Friday, December 09, 2022

West Indies chase ends 1 run short as England hold

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados ( Associated Press) – West Indies thrashed England for 28 in the final over on Sunday and lost the second Twenty20 International by just one run to level the five-match series 1-1.

England, who chased down a 4-0 Ashes defeat to West Indies by nine wickets in the T20 opener on Saturday, looked on course for an easy win. After losing the toss, England posted 171–8, with opener Jason Roy scoring 45 off 31 balls, before reducing West Indies to 78–7 after 13 overs.

At 111-8, West Indies still needed 60 runs from the final three overs to equalize England’s total before being thrashed at 170-8.

West Indies No. 10, Aqeel Hossein hit Saqib Mahmood for three straight sixes in the last three balls of the game, scoring an unbeaten 44 off 16 balls with the help of three fours and four sixes. All-rounder Romario Shepherd was also dismissed for 44 not out off 28 balls with the help of one four and five sixes.

Shepherd and Hossein shared an unbroken 72-run partnership off just 29 balls.

The equation came down to 30 by the final over and, while England ensured their total could not be overhauled without a no-ball or wide before the climax, Hossein closed the show in style with his trio of sixes. .

Moeen Ali was the best bowler for England, coming back for 3-24 runs in four overs.

Adil Rashid (2-24) earlier defeated Kieron Pollard and Darren Bravo as the hosts fell from 47-2 to 65-7 and dealt a big blow to England in the end.

Roy scored the most runs for England from an over from Fabian Allen (2-50), while Ali scored 31 and Chris Jordan made 27, where he spent much of his childhood.

The third T20 is on Wednesday.


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