Alex Hales hit the highest score by an Englishman in Twenty20 internationals as the hosts beat West Indies by seven wickets today.
Hales was bowled by Ravi Rampaul for 99 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, his home ground. He just missed out on becoming the seventh player to hit a century in an international 20-over match.
England reached its victory target with two balls remaining, making 173-3 in response to the visitors’ 172-4. Ravi Bopara, who shared a 159-run partnership with Hales, scored 59.
England finishes unbeaten against West Indies this summer following 2-0 victories in both the Test and one-day series. Today’s was the only Twenty20 match.
Hales and Bopara took the hosts to the brink of today’s win before losing their wickets in the final two overs. First, Hales was bowled, before Bopara was caught by Fidel Edwards off the bowling of Marlon Samuels.
Eoin Morgan got two runs off his first ball to seal the victory.
Earlier, Dwayne Smith top-scored with 70 as the West Indies recovered from a slow start that had seen them on 30-3. Dwayne Bravo finished unbeaten on 54, while Kieron Pollard was 23 not out.
England starts a five-match one-day series against Australia at Lord’s in London on June 29. It is also set to host South Africa in a series of Test, one-day and Twenty20 matches.