England beat the West Indies in third T20I as Rovman Powell scores a stunning 107 from 53 balls | Cricket News

The West Indies lead the T20I five-game series against England 2-1 with two games left after a 20-run win in a high-scoring third game; Rovman Powell knocks 10 sixes as he becomes the third West Indian man to score a T20I ton; Tom Banton and Phil Salt give chase, but tourists fall short

Last updated: 27/01/22 1:41 am


Rovman Powell’s match-winning century included 10 sixes

Rovman Powell hit 10 sixes in a blistering 107 from just 53 balls, as the West Indies beat England by 20 runs in a high-scoring third T20 international to move up 2-1 in the series with two games left.

Powell became the third West Indian man, after Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis, to score an international T20 century when the hosts posted a massive 224-5 after being inserted by England captain Moeen Ali’s stand-in, who took the place of Eoin Morgan (quad).

Powell shared a third wicket score of 122 from just 67 balls with Nicholas Pooran (70 from 43) to leave England with a disheartening chase in Barbados – but Tom Banton (73 from 39) and T20I debutant Phil Salt (57 from 24) held out state the hopes of the tourists were alive when they reached six and five maximums respectively.

Banton fell over in the 13th, but Salt then took over the heavy score and England still had a mathematical chance at victory as he smashed Romario Shepherd’s sixes in a row in the final – the required 24 from four balls at that stage, meaning four more sixes were needed.

However, Salt was then bowled by a yorker next ball and England finished 204-9, with the away side now having to win the last two games, in Barbados on Saturday and Sunday, to claim a series win.

  • West Indies win by 20 runs to take 2-1 lead in the series
  • Rovman Powell hits 107 from 53 balls for Windies
  • West Indies 224-5; England 204-9
  • Ton Banton (73), Phil Salt (57) fire during chase
  • Salt, George Garton, Harry Brook Make T20I Debut
  • Nicholas Pooran scores 70 off 43 balls for Windies
  • Moeen Ali is the England captain; Eoin Morgan out with niggle
  • Fourth T20I on Saturday; fifth and last on sunday

England picked three debutants in a much-changed squad on Wednesday night, with Lancashire star Salt joining Yorkshire batter Harry Brook and Sussex all-rounder George Garton.

Salt dominated a 45-off 28-ball score with Brook (10) for the sixth wicket after Banton left with England and needed 96-of-45 balls

Salt began to tarnish the border as the goal became a feasible 41 from 12 balls, only for a 19th over from two wicket, with Sheldon Cottrell sending off just three runs, to leave England with 38 runs from the latter needed.

Shepherd gave in two at the start of the final to get the tourists back in and when Salt then hit the bowler for consecutive maximums, a stunning England win was still a possibility – before Shepherd cashed in on himself.

Nicholas Pooran scored 70 from 43 balls for the West Indies

Nicholas Pooran scored 70 from 43 balls for the West Indies

Powell was the star player for the West Indies that day, mixing brutal hitting with an agility as he scored his first hundred in every kind of T20 cricket.

The 28-year-old joined forces with Pooran at 48-2 in the sixth over when Liam Livingstone – back in the England side after illness – sacked Shai Hope (4), with Garton previously neutering Brandon King (10) with the fifth delivery he pitched in international cricket.

Garton (1-57), Livingstone (1-42), Tymal Mills (1-52) and Moeen (1-14 of one over) scored dazzling numbers as Powell and Pooran hit a combined 15 sixes and eight fours, with Adil Rashid (1-25) and Reece Topley (1-30) were the target of an attack that consisted entirely of spinners and seams with the left arm.

Sam Billings’ illness meant he was one of five players it had to miss – the wicketkeeper who joined Morgan and the well-rested Saqib Mahmood, Chris Jordan and Liam Dawson on the sidelines as Salt, Garton and Brook debuted, Livingstone returned and Mills was recalled.

Harry Brook was one of three debutants in England, alongside Phil Salt and George Garton

Harry Brook was one of three debutants in England, alongside Phil Salt and George Garton

Billings’ absence meant Banton kept wicket and he did that job decently enough, but it was with the bat where he excelled, scoring a 29 ball, second T20I fifty and then a career best T20I score, the 71 that he managed to trump. against Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford in August 2020.

Banton led England’s attack as Jason Roy (19 of 16), James Vince (16 of 9), Moeen (0) and Livingstone (11 of 9) came and went – Livingstone still seemed to be suffering from the illness that left him from the first two games of the series.

Like Roy and Vince, Banton eventually left one ball after hitting a six, but then moved on to Salt and played his first T20I after three ODI appearances against Pakistan over the summer, driving the game deep on an island off which he well know that it has spent some of its time. youth in Barbados.

Salt’s quick innings showed his strength and skill, but it was Powell’s who finally proved the difference between the sides in a game of 428 runs and 31 sixes.

Moeen: Banton was excellent

England captain Moeen Ali: “We were kind of done with Morgs going down and playing three debutants but they played really well. A fantastic partnership took the game away from us but I’m proud of the way the guys hit. roll up your sleeves – Bants (Banton) was excellent, which is good for his confidence in the future.”

West Indian skipper Kieron Pollard: Kudos to Rovman (Powell). He came in and grabbed his chance. We had a good discussion about our batting and what we wanted to do. It was a complete game and I’m happy for the guys. The challenge comes back again, we want to replicate that feat.”

What’s next?

The West Indies vs England T20 series concludes this weekend in Bridgetown, Barbados with the fourth game on Saturday (8pm UK time) and the fifth on Sunday (8pm UK time).

The Ashes for women, meanwhile, continues with the standalone test race in Canberra (Thurs-Sunday). Australia led the multi-format series 4-2 after the three T20 internationals, with the hosts winning the first game by nine wickets before the second and third match were washed out by rain.

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