England square series

England won a tense second one-day international against West Indies by three wickets to level the series at 1-1 with one match remaining.

Ravi Bopara and captain Stuart Broad saw England to victory with a partnership of 58 after a collapse had threatened their pursuit of 160.

Four wickets fell in four overs in Antigua after the tourists made a confident start to their chase.

England’s spinners had bowled tightly to help dismiss the hosts for 159.

And Broad struck the winning runs with more than five overs to spare as England recorded only their second win in an international match since the start of the disastrous Ashes series.

The wicket at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium was the same one used in Friday’s first ODI, and its turning properties were similar to those likely to be faced in the forthcoming ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

Broad decided to bowl after winning the toss and his bowlers, whom he had blamed for England’s defeat in the first match of the series, rewarded him by dismissing their opponents inside their allocated 50 overs.

Lancashire spinner Stephen Parry was named man of the match after taking three wickets on his international debut, with England’s slower bowlers dismissing eight of the 10 West Indies batsmen to fall.

After West Indies were reduced to 30-3, Lendl Simmons, the match’s top scorer with 70, initiated a recovery helped by Darren and Dwayne Bravo, until the latter was stumped by Buttler off James Tredwell.

The West Indies captain was given out after TV umpire Marais Erasmus consulted video replays to see whether the ball or Buttler’s gloves had broken the stumps, and following Bravo’s dismissal the home side subsided from 133-4 to their disappointing final total.

Tredwell finished with 2-39, while Parry took 3-32 from his full allocation of 10 overs. (BBC Sports)

One Response to England square series

  1. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock March 2, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    We’re playing at home guys,let’s have home ground advantage.


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