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ESPNcricinfo presents plays of the day from the deciding one-day international between West Indies and England
March 5, 2014
Blow of the day
The pitches for these one-dayers had previously been tricky for batting, but not because of excessive bounce. Joe Root, therefore, can count himself unlucky for copping a painful blow on his right thumb from a Ravi Rampaul delivery which spat off a length and jarred his digit against the handle of the bat. For a moment it looked doubtful whether he could continue, but after some strapping and painkillers showed plenty of Yorkshire grit. The end result was worth it. Quite how bad the damage, though, was not clear.
Review of the day
Jos Buttler was on 22 when he flashed at Marlon Samuels. There was a curious appeal from West Indies - Ramdin threw the ball up and Samuels, in his Mr Cool way, just strode through in a matter-of-fact acceptance of the wicket. Buttler stood there then after an age Marais Erasmus raised his finger; almost in unison Buttler made the DRS signal. There has been no Hot Spot or Snicko available for this series, but after considerable viewings of the replay the third umpire Rod Tucker felt confident enough to advise that the decision could be overturned.
About-turn of the day
When Dwayne Smith pulled Stuart Broad's first ball to deep square-leg it left West Indies 10 for 2. In walked the No. 4 batsman, Samuels. But not for long. He had been off the field during England's innings and the early fall of wickets meant the innings was not old enough to make up the time he was absent, so he had to make a quick u-turn and was replaced by Lendl Simmons.
Appeal of the day
Broad was amazed when Simmons survived a review for a caught behind. He was roaring another appeal a short while later, convinced he had Ramdin caught behind, and again umpire Joel Wilson said not out. With his review gone Broad just had to turn around and get on with his over but his face was turning a bright shade of red, and not just because of the Antigua sun.
Awareness of the day
Broad had plenty on his mind in the closing overs as Ramdin flayed England's bowlers around the ground, but still had his wits about him to be in the right position to pull off the run out of Sunil Narine. Ramdin had clubbed the ball to midwicket, Narine was backing up almost halfway down the pitch and was always struggling to regain his ground. However, Broad had to be careful not to crash into the stumps before collecting the return and then managed to flick the bails off despite his weight carrying him the wrong way.
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