ENG vs WI 2017, One-Off T20I: Bowlers and Openers Fire World Champions to Impressive Win

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ENG vs WI 2017, One-Off T20I: Bowlers and Openers Fire World Champions to Impressive Win 

ENG vs WI 2017, One-Off T20I: Bowlers and Openers Fire World Champions to Impressive Win

In a repeat of last year’s World T20I final between England and West Indies, the latter once again proved its supremacy over the Eoin Morgan-led side, as Carlos Brathwaite & Co. thumped the hosts by 21 runs in the one-off T20 at Chester-le-Street.

And if last year’s dramatic final gave West Indies a future star and their current skipper Carlos Brathwaite, the recently-concluded game perhaps showed Evin Lewis is the heir apparent of the legendary Chris Gayle.

Morgan’s decision to invite the visitors to bat first turned out to be a disastrous one, as the present and future of West Indies cricket – Gayle and Lewis fired on all cylinders right from the word go. On the seventh ball of his innings, Gayle added yet another feature to his already illustrious cap when he hit David Willey for a six to become the first player to hit 100 sixes in the shortest format of the game. The explosive opener, who is the first and only player till date to score 10,000 T20 runs, added three more sixes to his tally, racing away to 40 off just 21 balls before his promising innings came to an end due to his shoddy running, as he was run-out.

Lewis, on the other hand, matched his illustrious partner shot for shot, as the duo added 77 runs for the opening wicket off just 39 balls. Lewis was initially not going for the big shots and was batting on 14 off 11 balls before Tom Curran came to bowl the last over of the powerplay, and the left-hander smacked him for four, six, four, six from the first four balls he faced.

As a result, the visitors had compiled a daunting 72 for zero after the first six overs. By the time, the 10th over ended, the scoreboard was reading 106 for one.

However, Lewis was dismissed on the first ball of the very next over, and it provided the hosts with an opportunity to claw their way back into the game, and they fully capitalised on it, as the visitors could manage only 71 for eight in the last ten overs.

The score, however, turned out to be more than enough in the end, as England were all out for 155. After losing Jason Roy cheaply, Alex Hales set the tone for the chase with a blistering knock of 43 off just 17 balls, but the floodgates opened once he was dismissed. The hosts lost three wickets for four runs to find themselves reeling at 68 for four from 64 for one.

A 50-run stand between Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow revived their hopes, but it soon ended after they lost four wickets for 11 runs. Sunil Narine was the pick of the bowlers, picking up two for 15 in his four overs while Carlos Brathwaite and Kesrick Williams took three each to derail England’s innings.

Brief scores:

West Indies 176 for 9 (Lewis 51, Gayle 40, Rashid 3-25, Plunkett 3-27) beat England 155 (Hales 43, Brathwaite 3-20, Williams 3-35) by 21 runs

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