WI bowlers lead the way in 21-run T20 win

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

WCHESTER-LE-STREET, Eng­land (CMC): EST 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 three for 20 from 3.3 overs; Williams took three for 35 from his al­lot­ted four overs and Narine, later named Player of the Match, grabbed two for 15 from his four overs, as Eng­land were dis­missed for 155 in pur­suit of a vic­tory tar­get of 177 in the weather-af­fected 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 39ball 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 team to lift the tempo late in the chase, as the last six wick­ets fell for 37 in the space of 36 balls.

UGLY SWIPE

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.

West Indies reached 106 for one at the half­way stage, but Plun­kett and leg-spin­ner 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.

FILE

Kes­rick Williams (left) and Car­los Brath­waite cel­e­brate.

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