Jonny Bairstow was the match-winner with an innings of 68 in England’s four-wicket win in the first Twenty20 international.
England chased down 161 with seven balls left in St Lucia. Bairstow was dismissed just after the half way point in the innings but Denly and Billings took England to another win.
England’s bowlers had been impressive earlier in the match with the West Indies limited to 160-8 with Tom Curran taking four wickets. Young West Indies batsmen Nicholas Pooran hit 58 to push the hosts towards a competitive score.
When England came to bat the West Indies both bowled and fielded poorly.
The series now moves venue, with the second and third matches taking place in St Kitts.
West Indies have impressed during England’s tour winning the Test series and drawing the ODI series but this was their worst performance of the tour so far.
England went off 6/5 underdogs in betting markets for the first game despite being the higher ranked side, albeit weakened by a few absences and now are odds on for the second game so the value has disappeared. On the basis the West Indies will improve their sloppy first performance they are now value here at 11/10 with Skybet