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Chris Gayle plays a shot en route to his 40 against England in one-off T20I at Chester-le-Street on Saturday © Getty Images

West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite was rewarded for making an 8,000-mile round trip to Chester-le-Street as the tourists beat England by 21 runs in a lone Twenty20 international on Saturday. England, set 177 for victory, were bowled out for 155 at a chilly and rainswept Riverside. Barbados-born Brathwaite, 29, had been West Indies’ star with the bat when they beat England in last year’s World Twenty20 final, hitting four successive sixes in a dramatic last over. This time, paceman Brathwaite damaged England with the ball when, in his only match of the tour — he was not selected for the Test or one-day international legs — he took three for 20 runs in 3.3 overs. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs West Indies 2017 – one-off T20I at Chester-le-Street

“This was probably the more challenging of our recent wins,” Brathwaite told Sky Sports. “Conditions were soft and slippery, the umpires were close to calling it off actually. It was so bad and I asked the guys if they want to trudge on or call it a day. The umpires were in agreement with us but then we thought we will give it a go and see if there are any slips, and there weren’t.” Brathwaite’s tour may be over but he is not making an immediate return to the Caribbean.

(With inputs from AFP)