England in West Indies, 5 ODI Series, 2019
Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
Date & Time: 22 February 2019
RR: 5.51 | West Indies beat England by 26 runs
That is it from this game. The Windies have levelled the series and we now go to Grenada for the third ODI. That match will be played on 25th February at 0930 local (1330 GMT). Join us for that one. Till then, cheers!
Windies' skipper, Jason Holder says he is really pleased and credits his boys for putting up a great performance. States that Hetmyer played really well and took them to a competitive total. Singles out Cottrell's spell to be the game-changer. Mentions those early wickets gave them momentum and then his twin wicket over once again got them back into the game. On being asked about Shimron Hetmyer's performance, Holder replies that it is really good to see young players step up to the occasion and feels Hetmyer has been a big player at such a young age for the country. Ends by thanking the crowd for their support.
Man of the Match, Shimron Hetmyer says he just wanted to keep going and rotate the strike. States that he and Bravo planned to see how deep they can go and were trying to rotate the strike as much as possible. On his improvement on playing both sides of the pitch, the young batter said he was just trying to work it on both sides of the ground. Adds that it's work in progress for him and he is continuing to learn and progress. Insists that he does not want to be a one-dimensional player. On being asked how was the mood in the team before they came out on the field, he replies that the mood was good as usual and they just wanted to do things according to the plan. On his celebration after the century, Hetmyer said it was nothing big but just something for his girlfriend.
England's skipper, Eoin Morgan says that he always knew it was going to go right till the end. Believes they did a lot of good things today. Says they fielded well and bowled well. States that they were going good with the bat but could not capitalize on it. On facing Sheldon Cottrell, the English skipper replies that it was his first time facing him and it was a very different challenge. Mentions he swings the ball in and he is a left-hander so it is difficult. Admits they failed to nail down the partnerships today and that cost them.
With the game slipping away from Windies, Jason Holder took the onus on himself and first removed the dangerous Ben Stokes from the crease. He didn't stop there and picked the wickets of Jos Buttler and Tom Curran off consecutive deliveries. That proved to be the match-turning moment and the home team just capitalized from thereon. The bearded boys, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, put up a fight for a while but once again Sheldon Cottrell returned to do the damage. He finished with a 5-wicket haul and played a key role in Windies' victory. Earlier in the day, Shimron Hetmyer stroked a fluent century and was instrumental in powering the home team's total to 289/6.
The chase started on a wrong note for England as they lost both their openers cheaply. Sheldon Cottrell was in his elements as he delivered initial blows to the Englishmen. Post that, Root and Morgan stitched in a handy stand followed by a 99-run partnership between the English skipper and Ben Stokes. Both the batsmen looked set to see the touring team home but then Cottrell was brought back into the attack and he dismissed Morgan. The depth in England's batting meant that they kept the upper hand as yet another vital alliance was formed between Buttler and Stokes. The real action though unfolded from there...
Windies have done it! They have broken the deadlock, their first win over England in ODIs since 2014. In between, they experienced 10 losses in a row. What a turnaround from them! This game swung like a pendulum. Both teams kept bouncing back whenever put under pressure but eventually it was the home team landing the knockout punch. A very entertaining game for the crowd and the series is now levelled 1-1!
Mark Wood comes in at number 11.
Liam Plunkett is the new man in for England.
Carlos Brathwaite back into the attack.
Sheldon Cottrell is back on. 47 needed off 36 balls.
The Windies' players have gone upstairs for caught behind. They think they have got another wicket here. It looked to the naked eye like there was no bat involved but let's see what the Snicko has to say.
Adil Rashid walks in next.
Tom Curran is the new batsman.
Moeen Ali arrives. This is a never-ending batting line-up. 62 needed off 60 balls.
Ben Stokes is given out caught behind. Windies are celebrating but the English all-rounder is not going anywhere. He has a chat with his partner and takes the DRS. Has the bat hit the turf and not the ball?
The reserve umpire is out with a bag of balls.
Fine leg drops back and third man comes up...
Jason Holder brings himself into the attack.
Devendra Bishoo to bowl again.
Drinks break. 120 needed off 108 balls. This match is still in favour of England. Ben Stokes holds the key from hereon as for the new batsmen coming in, it won't be easy to start playing shots from the word go. Windies have done well to hang in there but they need wickets at regular intervals as the Englishmen bat very deep. We're heading for a tight finish.
Jos Buttler replaces his skipper.
Sheldon Cottrell is back into the attack.
Carlos Brathwaite to have a go now.
Chris Gayle into the attack now.
Ben Stokes has been given out caught behind! He's quick to take the DRS which indicates that there was no edge. Let's see...
Devendra Bishoo to roll his arm now. A slip in place...
Drinks break. Windies are doing well here. They have hunted down three top order English wickets and are trying to build pressure. Just cannot afford to relax given England's batting depth.
Ben Stokes walks out to the middle.
Ashley Nurse is on now.
Powerplay 2 begins. Maximum of 4 fielders can now be outside the circle till the 40th over.
Shimron Hetmyer is down injured and the physios are out to have a look at him. Not sure whether it is a cramp or pull. Not a good sign this for Windies. He is being taken off the field.
First change in bowling. Oshane Thomas replaces Sheldon Cottrell.
England's skipper, Eoin Morgan walks out at number 4.
Jason Holder to partner Cottrell with the second new ball.
Joe Root walks in at number 3.
We are back for the chase. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow walk out to the middle to open the innings for England. Sheldon Cottrell to take the first new ball for Windies.