West Indies Beat England in Crucial Decider

West Indies Beat England in Crucial Decider - partycasino

West Indies have beaten England in the final match of the Twenty20 series, leaving the score 3-2 in their favour.

The loss marks only the second Twenty20 series defeat for England out of the last 12 played, but a standout performance from Jason Holder sealed the deal for the Windies.

The final match in the series provided lots of edge of the seat moments, but in the end, it was the West Indies team who emerged victorious.

Devastating Bowling

England's batters could not deal with the constant barrage of balls bowled by Akeal Hosein, with his left-arm spin proving fatal.

However, Jason Holder poured the final misery onto the tourists, with the seamer wrapping up events in spectacular style. England could have still stolen the match, needing 20 from the last over, but Holder was on fire. The local boy took four wickets from just four balls, a feat that's only been managed three times before in Twenty20 internationals.

It was a stunning climax to a thrilling game, with the Windies signing off with a lap of honour around the ground by Holder.

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Hopes Dashed

After James Vince left the field, hopes of a win were briefly reignited by the performance of Sam Billings. However, with an enormous mountain to climb, the task was too much. And the rest of the wickets quickly crumbled after Billings' departure.

Vince notched up a half-century, his second in 17 Twenty20 appearances, before being dismissed for 55 from 35 balls.

After Vince's departure, Billings worked solidly to slowly add singles before Salt was stumped. England needed 56 from 24 balls, piling on the pressure to score. Billings scored well over the next two overs, adding 21 to his personal tally and leaving England chasing 28 from 12.

But during the 18th over, the scoring dropped off, with Billings unable to add more than a few singles. With 18 needed from the last six balls, it was a nail-biting finale with Billings and Jordan batting for victory.

The pressure to score forced Jordan to push too hard, sending a ball arcing for a catch, and a wicket. That was the start of England’s collapse and Holder’s dynamite run, with Billings dismissed on the next ball, before Rashid and Mahmood both going for a duck.

West Indies won by 17 runs, giving them the series win 3-2.

Urged to Improve

Despite the series being close-run, stand-in captain Moeen Ali has warned that England need to get better to stand any chance of winning the Twenty20 World Cup.

With only Billings and Vince taking any credit for the batting, and the seamers performing dismally, there’s plenty of room for improvement.

Ali praised the team for playing "some good cricket" but acknowledged that England weren't able to adapt quickly enough to different wicket conditions.

It wasn’t all bad news as the spinners performed well during the final match of the series, with Adil Rashid taking two for 17. This edged him past teammate Chris Jordan to become England’s all-time T20 leading wicket-taker, with 81 on his sheet.