West Indies keep cool to beat England in T20

West Indies keep cool to beat England in T20

With just four wins in their last 14 encounters against the World Champions, England will be wary of the Caribbean side which is back to something resembling full strength having welcomed Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Sunil back into the fold after doing without them for long stretches in the past year.

Windies dasher Chris Gayle believes that Evin Lewis, his opening partner, has a bright future in the limited-overs format of cricket.

The World Champions West Indies are on a streak of four wins in worldwide matches, including the last three matches in a four-match home series against Afghanistan in June and the one-off T20I in their home series against India the following month.

As the captain and bowler of some incisive overs, Carlos Brathwaite again pulled the strings, capturing three wickets including the unsafe Alex Hales and...

In the end Rovman Powell's 28 was enough to lift the West Indies to 176/9 with a short rain delay stretching out the Windies innings.

Brathwaite caught England Test skipper Joe Root (17) on the drive off Ashley Nurse. England had lost three wickets for four runs. Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow regrouped but when they pressed the accelerator for home found there was too much to do.

Neither bowling attack looks as strong and a case can be made for getting with whichever side is batting second as both teams have the men confident to chase down any total.

It was Gayle's dismissal which changed the complexion of the innings and allowed Morgan to gain a semblance of control.

After Gayle was run out in the seventh over, failing to beat Jason Roy's throw from square leg to bowler Liam Plunkett in the seventh over, the rest of the innings lacked the same intensity and momentum.

Set a gettable 177, Morgan's side got off to the worst-possible start when Jason Roy timed Jerome Taylor's first ball to backward point - not the statement he wanted as he seeks to regain his 50-over place.

"My form is in and out, it's not a huge concern but I'd like to score more runs".

Buttler has played IPL cricket for Mumbai Indians for the past two seasons and has hinted that he could explore other T20 opportunities if England overlook him for The Ashes.