West Indies produced an inspired fightback to claim a thrilling 26-run victory over England and level the one-day series at 1-1 in Barbados, then the first of two matches int he series in Grenada was rained off on Monday.
In Barbados in the second match, Chasing 290 for victory, England lost their last six wickets for 35 runs as they subsided to 263 all out.
Jason Holder dismissed Jos Buttler and Tom Curran in consecutive balls during England’s collapse, while Sheldon Cottrell took a career-best 5-46. Shimron Hetmyer made an unbeaten 104 in West Indies’ 289-6.
Just two days ago, England chased down a record 360 with ease to win the opening match of the series by six wickets. The third ODI takes place in Grenada on Monday.A 99-run stand for the fourth wicket between Eoin Morgan, who made 70, and Ben Stokes left England in a comfortable position, needing just over a run a ball.
But captain Holder’s decision to bring himself back into the attack in the 35th over, with England needing 100 to win, changed the game. Stokes was the first to fall as he chased a wide, full delivery from Holder and edged to wicketkeeper Shai Hope for 79.
Buttler skied a Holder off-cutter to Hetmyer in Holder’s next over, before Curran was lbw to a delivery that replays suggested was comfortably missing leg stump.
Curran was unable to challenge – Stokes had used England’s only review on his dismissal – and the tourists, with the run-rate climbing, never recovered. With the tension growing, Holder dropped a simple chance to reprieve Adil Rashid at cover, but his decision to bring Cottrell back on reaped instant rewards.
He had Rashid caught behind and two balls later Moeen Ali was bowled around his legs, before Liam Plunkett drove Carlos Brathwaite to long-off. It was fitting that Holder, West Indies’ inspirational skipper, took the catch that sealed their first one-day win over England since 2014.
Now the series is at a new venue and a smaller ground and big scores are likely. The West Indies have shown they are an improving ODI side, better than their current ODI ranking and are a tempting 2/1 to win here with William Hill, though England as the more consistent side are backable at 4/6 with the same firm