Host Windies produced another woeful display of batting to get all out for 71 runs to hand England a clean sweep in the three-match T20I series on March 10 (Sunday) at the Warner Park in St Kitts.
David Willey and Mark Wood did a fantastic job for the Englis team to skittle the Windies batters within a below-par total. Chasing a target of 72 runs, Alex Hales got the visiting team off to a flying start. He smacked Sheldon Cottrell for 16 runs in the first over while his partner Jonny Bairstow also joined in. Meanwhile, Windies skipper Jason Holder handed the new ball to left-arm spinner Fabian Allen, who seemed to do a good job keeping the aggressive England batsmen in check. However, runs kept coming from the other end but Windies drew the first blood against the run of play when they dismissed Alex Hales. Holder got Hales (20) out leaving England at 28 for one in the fifth over.
The departure of Hales saw Bairstow take the centre stage as he smacked the ball hard in an aim to finish off the game quickly. While Joe Root from the other end played a waiting game, Bairstow (37) struck two sixes and four boundaries in his quickfire knock. England captain Eoin Morgan took his side over the rope with 63 balls to spare and eight wickets in hand. It was another disappointing day for the Windies team as they aim to bounce back before the ICC World Cup.
Here is the scorecard of the England innings against Windies at Warner Park:
Previously, Windies opted to bat, it being a bold decision after their 45 all-out at the same venue couple of days back. Meanwhile, it backfired once again for the host as they were all out for a paltry score of 71 runs. If it was Chris Jordan that day, it was David Willey today, finishing with 4 for 7. And so below standard were the Windies batting that Willey couldn’t even bowl his fourth over.
David Willey started the carnage, striking with his very first ball as Shai Hope spooned a drive to Alex Hales at cover. He struck again in his next over, Shimron Hetmyer clumping an attempted big shot to Chris Jordan at mid-off, and then twice more in his third over, John Campbell, on debut, skying and getting caught by Joe Denly in the covers, and Darren Bravo nicking off two balls later. Windies were in disarray, and while the introduction of Denly’s part-time leg-spin might have seemed like a respite, he was the next to strike, Jason Holder hitting high where Jordan clung on again.
It was then the turn of Mark Wood and Adil Rashid to clean off the Windies batters. Wood returned with three for nine while Rashid bagged two for 18 to rattle the host innings. Wood bowled with pace and guile, following up a rapid bouncer with a slower one, which Nicholas Pooran could only mistime to Jordan, who didn’t look like dropping anything. Rashid, on the other hand, bowled some beautiful googlies which proved too good Fabian Allen and Obed McCoy leaving the timber shattered to get all out for 71 runs. They had exceeded their 45 all out from two days hence, but in all other ways, this was a calamity.
Here is the scorecard of the Windies innings against England at Warner Park: