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Brathwaite's 8k-mile trip pays off as Windies beat England

Chester-le-Street (UK): West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite was rewarded for making an 8,000-mile round trip to Chester-le-Street as the tourists beat England by 21 runs in a lone Twenty20 international on Saturday.
England, set 177 for victory, were bowled out for 155 at a chilly and rainswept Riverside.
Barbados-born Brathwaite, 29, had been West Indies' hero with the bat when they beat England in last year's World Twenty20 final, hitting four successive sixes off rival all- rounder Ben Stokes in a dramatic last over.
There was no re-match for Stokes, with England controversially resting the all-rounder for a fixture on his Durham home ground.
Instead paceman Brathwaite, in his only match of the tour — he was not selected for the Test or one-day international legs — took three wickets for 20 runs in 3.3 overs with the ball.The first ball of England's reply saw Jason Roy caught at backward point by a diving Evin Lewis after he sliced a drive off Jerome Taylor.
Alex Hales was almost out for a golden duck as well but Rovman Powell dropped a tough diving chance following a firm clip off the pads.
Brathwaite, however, bowled Hales for 43 made off just 17 balls, including eight fours and a six.
Hales's exit was the start of a slump that saw England lose three wickets for four runs as 64 for one soon became 68 for four.
Brathwaite caught England Test skipper Joe Root (17) on the drive off Ashley Nurse.
And Nurse's fellow spinner Sunil Narine then had Twenty20 skipper Eoin Morgan out for just two when the dangerman reverse swept straight to Lewis at short third man.
Narine was named man-of-the-match after taking two for 15, with none of the West Indies side on show Saturday having featured in a preceding 2-1 Test series defeat by England.
Jos Buttler (30) helped Jonny Bairstow add 50 for the fifth wicket before he holed out off Kesrick Williams.
England badly needed someone to stay with Jonny Bairstow but David Willey charged at Narine and was comfortably stumped by wicket-keeper Chadwick Walton.
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