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3rd T20I (D/N), Bridgetown, January 26, 2022, England tour of West Indies
(20 ov, T:225) 204/9

West Indies won by 20 runs

Player Of The Match
107 (53) & 2 catches
Full commentary
end of over 2017 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 204/9CRR: 10.20 
Reece Topley2 (2b)
Tymal Mills1 (1b)
Romario Shepherd 4-0-59-3
Sheldon Cottrell 4-0-28-1

8.16pm So, that's another tremendous contest done and dusted. 428 runs across 40 overs all told... and there's more to come at the weekend. From Miller, Valkerie, Matt, Chandan and the team, goodnight!

8.04pm Let's have some presentations. Unsurprisingly, Rovman Powell is player of the match. "I knew last night I was the one to split the left-handers," he says. "Overall improvements... I can strike the ball good ball but a little problem with wristspin, I've worked on opening up the off side. Rashid is the most threatening of the bowlers, so get 20-30 off him and limit the wickets. There's a big side and a short side, so we didn't want two right-handers at the crease. Communicating and sharing the workload was key today. Everything came out of the middle today." And to his credit, he knows the other two Windies T20 century-makers, Universe Boss and Evin Lewis.

Moeen Ali. "We were done a little bit with Morgs going down and playing three debutants but they played really well. A fantastic partnership took the game away from us but proud of the way the boys batted at the end. We've got guys putting their hands up, Bants was outstanding today, great for his confidence going forward. We are confident in our side and we said from the start it would be a brilliant series."

Kieron Pollard: "Kudos to Rovman, he came in and took his chance. We had a good discussion today about our batting and what we wanted to do. Nicholas getting the opportunity to bat at 3, and the deeper he bats, the more dangerous he gets. Versatility in our team, sometimes takes the ego out of it, kudos to the players. Using the dimensions of the ground, in the last couple of the games, i've bowled four overs, use the experience I have. If it's necessary I will do it for the team. It was a complete game today and I'm happy for the guys. The challenge is coming back again, we want to replicate that performance, but a longer time to enjoy the victory, so a chance to rejig and improve."

7.58pm So, England gave it a good go, but there was no way back after a batting onslaught from West Indies, led by a stunning 51-ball hundred from Rovman Powell. Phil Salt and Tom Banton got rowdy in response with a brace of excellent fifties, but Romario Shepherd chipped away with three key wickets, while Kieron Pollard's four overs were quietly superb. It was always beyond England's reach in the final stages, and now they need to win back-to-back fixtures at the weekend to swipe the series, with West Indies currently 2-1 to the good. It's been a lot of fun so far!

Dave Fern: "Want to be the first to congratulate West Indies. I'm an England supporter, but it's great to see 2 teams having a real battle. Encouraging for the game in general."

Ayaz Khan: "What a game brain this man has, naillllled that Yorker " It's a fair point. That IPL mega-auction is looming...

Bobby: "Read nothing into this. Rovman has had a day out, England didn't catch on to his weaknesses, then Vince / Moeen were outdone. But this was a strong chase from the 3rd XI against WIndies starters. "

Shepherd to Topley, 1 run

low full toss, biffed to wide long-off, and West Indies retake the series lead!

Shepherd to Mills, 1 run

full length, hacked to the leg side, nearly wriggles through

Shepherd to Topley, 1 run

bonked through the line, over the outstretched hand, but it's to no avail

Topley, the last domino to be toppled, is at the crease

Shepherd to Salt, OUT

bowled round his legs! Ballsy from Shepherd, fired in the blockhole ball from round the wicket, Salt tried to create an angle but the ball was too full. A mighty effort on debut, but England's challenge is done now

Phil Salt b Shepherd 57 (24b 3x4 5x6 42m) SR: 237.5
Shepherd to Salt, SIX runs

very alive! Length ball, mashed over midwicket! It's six, six... can it be six, six, six, six?

