Denesh Ramdin flayed the ball around the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium for a career-best 128, but ultimately West Indies’ under-performing top order left too much to do as England took the third and final One-dayer by 25 runs and earn a 2-1 series win.
Ramdin’s was not the first maiden hundred of the day; and it was Joe Root’s that finished on the winning side. Root, battling the pain of a damaged thumb, and Jos Buttler added 175 for the fifth wicket although it turned out more of those runs were needed than appeared likely at one point in West Indies’ chase.
At 43 for 4 it needed something special to turn the innings around. For a while Ramdin and Darren Sammy threatened with a stand of 71 in 10 overs, then Ramdin continued the charge with the first hundred by a West Indies keeper in one-day cricket. He took advantage of England’s persistence at bowling short, fetching sixes on both sides of the wicket, until Bresnan ended the chances of an incredible turnaround with a yorker that hit leg stump.
Earlier Root’s 100 came off 112 balls. Buttler appeared set to join him with a maiden century but, facing Ravi Rampaul in the final over, got a leading edge so had to settle for 99 off 84 balls.
England’s innings was in the balance at the midway mark, West Indies having removed four wickets to even out Moeen Ali’s maiden half-century.
There was a key moment when Buttler had 22 and successfully overturned a caught behind decision, despite there not appearing to be conclusive evidence to do so, and earlier Root had been given a life on 23 when Ramdin could not gather an outside edge off Narine.
Buttler brought up his fifty off 56 deliveries and then opened his shoulders to pick up four sixes, forming an ideal contrast to Root who, while possessing the power to clear the ropes, played the anchor role and ran West Indies ragged.
West Indies’ chase began in fairly shambolic fashion; Kieran Powell missing a sweep and Dwayne Smith picking out deep square-leg against Stuart Broad’s first ball. Broad bowled a lively five-over spell, which included a heated four-ball period against Lendl Simmons, and three balls later Simmons dragged a pull into his stumps, much to Broad’s delighted.
Unlike Buttler, a caught-behind decision off Marlon Samuels was upheld and when Dwayne Bravo edged Ravi Bopara behind the requirement was 173 off 20 overs. To start with there was a sense of hopeful dash in the way Ramdin and Sammy played, but such was their impact that the run-rate - if not the wickets in hand - was not unmanageable and there was relief for England when Ben Stokes took a superbly judged boundary catch at deep square-leg to remove Sammy.
M Lumb c Narine b DJ Bravo 20
M Ali c & b Miller 55
B Stokes c Rampaul b DJ Bravo 0
J Root c DM Bravo b DJ Bravo 107
E Morgan b Narine 1
J Buttler c & b Rampaul 99
R Bopara not out 5
T Bresnan not out 1
Extras (lb 5, w 8, nb 2) 15
Total: (6 wickets; 50 overs) 303
Did not bat: S Broad, J Tredwell, S Parry
Fall of wickets: 1-37 (Lumb), 2-37 (Stokes), 3-115 (Ali), 4-116 (Morgan), 5-291 (Root), 6-300 (Buttler)
Bowling: Bravo 10- 0-60-3, Rampaul 8-0-55-1, Sammy 5-0-35-0, Smith 1-0-6- 0, Narine 10-1- 52-1, Miller 10-0-48-1, Samuels 5-0-29-0, Simmons 1-0-13-0.
WEST INDIES inns
K Powell b Root 1
D Smith c Ali b Broad 9
D Bravo c Bopara b Ali 16
L Simmons b Broad 16
M Samuels c Buttler b Parry 23
D Ramdin b Bresnan 128
DJ Bravo c †Buttler b Bopara 27
D Sammy c Stokes b Bresnan 24
N Miller c sub (CJ Jordan) b Bresnan 10
S Narine run out 10
R Rampaul not out 0
Extras: (b 3, lb 6, w 5) 14
Total: (all out; 47.4 overs) 278
Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Powell), 2-10 (Smith), 3-42 (DM Bravo), 4-43 (Simmons), 5-80 (Samuels), 6-131 (DJ Bravo), 7-202 (Sammy), 8-246 (Miller), 9-263 (Narine), 10-278 (Ramdin)
Bowling: Root 3-0-24-1, Broad 9-0-58-2, M Ali 1-0-5-1, Parry 9-1-60-1, Bresnan 8.4-0-45-3, Tredwell 10-1-38-0, Stokes 4-0-21-0, Bopara 3-0-18-1
Toss: - West Indies, who chose to field
Series: - England won the 3-match series 2-1
Player of the match: - JE Root (England)
Umpires: - M Erasmus (South Africa) and JS Wilson