West Indies won the 3rd T20 match against England by 20 runs thanks to Rovman Powell’s maiden T20 century and Romario Shepherd’s 3/59. with that win West indies take a 2-1 lead in the five match series.
Powell blazed to 107 off just 53 deliveries while Nicholas Pooran contributed a quick 70 off 43 balls as West Indies posted a mammoth 224/5 in their allotted 20 overs. it was their highest T20I score at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.
England won the toss and elected to bowl and they got early success when opener Brandon King (10) was bowled by pacer George Garton (1/57) with the score at 11 in the second over. Shai Hope too departed early, caught by Banton off Liam Livingstone for four.
but Nicholas Pooran provided the fireworks in the powerplay, clubbing the George Garton for two sixes and a boundary in the fourth over and followed up with a similar treatment to Tymal Mills in the next.
Pooran brought up his half century in 34 balls in the 13th over and Powell followed him , The duo combined to add 122 in 66 balls for the third wicket. And even after Pooran was dismissed, Powell continued the their Rhythm with scoring his maiden century off 51 deliveries as West Indies raced to 200 in the 19th over
In reply, Jason Roy and Tom Banton gave England a good start as they get to 61/1 in the powerplay despite losing Roy (19) with the score at 33. Roy, who struck two sixes in his 16-ball knock was caught by Jason Holder off Shepherd.
Banton went on to score a 39 ball 73 but England kept losing wickets at the other end. Though a 24-ball 57 by Phil Salt raised their hopes and took them close to the target but England could manage only 204/9 in 20 overs to fall short by 20 runs
Romario Shepherd was the best West Indies bowler on the night as he claimed 3/59 off his four overs while skipper Kieron Pollard picked 2/31 off his Four overs.
So, this was a run fest at the Kensington Oval with 428 runs being scored from 40 overs, the highest aggregate score in a T20I match in the West Indies.
Brief Scores: West Indies 224/5 in 20 overs (Rovman Powell 107, Nicholas Pooran 70; Adil Rashid 1-25, Reece Topley 1-30) beat England 204/5 in 20 overs (Tom Banton 73, Philip Salt 57; Romario Shepherd 3-59, Kieron Pollard 2-31) by 20 runs
What captains Says :
Kieron Pollard – “Powell vindicated the selection, but we still needed to bat well. Batted first and batted well, Powell came in and grasped the opportunity, so well done to him. We played well against spinners, that’s something that hasn’t happened in the recent past. We set the template, spoke about it a lot in the meetings. We can always bring the big shots into play, one boundary was short and we could clear it. Sometimes we’ll have to take the ego out of the game.
I just used the dimensions of the ground well (while bowling) our bowling line-up is a bit inexperienced and that has meant more overs for me, which is something I’m willing to do for the team. The challenge for us is to replicate this performance in the next game, the good thing is we can celebrate this win for a longer time. England are making changes, so we will have to come back and do exactly the same thing on Saturday.”
Moeen Ali – “The guys played very well, more so with us having three debutants. They batted well, they’re powerful and kept coming at us. This was a better wicket, the smaller boundaries and the wind blowing on one side, the partnership took the game away from us, but we were in the game for a long time and I’m happy for the boys. Salt was outstanding, hopefully going forward this will help him a lot, we know what he can do at the domestic level. We’re still confident about making a comeback into the series”
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