run out, drilled down the ground towards long-off, calls for the second even though there isn't one, Pietersen rockets in an accurate throw at the striker's end, Prior takes off the bails to find Sammy well short
Flintoff hat-trick seals the series
England have staged an excellent comeback after being 1-2 down in the series. Strauss led them by example in Barbados and Flintoff, with his first five-for, took them to their first ODI series win in the Caribbean.
It did seem as though England were short by around 20 runs, especially given the stand between Bopara and Pietersen, but Collingwood and Prior dealt some crucial blows towards the end of their innings to take them to a competitive score.
Their bowlers made up for any slip-ups in the batting by dismissing the West Indian big three - Gayle, Sarwan, and Chanderpaul - cheaply to shut the hosts out of the match. Though Bravo and Pollard did resist, their team was always behind the eight-ball after losing those early wickets and their run-rate having crept up to close to ten-an-over.
Flintoff rounded off things superbly with a hat-trick - the cherry on what was in the end, a fairly convincing win. Do stay tuned, we'll get you the presentation details shortly.
Chris Gayle: "We are disappointed. It is unfortunate to have lost this game but we must give England credit for the way they played. It was a good wicket to bat on, but England bowled well. We have to work as a unit, but I'd like to thank people for their support throughout the series. The Test series win was important, and we got better as we played. We did turn a corner as a team but there is still a long way to go."
Andrew Strauss: "It's been a long hard tour, and to come out as winners is a special feeling. Freddie's had a tough tour and he showed his quality today. That's why he is the best bowler in the world because he can do it well under pressure. We would have liked to have won the Test series, but to get this one-day series helps us gain the momentum. The guys have worked hard and when you do that it feels great to get the desired result."
Andrew Flintoff is the Man of the Match - "Nice way to finish te tour and nice to finish on a high personally. I'm working on the batting, and hopefully there's s good score round the corner. It's been a tough trip, so it was very important to finish on a high. So to get to winning ways with an intensive summer coming up is very important."
Andrew Strauss has been named the Man of the Series for his impressive run of performances in the ODIs. "The fact that I did well in the Tests helped, and I was seeing the ball much better. I hadn't played one-dayers for about a couple of years but it was good to lead by example here."
Well that's all we have from here folks. It's been a pleasure bringing you this entire tour, and we hope you've enjoyed our coverage. From the entire Cricinfo staff in England as well in India, it's goodbye and goodnight. Adios!
short of a length on middle, swatted back past Anderson for a run
full on the off stump, a low full toss, driven to long-off
A surge of people leaving the ground now. None of them are Englishmen
takes the bottom edge on the way to the keeper and the umpire calls it a wide
full toss outside off, slashes hard, gets the outside edge towards third man
length ball on the off stump, chipped towards long-off
in the block hole but dug out well by Sammy, falls over as he dabs it into the off side
Nope, an inswinging yorker, but dealt with well, pushed into the off side wide of cover
Can he make it four in a row?
These are also his career-best figures - 5 for 19
timber! He's taken three in a row and what's more it's a five-for! Yorker on middle, Benn makes room but it's too quick and he fails to get his bat down in time, the stumps take a beating and Flintoff is mobbed
Benn in the hot seat!
Flintoff on a hat-trick! Full on middle and leg, tries to whip it off his pads, misses and is struck on the pads in line with the stumps, Flintoff was late to appeal but Prior was convinced, and so was the umpire
Ravi Rampaul, the new batsman
bowled'im! Full and straight on the off stump, swinging in, Ramdin shuffles to tickle that fine, he's moved across a little too much and ends up playing the ball onto the stumps, Flintoff's taken three and England are inching towards a series win
edged and four, tried to cut that over point but he'll take it,, flew off the outside edge and third man had no chance
yorker, excellent stuff, on middle stump, Sammy somehow manages to make contact as he tries to heave it over midwicket, his the bottom of the bat and rolls wide of cover
38 needed off 18. Flintoff comes on now
long hop on middle, Ramdin gets back and pulls it away between deep midwicket and deep square leg for a boundary, but has it come too late?
the short-arm pull again, struck back past Ramdin for a single
short and wide, makes room and cuts that uppishly towards deep cover
short on leg stump, plays a short-arm pull down the ground to long-on
slower ball bowled short on middle, slapped back past the bowler towards long-on
short again, bowled at 84.1 mph, beats Ramdin as he tries to play the cut
Broad to bowl
on middle and leg, turned away to fine leg for a single
|Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia|
|Toss||West Indies, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Player Of The Series|
|Series result||England won the 5-match series 3-2|
|Match number||ODI no. 2833|
|Hours of play (local time)||13.30 start, First Session 13.30-15.40 Interval 15.40-15.50, Second Session 15.50-18.10|
|Match days||3 April 2009 - day (50-over match)|