Windies prevail in NatWest IT20

Windies prevail in NatWest IT20

Windies prevail in NatWest IT20

Result: West Indies (176/9; Lewis 51, Gayle 40; Rashid 3/25, Plunkett 3/27) beat England (155; Brathwaite 3/20, Williams 3/35) by 21 runs

An explosive West Indies opening partnership proved the difference as they defeated England by 21 runs in a sold out NatWest IT20 at Emirates Riverside.

Chris Gayle & Evin Lewis put on 77 in just 6.3 overs as the latter top-scored with 51, while Gayle powered four huge sixes in a 21-ball 40.

Adil Rashid & Liam Plunkett took three apiece to limit West Indies to 176/9, but it proved beyond England's reach with the bat.

Alex Hales got things started with a quickfire 43 but the introduction of Sunil Narine slowed things before he was bowled by Carlos Brathwaite.

Mid-innings resistance came in the form of 30 by Jos Buttler & 27 by Jonny Bairstow. However, a spiralling run-rate forced them both to hole out as England's hopes faded.

Gayle took a while to get going but he did not disappoint the crowd of over 13,000 with some lusty blows. The first landed several rows back over mid-wicket & the next ball was deposited over the bowlers head, narrowly missing the media centre glass.

The 37-year-old added two more before a lackadaisical run resulted in being run out by a combination of Jason Roy & bowler Plunkett.

Partner Lewis took over the mantle upon his departure, taking a four & six over the covers from Rashid's first over.

At the halfway stage, the Windies were set for a huge score on 106/1 but Lewis fell one ball later, drilling to mid-off, & the middle order were tied down by Plunkett & Rashid.

The pair took a combined six wickets, including two in Rashid's last over.

There was a brief rain delay with seven balls left but the Windies emerged to finish their overs with a score of 176/9.

Jason Roy fell first ball in England's reply but Hales marched on, striking four fours in the second over & adding three boundaries in the next, the last of which was six over fine leg.

He made it to 43 from 16 balls before being bowled by his 17th when trying to attack Brathwaite & from there, England slowly lost their grip on the game.

Ashley Nurse was gifted Joe Root's wicket as he tamely punched to short cover & wily spinner Narine was soon into his work, tying captain Eoin Morgan down before he reverse swept to short third man.

Buttler & Bairstow settled things down to put on a fifty stand, brought up with the latter swiping Kieron Pollard over long-off.

However, Buttler fell to the very next ball in picking out deep mid-wicket off Kesrick Williams to kickstart a run of four wickets in 14 balls.

Rashid gloved to the wicketkeeper, David Willey was bamboozled & stumped off Narine before Bairstow holed out to end England's last hopes of victory.

Williams & Brathwaite tied things up with their respective third wickets as the Windies came out victory in the one-off series.