An overall dominant performance from the Carlos Brathwaite-led West Indies was enough to see them through in the only T20I of the tour against England by 21 runs at Chester-le-Street on Saturday.
The day started with hosts captain Eoin Morgan winning the toss and opted to bowl first on a wet night.His decision seemed completely wrong in the beginning when the visitors had an outstanding beginning, courtesy 77-run opening wicket partnership between Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis.
At that point score in excess of 200 seemed certain, but once Gayle departed in the seventh over of the innings, hosts tightened screws on the opposition and limit them to 176 for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted 20 overs.Lewis finished the innings with the top score of 51 off just 28 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes, whereas Gayle scored 40 off 21 with the help of three boundaries and four maximums.
For England, leg-spinner Adil Rashid and pacer Liam Plunkett claimed three wickets each.Chasing 177 to win the game, hosts lost Jason Roy on the first delivery of the innings. But a 64-run second-wicket partnership between Alex Hales and Joe Root revived their hopes and at one stage the Three Lions were cruising towards the finishing line.
However, Windies captain introduced spin right after the Powerplay and it paid divided as hosts started to lose wickets at regular intervals, and were eventually bowled out for 155 in the final over of the innings.
Hales finished the innings with the top score of 43 off 17 balls with the help of eight fours and one six, whereas wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler made important contribution of 30 off 27 balls.For Windies, pacers Kesrick Williams and Brathwaite claimed three wickets each, whereas man of the match Sunil Narine finished his quota of four overs with the figure of two for 15.