WI vs ENG, 5th ODI, Windies v England ODI Series 2019, 02 March 2019
Windies won by 7 wickets
BALL BY BALL
Windies have completely annihilated England in St Lucia to draw the ODI series 2-2, coasting to their target with seven wickets left and a massive 227 balls remaining. The match was set up by the fast bowlers who utilised a bouncy surface expertly, with fast and hostile spells making life really difficult for the English batsmen. Oshane Thomas was the star, picking up his maiden five wicket haul in ODIs as the tourists were bundled out for just 113 in 28. 1 overs. Amazingly, that meant England went from their highest total against the Windies in ODIs to their lowest in the space of three days. In response, Chris Gayle came out all guns blazing in his final ODI appearance in the Caribbean. He blasted the fastest ever half century by a West Indian in an ODI, taking just 19 deliveries to reach the landmark, as the party started to get rowdy in the afternoon Gros Islet sun. In the end we didn't even need the dinner break as the hosts cruised to 115/3 from just 12. 1 overs, meaning there were just about 40 overs in the match. No one would have given the Windies much chance in this series a couple of weeks ago but they have exceeded all expectations, continuing the momentum from the Test series to boost their hopes ahead of the upcoming World Cup. England have plenty to ponder, however they know that they will be much stronger in the familiar conditions of home come May. After a dramatic Test series, the ODI series has been equally absorbing with some incredible performances. The good news is that there is plenty more to come from these two exciting sides because the T20I series starts in St Lucia on Tuesday night.
12.1 - T Curran to S Hetmyer
Slower ball half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed past long off for 4 runs.
Ov 12: 4 1 0 0 1wd 0 2 ( 9 Runs )
11.6 - M Wood to D Bravo
Slower ball full toss, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed to deep extra cover for 2 runs, run save by Woakes.
11.5 - M Wood to D Bravo
Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot working, to short mid wicket for no runs, fielded by Hales.
11.5 - M Wood to D Bravo
Short, outside off stump on the back foot glancing, Play and Miss (Leg Side) to wicketkeeper for 1 run, fielded by Buttler.
11.4 - M Wood to D Bravo
Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot defending, to silly point for no runs, fielded by Wood.
11.3 - M Wood to D Bravo
Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot driving, to cover for no runs, fielded by Bairstow.
11.2 - M Wood to S Hetmyer
Length ball, outside off stump backing away driving, thick edge in the air uncontrolled to third man for 1 run, fielded by Rashid.
Hetmyer gets his front leg out of the way and then slices this with a flourish over cover. Brilliant batting.
11.1 - M Wood to S Hetmyer
Off cutter length ball, down leg side backing away driving, well timed in the air under control past deep cover for 4 runs.
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