England in West Indies, 5 ODI Series, 2019
Venue: National Cricket Stadium, St George's, Grenada
Date & Time: 27 February 2019
RR: 8.10 | England beat West Indies by 29 runs
That is it from this nail biting game of cricket. We saw almost 800-runs being scored but in the end it was England who held their nerves and won the game. We head to St. Lucia for the final match of the series. Hope you enjoyed the coverage of this game. Join us for the final ODI on Saturday. That match begins at 1100 local (0300 GMT). Till then, Cheers!
England skipper, Eoin Morgan, says it was a one hell of a game of cricket and he hopes everyone enjoyed it. Says Adil Rashid got them back in the game and adds that they were in the back foot till the last 15 overs. States that Bairstow and Hales set it up for them in batting. Adds that Buttler is built like a champion and when he gets going it is tough to stop him. Admits Gayle almost took the game away from them and they needed something special with the ball and Adil Rashid provided it. Explains Adil is a strong asset and he is willing to bowl anywhere when required. He got nice rhythm after bowling short to Gayle. States that it was a 50-50 game and could have gone anywhere, and he feels Adil Rashid won them the game with the ball.
Man of the match - Jos Buttler says it was an incredible game of cricket and admits they were put under pressure by Windies and Gayle. Says it is fantastic to get the record and states that the team had decided to have a left-hand, right-hand combination. Admits it has been tough for the bowlers and as batters they just wanted to make most of it. Explains that they don't try and necessarily go for only boundaries but the boys try different things. Says that the next game in St. Lucia will be a great one and he wants to win the close fought series.
Windies skipper, Jason Holder says it was a great effort from his team and credits Chris Gayle for his innings. Says both teams made it look difficult to bowl here and both sides batted well. States Morgan and Buttler batted really well and they (Windies) just had to go for it. Explains it was a case where they knew what they needed to and it was just a matter of them to be fearless and play their natural game. On being asked how high is Chris Gayle amongst the greatest Windies player, Jason Holder states that he is right at the top of Windies cricket and getting 10,000 runs in any form of cricket is not an easy task. Adds that he is looking for the final ODI and states that he is looking to level the series.
Earlier in the day, England posted 418 courtesy a 77-ball 150 from Jos Buttler and 88-ball 103 from skipper Eoin Morgan.
As for the bowlers, everyone except Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett were being hammered. Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid were the stars with the ball picking up 4 and 5 wickets respectively. Liam Plunkett went wicket-less but had an outstanding economy rate of 5. Adil Rashid magical comeback in the game ensured the tourists take an unassailable lead in the series.
It looked like Windies innings would crumble after his wicket. Jason Holder didn't last long after his wicket and it looked like the writing was in the wall but Carlos Brathwaite and Ashley Nurse joined hands and stitched together an 88-run stand. Carlos Brathwaite played his best innings in ODI cricket and got to his maiden half century but could not guide his side home. But it was not enough as Adil Rashid spun his web and got rid off both the batsmen in two consecutive balls and wrapped the next two in the next three balls.
The innings didn't start in the best of fashions for the Windies. They lost 2 wickets in the first 6 overs. But Christopher Henry Gayle had turned on the beast mood and made a blistering 162 off just 97 balls. The Windies hardly went below the asking rate and the Gayle storm hit Grenada hard. He hit 11 boundaries and 14 maximums in his innings. The Gayle storm was blowing away the English bowlers but in the 35th over Ben Stokes got the breakthrough of the big man after being taken to the cleaners earlier. He was supported well by Darren Bravo who got his half century.
What a match! Wow. It looked like Windies were on course to chase the mammoth total of 419 but 4 wickets in the 48th over from Rashid ensured this match does not even go to the 50th over. And England won the game with 29 runs.
Oshane Thomas walks out at number 11.
Sheldon Cottrell walks out to the middle. But he will be at the non-striker's end for the hat-trick ball.
Devendra Bishoo is the new man in.
Mark Wood to bowl his final over.
Adil Rashid returns. 8-0-74-1 so far.
Chris Woakes replaces Adil Rashid.
Mark Wood is back on. 8-0-47-4 so far.
POWERPLAY 3 time. 5 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the end. Meanwhile, Adil Rashid changes ends. 6-0-54-1 so far.
Liam Plunkett back into the attack.
Ashley Nurse walks in.
STUMPING APPEAL! Is Holder gone? England are confident...
Adil Rashid is back on. 4-0-50-0 so far.
Carlos Brathwaite walks in now. Can he do something which will make the people remember his name?
Ben Stokes back into the attack. He has been expensive today.
Stumping appeal! Is Gayle gone? Referred upstairs...
DRINKS BREAK. Possible? Not possible? Well, with Gayle at the crease, anything is possible. England were 196/3 at this stage. They score 222 in the last 20. Windies need 157. Problem is - one wicket and that might just derail the chase. Adil Rashid is back on at last. 3-0-29-0 so far.
Chris Woakes returns. 6-0-65-0 so far.
Jason Holder, the skipper, walks in at number 6, replacing Hetmyer.
The attacking batsmen just keep coming. Shimron Hetmyer is in now.
Mark Wood returns. 5-0-23-2 so far.
Moeen Ali to roll his arm over.
Chris Woakes back into the attack.
DRINKS BREAK. Interesting passage of play. England had slowed down after Powerplay 1 while on the other hand, Windies have upped their ante. 59 runs have come in the 6 overs since the fielding restrictions were lifted slightly. The ask is still tall, with 285 runs more needed from 204 balls, but you never know these days in cricket...
Adil Rashid into the attack now.
Ben Stokes introduced into the attack.
Powerplay 2 time. 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over.
Liam Plunkett is the first bowling change of the innings.
Darren Bravo walks in at number 4, replacing Hope.
Shai Hope walks in at number 3, replacing Campbell.
Mark Wood to partner Chris Woakes with the other new ball.
We are back for the chase. Openers, Chris Gayle and John Campbell walk out to the middle. Chris Woakes will bowl the first over. 2 slips in place for him.