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West Indies won both the ODI and T20I series.

West Indies won both the ODI and T20I series.

West Indies won both the ODI and T20I series.

Shai Hope, who led the West Indies to victory in the first match of this white-ball series, batted in the final match as well as helped the West Indies to victory in a tough run chase in Trinidad. As a result, West Indies won the T20I series 3–2 to ensure a rare double after also winning the ODI series.

Once the West Indies chose to bowl, the key wicket was always Phil Salt. He had so far posted scores of 40, 25, 109*, and 119 in the four matches leading up to this game. And he hurt the home side once again with early boundaries. Despite quickly losing the juice butter, the salt persisted. Will Jacks then saw his stumps shattered by an arm ball from Akil Hossain but Salt brilliantly sealed the power play with consecutive boundaries for the visitors as England reached 50.

Motie’s day out ODI

Gadkesh Moti, who was then introduced into the attack, made an immediate impact despite hitting Salt for a six. A ball that came in with an angle turned sharply after the pitch to catch Salt off guard as the opener saw his middle stump reset, much to the delight of the West Indies. Mooty struck in his second over and this time, he took the crucial wicket of Harry Brooke to shock England to 70/4. Naturally, Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone both started a silent phase before hitting a six each to break the shackles.

Has England finally recovered?

Absolutely not. They were modestly put at 109/4 after 14 overs and after that, at least 160 were on the cards if not more. However, Akhil bowled Moeen on a low length and wide to force a mistime before Moti rounded off his spell with a great wicket from Livingstone. A superb yorker from Andre Russell redeemed Chris Woakes before Jason Holder took two wickets in the last over to put England out of their misery. From 109/4 he was dismissed for 132 runs.

England hit back.ODI

Johnson-Charles added to Woakes’ woes by hitting a couple of short balls for a boundary and a six as the hosts reached 20/0 inside two overs. However, Reece Topley forced Top Edge to look at the back of Brandon King at the start of the chase. Although Nicholas Pooran hit his second ball for a six, England dismissed him early and Pooran dragged one onto his stumps in the very next over. In the final two overs of the Powerplay, the home side scored just five runs and ensured that they did not lose any more wickets.


Charles then broke free with a six off Rehan Ahmed but was dismissed by veteran leggie Adil Rashid with the bat in the very next over. However, West Indies slowly recovered from this point, playing anchor with Hope. They had just 62 at the halfway mark but, chasing just 133, knew they could catch up if they didn’t lose any more wickets. Sheriff Rutherford played the aggressive role as he hit Rashid for a six before hitting Moeen for a boundary. Another six from Sam Curran as parity was brought to 39 in 36 overs.

An easy win then?

Not by any means. The hosts almost ended an easy chase at this point even though the dew was helping them. A googly from Rashid in his final over ate Rutherford, who made a small start. Reece Topley then dismissed skipper Rowman Powell and when things got a little tough, Hope cut Rihan for a boundary to make it 12 for 13—just two runs and a great wicket from Russell that took the game to the wire. But with 6 from 9 needed, Holder scored three runs off the first ball before Hope sealed the deal with a six off the next ball to finally get the job done.

Brief scores: England 132 in 19.3 overs (Phil Salt 38, Liam Livingstone 28; Gadkesh Moti 3/24, Akil Hossain 2/20) lost to West Indies 133/6 in 19.2 overs (Shai Hope 43*, Sheriff Rutherford 3. 2/17) by 4 wickets

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