Only T20I (D/N), Chester-le-Street, September 16, 2017, West Indies tour of England
(19.3/20 ov, T:177) 155

West Indies won by 21 runs

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10.40pm: It's hosing down in Chester-le-Street, which is our cue to push off. Miller's report will be updated shortly and we'll be back for the one-dayers next week. Bye!

10.30pm: Time to hear from the captains, starting with Carlos Brathwaite: [Good record v England?] "This was probably more challenging, the conditions were hard to deal with and I think the umpires were close to calling it off, but I was pleased with the boys. They asked if we wanted to trudge on, we said let's give it a go and no more slip-ups happened. We had a good start and fell away but then the fight from the boys, finishing the game the way we did was fantastic. [Gayle and Lewis?] I played in the same CPL side, Evin has been striking it cleanly. They'r e fantastic to watch, and helped up off to a great start."

England's Eoin Morgan: "Bowling at a pair like Lewis and Gayle was a huge opportunity to test ourselves and we didn't bowl that well. But we were happy chasing what we did, losing three wickets when we did, then Jos and Jonny having to rebuild, I think that cost us. They have full power to push the button and take it on. [Form?] It's always a concern, I don't know when I'm in or out of form. I'm looking forward to the one-day series. [Poor bowling up front] We didn't execute, just come out of playing Championship cricket; and the challenge of bowling to two very good players."

Sunil Narine is Man of the Match: "Yeah, it's good to come out and put on a performance. It was tough conditions but we handled ourselves well. It's difficult with the wet ball and cold conditions, hopefully they continue in the one-day series. It's about getting the right pace and using the variations. Good to see Gayle back and we have a lot of young players. It was a good score, maybe 15 runs short but we came back and bowled well. Performing for your country and being able to win is always the best."

10.25pm: Clinical stuff from the Windies, putting their batting collapse behind them and shackling England with canny variations on a surface that was only conducive to big hitting when Gayle and Lewis were blitzing things early on. Carlos Brathwaite and Kesrick Williams took three wickets apiece and Sunil Narine tied England up with 2 for 15 from his four overs. They were cold, it was wet but West Indies were still too hot for England.

Brathwaite to Plunkett, OUT

leg stump out of the ground! Full and straight from Brathwaite, Plunkett misses and he hits - and that means West Indies have won by 21 runs

Liam Plunkett b Brathwaite 18 (11b 2x4 0x6 21m) SR: 163.63

"Ball 18.5... Between his legs - a natmeg?" Only if it's intentional, Sam

Brathwaite to Plunkett, 2 runs

short ball, Plunkett heaves it out to deep backward square leg for one

Brathwaite to Plunkett, 2 runs

hits the middle of the pitch, rising up as Plunkett pulls, clothed into the leg side and they can get back for two

Okay, so we're outside even Carlos Brathwaite territory... England needing 26 off the last six balls. And it'll be Brathwaite to bowl 'em

end of over 196 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 151/9CRR: 7.94 RRR: 26.00
Liam Plunkett14 (8b 2x4)
Tom Curran1 (2b)
Kesrick Williams 4-0-35-3
Jerome Taylor 3-0-40-1
Williams to Plunkett, 1 run

taking pace off, full and straight, Plunkett swings it flat out towards deep midwicket

Williams to Tom Curran, 1 run

loopy slower ball, drifting to leg, squeezed out between his boots for one

Williams to Tom Curran, no run

dug in short, well-directed and Curran jerks back out of the way

Williams to Plunkett, 1 run

pitched up and toe-ended down towards long-on on the drive

Tom Curran is last man in - he's got a T20 fifty to his name

Williams to Jordan, OUT

full on leg stump, Jordan flicks it into the night sky... but it's not got the legs, Powell takes the catch! Done by the lack of pace, I think, and another England batsman holes out to the deep

Chris Jordan c Powell b Williams 6 (7b 0x4 0x6 11m) SR: 85.71
Williams to Jordan, 2 runs

short of a length, 79mph and twocked through midwicket on the pull, into the gap for two

"YJB what does that mean Alan?" Yorkshire's Jonny Bairstow, of course. Keep up, Flint Rogers

Williams to Jordan, 1 wide

short and wide as Jordan backed away... but outside the tramlines

So, two overs to go, England need 32. Still just about in the realms of possibility, though perhaps not with Nos. 9 and 10 at the crease. Kesrick Williams to bowl...

end of over 1813 runs
ENG: 145/8CRR: 8.05 RRR: 16.00
Chris Jordan4 (5b)
Liam Plunkett12 (6b 2x4)
Jerome Taylor 3-0-40-1
Carlos Brathwaite 3-0-16-2

"Why is Willey's batting so incompetent for England?" wonders Burli. "He's class in the Blast. " International cricket, innit

Taylor to Jordan, 1 run

full, 86mph yorker on middle and leg, Jordan digs it out down the ground for another single

Taylor to Plunkett, 1 run

pitched up, full toss on the pads, Plunkett can only swing it to deep midwicket for one

Taylor to Plunkett, FOUR runs

length outside off, slower ball and Plunkett heaves it out to cow corner, where there's a big ole gap as the ball skips away for four

Taylor to Plunkett, 2 runs

dug in short, top-edged on the pull, falls short of long-on running in and they steal two more

Taylor to Plunkett, FOUR runs

pitched up and slugged back over the bowler's head, blacksmith-and-anvil hammering from Plunkett, into the ropes

Taylor to Jordan, 1 run

slower ball, worked off the hip through backward square leg

Jerome Taylor returns

end of over 175 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 132/8CRR: 7.76 RRR: 15.00
Chris Jordan2 (3b)
Liam Plunkett1 (2b)
Carlos Brathwaite 3-0-16-2
Sunil Narine 4-0-15-2

Here's Smas: "Maybe it'll come down to 20 from the last over and Braithwaite bowling...." Tom Curran to do the honours?

Brathwaite to Jordan, 1 run

fullish, 78mph on off, worked through midwicket and they think about two before Jordan sends his partner back

Brathwaite to Plunkett, 1 run

short of a length, an offcutter from Brathwaite, tucked down into the leg side for one

Brathwaite to Jordan, 1 run

in the channel, comes forward and pushes a single into the covers

Brathwaite to Jordan, no run

hits a length on off, defended

Chris Jordan heads out, England's mission improbable now

Brathwaite to Bairstow, OUT

short ball, pace off and shovelled over his shoulder - straight to deep backward square leg! Safe catch and England's last recognised batsman is gone!

Jonny Bairstow c sub (JN Mohammed) b Brathwaite 27 (21b 1x4 1x6 43m) SR: 128.57
Brathwaite to Bairstow, 2 runs

shortish, pulled through square leg, to the side of the fielder and they scamper for two

Last four, England need 50... Carlos Brathwaite back on

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