West Indies bowlers picks 21-runs T20 Victory off England

 . Last updated on September 18, 2017, 2:05 PM
West Indies bowlers picks 21-runs T20 Victory off England
Sunil Narine was awarded Player of the Match for his match winning defense.


West Indies might have lost the Test series, but it came out as the winner in the only T20 match of the tour. In Durham, West Indies toppled the home team by 21 runs. Batting first, the team scored 176 for 9 wickets. The visitors had an emphatic start in the match. In the opening powerplay Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis brought 72 runs. Gayle score of 40 off 21 balls had another implication. In the stretch, he became the first T20 cricketer to hit 100 sixes in the format. He smashed four sixes and six fours, while Lewis came up with 3 sixes and 3 fours in the match. The latter scored 51 off 28 balls, the only half-century of the match. Gayle was down after the powerplay, while Lewis played 10 overs, taking the score to 106 for 2.

The Indies middle order was struck with tough bowling from Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid. The former achieved the figures of 3 wickets for 27 runs. Rashid was stringent on his bowling. His grip became tighter by the last three overs giving out only 13 runs in the stretch. He took 3 wickets for 25 runs. Lower down the line, Rovman Powell scored 28 off 19 balls. The ending thrust by the players took up the score to 176.

England's chase was a failure it was wobbled from the beginning to the end. Jason Roy was down in the first ball of the inning came up as a shocker. But Alex Hales and Joe Root took the chase to 60 by the end of powerplay Hales plundered 35 off just 12 balls with six fours and a six. By eight overs, England's chase was at 68 for 4.

In the chase, Indies bowlers Sunil Narine and Carlos Brathwaite attacked strongly. Narine picked 2 wickets for 15 runs, while Brathwaite had 3 wickets for 20. After a strong start, the middle order found another slog in the inning. Adil Rashid, David Willey, and Jonny Bairstow were dismissed in three runs, by the 17th over. In fact, it was where West Indies won the game as England could never recover. Finally, in 19.3 overs, West Indies took down 10 England wickets for 155 runs.

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