Bowlers take Windies to 21-run victory over England - T20I

Paola Ditto
Settembre 17, 2017

From 68 for four Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow added 50, but the run rate was almost 10 an over and struggling England needed to start scampering twos.

The best of his four maximums went like a tracer bullet over cover off Chris Jordan, before Lewis got in on the act by taking 16 from Tom Curran's first three balls of the sixth over.

Three spectators suffered injuries, and a further 180 had to be moved to another part of the ground, after a small part of a stand caved in during the T20 cricket match between England and the West Indies. This will be his first taste of overseas worldwide cricket and England in September may not be ideal for all that the wickets tend to be produced with batsmen in mind.

However, Jos Buttler (30, 27b, 2×4) and Jonny Bairstow (27, 21b, 1×4, 1×6) added 50 runs for the fifth wicket before England losing wickets at regular intervals to be dismissed with three balls to spare. Jerome Taylor and Kesrick Williams will lead the bowling attack for the West Indian side. Although there is little margin for error in this format, England's bowlers could have perhaps used more variation. Gayle played a defensive shot in to the off-side but was run out at the non-strikers end by Roy as he firstly hesitated and then slowed down as he neared the crease, not expecting the ball to be thrown at his end.

Gayle smashed 40 off 21 balls before his languid running cost him his wicket inexplicably as he was run out by Jason Roy.

Gayle was run out as he attempted single to Jason Roy at backward point on Saturday
Gayle was run out as he attempted single to Jason Roy at backward point on Saturday

WIndies should win as they will attack with the powers of Gayle and other potential players.

In all, the last 14 overs yielded just 102 runs for nine wickets. Chadwick Walton was caught on the leg-side boundary, Brathwaite was bowled round his legs attempting to sweep nd Sunil Narine was pinned plumb LBW.

"I had a chat with a few of the boys in a huddle while Chadwick was getting treatment and a lot of them said it was unsafe", Brathwaite said.

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 a year ago.

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