TRENT BRIDGE: Alex Hales fell one short of beoming the first England player to score a century in a T20 international on Sunday as England beat West Indies by seven wickets on his home ground of Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
Hales hit four sixes and six boundaries from 68 balls in England’s total of 173-3 from 19.4 overs. England had the better of the opening exchanges, dismissing the dangerous Chris Gayle (two) and Lendl Simmons (six).
However, the tourists rallied during the latter stages, with opener Dwayne Smith (70), Dawyne Bravo (54 not out) and Kieron Pollard (23 not out) displaying an impressive repertoire of shots.
Set 173 to win, England lost Craig Kieswetter early on for three making way for Ravi Bopara, who set about establishing a partnership with Hales. Some timely boundaries from Bopara and a steady, assured knock from Hales kept England on course, with both batsmen turning up the run rate.
With just seven balls remaining, Hales was clean bowled by Rampaul for 99. Bopara then scooped a ball straight to Fidel Edwards and was out for 59. With two runs needed off three balls, it was left to Eoin Morgan to hit the winning runs. It was a suitably scrappy ending to the West Indies’ tour, in which the visitors failed to post a victory in either the Test or one-day series.