Brathwaite journey worthwhile as West Indies win

West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite celebrates after taking the wicket of England's Liam Plunkett to win the T20 match in Durham.
West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite celebrates after taking the wicket of England's Liam Plunkett to win the T20 match in Durham. Richard Sellers

WEST Indies skipper Carlos Brathwaite made a 13,000km round trip for just one game but it was worth it as he led his team to a 21 run win over England in the one-off T20 international at Durham.

Brathwaite, who smashed four sixes off four balls in the final over of Ben Stokes as the Windies won the World Twenty20 final last year, did the damage with the ball this time, taking 3-20 in 3.3 overs.

The 29-year-old also held a catch to dimiss Joe Root as the home team could only make 155 in reply to the visitors' 9-176 at a chilly and rainswept Riverside.

"This was probably the more challenging of our recent wins," Brathwaite told Sky Sports.

"Conditions were soft and slippery, the umpires were close to calling it off actually. It was so bad and I asked the guys if they want to trudge on or call it a day.

"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 bowled Alex Hales for 43 made off just 17 balls, including eight fours and a six.

Hales's exit was the start of a slump that saw England lose three wickets for four runs as 64 for one soon became 68 for four.

Brathwaite caught England Test skipper Joe Root (17) on the drive off Ashley Nurse.

And Nurse's fellow spinner Sunil Narine then had Twenty20 skipper Eoin Morgan out for just two when the danger man reverse swept straight to Lewis at short third man.

England needed 26 off the last over and Brathwaite, fittingly, ended the match when he bowled Liam Plunkett.

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

England and West Indies begin a five-match one-day international series in Manchester on Tuesday.

Topics:  england cricket t20 cricket west indies cricket team

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