Windies humble England in T20

Ross Houston
September 17, 2017

Chris Gayle became the first man to 100 T20I sixes as Windies beat England by 21 runs in Durham in a repeat of the 2016 World T20 Final.

It was so bad and I asked the guys if they want to trudge on or call it a day.

Numerous 13,000 flocking to Emirates Riverside will have been eagerly anticipating witnessing Stokes' renewing T20 hostilities with the man who clubbed him for four huge sixes to win the final in Kolkata last April but he has instead been handed a controversial, but well-earned, breather.

West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite was rewarded for making an 8,000-mile round trip to Chester-le-Street as the tourists beat England by 21 runs in a lone Twenty20 worldwide on Saturday.

"The umpires were in agreement with us but then we thought we will give it a go and see if there are any slips, and there weren't".

Brathwaite ignited the collapse when he had Hales clean bowled off a straight delivery, then Joe Root (17) caught in the next over off Ashley Nurse.

West indies celebrate after taking the wicket of England's Jonny Bairstow during their T20 match at the Emirates Riverside stadium in Durham, England, Saturday Sept. 16, 2017.

They required 26 from the final over but Liam Plunkett was bowled by Carlos Brathwaite with three balls remaining.

Chris Gayle (40) and Lewis (51) got West Indies off to a flying start, putting on 77 for the first wicket after Morgan won the toss.

And the elder Curran brother, who made such an impact on debut for England in the Twenty20 series against South Africa earlier this season, is the only real 50-over newcomer as the selectors have chose to wheel out their big guns.

Adil Rashid (3-25) and Liam Plunkett (2-27) put the brakes on West Indies' run spree once Gayle was run out in the seventh over.

Gayle has not represented the Windies in the longest format of the game since 2014, as the West Indies Cricket Board quarrelled with him and other players that have focused on franchise Twenty20 cricket.

But Gayle's 21-ball innings, featuring three fours and four sixes ended when, after guiding Plunkett to backward point, he was run out by Jason Roy's throw to the bowler as he ambled through for a single after stopping half way.

That match saw fellow left-hander Lewis make a stunning 125 not out.

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle secured a slice of history on Saturday in becoming the first man to smash 100 sixes in global Twenty20 cricket.

The Trinidadian, however, was out soon afterwards when he drove Plunkett to Root at mid-off.

The match is the sole T20 before a five-match one-day worldwide series beginning on Tuesday.

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