3rd ODI, North Sound, March 05, 2014, England tour of West Indies
(47.4/50 ov, T:304) 278

England won by 25 runs

Player Of The Match
107 (122) & 1/24
Player Of The Series
167 runs • 4 wkts
Full commentary

Okidoke, that's yer lot for today, I'll leave you with Gnasher's report and the memory of Denesh Ramdin swinging his merry way to a century - the first by a West Indies wicketkeeper in ODIs. It was a day for master blasting after all... We'll be back for more in the T20s, starting on Sunday. Ciao

6pm: Time for the presentations, Ian Bishop talking to West Indies captain, Dwayne Bravo: "We were confident to chase, it was a good wicket but the top order failed and it didn't quite come off at the end. I think Root and Buttler batted well, they capitalised on the start they had. Our bowling group is always in the game. We didn't get it right at the key moments, the first ten overs, it's something we have to work on, as a team and a batting group."

England captain, Stuart Broad: "Very happy, certainly the way the batsmen played, on that wicket, which no one knew quite how it would play. We thought we could hurt them if we got a partnership going, that's what Jos did at the end, once he got himself going - he looks unstoppable. We've taken some half chances, particularly in the last couple of games, and that yorker in the end shows it can work."

Joe Root is named Man of the Match and Man of the Series: "It's been a new experience [using the new ball], Stuart said at the start of the series it might be an option on these wickets, it's gone well. We wanted to take it deep, make sure we had wickets in hand going into the last ten overs. It worked out for us this time."

5.45pm: All it needed was a simple yorker. Easy, isn't it? Denesh Ramdin played an absolute blinder there, helping to add 147 in less than 20 overs for the last four wickets; but Tim Bresnan kept his head on just straight enough to snuff them out. Had they taken their catches, England would have won with daylight to spare but these are two fallible, fragile teams and nothing is ever that simple. In the week that Shahid Afridi reasserted his crazy skillz, that was a fitting end, Ramdin slamming 90 off 42 balls at the end. We've got three T20s to come, the real warm-up for Bangladesh, and they should be plenty of fun.

Bresnan to Ramdin, OUT

bowled him, Bresnan squeezes the yorker past Ramdin! Leg stump is out of the ground, Ramdin is flat on the metaphorical canvas, England have won! Bresnan is engulfed by his team-mates, he held his nerve after being taken for three consecutive boundaries... Ramdin stepped away, Bresnan went full and straight and though the bat came down, all he could do was deflect the ball on to the wicket. As heartbeats begin to return to normal, England have won by 25 runs and take the series 2-1

Denesh Ramdin b Bresnan 128 (167m 109b 12x4 5x6) SR: 117.43
Bresnan to Ramdin, FOUR runs

and there's another boundary, Ramdin is going for broke! Spots the slower ball from Bresnan and uppercuts it over point, clears the fielder and just a couple of bounces to the rope

Bresnan to Ramdin, FOUR runs

pulled through square leg this time, Bresnan dropping short and Ramdin swivelling to clout the ball between two men on the fence!

Bresnan to Ramdin, SIX runs

length ball on the stumps... launched into the stands again by Ramdin, a viscous club over long-on. Still they believe!

Three overs to go, 40 required. Sitting uncomfortably?

end of over 4710 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 264/9CRR: 5.61 RRR: 13.33
Denesh Ramdin114 (105)
Ravi Rampaul0 (0)
Stuart Broad 9-0-58-2
Tim Bresnan 8-0-31-2
Broad to Ramdin, 1 run

goes across outside off and dabs one in front of point to keep the strike

Can Ravi Rampaul, the No. 11, help Ramdin pull this off? "Is James Faulkner around?" wonders Edwin

Broad to Ramdin, OUT

superb work from Broad and Narine is run out at the non-striker's end! England need just one more wicket (though remember how that turned out in Brisbane a few weeks ago?), Narine was backing up a long way only for Ramdin's pull to go straight to Chris Jordan, the substitute fielding at mid-on, his throw was good but it required Broad to grab it on the bounce and swing his arms back to flick off the bails as he passed the stumps. Dexterous stuff... West Indies now clinging on by a fingertip

Sunil Narine run out (sub [CJ Jordan]/Broad) 10 (9m 6b 0x4 1x6) SR: 166.66
Broad to Narine, 1 run

over the wicket, gets the full bunger on target, Narine manages to keep it out and they hustle one regardless

Broad to Narine, SIX runs

round the wicket, length ball slanted back in at the left-handed Narine... and he has picked this up and deposited it into the stands a deep midwicket! An easy swing of the arms from Narine, easily clearing the fence. Broad's brow furrows a little further

Broad to Narine, 2 runs

drops short, at the body, pulled flat through midwicket for a couple

Broad to Narine, no run

back of a length, outside off, opens the face towards point, Ramdin sends him back

Stuart Broad returns at the death. But whose death?

end of over 468 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 254/8CRR: 5.52 RRR: 12.50
Denesh Ramdin113 (103)
Sunil Narine1 (2)
Tim Bresnan 8-0-31-2
James Tredwell 10-1-38-0

Robin sent this a few minutes ago, which still pretty much rings true: "Bresnan is just quietly bowling an excellent spell - keeping the batsmen relatively quiet, and a crucial breakthrough"

Bresnan to Ramdin, FOUR runs

full and straight... too straight, as Ramdin gets a splinter of inside edge on it, diverts it off his pads for four to long leg! Again the lid just won't remain on

Bresnan to Narine, 1 run

steps away and throws the bat, slices high out towards backward point but lands safely

Bresnan to Narine, no run

short of a length and fired across the bows, defended on the back foot

Bresnan has a slip for Narine

Bresnan to Ramdin, 1 run

pitched up outside off, swings across the line and gets one towards mid-on

Bresnan to Ramdin, 2 runs

on the stumps, good length and pulled flat through midwicket for a couple

Sunil Narine is out next, though the batsmen crossed

Bresnan to Miller, OUT

Miller's luck runs out, heaves across the line, top-edging to short extra cover! Bresnan landed this back of a length on the stumps, Miller tried to do too much, when he really just needed to get Ramdin back on strike

Nikita Miller c sub (CJ Jordan) b Bresnan 10 (21m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 58.82
end of over 457 runs
WI: 246/7CRR: 5.46 RRR: 11.60
Denesh Ramdin106 (100)
Nikita Miller10 (16)
James Tredwell 10-1-38-0
Stephen Parry 9-1-60-1

Tredwell finishes with 0 for 38 from his ten overs... but is it going to part of a winning effort?

Tredwell to Ramdin, SIX runs

Ramdin goes big again, a clean strike back over the bowler's head for six more! Turns a superb over into merely an okay one

Tredwell to Miller, 1 run

tossed up on leg stump, nurdled behind square on the leg side, Miller manages to steal one

Tredwell to Miller, no run

on leg stump, defended

Tredwell to Miller, no run

goes back dabs at the ball, misses - another dot

Tredwell to Miller, no run

goes back and tries to glides one past short third man, can't get it through

Tredwell to Miller, no run
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