West Indies v England, 3rd T20, Barbados March 13, 2014

The salute and the non-wide

ESPNcricinfo staff
ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the third T20 between West Indies and England

Contrast of the day

After six overs in the second T20 England were 30 for 3. This time they found their mojo with Michael Lumb, especially, cutting loose as they were 64 without loss in the field restrictions. The openers enjoyed three overs of pace, in the absence of Samuel Badree, before confronting Sunil Narine and although there was not quite the six-hitting frenzy that West Indies can produce, 11 fours in the six overs was certainly an improvement.

Slower ball of the day

Krishmar Santokie found the going tougher early on in this match than he had done two days ago, but came back superbly in the latter part of the innings. He removed the dangerous Jos Buttler, however the highlight was his slower ball that confounded the out-of-form Ben Stokes. The ball gripped on the surface, turned and sailed through the considerable gap left by Stokes' lunge forward. Just to cap it off for Santokie, the middle stump was flattened.

Salute of the day

Sheldon Cottrell was a soldier before being an international cricketer. He used to stand guard at Sabina Park when matches were being played. Now, when claiming wickets on his T20 debut - Michael Lumb and Alex Hales in consecutive overs - he saluted his team-mates in a reminder of his former profession.

Catch of the day

Towards the end of the match a rainbow appeared in the sky about Bridgetown. It would not have been out of place landing on Chris Jordan, because everything he touched turned to gold. First came the runs, then the wickets. But just to round it off he also pulled off a superb outfield catch, running around from deep midwicket, to remove Dwayne Bravo.

Non-wide of the day

Instinct took over for Darren Sammy on the last ball of the match. Knowing West Indies needed six for the win, after a wide the previous delivery from Jade Dernbach, he went after the next ball which, if he had not got the toe-end of the bat on it, would also have been signalled a wide and given him another chance of launching one out of the ground. Still, with the series wrapped and at the end of a highly entertaining content, he was still able to draw a wry smile.

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  • Reuel on March 14, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    @Neil Bowman, are you for real? the bowler did nothing wrong, it was good thinking by the bowler to try to bowl full and wide to a player who is usually very good at hitting straight down the ground, and on the leg side. Give credit where credit is due man. Sammy should have left the ball, but it was an exciting game, and in the heat of the moment anything is possible. We actually lost that game with Bravo's over, when Jordan took him for 26.

  • Dummy4 on March 14, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Neil... if the batsman gets anything on it be it bat or body, it can't be called wide.

    But an entertaining match.

  • Amin on March 14, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    @Neil. That makes no sense, no offense. I am a neutral fan and would be happy with either team's win as long as there is a game on. Jade Dernbach's ball yes could have been wide if left alone, but as a batsman, it is up to Sammy to make due from it. Given that he was in a mindset of slogging the ball regardless of where it landed, showed the wrong choice he made. That is not the bowler's fault. Given how wide the delivery was, a batsman could have made complete use of it (had he not been in a slog-mindset).

  • Dummy4 on March 14, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    Dear ache should be done for bringing the game into disrepute for that last ball. Equally the Laws should be changed: irrespective of the fact that Sammy just got a touch it was a wide. I was reminded of the notorious under-arm along the ground ball by Trevor Chappell vs. NZ many years ago. Proud of your victory England?

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