It is always advisable not to think too much about such matches and move on. England, though, would be elated by the performance after a loss in the Test series and not being able to win the ODIs, they had a point to prove and they certainly did it by sweeping Windies aff their feet in the T20 Series. They have now taken an unassailable 2-0 lead and will look forward to a clean sweep the T20I series in the final match of the tour.
Batting first, England did not get off to a great start and were left reeling at 32-4. Half-centuries from Joe Root and Sam Billings helped them to score 180 + which ultimately proved too much for Windies as they tried to strike the ball from the word go. As a result, they kept losing wickets and collapsed to 23-6 from 12-0.
Chris Jordan picked up four wickets within the blink of an eye to break the back of the Windies batting lineup. David Willey, Adil Rashid and Liam Plunkett also picked up two wickets each.
Windies have been good competitors in the series and it will only be a fair representation of the series if they go on to win the last match. At the same time, England will also realise that this was not a complete performance for them as they were four down for not much after the Powerplay and one more wicket at that point could have meant a different result.
Windies- Shai Hope, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Jason Holder, Devendra Bishoo, Obed McCoy, Sheldon Cottrell
England- Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Joe Denly, Sam Billings, David Willey, Tom Curran, Liam Plunkett, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – Windies
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Shimron Hetmyer (Windies), Jonny Bairstow (England)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Sheldon Cottrell (Windies), Chris Jordan (England)
Most Fours – Shimron Hetmyer (Windies), Eoin Morgan (England)
Team Scores Batting first – England 180+, Windies 185+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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