Alex Hales smashed 99 to lead England to 173-3 and a seven-wicket victory over West Indies at Trent Bridge on Sunday, completing its highest successful run chase in a Twenty20 match.
Hales fell just short of his century but his aggressive knock off 68 balls was still the highest score by an England batsman in a T20 match. His stand of 159 with Ravi Bopara in the one-off match set another England record in the shortest form of the game.
West Indies won the toss and opted to bat first with opener Dwayne Smith helping to set the tone for the tourists with his 70 from 54 balls before falling to Craig Kieswetter in the 16th over. Dwayne Bravo (54 not out ) and Kieron Pollard's unbeaten 23 completed the West Indies innings and a challenging target of 172.
Steven Finn was the pick of England's bowlers, returning figures of 2-22.
England's chase got off to a stuttering start as opener Kieswetter was bowled by Ravi Rampaul in the 3rd when he meekly scooped a routine delivery to Smith. But fellow opener Hales and Bopara came together for their second-wicket stand to take the home side to the brink of victory.
Hales was denied his hundred by Rampaul, whose delivery bowled the middle stump in the 19th, and Bopara followed three balls later when a Marlon Samuels ball was caught by Fidel Edwards.
Jos Butler was next up for England, joining Eion Morgan, who completed the victory when he hit Samuels for two with two balls to spare.
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