Shepherd to Salt, SIX runs

Width outside off, telegraphed to the well-set Salt, who slams mightily over long-on to bring up a fifty on debut, and keep England alive!

that wide makes it 36 off six, incidentally!

Shepherd to Mills, 2 wide

bangs in the bouncer, a big wind-up, can't connect, they do gallop the bye this time

end of over 193 runs • 2 wickets
ENG: 187/8CRR: 9.84 RRR: 38.00 • Need 38 runs from 6b
Phil Salt45 (21b 3x4 3x6)
Sheldon Cottrell 4-0-28-1
Jason Holder 4-0-41-1
Cottrell to Salt, OUT

bouncer, good option, Rashid sprints the bye, trying to get Salt back on strike, and Cottrell has all the time in the world to flick off the bails as he's sent back. A tame end to a rowdy game is looming!

Adil Rashid run out (†Hope/Cottrell) 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 4m) SR: 100
Cottrell to Rashid, 1 run

into the arm-pit, flinched to the on-side

Cottrell to Garton, OUT

full and straight! Back goes the off stump! A massive wind-up as Garton misses everything. Half a salute from Cottrell, which is revealing. Not his usual exuberant self. Even with 39 from eight, there's a job yet to do!

George Garton b Cottrell 2 (4b 0x4 0x6 7m) SR: 50
Cottrell to Garton, no run

length ball, good bluff, Garton heaves across the line as the ball hops over middle stump, cross-seamer

Ayaz Khan: "Is Phil Salt giving an audition for the IPL" Who isn't? (Apart from maybe Rizwan)

Cottrell to Salt, 1 run

clubbed to the off side, Salt is off strike, which is a win for Windies

Cottrell to Garton, 1 run

scythed out through point for the single to get Salt back on strike. It's on him now...

end of over 1810 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 184/6CRR: 10.22 RRR: 20.50 • Need 41 runs from 12b
George Garton1 (1b)
Phil Salt44 (19b 3x4 3x6)
Jason Holder 4-0-41-1
Sheldon Cottrell 3-0-25-0
Holder to Garton, 1 run

full length, into the blockhole, flashed to long-on for the single. Another over that keeps England in touch, but doesn't get them ahead of their requirement

Jamie: "I'm afraid 10 (13) when you're chasing 225 just isn't good enough " Not this time. His time will come...

Holder to Salt, 1 run

bottom-handed on the fuller length, clothed to the on-side for another single

Holder to Salt, FOUR runs

hits the deck, and Salt claws his pull through midwicket for two in two! Sits up in the pitch, and gives Salt time to roll his wrists

Holder to Salt, FOUR runs

biffed into the gap at wide long-on, Powell juggles on the boundary's edge, just about gathers it, then kicks the deflection over the rope. Useful four

Holder to Salt, no run

round the wicket, fired across the right-hander's bows, no stroke offered but not wide enough to get away with that

Holder to Brook, OUT

hacked down the ground, but only as far as Powell back on the rope at long-on! Wide of Brook's off stump, and maybe a tweak of the fingers to take some pace off too. Holder's found another crucial wicket

Harry Brook c Powell b Holder 10 (13b 0x4 0x6 22m) SR: 76.92
end of over 1712 runs
ENG: 174/5CRR: 10.23 RRR: 17.00 • Need 51 runs from 18b
Phil Salt35 (15b 1x4 3x6)
Harry Brook10 (12b)
Sheldon Cottrell 3-0-25-0
Romario Shepherd 3-0-42-2
Cottrell to Salt, SIX runs

smashed hard and flat over Allen at wide long-on! Cottrell strained for the yorker, landed in the slot, outside off, and got punished for his fractional error! A game of fine margins now, as that blow keeps England up with their rate, just about

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Over 20 • ENG 204/9

Phil Salt b Shepherd 57 (24b 3x4 5x6 42m) SR: 237.5
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