West Indies vs. England, 3rd T20I: Scorecard and Report

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2014

West Indies' Marlon Samuels looks at the wickets after he was bowled by England's Chris Jordan during their third T20 International cricket match at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
Ricardo Mazalan/Associated Press

A fine England bowling performance saw them claim the third and final Twenty20 international against the West Indies in a nail-biting encounter in Barbados on Thursday.

England would have wanted more than the 165 runs they set in their innings, but they managed to restrict the home side just enough to claim victory.

Darren Sammy almost repeated his heroics of the last game, but his side fell five runs short of the target.

Read on for a full scorecard and report of the final game of the series.

West Indies vs. England, 3rd T20I Scorecard
England Innings
Lumbc BravoCottrell6340
Halesc SimmonsCottrell3831
Morganc SmithNarine1817
Buttlerc SammySantokie38
Totalfor 6165(20 ovs.)
West Indies Innings
Bravoc JordanBopara1619
Russellc MorganBopara02
Extras1b, 4lb, 3w8
Totalfor 7160(20 ovs.)
BBC Sport

Ricardo Mazalan/Associated Press



England were looking to claim a consolation win having already lost the T20 series, and recalled Ben Stokes and Chris Jordan to replace the injured Luke Wright and rested Tim Bresnan.

The West Indies brought in Sunil Narine, Johnson Charles and Sheldon Cottrell to replace Samuel Badree, Chris Gayle and Ravi Rampaul. 

Eoin Morgan won the toss at the Kensington Oval and elected to bat with Alex Hales and Michael Lumb rewarding the decision with a quick start, picking up 58 in the first five overs.

Ricardo Mazalan/Associated Press

The wicket of Lumb finally fell in the 11th over with the opening pair having put on 98 and set England up for a good score.

However, some clever bowling from Cottrell and Krishmar Santokie slowed the run rate and saw wickets tumble in the middle order, including the likes of big-hitters Morgan and Jos Buttler.

Rather than accelerating in the last 10 overs as is the usual aim in T20 cricket, England were tied up and were well below the par score on 138-5 with two overs to go.

But Barbados born Jordan came in to score four sixes in the last over to drag England to a nominally respectable score of 165. 

West Indies got off to a terrible start in their innings, losing Dwayne Smith first ball to Jade Dernbach.

Charles and Marlon Samuels quickly followed and despite a minor recovery the home side were 67-5 after 11 overs.

Lendl Simmons led the West Indies recovery scoring a fine 50 but with three overs remaining they still needed 40 runs to win.

Ricardo Mazalan/Associated Press

It looked as though only Sammy could gather the runs needed in such a short period of time.

And indeed, he came in with eight balls to go. With 17 needed from the last over, it looked as though it could go either way.

But some sensible bowling from Dernbach and Simmons' run out were enough to see England home for the win despite Sammy's best efforts.

Despite the win, and good performances from the likes of Jordan, England still look as though they do not know their best team. This is a problem going into next week's Twenty20 World Cup in Bangladesh.

West Indies look impressive, however. They rested some key players here but still ran England extremely close.

With Gayle back in the side they will challenge any team they may face in the coming weeks.


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