England star Sam Curran started his sojourn in the Caribbeans in a disastrous manner as he endured a tough time with the ball in the first ODI between West Indies and England at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua on Sunday (December 3).
West Indies beat the visitors by 4 wickets in a thrilling game to take the lead in the three-match series. Batting first, the Jos Buttler-led side was bowled out for 325 runs on the final ball of the innings. Right-handed batsman Harry Brook was the top-scorer for England, scoring 71 off 72 balls with the help of 7 fours and 2 sixes. For West Indies, Romario Shepherd, Gudakesh Motie, and Oshane Thomas picked up two wickets apiece.
In reply, the hosts were reeling at 213 for 5 in the 39th over. With more than 100 runs remaining in less than 12 overs, West Indies were looking destined to lose the game. However, captain Shai Hope scored an unbeaten century to take his team home in the 49th over. He remained unbeaten on 109 runs off 83 balls. His knock was studded with 4 fours and 7 sixes. Shepherd also played a crucial knock of 49 runs from just 28 balls.
Sam Curran creates unwanted record:
The match ended in a disastrous fashion for Sam Curran. When he was handed the ball to bowl the 49th over, West Indies needed 19 runs and he conceded those runs in only 5 balls. Hope took him to the cleaners and smashed him for three sixes in the over.
Sam Curran also ended up creating an unwanted record in the game. He now holds the record for conceding the most runs by an England bowler in ODIs after giving away 98 runs in 9.5 overs. Sam Curran also failed to pick up any wickets. The record was previously held by Steve Harmison who had conceded 97 runs in 10 overs against Sri Lanka in 2006.
Most runs conceded by England bowlers in ODIs
Sam Curran (98 runs in 9.5 overs) vs West Indies in 2023 at Antigua
Steve Harmison (97 runs in 10 overs) vs Sri Lanka in 2006 at Leeds
Chris Jordan (97 runs in 9 overs) vs New Zealand in 2015 at The Oval
Jake Ball (94 runs in 10 overs) vs West Indies in 2017 at Southampton
James Anderson (91 runs in 10 overs) vs Australia in 2011 at Sydney
James Anderson (91 runs in 9.5 overs) vs India in 2011 at Bengaluru
Liam Plunkett (91 runs in 10 overs) vs India in 2017 at Cuttack
Chris Woakes (91 runs in 10 overs) vs West Indies in 2019 at St. George’s