BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – An International Home Tour in which they scaled memorable heights ended sadly for WINDIES, after another perplexing batting collapse saw the reigning World Twenty20 champions dismissed cheaply and England clinch an eight-wicket victory on Sunday here, to sweep the Sandals Twenty20 International Series.
The WINDIES batting was undermined by a destructive spell from left-arm fast-medium bowler David Willey, whose 4-7 from three overs – the second-best ever for an England bowler in T20Is – earned him the Player-of-the-Match award and set the visitors up in the final match at a smoke-filled Warner Park, caused by a nearby bushfire.
Choosing to bat, the WINDIES were bowled out for 71 – their third lowest total in a T20I ever – in exactly 13 overs – the fifth shortest completed T20I innings ever – two days after they fell for their lowest ever T20I total of 45. No batsman reached 20.
The WINDIES bowlers then failed to conjure up any magic, as England raced to victory with little trouble, although they lost the scalps of openers Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow before their captain Eoin Morgan firmly swept a flighted delivery from leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo through backward square leg for four to formalise the result with 57 balls remaining.
The result meant that the WINDIES were swept 0-3 in the series, after they lost the first match by four wickets last Tuesday at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in St. Lucia and the second match by 137 runs two days ago at this venue.
Today, Shai Hope was caught at cover off Willey for a duck, driving loosely at a slower delivery (nought for one, 0.1 overs).
Shimron Hetmyer was caught at mid-off for eight off Willey, miscuing a lofted drive (10 for two, 2.4 overs).
John Campbell was caught at cover for 11 off Willey, skying a lofted drive at a slower delivery (24 for three, 4.1 overs).
Darren Bravo was caught behind for four off Willey, edging a delivery that squared him up, then lifted and left him (24 for four, 4.3 overs).
WINDIES captain Jason Holder was caught inside the long-off boundary off part-time leg-spinner Joe Denly for 11, miscuing an ill-advised, lofted drive (45 for five, 8.5 overs).
Nicholas Pooran was caught at deep mid-wicket off Mark Wood for 11, pulling a short ball to deep mid-wicket (48 for six, 9.4 overs).
Fabian Allen was bowled by leg-spinner Adil Rashid for seven, playing back and across to a googly from leg-spinner Adil Rashid (54 for seven, 10.3 overs).
Carlos Brathwaite was brilliantly caught behind off Wood for a duck, trying to steer a delivery to third man and wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow, seemingly beaten for pace and lift, just stuck out a mitt and the ball stuck (56 for eight, 11.2 overs).
Sheldon Cottrell was bowled by Wood for four, making room and essaying a flashy drive (60 for nine, 11.5 overs).
And, Obed McCoy was bowled by Rashid for 10, playing back and across to a googly to bring the innings to a close, leaving Devendra Bishoo not out on three.
Bowling: Willey 3-0-7-4; Curran 1-0-8-0; Jordan 2-0-14-0 (w1); Denly 2-0-14-1; Wood 3-0-9-3; Rashid 2-0-18-2.
When WINDIES bowled, Holder had Alex Hales caught at deep back square leg for 20 from a miscued hook (21 for one, 4.3 overs).
And, leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo bowled Bairstow for 37, playing back and across to a delivery that spun sharply (60 for two, 8.1 overs).
Bowling: Cottrell 1-0-16-0; Allen 4-1-25-0; Holder 3-0-19-1 (w1); Bishoo 1.3-1-11-1; Campbell 1-0-1-0.
Barbados-born, England pace bowler Chris Jordan was named Player-of-the-Series.