SPORT-WT20-LD FINAL 3 LAST

first_imgBefore the collapse occured, the boundaries were flowing Before the collapse occured, the boundaries were flowing at that time when Brathwaite dismissed Buttler. The batsman tried to pull the bowler over deep mid-wicket only to be holed out by Bravo. Ben Stokes (13) and Root, who had hit seven crisp boundaries had added 26 runs together when Bravo bowled a sharp boouncer to get rid of the former. Moeen Ali (0), who has perennial problem with short ball tried to tuck one fired in his rib cage to Denesh Ramdin. Root, who was getting edgy then played an uncharacteristic lap shot to be caught at short fine-leg as England never recovered from the blows. England though benifitted from David Willeys cameo of 14-ball 21 (1×4, 2×6) which helped tjem get past 150-run mark. (REOPENS DEL 63) Already charged up after their womens teams win, the West Indies set the ball rolling as Badree bowled a perfect top spinner that breached Jason Roy (0)s defences. There was more in store for the rampaging Windies when Russells sloppy bowling waiting to be dispatched by Alex Hales (1) found Badree at short fine leg. West Indies had their gameplan straight against the spin -wary Englishmen by sticking to Badree up front and the legspinner bowled a rare wicket maiden in his third over by dismissing Eoin Morgan. Continuing his lean patch with the bat, the English skipper was deceived by a googly and England were staring at doom at 23/3 after 4.4 overs. Thankfully for England, Root remained a bystander and looked at ease with three fours in the previous over by Benn. Desperately needing a partnership, England found Butler to repair the damage with Root. On a track that looked batting friendly with little in it for the spinners, the duo cleverly rotated the strikes with the odd four or six in between to step up their run-rate. Buttler was not there to be bogged down by the Windies and exploded against Benn in the 11th over with two clean hits soaring into the crowd. But just as England looked to roll on there was another breakthrough for the Windies in the form of the big-hitting Buttler who smacked at midwicket only to be caught by Bravo. PTI TAP KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img