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Simmons’ half-century fails to save West Indies
ST JOHN’S– A significant partnership between Ravi Bopara and Stuart Broad to lead England to a three-wicket victory and to square the three-match One Day International (ODI) series against West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua yesterday.
The victory sets up a final and deciding match in the ODI series, ahead of the three Twenty20 Internationals between both teams in Barbados.
Bopara and Stuart came together when England many expected the visitors to reach the target of 160 without much incidents.
However, West Indies made England fight to the end with Bopara (38) and Stuart (28) featuring in a 58-run eighth-wicket partnership to reach 163 for seven with 31 balls remaining.
Left-arm spinner Nikitta Miller with two for 28, Dwayne Bravo two for 41, Sunil Narine one for 25 and Ravi Rampaul one for 40 were the successful bowlers for the West Indies.
Earlier, England won the toss and decided to bowl for a second straight time. This time the hosts’ batting didn’t turn up, with the exception of Lendl Simmons who made 70 and his captain Dwayne Bravo with 20. Only Kieran Powell (16) and Darren Bravo (13) got into double figures as the West Indies folded for 159.
England’s Broad did everything right by rotating the bowlers effectively and frustrating the West Indies’ batsmen.
The top four batsmen were removed and West Indies were left to rebuild at 4-81 in the 23rd over. Simmons and DJ Bravo then added 52 for the fifth wicket before Bravo was dismissed under controversial circumstances with West Indies on 133. England dismissed the last six batsmen for 26 runs and set the stage to square the three-match series.
Debutant Stephen Parry took 3 for 23 to be named man-of-the-match with Joe Root 2 for 15 and James Tredwell 2 for 39 and a wicket each for Moeen Ali, Tim Bresnan and Broad. The third and deciding match will be played on Wednesday at the same venue before both teams travel to Barbados for the T20 series. (CMC)
D Smith c Wright b Root 5
K Powell c & b Ali 16
K Edwards c Tredwell b Root 9
D Bravo b Broad 13
L Simmons c Stokes b Parry 70
D Bravo st +Buttler b Tredwell 20
D Sammy c Broad b Parry 3
Dh Randin+ b Bresnan 5
N Miller not out 2
S Narine st +Buttler b Parry 4
R Rampaul c Lumb b Tredwell 1
Extras (lb 5, w 6) 11
Total (10 wkts; 44.2 overs) 159
Fall of wickets: 1-10, 2-30, 3-30, 4-81, 5-133, 6-145, 7-151, 8-151, 9-155, 10-159
Bowling: Joe Root 5-0-15-2, Stuart Broad 8-0-25-1 (1w), Moeen Ali 3-0-11-1, James Tredwell 9.2-2-39-2 (1w), Stephen Parry 10-1-32-3 (1w), Tim Bresnan 5-2-13-1, Ravi Bopara 2-0-0-0, Ben Stokes 2-0-13-0 (2w)
M Lumb lbw b Miller 39
M Ali c Miller b Rampaul 10
L Wright b Narine 0
J Root c & b DJ Bravo 23
B Stokes c +Ramdin b Miller 4
J Buttler c +Ramdin b DJ Bravo 0
R Bopara not out 38
T Bresnan run out (DJ Bravo/+Ramdin) 10
S Broad not out 28
Did not bat: James Tredwell, Stephen Parry
Extras: (lb 5, w 5, nb 1) 11
Total: (7 wkts; 44.5 overs) 163
Fall of wickets: 1-29, 2-30, 3-79, 4-81, 5-81, 6-89, 7-105
Bowling: Dwayne Bravo 10-1-41-2 (1nb, 2w), Ravi Rampaul 10-0-40-1, Sunil Narine 10-0-25-1 (2w), Nikitta Miller 10-1-28-2, Darren Sammy 4-0-19-0
Toss: England, who chose to field
Result: England won by three wickets
Man-of-the-Match: Stephen Parry (England)
Umpires: Rod Tucker, Joel Wilson
TV Umpre: Marais Erasmus
Fourth Official: Gregory Brathwaite
Match Referee: Andrew Pycroft