West Indies 176-9 (Lewis 51) beat
England 155 (Brathwaite 3-20) by 21 runs
Only Twenty20 International in Chester-le-Street
After Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle set up West Indies' total of 176 for nine in their innings, a collective bowling effort saw them restrict England to 155 in the chase as the visitors completed a 21 run victory in the only Twenty20 International in Chester-le-Street.
England won the toss and opted to bowl first. Gayle (40) set the tone for the innings with a first ball boundary and he looked in ominous touch as he plundered four more maximums and two fours to set up a 72-run carnage in the powerplay.
Gayle's opening partner Lewis (51) too continued his momentum from the Caribbean Premier League with a blistering start as things looked ominous for the home side.
The 77-run opening stand finally ended when Gayle was run out in the seventh over but Lewis went on to complete a 26-ball fifty as West Indies reached 106 for one at halfway mark.
The innings lost momentum when Liam Plunkett (3-27) struck thrice in two overs to account for Lewis, Marlon Samuels (10) and Kieron Pollard (6) and Adil Rashid (3-25) did the same at the other end as West Indies slipped to 142 for seven in 17 lovers.
Late contributions from Rovman Powell (28) and Ashley Nurse (13 not out) ensured West Indies reached 176 for nine in the 20 overs. Plunkett and Rashid were the pick of the England bowlers with three wicket hauls each.
England got off to a worse possible start losing Jason Roy (0) off the first ball in the chase but Alex Hales (43) played a blistering 17 ball knock that was ended when he was castled by Carlos Brathwaite (3-20).
With spinners Sunil Narine (2-15) and Ashley Nurse (1-23) in operation, the innings hardly gained any momentum and Kesrick Williams (3-35) further dampened their hopes as the home side were bowled out for 155 runs. Narine was awarded the player of the match for his splendid bowling that strangled the England middle order.
The two teams will meet each other in a couple of days at Old Trafford for the first One-Day International.
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