|Twenty20 international, Chester-le-Street:|
|West Indies 176 (20 overs): Lewis 51; Rashid 3-25|
|England 155 (19.3 overs): Hales 43; Brathwaite 3-20|
|West Indies won by 21 runs|
England’s batting crumbled as they were bowled out for 155 to lose to West Indies by 21 runs in their Twenty20 international at Chester-le-Street.
Chasing 177, England twice looked well set at 64-1 and 118-4 but lost wickets at key times.
They required 26 from the final over but Liam Plunkett was bowled by Carlos Brathwaite with three balls remaining.
The hosts’ bowlers had pegged West Indies back from 106-1 after 10 overs with Adil Rashid taking 3-25.
That gave England the edge at the halfway stage and their hopes improved further when opener Alex Hales began the reply with a blistering 17-ball 43.
But captain Brathwaite bowled Hales at the end of the sixth over as he took 3-20 to inspire his side’s victory.
It was the first T20 meeting between the sides since a Brathwaite-inspired West Indies won the World Twenty20 final in 2016.
The match is the sole T20 before a five-match one-day international series beginning on Tuesday.
Brathwaite haunts England again
It is 531 days since Carlos Brathwaite hit four consecutive sixes in the final over to win the World T20, and again he played a key role in the West Indies win on a cold, damp night.
After losing his opening partner Jason Roy from the first ball of England’s reply, Alex Hales hit eight fours and a six in an innings that looked like it could take the game away from the tourists.
But the opener tried to attack once too often as Brathwaite sent his off stump cartwheeling back before England lost Joe Root (17) and captain Eoin Morgan (2) within the next 11 balls.
From there, England recovered through Jos Buttler (30) and Jonny Bairstow (27) as the pair put on a 50-run stand until Buttler holed out in the deep off Kesrick Williams who took an impressive but expensive 3-35.
Sunil Narine was also effective with his slow bowling as the ball skidded on off the pitch while the fielders also struggled to keep their footing on the greasy surface.
With Bairstow at the crease England still had hope but Brathwaite returned again to dismiss the Yorkshireman with a slower ball caught at deep square leg, leaving the hosts 129-8 and all-but ending their hopes.
The 29-year-old West Indian skipper delivered the final over and was fittingly the man to take the final wicket.
During the England innings, a section of a stand was evacuated at Emirates Riverside after it reportedly partially collapsed.
England bowlers fight back after Windies flier
Throughout the recent Test series between these sides, much of the talk of the tourists had been about the players missing from their line-up.
But with a change of format, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard, Carlos Brathwaite and Sunil Narine all returned.
Gayle was his typical big-hitting self – hitting four sixes in his 21-ball 40 before he was run-out in lackadaisical fashion.
The 37-year-old pushed the ball to Jason Roy at backward point, made a pedestrian effort to reach the non-strikers’ end and was surprised when the ball came to the bowler Plunkett who took off the bails with Gayle a yard short.
Gayle’s opening partner Evin Lewis also impressed, hitting three sixes and six fours in a 28-ball 51 before he became the first of Plunkett’s three victims, chipping the ball to mid-on.
Plunkett was by far the pick of the England seamers taking the other key wickets of Marlon Samuels (10), who hit 85 not out in the World T20 final, and Kieron Pollard (6).
Rashid then blew through the tourists’ middle order with his leg-spin.
‘It was a total team effort’ – what they said
England captain Eoin Morgan on Sky Sports: “We didn’t bowl that well early on, but we certainly didn’t lose the game because of that. We were happy chasing their score.
“Losing the game was losing three wickets (Hales, Root and Morgan) in that period. We continued to lose wickets, and that’s the area we need to look at.”
Man-of-the-match Sunil Narine, who took 2-15: “It’s a total team effort. We were probably 15 runs short so I must give credit to the bowlers.
“It was tough conditions – it was very difficult with the wet ball in cold conditions.”
West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite on Sky Sports: “This was probably the more challenging of our recent wins. Conditions were soft and slippery, the umpires were close to calling it off.”
Former England batsman James Taylor on BBC Test Match Special: “Brathwaite chopped and changed his bowlers really well. Their skills were far superior to England and they won the big moments.”
The stats you may have missed
- In hitting the first of his four sixes, Chris Gayle became the first player to reach 100 sixes in T20 internationals
- Buttler became only the fourth England player to reach 1,000 T20 runs, after Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales
- West Indies have won 11 of their past 15 T20s against England
- In the past seven T20s in England, the team losing the toss has won the game