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Rovman Powell’s 51-ball hundred powers West Indies to victory

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Rovman Powell’s blistering century laid the inspiration for West Indies’ 20-run win over England within the third Twenty20 worldwide at Bridgetown on Wednesday because the host aspect went 2-1 up in a five-match sequence.

The recalled Powell’s 107 off simply 53 balls, in addition to his fourth-wicket stand of 122 with Nicholas Pooran (70), helped take the West Indies to an imposing 224-5 after stand-in England captain Moeen Ali received the toss.

“I do know I can strike the ball effectively,” mentioned player-of-the-match Powell. “I had an issue in opposition to wrist spin, and the final seven months I went away and have been engaged on that and opening up the off aspect.

“All the things got here out of the center at the moment.”

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Tom Banton hit six sixes in a fast 73 and Phil Salt 57 on his T20 worldwide debut as England tried to chase down 225, with Moeen main a new-look aspect after common captain Eoin Morgan pulled his quad throughout the warm-up.

However the visiting aspect misplaced wickets earlier than ending on 204-9 in a outstanding match yielding over 400 runs.

“A incredible partnership took the sport away from us however I am pleased with the way in which the boys batted on the finish,” mentioned Moeen.

Powell’s spectacular show of ball-striking, together with 4 fours and 10 hovering sixes, noticed the 28-year-old Jamaican develop into solely the third West Indies batter after Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle, who’ve each carried out the feat twice, to make a Twenty20 worldwide hundred.

England’s aspect featured three debutants in Salt, fellow batsman Harry Brook and paceman George Garton and, much more unusually, a trio of left-arm quicks in Garton, Reece Topley and Tymal Mills.

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Garton bowled opener Brandon king however was hammered repeatedly when he missed his size in an costly return costing 57 runs.

Powell, chosen rather than Odean Smith in the one change to the West Indies XI, smashed his second ball for six but in addition performed some ‘contact’ pictures en route to 3 figures.

He reached his hundred off 51 balls after which promptly celebrated by heaving Topley out of the bottom. However, making an attempt a repeat, he was caught at long-off.

Banton gave England hope of an unbelievable win in a 39-ball innings that ended when he holed out off West Indies captain Kieron Pollard.

Salt acquired the goal all the way down to 36 off a final over, the place he hit the primary two authorized deliveries for six earlier than being bowled by Romario Shepherd.

The sequence continues when the groups return to the Kensington Oval on Saturday.

West Indies 224 for five (Powell 107, Pooran 70) beat England 204 for 9 (Banton 73, Salt 57, Shepherd 3-59, Pollard 2-31) by 20 runs
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