Shimron Hetmyer and Cottrell steered Windies to win over England in the second ODI as the hosts levelled the series. Hetmyer set the stage for Windies with a century and Cottrell returned five-for to hand-over the hosts a win by 26 runs.
The wheels come off for England batting
In the first ODI, England chased down a record total of 360 to gain an early lead. It was a different story here with England losing their last six wickets for 35 runs chasing 290 for victory and falling short of the stipulated target.
England needed 62 runs off 61 balls at the end of the 40th over before Jason Holder decided to step in. A decent effort from Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler had almost make a win for England a cake walk but Holder struck twice in two balls sending Jos Buttler and Tom Curran back to pavilion in two successive deliveries. Following that, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid added 27 runs to the board but Sheldon Cottrell claimed his first five-for in ODIs to snatch the victory from the visitors.
“You really need to nail it on the top in international cricket. We failed to do that today,” said skipper Eoin Morgan expressing his disappointment with the lack of substantial partnerships in their innings.
“We are taking one step at a time. We are a on a rise as a team and we look forward to putting a collective team effort which would help us win games in the future as well.”
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Kemar Roach has been ruled out of the ODI series due to injury and Windies are most likely to field the same playing XI.
Eoin Morgan (c), Chris Woakes, Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Joe Denly, David Willey, Tom Curran and Liam Plunkett.
Jason Holder (c), Chris Gayle, Fabian Allen, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Shai Hope, Devendra Bishoo, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, John Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Shimron Hetmyer, Kemar Roach and Oshane Thomas
England Probable XI
Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Eoin Morgan. Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Windies Probable XI
Shai Hope, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, John Campbell, Darren Bravo, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Carlos Braithwaite, Oshane Thomas, Devendra Bishoo, Sheldon Cottrell
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