Barbados hero Jason Holder took four wickets in successive balls during a dramatic last over as the West Indies beat England by 17 runs in the fifth and deciding Twenty20 international at the Kensington Oval on Sunday for a 3-2 series win.
Akeal Hosein returned career-best figures of 4-30 before Jason Holder’s four wickets in four balls gave him figures of 5-27.
Pollard’s decision to bat after winning the toss – the first time either skipper had done so in the series was initially justified as West Indies got off to a strong start with Brandon King (34) and Kyle Mayers (31) putting on a 59-run opening stand
However, that changed quickly with the introduction of spin in the middle overs. Adil Rashid and Liam Livingstone picked two apiece to scuttle West Indies.
Moeen Ali did extract immediate turn, with King deceived by one that went through him and, although Billings was unable to complete the stumping, it was clear that England’s spinners would again play a significant role.
Rashid made the breakthrough straight after the powerplay, with Mayers’ drive intercepted on the boundary by the leaping Jason Roy, who casually tossed it back for Phil Salt to take the catch.
West Indies sent Romario Shepherd up the order and he struck Liam Livingstone (2-17) for six before slicing him to backward point, while King miscued to long-on and England’s spinners began to apply the brakes.
Rashid’s flight deceived Nicholas Pooran (21) and clipped the top of off stump to lift the leg-spinner to the top of the wicket-taking charts, with West Indies grinding to a halt as seven overs passed without a single boundary.
But Pollard (41* from 35) and Powell (35* from 17) finally broke the shackles, with the latter hitting Jordan for successive sixes and Reece Topley also coming in for some punishment. the last four overs realised 66 it help for west indies to get 179 mark.
In reply, James Vince set the early tempo with 55 from 35 balls, and Sam Billings applied some precious late impetus with 41 from 28.
Moeen (14) also got away with a top edge off Smith, but his luck ran out when he drove Holder straight to cover and Hosein then struck three times in quick succession to register career-best figures of 4-30.
Livingstone perished to a loose cut shot before Vince – who had just reached his second T20I half-century – picked out Fabian Allen in the deep.
England appeared down and out at 119-6, only for Billings to pummel Smith for two sixes and leave the visitors needing 21 from the final over one that propelled Holder into the history books.
Defending 179, Holder and Akeal Hossain combined to account for nine wickets in the chase to dismantle England who fell 17 short despite a fifty from James Vince.
Holder was tasked with defending 20 in the final over with the biggest threat being Sam Billings.
Holder came into the game with his death overs bowling under scrutiny, having given away 28 in an over just a day ago against the same opposition.
Holder started the final over on the wrong note with a no ball but the free hit did not yield a run. Chris Jordan then hit a low full toss straight into the hands of deep midwicket.
The clincher came off the next ball as Billings tried to target the shorter legside boundary and a hit a wide, slower one to deep midwicket again and effectively ending England’s bid for a win.
Adil Rashid fell to a similar slog while Saqib Mahmood got an inside edge onto the stumps as Holder wrapped things up swiftly after becoming the first man to pick up a hat-trick for West Indies in T20Is.
This time, however, he had his redemption as England slipped from 162/6 to 162 all out in the final over.
West Indies 179-4, 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 41 no, Rovman Powell 35 no; Adil Rashid 2-17, Liam Livingstone 2-17)
England 162, 19.5 overs (James Vince 55, Sam Billings 41; Jason Holder 5-27, Akeal Hosein 4-30)
Result: West Indies won by 17 runs
Series: West Indies win five-match series 3-2