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There could not possibly be another extraordinary climax approaching the incredible. Could there? Indeed there could not. The winners, however, were the Mark Melancon Youth Jersey same.Defying a cold, dank autumnal night of the kind most of their team had never experienced let alone played cricket in and almost refusing to continue, West Indies defeated England by 21 runs in the solitary Twenty20 between the sides. In terms of conditions or method, it was nothing like the World Twenty20 Final in Kolkata 17 months ago, when these teams last met in this format. Then West Indies needed 19 to win from the final over and acquired them in four balls with successive sixes.Now they managed a total which, though not as large as it looked like being, put them solidly in the game before they put the squeeze on England. The ball (or balls since several were required) was damp going on drenched but the tourists used it admirably.
West Indies’ victory was all the more admirable for the way they overcame their deep discomfort. Rain during their innings had merely dampened the ground further; they were slipping and sliding almost randomly. The full-house crowd, mostly huddled in four or five layers, cannot have known how Authentic Matt Moore Womens Jersey discomfited after the wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton pulled up in twisting for a ball.“We have definitely played in warmer conditions,” said the tourists’ captain, Carlos Brathwaite. “It was soft underfoot and dangerous, we thought. We had a chat with the umpires, they roped the outfield a bit and then there was an agreement that if it continued to be unsafe and anything drastic happened we would call it quits. Fortunately, nothing happened and cricket was the winner.”
There was drama off the field too. Three spectators were injured when flooring on a stand gave way. It was immediately evacuated and a Durham spokesman swiftly pointed out that the stand passed safety inspections last week.England must have quite liked their chances at the start of their chase because West Indies did not quite sustain a blistering start after being put in. But though they too started frantically with Alex Hales, they too fell away and never recovered.All the spectacular batting was at the start of both innings, all the bowling that determined the course of events in the middle. It was hinted by Brathwaite on Friday that Chris Gayle had been superseded as a spectacularly Authentic Jonas Gustavsson Womens Jersey buccaneering opener by his new partner, Evin Lewis. Gayle seemed to take this as a personal slight and swiftly eased into the familiar routine.
A lovely full swing of the bat launched the ball straight or over mid-wicket. England obliged by bowling length balls, a modern heresy.By the end of the six-over powerplay, the tourists had 72 and Gayle was threatening to take the match over the hill and far away. Having struck his 100th six in international T20s, he was prevented from doing so by a piece of remarkably indolent running which led to him being run out dawdling for a single.The innings never had quite the same purpose thereafter, though Lewis did show the reason for the high praise he has received. Not as brutally powerful as Gayle, his timing still allowed him three sixes and six fours in an innings of 51 spanning 28 balls.
Evin Lewis made 51 and shared an opening stand of 77 with Chris Gayle to set West Indies on their way to a convincing victory over England at the Emirates Riverside. Photograph: Richard Sellers/PA
West Indies understand their game well enough to recognise they will perish in pursuit of quick runs. And perish the middle order did. The first 10 overs brought 106 for one wicket, the last 10 produced 70 for eight, the last five 38 for four. There were cameos, none significant, all valuable.
Everything in the conditions appeared Authentic Jonathan Ericsson Youth Jersey against them and soon they were slipping and sliding – in between desperately blowing on their fingers for warmth, that is – and suggesting to the umpires it was all too much.Brathwaite bowled Hales after he had made 43 from 17 balls, the batsman making a tad too much room outside leg for once and a clatter of wickets followed. Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow regrouped but when they pressed the accelerator for home found there was too much to do.Of the 14 previous T20 internationals between the sides starting in 2007, West Indies had won 10, including the most recent, the final of the world championship. Statistics may not tell all but that is pretty telling both about skills and passion for the short form.As a one-off T20 match plopped between Tests and one-day internationals there was an element of the circus coming to town.
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