England beat West Indies to win lone T20

By IndepthAfrica
In Sports
Jun 24th, 2012

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – JUNE 24: Alex Hales (R) of England reacts after being bowled by Ravi Rampaul of the West Indies for 99 runs during the Natwest International T20 match between England and the West Indies at Trent Bridge on June 24, 2012 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

England beat the West Indies by seven wickets to win the lone Twenty20 international at Trent Bridge here on Sunday.

World Twenty20 champions England, set 173 to win, finished on 173 for three with Alex Hales making an England best 99 at this level.

Together with Ravi Bopara (59), Hales put on 159 for the second wicket — the third highest partnership for any wicket in all Twenty20 internationals.

Opener Hales, on his Nottinghamshire home ground, faced just 68 balls with four sixes and six fours.

But, in sight of becoming just the seventh player to make a Twenty20 international hundred, he was yorked by Fidel Edwards.

Earlier the West Indies, who slumped to 57 for three at the halfway stage, recovered to 172 for four on the back of Dwayne Smith’s 70 and Dwayne Bravo’s 54 not out.

Brief scores:

West Indies 172-4, 20 overs (D Smith 70, D Bravo 54 no)

England 173-3, 19.4 overs (A Hales 99, R Bopara 59)

Result: England won by 7 wkts

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