The Betway T20 International Series is set for an exciting finish when West Indies and England meet in Sunday’s fifth and final match.
England stand-in skipper Moeen Ali showed that he meant business by putting in a command performance to help his team win the game by 34 runs.
The five-match series is now level at 2-2. Spectators so far have had a lovely treat of both batting and bowling feast.
With over 80 sixes hit in the series so far, the match on Sunday should also be a boundary fest.
Set with a victory target of 194 West Indies opening stand of 64 between top-scorer Kyle Mayers (40) and Brandon King (26) was on par before Ali stepped in to arrest Windies progress.
He took two wickets for 28 and hit a stroke-filled 64, which helped to earn him the Man-of-the-Match award.
The off-spinner removed both Windies openers in the space of 12 balls with five runs added.
Holder smashed 36 from 24 balls, but England held the West Indies batters in check, with just 40 runs from the last five overs.
Windies captain in his post-match interview said, “That’s the nature of T20 cricket all it takes is six balls or a couple hits to get you away from where you want to be,” Pollard said following the match.
“We were looking at around at around 160, 170, a total that would have been chasable but them getting to 190 put that extra 20 runs out of our reach,” he added.
“I thought we were in with a chance and even the way we started with the bat, I thought we had a very, very good chance,” said the captain.
He noted further, “We sort of slowed up in the middle, not losing wickets, but we were a bit slow, but these things happen. We were actually looking to eye up a 160, 170, a total that would’ve been chaseable, but they getting to 190-odd just put that extra 20 runs out of our reach.”
Edited by Jesus Chan
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