Windies battered as England seal T20 series
BASSETERRE, St Kitts, (CMC):
West Indies capitulated for the second lowest total in Twenty20 Internationals and their lowest ever to hand England their biggest ever victory in the format, with a stunning 137-run win here yesterday.
Chasing a challenging 183 for victory at Warner Park, the reigning world champions were bundled out for 45 in the 12th over, with Barbados-born seamer Chris Jordan scything through the innings to finish with four wickets for six runs from just 12 balls. The Windies’ previous lowest in T20s was 60 against Pakistan last year when a weakened side toured for the historic three-match series.
Victims to seam
Seamers Liam Plunkett (2-8) and David Willey (2-18), along with leg-spinner Adil Rashid (2-12) all finished with two wickets each as West Indies conceded the three-match series, following their four-wicket defeat in last Tuesday’s opener in St Lucia.
Shimron Hetmyer and all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite were the only ones in double figures with 10 runs apiece in what was easily the Windies’ worst showing on the six-week tour across all formats.
Man-of-the-Match Sam Billings had earlier emerged from a slow start to lash an exhilarating 87 off 47 balls as England recovered from 32 for four in the sixth over to post 182 for six off their 20.
Test captain Joe Root was among the runs with a measured 55 off 40 deliveries, and it was his 82-run, fifth-wicket stand with Billings, that pulled England out of trouble.
Left-arm spinner Fabian Allen, the hosts’ best bowler with two for 29, helped peg England back by taking two of the four early wickets to fall.
The final match is set for tomorrow at the same venue.