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That is it from this game. Easy peasy for England, which actually comes as a surprise. It is they who have the weaker squad but have come out trumps effortlessly. On the other hand, the first thing the Windies will address in their team meeting is their fielding. Maybe it was lights, maybe it was the wind but the catching was ordinary. The final two matches of the tour will be played at St. Kitts with the second T20I scheduled on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 1600 local (2000 GMT). 2-0 or 1-1? Join us to find out. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious England skipper, Eoin Morgan, says that this is the sort of win that his team has been aiming for, right from the first game of the tour. Praises Adil Rashid for tieing down the Windies in the middle overs. Has another praise for Chris Jordan and is impressed with his calmness in the Powerplay. Is very clear about not giving Jordan the 20th over as he felt that Nicholas Pooran would find it difficult to pick the slower balls of Tom Curran.
JONNY BAIRSTOW HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that it was great fun to play with freedom and get some runs at the top of the order. Adds that the absence of some of the players helped him a touch with no one there to challenge his spot. On his keeping in this game, Bairstow says that it felt refreshing after the gloves were taken away from him in the Tests and ODIs.
Windies captain, Jason Holder, says that the Windies were scrappy in the field. Feels that the wicket was two-paced and batting was difficult but the bowling let them down. Admits that the wind was another factor in this game which went against his team but backs his side to bounce back in the next match. Is happy for Nicholas Pooran for his innings in this game.
Earlier, a Nicholas Pooran special took the hosts to 160/8 - a competitive score at the halfway mark. Given that they lost their top three in the Powerplay, it was a decent effort. Adil Rashid and Chris Jordan tied them down and Tom Curran reaped the fruits of their efforts, finishing with a 4-fer. Please do stay tuned for the presentation...
160 could have been defended but was not defended. The bowling was carted but the Windies did come back nicely in the middle. Sheldon Cottrell continued his good form and took 3 wickets while Nurse and Holder kept it tight in the middle overs. But 4 dropped catches - 2 of Bairstow, 1 of Hales and 1 of Billings were what hurt the home side.
Good outing for Jonny Bairstow who got his highest T20I score and second international fifty in the span of three innings, slowly getting back to his form. He ensured that the Windies did not have a chance at all, though he offered two chances - both grassed. Joe Denly blossomed in his presence and helped himself to his highest score in this format as well.
The first over of the run chase set the tone. Hales went after Cottrell going for 4 and a 6 on the first 2 balls and even though the bowler got his revenge soon, that 17-run opening over set the base. England kept going hard at the bowling, as is their norm and with 62/2 in the Powerplay, needing another 99, victory seemed assured.
A little bit of drama towards the end but a comfortable victory for England nevertheless. They were largely untroubled in the chase of 161 and have taken the first step ahead in this 3-match T20I series. But who knows - with a bit of better fielding, the Windies might have won.
18.5SCottrell to TomCurran
That is the match! Short ball outside off, Curran pulls it over the mid-wicket region. The ball races to the fence but they complete the run before that. England win by 4 wickets with 7 balls to spare.
18.4SCottrell to DWilley
Nudges this through mid-wicket to get to the other end. Scores are level.
18.3SCottrell to DWilley
FOUR BYES! This has taken the wind out of this game. Short ball down the leg side. Willey looks to hook but misses. Hope behind jumps but the ball touches his glove and goes to the fine leg boundary. Just two more needed now.
18.2SCottrell to TomCurran
Outside off, punched through cover off the back foot for a single. England are just a hit away.
Tom Curran walks in at number 8, replacing Billings.
18.1SCottrell to SamBillings
OUT! Bowled 'em! Could there be a surprise for us? Sheldon back into the attack and gets a wicket off his first bowl. Rolls his finger to this one and serves it on middle. Billings is early in his slog and cannot get bat to it. The furniture behind is disturbed and out comes the military celebration.
Sheldon Cottrell to bowl his final over. England need 7.
17.6JHolder to DWilley
Played to the point region by Willey. No run taken.
17.5JHolder to SamBillings
DROPPED! Oh dear, that would have been interesting. Short ball again on off, Billings pulls but the ball goes towards deep backward square leg. Thomas runs but goes with just his left hand for the catch and fails to hold on. They change ends. England would have had two new batsmen to complete the task.
David Willey walks in at number 7, replacing Denly.
17.4JHolder to JoeDenly
OUT! A wicket against the run of play. Short ball on the leg side, Denly looking for a maximum on the on side doesn't get hold of it. The ball goes in hands of Pooran at deep square leg who takes it easily. Is this come too late?
17.3JHolder to JoeDenly
Down the leg side, Denly tries to pull but cannot get bat to it.
17.2JHolder to SamBillings
Bounce! Outside off, Billings is caught by surprise and gets hit high on the bat. The ball goes to the off side where they take a single.
17.1JHolder to JoeDenly
Full toss on the pads, worked away through mid-wicket for one.
16.8CBrathwaite to JoeDenly
On a good length around off, nipping back in, Denly misses his flick and is hit on the pads. The ball rolls to the off side and a single is taken, leg bye signalled.
16.7CBrathwaite to JoeDenly
The batsman appears to have been struck on the thigh pad. Leg byes signalled by the umpire. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.
16.6CBrathwaite to SamBillings
Short ball, Sam mistimes his pull through mid on for a run.
16.5CBrathwaite to SamBillings
A low full toss outside off, eased wide of cover for a couple.
16.4CBrathwaite to SamBillings
ANOTHER WIDE! Full and outside off, this time Billings reaches out to drive but misses.
16.3CBrathwaite to SamBillings
WIDE. Well outside the wide guideline, outside off, left alone.
16.2CBrathwaite to JoeDenly
Very full outside off, almost a yorker, squeezed through the covers for a run. The stand moves to 40 from 28 balls.
16.1CBrathwaite to SamBillings
Full and wide outside off, driven through the covers for a single. 19 needed from 23 balls now.
Carlos Brathwaite is asked to bowl.
15.6JHolder to SamBillings
Billings taps this to the off side and is happy with the single. 20 needed from 4 overs for the visitors.
15.5JHolder to JoeDenly
Great yorker. Denly plays it to the on side and takes one.
15.4JHolder to JoeDenly
FOUR! Not elegant bu effective. Short again, Denly shows all his three stumps and goes for a forehand tennis smash. The ball goes over the bowler's head to the long off boundary.
15.3JHolder to JoeDenly
Short ball on leg, Denly attempts to hook that one but fails to make contact.
15.2JHolder to JoeDenly
Outside off, Denly gives room and slaps it to extra cover. They get the second comfortably.
15.1JHolder to JoeDenly
Awkward bounce. Back of a length ball outside off, Denly goes for the pull but the ball keeps way too low and goes to the keeper.
Jason Holder to bowl the 16th over.
14.7SCottrell to SamBillings
MISFIELD, FOUR! Cottrell is not happy. On a length, outside off, Billings opens the face of the bat and steers it behind point. The ball races away but Oshane Thomas gets to it from third man. However, when he tries to get down and stop, he tumbles and the ball deflects off his body to the fence.
14.6SCottrell to JoeDenly
Outside off, Denky opens the face of the bat and steers it to third man for a run.
14.5SCottrell to JoeDenly
Outside off, another play and a miss.
14.4SCottrell to JoeDenly
FOUR! Nicely timed. Short and outside off, Denly punches it behind point and gets a boundary.
14.3SCottrell to JoeDenly
Outside off, Denly flashes a cut but misses.
14.2SCottrell to SamBillings
The batsman plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. They pick up a single.