Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Three injured as T20 cricket stand caves in at Emirates Riverside

Three injured as T20 cricket stand caves in at Emirates Riverside

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 worldwide at Durham.

Conditions were soft and slippery, the umpires were close to calling it off actually, ' Carlos Brathwaite said.

Brathwaite shot to fame for his heroics in the final of 2016 World T20 when he smashed Stokes for four consecutive sixes in the final over to help West Indies claim their second title in the shortest format but Morgan believes the all-rounder has improved vastly from the incident.

Gayle and Lewis, who made 51, put on 77 for the first wicket at a chilly and rainswept Riverside on Saturday.

England's reply had started in the worst possible way when Jason Roy hit Jerome Taylor's first delivery of the innings to point and was well caught by Evin Lewis.

In response Alex Hales struck 43 as England started strongly but it fell to 68 for four and was all out for 155.

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"Losing the game was losing three wickets in that period", said Morgan.

The embattled Brathwaite formalised the result with three balls remaining when he went past Liam Plunkett's ugly swipe and bowled the England fast bowler to cap one of his better bowling performances in maroon since he was controversially elevated to captain a year ago.

Walton recovered, however, and he was behind the stumps as West Indies completed a 21-run win - their 11th in 15 Twenty20 internationals against England, a sequence including last year's World Twenty20 final triumph in India.

Lewis got in on the act en route to a 26-ball 50, but after he was out West Indies lost their way.

The tourists looked set to reach 200 after a blistering opening stand but Morgan's side fought back through Adil Rashid (3-25) and Liam Plunkett (3-27). Gayle played a defensive shot in to the off-side but was run out at the non-strikers end by Roy as he firstly hesitated and then slowed down as he neared the crease, not expecting the ball to be thrown at his end.

There will also be another chance for Surrey's Tom Curran to show his worldwide credentials after taking five wickets in his first double-header against South Africa.

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