England All Out For 88 As They End Summer With Defeat
West Indies 113-5 (Samuels 35no) beat
England 88 (Mathurin 3-9) by 25 runs
Second Twenty20 International, The Oval
Left-arm spinner Garey Mathurin returned record figures for a debutant of three for nine and four England batsmen were run out as the West Indies claimed a 25-run win in the second and final Twenty20 International at The Oval.
The West Indies posted what looked like a meagre total of 113 for five but hit back to dismiss England for just 88 - by far their lowest score in a Twenty20 International.
Mathurin bowled quite beautifully to have Craig Kieswetter (10), Ravi Bopara (3) and Jonathan Bairstow (4) all bowled while Krishmar Santokie deceived Alex Hales to disturb his stumps for two.
Ben Stokes, promoted to bat at number three, looked cut out for the job in making 31 in 23 balls before a combination of outstanding fielding and poor running saw England lose their way.
Samit Patel (2) was run out after being called through for a risky, but makeable single by Stokes, Jos Buttler's maiden international innings of 13 in 11 balls came to an end when Darren Sammy - despite being on his knees - ran him out at the non-striker's end.
Scott Borthwick looked like he too might be England's saviour as he made a smart 14 in 16 balls before England captain Graeme Swann was involved in the final two run outs of the match. First, he called Borthwick through and then stopped, leaving the Durham man stranded and there was time for one more piece of magic in the field, this time from Christopher Barnwell, whose off-balance throw left number ten Jade Dernbach short of his crease, and England well short of their previous lowest score of 111.
England had earlier done almost everything right in the field to restrict the West Indies to a modest score, but one that would eventually prove to be enough in a match dominated by spin.
They did not allow the tourists to get off to the sort of flying start they managed in the opening game - which England won at a canter by ten wickets - as Patel trapped both Dwayne Smith (11) and Miles Bascombe (3) in front and Borthwick took his maiden international wicket when he bowled Johnson Charles for 21 with a wonderfully flighted googly.
Marlon Samuels held the innings together with a run-a-ball innings of 35 - the significance of which only began to become apparent as the game wore on and England struggled.
Patel struck again, returning two for 22 to have Barnwell well caught by Hales in the deep and Borthwick also held a sharp catch to remove Sammy off the bowling of Bopara.
A few fumbles in the field were the only blemishes on England's performance in the first half of the game but those paled into nothing when faced with a pitch and an attack that will bear plenty of resemblance to challenges they will face in the winter when they tour the sub-continent.
On this occasion, a young team was unable to deal with the combined brilliance of a pumped-up West Indies outfit that deserves immense credit for the way in which they bounced back from a humbling defeat in the opening match.
Speaking after he had been named as the man of the match, Mathurin said:
"I was nervous at the start - if you do not have nerves it means that you are not human - but once I got one or two deliveries to pitch in the right areas, I quickly settled down into doing what I can do.
"When the England team bowled, we saw some turn from the pitch, so I just tried to mix things up, and make it difficult for them to predict what I was bowling.
"At the break between innings we knew we had a chance of winning. We didn’t get a big score but we were confident. The coach spoke to me and said he had faith that I could deliver. Smithy (Dwayne Smith) said we just needed a few early wickets and (Krishmar) Santokie said he was ready. He got the initial breakthrough and things flowed from there.
"Sammy was cheering me on and telling me to do my thing, so I just stuck to the basics, and did what got me here."
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