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It was West Indies’s tremendous job with the ball, which actually allowed them to win the tie Getty Images (File Photo)

The visiting West Indies, who were beaten 1-2 in the recently concluded Test series against hosts England, earned sweet redemption, as they thumped the hosts by 21 runs in the one-off Twenty20 International (T20I) at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street on Saturday. In what was a rain-threatened but high-scoring tie, West Indies managed to put up a match-winning total. However, it was their tremendous job with the ball, which actually allowed them to win it comprehensively and prove why they are the reigning ICC World T20 champions. Star opener Evin Lewis was the top scorer in the game with a score of 51, while both Kesrick Williams and Carlos Brathwaite claimed a wicket each. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs West Indies 2017 – one-off T20I at Chester-le-Street

Earlier, England skipper Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bowl first, as both teams boasted of a batting-dominated side on a track that looked good for batting. As for West Indies, the openers in the form of swashbuckling openers Chris Gayle and Lewis made their way in as West Indies were off to a flying start. Both openers made fruitful utilisation of the mandatory six-over powerplay, as the pair went on to put up a 77-run opening stand. While Gayle contributed 40 in the stand, Lewis contributed 36, as it was not before the seventh over, when Gayle was unfortunately run out for 40. Meanwhile, Gayle also hit his 100th six in the T20Is.

Following his dismissals, there were hardly any partnerships. However, the next pair of Lewis and Marlon Samuels did manage to put up a stand of 29 runs, while Lewis continued his aggressive mode of play. It was in the 11th over, when Lewis fell right after scoring his second ODI half-century. Following the fall of his wicket, the partnerships went completely sore.

Although Rovman Powell did try to give some fightback as he played a decent innings of 28, it was not enough as they could only manage 176 for the loss of 9 wickets, which was fairly less compared to the perfect batting track and conditions. However, it was still competitive enough considering the rainy conditions, as there was a mild rain break right before the final over. England’s Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid managed to claim three wickets each.

As for England, they started the chase on a shaky note, losing the wicket of Jason Roy in the opening ball of the innings, who fell for an unfortunate duck to Jerome Taylor. However, it was fellow opener Alex Hales, who along with Joe Root, put up a fighting stand of 64. Hales contributed 43, while Root added 16 in the stand, as Hales fell for 43 to Brathwite, who bowled him up in the sixth over, following which, there were some sore partnerships.

However later, it was the pair of wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler along with Jonny Bairstow, who too put up another fighting stand of 50, as Bairstow contributed 19, while Buttler contributed 29 in the stand. Nevertheless, it was Buttler, who fell for 30 to Williams in the 15th over. Although the conditions looked wet and slippery, the Windies spinners did a good job.

Following the dismissal of Buttler, Bairstow too did try to recover the innings as well as the match for England. However, wickets kept tumbling at the other end, as he lost out of support, while he fell for 27 to Brathwaite in the 17th over, as England were bundled for 155, with just three balls to spare, and giving the Windies a 21-run win.

Brief scores

West Indies 176 for 9 in 20 overs (Chris Gayle 40, Evin Lewis 51; Liam Plunkett 3 for 27, Adil Rashid 3 for 25) beat England 155 in 19.3 overs (Alex Hales 43, Jos Buttler 30; Kesrick Williams 3 for 35, Carlos Brathwaite 3 for 20) by 21 runs.

Man of the Match: Sunil Narine (West Indies)

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