England vs Windies, Only T20I – Windies won by 21 runs.
WI 176/9 (20.0 Ovs)
ENG 155-all out (19.3 Ovs)
Narine: It was a total team effort. Very difficult in these conditions as a spinner. Hopefully we can continue this in the ODI series. Still working on it. Hoping to get back as close as I was before the remodeled action. We have a lot of new faces who play a lot of T20 cricket and know their games. It was probably 15 runs short. Performing for your country is the best thing, well above IPL. I’m flying home.
Narine, in particular, was the star with figures of 4-0-15-2. He is also the Man of the Match
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
The Caribbean as it’s possible to imagine, a fine bowling display from Windies sealed a 21-run win over England in the solitary T20I of their tour.
The home side suffered two collapses, one of three wickets for four runs and another of four wickets for 11 runs, in their pursuit of Windies 176 for 9. England failed to get to grips with the tourists’ slower paced bowlers in the middle of their innings with man of the match Sunil Narine the pick, finishing with 2 for 15, and he found good support from Carlos Brathwaite (3 for 20) and Ashley Nurse (1 for 23). The win was Windies eleventh victory in 15 T20Is against England.
Hales, who was in brilliant form during Nottinghamshire’s T20 Blast campaign, looked in ominous touch here and raced to 35 from just 12 balls with six boundaries and one six. The ease with which Hales was scoring – he played some glorious cricket shots through the off-side – suggested Windies’ score was perhaps twenty runs short on a good pitch but eight runs later and Hales was gone, bowled by Carlos Brathwaite as he advanced down the pitch.
From then on, England found it tough going as Windies’ spinners came to the fore. Where the faster bowlers skidded on to the batsmen, Nurse and Narine found some grip and timing the ball became difficult. Joe Root was caught in the covers trying to force the ball off Nurse and Eoin Morgan was soon on his way too, reverse sweeping Narine to be caught at point. England had lost three wickets for four runs.