West Indies seal comfortable series win


The West Indies beat England by five wickets to win the second T20 international at Bridgetown and seal a 2-0 series win.

The West Indies beat England by five wickets to win the second T20 international at Bridgetown and seal a 2-0 series win.

Jos Buttler and Alex Hales were almost solely responsibly for England setting a decent total after the visitors were left in a spot of bother on 26/3.

Michael Lumb, Moeen Ali and Eoin Morgan all departed almost as soon as they arrived as England teetered on the brink of collapse.

But opener Hales remained in the frame as Buttler joined him at the crease, and after spending a couple of overs rebuilding and consolidating, and seeing off a short rain delay, the duo cut loose.

Buttler in particular proved devastating, underlining the recent value he has brought to the side by smashing 67 runs off just 43 balls, while Hales offered great support, adding a valuable 40 runs off 36 balls.

Their efforts helped England to a defendable 152/7, with left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie picking up four wickets in what was the stand-out bowling performance for the home side.

The West Indies are a dangerous batting side in the shortest format of the game, however, and they came out swinging, as openers Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith laid into the England attack from the very first over.

Smith was dismissed in the fifth over by Jade Dernbach, but by that time he had already smashed 30 off just 16 balls, with Gayle also playing in his customary swashbuckling fashion.

When Ravi Bopara and James Tredwell entered the frame, however, England did manage to slow down the scoring rate, with Bopara producing four overs that went for just ten runs and included the wicket of Gayle for 36.

Bresnan also returned to strike twice in the same over, claiming the scalps of Marlon Samuels and Andre Russell, while Luke Wright also chipped in with the wicket of Lendl Simmons to give England hope of forcing a victory.

Simmons and Samuels at least managed to keep the scoreboard ticking, however, and England never had quite enough runs to play with.

A couple of lusty blows at the death from Darren Sammy, including three sixes and two fours, brought the required rate right down in the dying overs, allowing the Windies to seal a relatively comfortable five-wicket win – and 2-0 series victory – with seven balls to spare.

The third T20 international takes place at Bridgetown on March 13.