Root 2-0-11-0 (w2); Cur­ran 4-0-46-1 (w1); Jor­dan 4-0-46-1 (w2); Plun­kett 4-0-27-3 (w1); Rashid 4-0-25-3

ENG­LAND (tar­get: 177 off 20 overs) J Roy c Lewis b Tay­lor A Hales b Brath­waite J Root c Brath­waite b Nurse *E Mor­gan c Lewis b Narine +J But­tler c Pow­ell b Wil­liams J Bairstow c (sub) Mo­hammed b Mo­hammed A Rashid c wkpr Wal­ton b Wil­liams D Wil­ley st Wal­ton b Narine L Plun­kett b Brath­waite C Jor­dan c Brath­waite b Wil­liams T Cur­ran not out Ex­tras (lb4, w5) 9 TO­TAL (all out, 19.3 overs) 155 Fall of wick­ets: 1-0 (Roy, 0.1 overs); 2-64 (Hales, 5.5); 3-66 (Root, 6.3); 4-68 (Mor­gan, 7.4); 5-118 (But­tler, 14.1); 6124 (Rashid, 14.6); 7-127 (Wil­ley, 15.5); 8-129 (Bairstow, 16.2); 9-148 (Jor­dan, 18.2) Bowl­ing: Tay­lor 3-0-20-1; Wil­liams 4-0-35-3 (w3); Brath­waite 3.3-0-20-3; Narine 4-0-15-2; Nurse 3-0-231 (w1); Pol­lard 2-0-17-0 Re­sult: West Indies won by 21 runs Se­ries: West Indies win one-off match Toss: Eng­land Player-of-the-Match: S Narine (West Indies) Um­pires: M Gough, T Robin­son TV um­pire: R Bai­ley Match ref­eree: J Sri­nath (In­dia) Re­serve um­pire: A Wharf.

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