BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — West Indies bundled England out for their lowest total in eight years and lowest ever on Caribbean soil, to snatch a dominant nine-wicket victory and a 1-0 lead in the five-match Twenty20 International series here Saturday.
Bowling first in seam-friendly conditions in the first international game at Kensington Oval in two years, West Indies dismissed the world number one for 103 in the final over, with fast bowler Jason Holder picking up career-best figures of four for seven.
His new-ball partner Sheldon Cottrell supported with two for 30, the pair combining to reduce England to 26 for four at the end of the first power play.
The visitors seemed to be careening towards a record low at 49 for seven in the 12th over but Barbadian-born all-rounder Chris Jordan blasted three sixes in 28 off 23 balls while Adil Rashid chipped in with an 18-ball 23 with three fours to get the innings into triple figures.
Brandon King then punched his second half-century in three innings with an unbeaten 52 off 49 deliveries while left-hander Nicholas Pooran (27 not out) joined him to take West Indies home with 17 balls to spare, after Shai Hope perished for 20.
“That's the sort of blueprint we've been asking the guys to come and try to put on show,” Captain Kieron Pollard said.
“We're really happy for the guys in that dressing room. Winning games for us is a rarity at this time and being able to come out and win a cricket match, it wasn't easy. And to see the young guys finish it off… was fantastic.”
Jason Roy (6) slogged a six off the fifth ball of the opening over to break a spell of four dot balls but then lost his middle stump to a swinging full toss from Cottrell off the final delivery.
Holder removed Tom Banton for four in the next over to a catch at the wicket and off the very next delivery, got Moeen Ali to scoop the first ball he faced low to Fabian Allen at point.
When James Vince picked out Darren Bravo at cover off Cottrell in the fifth over for 14, England had lost their top order and were desperately in need of a rebuild.
Sam Billings (2), Liam Dawson (2) and Captain Eoin Morgan (17) fell in quick succession before Jordan arrived to rescue the innings in a 36-run, eighth-wicket stand with Rashid.
But left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein broke the partnership when he got Jordan to hole out to long off in the 17th over, and Holder returned to claim the last two wickets to end the innings.
“I was happy to see the ball go through the way it did. In the Caribbean these days, sometimes you struggle to see the ball go through like that,” said a delighted Man of the Match Holder.
Facing a straightforward run chase under lights West Indies were guided by King, the right-hander posting 52 for the first wicket with Hope and a further 52 in an unbroken, second-wicket stand with Pooran.
All told, King struck four fours and a six, reaching his second T20I half-century in the 17th over with a single down the ground off new-ball pacer Saqib Mahmood.
Hope was drawn from his crease and stumped off leg-spinner Rashid in the tenth over but Pooran arrived to belt two fours in a measured 29-ball knock to help King see the victory through.
The two teams meet again Sunday in the second match of the series.
J Roy b Cottrell 6
T Banton c wkp Pooran b Holder 4
J Vince c Bravo b Cottrell 14
Moeen Ali c Allen b Holder 0
*E Morgan c Pollard b Shepherd 17
+S Billings st Hope b Hosein 2
L Dawson run out 2
C Jordan c Cottrell b Allen 28
A Rashid b Holder 22
S Mahmood c Allen b Holder 5
T Mills not out 0
Extras (w3) 3
TOTAL (all out, 19.4 overs) 103
Fall of wickets: 1-6 (Roy), 2-10
(Banton), 3-10 (Moeen), 4-24 (Vince),
5-29 (Billings), 6-39 (Dawson), 7-49
(Morgan), 8-85 (Jordan), 9-103
(Mahmood), 10-103 (Rashid)
Bowling: Cottrell 4-1-30-2, Holder 3.4-1-
7-4, Hosein 4-0-16-1, Shepherd 3-0-25-
1, Smith 1-0-4-0, Pollard 2-0-11-0, Allen
B King not out 52
S Hope st Billings b Rashid 20
N Pooran not out 27
Extras (lb5) 5
TOTAL (1 wkt, 17.1 overs) 104
Did not bat: D Bravo, *K Pollard, J
Holder, F Allen, R Shepherd, O Smith, A
Hosein, S Cottrell
Fall of wickets: 1-52 (Hope)
Bowling: Mahmood 3-0-24-0, Jordan
2-0-15-0, Rashid 4-0-21-1, Dawson 4-0-
12-0, MIlls 3.1-0-20-0, Moeen 1-0-7-0.
Result: West Indies won by nine
Series: West Indies lead five-match
Man of the Match: Jason Holder
Toss: West Indies
Umpires: Gregory Brathwaite, Joel
TV umpire: Leslie Reifer