Windies hope to extend T20 rule
CHESTER-LE-STREET – Star-studded West Indies will face nemesis England for the first time in a Twenty20 International since the dramatic T20 World Cup final 17 months ago, when the two teams clash in a highly anticipated one-off match here today.
The reigning World champions boast the likes of superstars Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Marlon Samuels and Sunil Narine and will be fancied to defeat their hosts, despite playing in foreign conditions.
In two meetings during last year’s T20 World Cup in India, the Windies won – the last coming when Carlos Brathwaite – now captain – blasted four consecutive sixes off the first four balls of the final over from Ben Stokes to hand the Caribbean side an unprecedented second title.
While the memories of that have slowly faded, what remains fresh is the Windies’ confidence levels and Brathwaite said the unit was pumped up for the Riverside contest. (CMC)
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