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tly to point before trudging from the stage.
Hales should have suffered the same fate four balls later but his clip to square leg was fumbled by Rovman Powell, a miss that proved costly.
The opener made Kesrick Williams pick up the tab, striking four boundaries in the seamer’s first over and then spraying Taylor around the on side, culminating in a hook for six.
Having narrowly escaped a golden duck, Hales found himself on 35 from 12 deliveries.
West Indies began to complain about the greasy outfield, their case supported by wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton slipping and requiring treatment. That argument, and the game, was going against the islanders until Brathwaite intervened, parting Hales’ stumps with nothing more spectacular than a full, straight length ball. England’s middle-order engine room faltered against spin, with Root (17) jabbing half-heartedly at Ashley Nurse and captain Eoin Morgan reverse- Adil Rashid was the pick of England’s bowlers with 3-25 sweeping Sunil Narine straight to short third man.
Morgan has now scored just 12 runs in his last six innings, with England, Middlesex and the Barbados Tridents.
England reached the halfway mark on 83 for four, three shy of the Duckworth-Lewis par, with Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow reeling in the 100 mark two overs later.
Bairstow thrashed Pollard for an overdue second six of the innings to end the 14th over, but Williams refused to let momentum slip, persuading Buttler to hole out for 30 and then taking Rashid’s edge with a short ball.
England pride themselves on batting to 11 but Willey, Jordan and Plunkett failed to bail their colleagues out as the innings subsided for 155.