Current Match Report – West Indies vs England third ODI 2023/24

West Indies 191 for six (Carty 50, Jacks 3-22) beat England 206 for 9 (Duckett 71, Forde 3-29, Joseph 3-61) by 4 wickets (DLS technique)

West Indies secured a long-awaited 2-1 sequence win over England with victory by 4 wickets within the third ODI in Barbados

Not since 2007 had they loved a 50-over success in opposition to England, who themselves craved a constructive consequence right here to maneuver on from their abject title defence on the World Cup. West Indies, who did not make it to India after falling within the qualifier, additionally registered their first bilateral win in opposition to a Full Member nation in additional than two-and-a-half years.

It was a largely torturous affair after rain that delayed the beginning by two hours after which interrupted England’s innings, which started as a 43-over affair earlier than morphing right into a 40-over one. The vacationers scraped 206 for 9 earlier than one other delay, which left West Indies needing 188 from 34 overs, a goal they achieved with 14 balls to spare.

Debutant Matthew Forde set issues in movement in entrance of his dwelling crowd, taking 3 for 29 to scale back England to 49 for five inside 10 overs. Keacy Carty then confirmed his class with a second profession half-century, after making 16 and a duck in his first two knocks of the sequence, earlier than Romario Shepherd repeated his 28-ball cameo from Antigua, scoring an unbeaten 41 this time to take them over the road.

For England and Jos Buttler, who misplaced the toss and returned a first-ball duck, it was one other blow to put on in what has been a harrowing winter for the ODI set-up. That being mentioned, they have been favourites on the house stretch, due to a wonderful spell of three for 22 from Will Jacks. The Surrey opener helped degree the sequence with 73 within the second ODI and turning issues together with his offspin. Having not been utilised within the area through the first match, he was in a position to return career-best Checklist A figures.

After sharing the honours within the two opening exchanges in Antigua, this showdown in Barbados was supposed to offer a possibility for each groups to safe a nourishing sequence win.

Having handled unchanged line-ups for the primary two ODIs, a single tweak was made to every XI. England have been pushed into motion with sickness ruling out Brydon Carse, giving his Durham team-mate Matthew Potts a fourth ODI cap. West Indies, nonetheless, opted for a tactical shift in rotating out Oshane Thomas for Forde.

The 21-year-old wanted simply 25 balls to choose up his first three wickets, utilising the moisture within the air and additional life within the pitch to provide himself a day to recollect. Enjoying in simply his thirteenth Checklist A match, Forde was entrusted to open the bowling and repaid Shai Hope’s religion by prising out Phil Salt on the finish of the primary over for his maiden dismissal.

Salt was sometimes bullish, flaying the second supply over level for 4, however botched a drive to Alzarri Joseph at mid-off whose catch handed the sniff check after the umpires despatched it upstairs to test it was clear. Bounce then did for Zak Crawley, making an attempt to go away outdoors off stump just for the ball to raise and kiss the glove for a dolly to Alick Athanaze at second slip.

One of the best of the opening trio was the elimination of Jacks. Forde angled one into the right-hander which held its line sufficient on pitching to skim Jacks’ edge via to Hope, making it 45 for 3 initially of the ninth over – the final of the primary powerplay with the revised enjoying situations.

Issues went from unhealthy to comical for England within the subsequent over. Joseph was introduced into the assault for the tenth and was free sufficient to area his second supply into the leg aspect earlier than throwing down the non-striker’s finish stumps after Harry Brook had tipped and run for an formidable single. Two balls later, Buttler was strolling off for a golden duck having top-edged a well-directed brief ball from Joseph to Gudakesh Motie down at wonderful leg.

And so got here an all-too-familiar sense of dread from an English perspective. As impressively as Forde had begun, the state of affairs was paying homage to the varied moments of disarray England had discovered themselves in through the 2023 World Cup, with a number of new faces.

It was a kind of new faces in Ben Duckett who set in regards to the rebuild. Having arrived on the scene within the third over – England have been solely two down by then – he was an attractive presence on the crease even amid the decline on the different finish.

Each he and Liam Livingstone set about ticking over, secure within the information that Forde’s six overs meant they’d not be seeing him for some time. They knocked about spinners Motie and Yannic Cariah with ease – the latter guided via level for the only to take Duckett to his fourth ODI rating of fifty or extra, from 56 deliveries.

The the pair exchanged sixes to attain 17 from the twenty second over, delivered by Joseph. Duckett’s, the primary of the innings, came visiting wonderful leg earlier than Livingstone heaved over midwicket. The tide appeared to be turning, significantly when Livingstone was given a life on 31 when Carty shelled an easy excessive catch out at deep sq. leg after an pointless hack throughout the road.

That ought to have been a studying expertise for the Lancashire allrounder. However he fell on 45 to a fair worse shot, clothes to mid-on when attempting to clear the straight boundary. A dismissal made all the more severe coming 17 balls after Duckett had unwittingly prodded to midwicket to finish his spectacular resistance, and the sixth-wicket stand on 88.

Sam Curran and Rehan Ahmed took the rating to 161 for 7 after 33 overs earlier than extra rain lopped off three additional overs, placing the onus on the tail to pitch in. Joseph profited, Rehan scuffing a rising supply via to Hope, then Curran skewing a shorter, slower supply out to Motie at deep third. However Atkinson and Potts have been capable of finding 35 unbeaten runs between them to take England to 206. They might have needed to accept 190 had Carty not dropped his second catch of the innings when Potts chipped to him at cowl.

Atkinson carried that duty over the elongated innings break and into his work with the ball, putting together with his second supply as Brandon King crunched a drive straight to Jacks at cowl. Athanaze and Carty then set a few run-a-ball stand of 76 which appeared to take the sting out of the chase.

Athanaze was again within the groove that allowed him to strum a cultured 66 within the first ODI, driving every little thing overpitched, sometimes coping with prospers to choose boundaries via the leg aspect. When a googly from Rehan handed his edge and clipped off stump via to Buttler’s gloves with out dislodging a bail, you puzzled if the left-hander would see issues via to the top.

Alas, he can be yorked by Atkinson for 44, having added only one extra run, and that triggered a four-wicket collapse for simply 44. Hope, the one centurion of the sequence after his first ODI heroics, was seen off for 15 after turning Rehan to Potts at midwicket. Shimron Hetmyer reduce straight to level off Jacks, who then had Sherfane Rutherford caught at long-on.

Because the required fee ticked above six-an-over, the onus was on the brand new batter, Shepherd. Initially, his function was to play second fiddle to Carty, who introduced up a half-century from 56 deliveries. Two balls later, Carty danced down and bunted a return catch to Jacks for his third wicket, shifting the main target squarely on Shepherd. And he delivered.

His first six was a towering effort off Rehan that simply cleared Crawley at long-on. Numbers two and three got here in successive deliveries initially of Atkinson’s sixth over – the most costly of the match at 24 – each off full tosses. Forde chipped in with a flick across the nook for his first boundary, earlier than Shepherd closed it out with a strong straight strike all alongside the ground to go away simply 9 wanted from the ultimate 18 deliveries.

With the assistance of 5 wides from Livingstone, they’d come within the subsequent 4 authorized deliveries, with Shepherd securing the second of glory with a wonderful sweep for his sixth and ultimate boundary.

Vithushan Ehantharajah is an affiliate editor at ESPNcricinfo

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