England in West Indies, 3 T20I Series, 2019
Venue: Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts
Date & Time: 09 March 2019
RR: 3.80 | England beat West Indies by 137 runs
Okay. We are leaving early. We will be back quickly too, for the third and final T20I - the last game of this long tour, on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at this same venue at 4 pm local (2000 GMT). Will the Windies be able to make a quick turnaround and avoid a whitewash? Join us to find out. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious England captain, Eoin Morgan, is pretty satisfied with the win. Is happy with the fact that England adapted to the conditions pretty well, especially with their backs against the wall. Praises the Root-Billings partnership and goes further in beautifying Billings' knock. Admits that the collision between himself and Curran was because there was no calling but even if there was, Morgan reckons that it would not have mattered as there was too much wind blowing across. On the plans for the final T20I, Eoin aims to keep improving. Bluntly says that he is not happy with this game's Powerplay total for England, citing that they lost too many wickets.
SAM BILLINGS HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH FOR HIS BREATHTAKING 87. Billings says that it was a nice situation where he could give himself some time and form a partnership with Joe Root. On his slogs through the leg side from wide outside off, Billings laughs it off, saying that he has a strong bottom hand but feels that these days, every batsman needs to bat 360 degrees. On the discussion with Root after the early collapse, Billings says that the aim was to get into the final 5 overs without losing any more wicket. Adds that with the ball, the visitors were targetting early wickets. On the final T20I, Sam looks at that game as a massive opportunity for the World Cup hopefuls.
Windies skipper, Jason Holder, is visibly distraught. Bravely says that it is one of those games which cannot provide any explanation. Puts it down to the tiredness during a long tour and wants to brush this aside and quickly regroup. Feels that this game witnessed their best fielding performance throughout the tour but the death overs' bowling let the team down. On his captaincy stint in the T20Is, Holder admits that it is different and challenging but there are small things those need to be corrected, which would be aimed to be done in the third T20I, before heading into the World Cup. Feels sorry for debutant Obed McCoy but reckons that overall, everyone bowled well and the energy levels were high but the batting let them down. On Ashley Nurse's injury status, Jason says that he is not too sure right now.
It was the Chris Jordan show yet again. His figures of 2-0-6-4 were enough to provide a catastrophic effect with the scalps of Bravo, Holder, Pooran and Allen. The others barely got to showcase their skills. Who is your Man Of The Match? Sam Billings? Chris Jordan? Joe Root? Stay tuned for the presentation...
A shocker of a match for the home side. Had England tottering at 32/4 but that was it. They let it slip from there and perhaps they were having their feet on banana peels. Kept on slipping and never recovered. 25/6 in the Powerplay, 45 all out, just avoiding the lowest ever T20I total of 39. Only two batsmen managed to reach double figures.
All over. In the blink of an eye. Billings and Root played a combined 87 balls. The entire Windies team has lasted just 71 deliveries.
Obed McCoy is the only man left...
Sheldon Cottrell is in next to face the music.
Liam Plunkett is into the attack.
Windies are really staring down the barrel here. They are looking down to one of their worst batting efforts currently.
Devendra Bishoo walks in next.
Adil Rashid to bowl after the field is relaxed.
Carlos Brathwaite is the new batsman.
Fabian Allen walks in next.
Nicholas Pooran is out to bat next and to face the hat-trick ball...
Jason Holder comes in at number 5.
Chris Jordan is into the attack.
Darren Bravo walks in next to the crease.
Shimron Hetmyer walks in at number 3.
Tom Curran to bowl from the other end.
We're back for the run chase. Chris Gayle and Shai Hope are the Windies' openers. It has really turned gloomy out there now. Let's keep our fingers crossed and hope for a full game. England are beginning with David Willey. 183 needed off 120 legal balls. Let's play...