West Indies 289 for 6 (Hetmyer 104*, Gayle 50) beat England 263 (Stokes 79, Morgan 70, Cottrell 5-46) by 26 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball commentary
Shimron Hetmyer's century set the stage for West Indies, while Sheldon Cottrell drew the curtains on England with some stellar bowling to hand the home side a 26-run win in their second ODI and level the series.
Hetmyer has been widely applauded as a star of the future, but he claimed top billing for the first act in Barbados on Friday with an unbeaten 104 off just 83 balls as Chris Gayle was forced into a cameo with his half-century in West Indies' respectable total of 289 for 6.
Given England's history-making chase at the same ground to win the opening match on Wednesday, their latest target of 290 looked highly achievable.
Enter Cottrell, whose career-best 5-46 in the second stanza wrecked England's hopes, while Jason Holder played the best supporting role by claiming three wickets at crucial times to snuff out any prospect of the tourists stealing the show.
Gayle scored at a faster clip than in his previous innings, picking off four sixes, including one lost ball over the stands, on his way to 50 off 63 deliveries.
Adil Rashid, kept out of the attack until the 34th over in the first match, made a much earlier entrance this time, joining the action in the 19th and with good effect. He conceded just two runs to Gayle off six balls and made the crucial breakthrough in just his second over, with a sharp-turning legbreak that beat Gayle's swipe and clattered into off stump.
Rashid enhanced his contribution with a wonderful direct hit when Hetmyer set off for a single after turning a Tom Curran delivery towards short third man, where Rashid swooped and fired the ball in to catch Darren Bravo well shy of his ground.
Hetmyer compiled a confident innings highlighted by deft stroke play and, when the situation called for it, sheer power. On 98 with two balls remaining in West Indies' innings, Hetmyer brought up his ton with a boundary off Ben Stokes, his seventh for the match, and he celebrated by skipping down the pitch and punching the air before removing his helmet and raising it in the air, revealing a bright yellow hair-do as he did so.
Until Hetmyer stepped up, West Indies' decision to drop a batsman - Nicholas Pooran, who made his debut in the previous match, for another bowler in Cottrell - looked to have left them short, particularly after Holder, batting up the order at No.6, was run out cheaply by a superb direct hit from Jason Roy to put the home side at 237 for 6.
But Hetmyer's salvage job, combined with Cottrell's opening spell, appeared to put paid to that argument.
Cottrell's first wicket, claimed with his second ball of the innings, was poetry, a full, fast delivery which slammed into the pad on middle stump, leaving Jonny Bairstow in no doubt about his fate.
Cottrell began his second over with another important wicket as Roy, whose 123 helped drive England's history-making chase in the first game of the five-match series, dragged on having scored just two runs. That prompted Cottrell to parade his saluting sergeant major send-off with even more gusto than in the previous over.
Joe Root, who also scored a century in the series opener, looked ready to settle in, his six fours struck with typical elegance and poise. His dismissal on 36, however, was anything but as he fluffed his lines in trying to uppercut a short, wide ball from Oshane Thomas and sent a top-edge through to the keeper.
By that time, England were 60 for 3 but, with their seemingly indomitable batting line-up, there was no sense of panic yet.
Eoin Morgan was dropped twice, once by Hetmyer on 41 and then by Ashley Nurse on 51. He went on to score 70, but when Cottrell returned to the attack, it took him just eight deliveries to make an impact with Hetmyer playing a part to keep himself in the limelight. Morgan knew he was in trouble when he lofted Cottrell down the leg side, letting out a groan as Hetmyer raced in to claim the catch.
Even then, with Jos Buttler appearing at the crease the target seemed within reach, although England's run rate had been hovering below that required for quite some time.
Stokes made a well-crafted 79 off 85 balls and he was bitterly disappointed to be out edging Holder to Shai Hope for caught behind, with the DRS confirming he had put bat on ball as well as hitting the ground, which prompted his appeal. Walking off, he struck his pad furiously and, once he had reached the dugout, he threw his helmet, bat and pads on the ground in disgust.
With 10 overs remaining, England needed 62 runs off 60 balls but then Holder turned the match with two wickets in as many balls, the first a clever piece of bowling and the second sheer luck.
Introducing some variation, Holder produced a timely offcutter, which Buttler chipped into the air, for Hetmyer to claim the catch. Holder then had Curran out lbw with a ball Hawk Eye showed was missing over the stumps by some margin but, with no DRS appeals left, England were helpless.
Holder dropped a sitter off Rashid, spooning Devendra Bishoo to short cover, but then Cottrell removed Rashid and Moeen Ali, before Holder caught last man out, Liam Plunkett, off the bowling of Carlos Brathwaite and England were all out with 14 balls to spare.