WEST INDIES: Jason Holder took his first T20I 5-wicket haul to help West Indies defeat England by 17 runs in the 5th T20I. After winning this match, West Indies have also won the T20I series 3-2. In this match after winning the toss, West Indies decided to bat first. West Indies had 2 changes in their team as Darren Bravo came in the place of Dominic Drakes and Fabian Allen came in the place of Odean Smith. England only had one change as Saqib Mahmood came in the place of Tymal Mills.
West Indies were off to a flying start as both their openers, Brandon King and Kyle Mayers added 59 runs for the opening wicket. Bradon King was scoring at just above run a ball whereas Kyle Mayers was the aggressor in this partnership as he was scoring runs with a 160+ strike rate.
Adil Rashid gave England their first breakthrough as he removed the dangerous Kyle Mayers and West Indies were 59/1 after 6.4 overs. Kyle Mayers scored 31 runs off 19 deliveries which included 3 fours and 2 sixes.
Romario Shepherd joined Brandon King at the crease after the fall of the first wicket. Romario Shepherd opened his account by hitting a huge six off Liam Livingstone’s bowling but Livingstone had the last laugh as he got rid of Romario Shepherd (6) and West Indies were 67/2 after 7.5 overs.
Nicholas Pooran was the next man in. Pooran along with Brandon King added 22 runs partnership but once again Liam Livingstone gave England the breakthrough as he removed Brandon King for 34 runs off 31 deliveries and West Indies were 89/3 after 10.4 overs.
Kieron Pollard came out to join Nicholas Pooran in the middle. Nicholas Pooran was struggling with his timing as he was scoring runs at a strike rate of less than 100 and because of that Pooran tried to go against Adil Rashid but instead, he got clean bold and West Indies were 105/4 after 14.4 overs. Pooran got out after scoring 21 runs off 24 deliveries.
Kieron Pollard and Rovman Powell’s partnership
After Nicholas Pooran got out, Rovman Powell joined Kieron Pollard at the middle. Pollard and Powell added 74 runs partnership in the last five overs to take the West Indies to a competitive total of 179/4 after 20 overs. Kieron Pollard scored 41 runs off 25 deliveries which included 1 four and 2 sixes while Rovman Powell scored 35 runs off just 17 deliveries which included 1 four and 4 massive sixes.
For England, Adil Rashid and Liam Livingstone took 2 wickets each.
England was off to a bad start as they lost their opening batsmen Jason Roy (8) in the very first over and England was 8/1 after 0.5 overs.
James Vince joined Tom Banton after the fall of the first wicket. They both added 32 runs partnerships. Odean Smith removed Tom Banton for 16 runs to give West Indies there the second breakthrough of the match.
Moeen Ali was the next batsman for England. He along with Liam Livingstone added a crucial partnership of 46 runs. Jason Holder removed Moeen Ali for 14 runs off 19 deliveries to put England on the backfoot. England was 86/3 after 10.1 overs.
Liam Livingstone joined James Vince at the middle but their partnership couldn’t last long as Liam Livingstone got out after scoring 6 runs off 4 deliveries. Sam Billings was the next batsman for England after the fall of Livingstone.
James Vince scores his 2nd T20I half-century
James Vince brought up his half-century during his partnership with Sam Billings. James Vince scored 55 runs off 35 deliveries which included 7 fours and 1 six before he got out off a delivery bowled by Akeal Hosein. England was 112/5 after 13.3 overs.
Philip Salt (3) also got out quickly leaving England in all sorts of trouble. Chris Jordan joined Sam Billings after the wicket of Salt. With England needing 61 runs off 29 deliveries Sam Billings decided to switch gears. Billings added 43 runs partnership with Chris Jordan to keep England alive in this run chase.
England needed 20 runs off the final over and Jason Holder was bowling the final over for the West Indies. Jason Holder’s first delivery was a no-ball but he was lucky that he conceded just 1 run in that no-ball and he bowled a dot ball in the free-hit delivery. But after that Jason Holder did something that was magical.
Jason Holder’s hat-trick demolishes England
Jason Holder took 4 wickets in the next four deliveries to bundle the whole England team for 162/10 after 19.5 overs. Jason Holder became the first West Indian bowler to take a hat-trick in a T20I match. His 4 wickets were, Sam Billings who scored 41 runs off just 28 deliveries, Chris Jordan (7), Adil Rashid (0), and Saqib Mahmood (0). This was also Jason Holder’s first 5-wicket haul in a T20I match.
Jason Holder helped the West Indies to win the match and also the series by taking a double hat-trick (if a bowler takes 4 wickets off 4 deliveries it is called a double hat-trick).
For West Indies, Jason Holder took 5 wickets, Akeal Hosein took 4 wickets and Odean Smith took 1 wicket.