ENGLAND TOUR OF WEST INDIES, 2019
Cricbuzz Staff •
If it was Chris Jordan in the second T20I, it was David Willey today. © AFP
It’s over. The series, and the jaded display of batsmanship that the Windies have put up in the last two games, is over. Much akin to the second game, the third T20I ended in an easy win by England, who also claimed the series 3-0. Windies were bowled out for 71 in only 13 overs, which England tracked down with eight wickets and 9.3 overs to spare. This was their quickest successful run chase, coming a game after they registered their biggest win in T20Is.
Windies opted to bat, it being a bold decision after their 45 all-out at the same venue couple of days back, and much to their horror, it was all a lot of deja vu. If it was Chris Jordan that day, it was David Willey today, finishing with 4 for 7. And so mediocre were the Windies that Willey couldn’t even bowl his fourth over. He wasn’t needed.
It all started when Willey had Shai Hope caught at short cover off the first ball of the match. He went on to pick the crucial wicket of Shimron Hetmyer in his next, caught at mid-off off a slower ball, before returning to scalp John Campbell, in for the rested Chris Gayle, and Darren Bravo in a space of three deliveries in his third over.
Four down with only 24 on the board, Holder, who was put down on 3 by Joe Root at midwicket, smashed a six before falling to Joe Denly next ball, holing out to long-on. He ended on 11, the highest score of the innings that he shared with Campbell and Nicholas Pooran.
Mark Wood, who finished with 3 for 9, and Adil Rashid, 2 for 18, shared the remaining five wickets. With sheer pace from one end, and an assortment of googly-infused legspin bowling from the other, it was too much to handle for the Windies’s lower order. Wood accounted for Nicholas Pooran, Carlos Brathwaite and Sheldon Cottrell in consecutive overs, with the last two falling in a space of four balls in one over.
England, in reply, raced to a 28-run opening stand, which was rather substantial in the context of this match. Alex Hales, 20 off 13, fell to Holder but Jonny Bairstow kept at it at the other end, making 37 off 31 before falling in the ninth over, bowled by Devendra Bishoo. From 60 for 2 in 8.1 overs, and needing 72 to win the game, it was Root and Eoin Morgan who steered England to a win from there, as little as there was left to be done.
Brief Scores: Windies 71 in 13 overs (Willey 4-7, Wood 3-9) lost to England 72/3 in 10.3 overs (Bairstow 37; Bishoo 1-11) by 8 wickets.