West Indies vs England 2nd T20I: England pull one back in thrilling 1 run win
Opener Jason Roy top-scored with 45 from 31 balls as England rallied to 171-8 off their 20 overs after being sent in for the second time in as many days. The right-hander punched half-dozen fours and two sixes, posting 36 for the first wicket with Tom Banton (25) and a further 61 for the third wicket with Betway Player-of-the-Match Moeen Ali who made 31 off 24 balls with three fours and a six, after being dropped on 13 in the deep by Pooran in the 10th over.
West Indies 170/8 (20 ov)
England 171/8 (20 ov)
England won by 1 run
Roy eventually holed out to Pollard at long on off pacer Shepherd, triggering a slide that saw three wickets tumble for 15 runs off 14 balls before fast bowling all-rounder Chris Jordan clubbed a 15-ball 27 to salvage the innings.
In the second half, left-handers Nicholas Pooran (24) and Darren Bravo (23) added 41 for the third wicket to repair the damage but the partnership required 30 balls, building pressure on the innings.
That pressure told when Pooran picked out deep mid-wicket in the eighth over off Moeen’s off-spin (3-24) and Pollard missed a full length delivery to be lbw for one on review to leg-spinner Adil Rashid (2-24), leaving West Indies on 50-4 in the ninth over.
Rashid needed another DRS decision to remove Bravo by the lbw route at the start of the 11th over. Then, Moeen’s had a moment of brilliance as he snaffled a stinging caught and bowled chance to account for Jason Holder (1) at the start of the next over. This meant West Indies lost five wickets for 18 runs in 26 balls.
England then felt the heat under the late assault from Shepherd and Hosein but the visitors survived the final stages of today’s cliffhanger to leave the five-match series level 1-1 with three matches to go. The two teams return to the same venue on Wednesday for the third Betway T20 International. First ball is 4pm (3pm Jamaica/8pm UK).
England Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Tom Banton - 5.2 ov), 2-40 (James Vince - 5.6 ov), 3-101 (Jason Roy - 12.2 ov), 4-114 (Moeen Ali - 13.5 ov), 5-116 (Sam Billings - 14.3 ov), 6-147 (Eoin Morgan - 17.4 ov), 7-162 (Chris Jordan - 18.4 ov), 8-164 (Liam Dawson - 19.2 ov)
West Indies Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Brandon King - 0.2 ov), 2-6 (Shai Hope - 2.3 ov), 3-47 (Nicholas Pooran - 7.3 ov), 4-50 (Kieron Pollard - 8.3 ov), 5-55 (Darren Bravo - 10.1 ov), 6-57 (Jason Holder - 11.1 ov), 7-65 (Odean Smith - 11.5 ov), 8-98 (Fabian Allen - 15.1 ov)
However, the slim left-hander showed his power with three fours and four sixes in a 16-ball stunner, the home side plundering 59 runs from the last three overs. With 30 runs needed from the last over, Hosein unfurled an exhibition of top class hitting, lashing two fours and three sixes – the latter coming from the last three deliveries in a tense over sent down by pacer Saqib Mahmood.
West Indies; Brandon King, Shai Hope (wk), Darren Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Akeal Hosein, Sheldon Cottrell
England: Jason Roy, Tom Banton, James Vince, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings (wk), Chris Jordan, Liam Dawson, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley, Saqib Mahmood/Tymal Mills
January 23, 2022 20:00
Toss: West Indies won the toss & elected to field
Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados, Bridgetown
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