Defying a cold, dank autumnal night of the kind most of their team had never experienced let alone played cricket in and nearly refusing to continue, West Indies defeated England by 21 runs in the solitary Twenty20 between the sides.
In the end, victory came rather more easily than it did when these sides last met in the format, in the World Twenty20 final at Kolkata previous year.
West Indies opener Evin Lewis of Trinidad and Tobago bats during his innings of 51 off 24 balls, the highest individual score in yesterday's NatWest T20 global against England at Emirates Durham ICG in Chester-le-Street, England, yesterday.More news: Donald Trump's Tweet On London Train Bombing Just Speculation, Says Britain Minister
England skipper Eoin Morgan admitted: 'There was a little bit of rustiness in everything we did bar our fielding, which we did reasonably well.
"We played Windies in March and Ben bowled at Carlos.he got him out in the last game".
"With bat or ball, that is always the message: have fun, express yourself". It's not a huge concern but I would like to score more runs'.More news: Couple leaves Rs 100-cr asset, daughter to become monks
"This was probably the more challenging of our recent wins", said West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite speaking to Sky Sports "Conditions were soft and slippery, the umpires were close to calling it off actually". According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, a section of the floor appeared to have caved in, and there were reports that a female spectator had been injured after falling through the hole.
Brathwaite snared 3-20 from 3.3 overs, Williams took 3-35 from his allotted four overs and Narine, later named Player-of-the-Match, grabbed 2-15 from his four overs, as England were dismissed for 155 in pursuit of a victory target of 177 in the weather-affected match at the Riverside Stadium.
After six overs West Indies had 72 and looked set for 230. It was a shambolic end to a quite brilliant innings which had brought Gayle 40 runs from 21 balls.More news: Fuel shortage prompts flight cancellations at Auckland Airport
Lewis made an impressive 28-ball fifty but his dismissal signalled the start of a collapse with Plunkett also accounting for Marlon Samuels (10), and Kieron Pollard (six) in a quick three-wicket burst. In terms of conditions or method, it was nothing like the World Twenty20 Final in Kolkata 17 months ago, when these teams last met in this format.
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