West Indies v England, second Twenty20, Barbados, as it happened

West Indies wrap up the Twenty20 series against England with a tense five-wicket victory in Barbados.

11 March 2014 Last updated at 17:20

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As it happened

  1. 22:17: 

    I'll leave you to debate the whys and wherefores of England's selection. Clearly they have many issues ahead of the World Twenty20, while you'd be a brave person to bet against West Indies when they can finish a game like that.

    We'll be back for the final match, in Barbados again, on Thursday. I hope you'll join us then. TTFN.

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    Tom Lambert: Disappointing captaincy to give Parry only two overs and Bresnan four when pace off the ball was restricting runs. Sticking to a bad plan.

    Ross Lawson: England need to stop persisting with quicks if they're not working on the pitch. Slow bowling effective. Anyone for Colly in!?

  3. 22:14: 

    Thoughts also now turn to England's team selection for the final game. Not having played a T20 game for anyone for more than three years, would it not be sensible to give Ian Bell a game in case he's needed in Bangladesh? Meanwhile, pity Chris Jordan if he has to carry the drinks for all three games in his native Barbados.


    West Indies captain Darren Sammy: "We've not won a series for a while. This is good preparation for the World T20 and we have one more game to give the fans something to cheer before we head to Bangladesh.

    "Krishmar has been sitting on the sidelines. We all know what he's done in T20; he's taken his opportunity and it gives the selectors a headache to find the best possible XI.

    "We've focused a lot on the first six overs and the back end; we've got them covered and, with Smith and Gayle at the top, Marlon and Simmons in the middle and me, Bravo and Russell to finish it off, we've got a good balance. We'll pick the right XI to play against England on Thursday."


    Krishmar Santokie: "By watching the first game on the sidelines I saw the ball was a bit up and down so I tried to vary my pace and it worked."

  6. 22:09: 

    The prize goes to West Indies seamer Krishmar Santokie, who took 4-21.


    England captain Eoin Morgan: "We were 15-20 short, starting at 30-3 in the first six wasn't a good start. We found it difficult with the ball turning and beating the bat on both sides to find a balance. We showed a lot of fight and were always in the game towards the end, but we had to continue to take wickets and we couldn't do that. We've improved from the last time and hopefully we will continue to improve."

  8. 22:06: 

    So, a game of contrasts. There were spells when England were tied down by Badree's spin and Santokie's left-arm seam, there were spells when Buttler and Hales were blazing gloriously.

    And with the ball, there were times when Tredwell and particularly Bopara really had West Indies under control - but the quicker bowlers had no answer to the six-hitting of Gayle and Smith at the start, and Sammy at the end. Bresnan went for five of West Indies' 11 sixes.

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    VB: 15 runs short with our bowlers and seven balls to go? 43 runs short on that evidence.

    Fenners: Well that wasn't predictable -much. We were doing well with slow, so lets bring on Tim and Jade so we can let you win.

  10. 22:00: 

    Who would be your call for man of the match? Some outstanding bowling today - Krishmar Santokie's 4-21 stands out, as does Ravi Bopara's 1-10 from four overs. Jos Buttler struck 67 from 43 balls. But Darren Sammy's innings was quite astonishing.

  11. 21:58: 

    Here's England's bowling figures, for those of you who note such things:

    Bresnan 3.5-0-51-2, Dernbach 3-0-30-1, Tredwell 4-0-27-0, Bopara 4-0-10-1, Parry 2-0-17-0, Wright 2-0-20-1.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England will say they were 10-15 runs short. With the ball, you can't really say they let Gayle get away. He is world-class and he played very sensibly. He had a look and then started smashing sixes. England pulled themselves back with the ball but those 10-15 runs proved the difference."

  13. 21:57: 

    A breathtaking finale there. And no fewer than 11 sixes hit by West Indies - plus six by England.

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    Alan Compton: Sammy could walk into any one-day side. Quality, quality finisher.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Well played West Indies. They've now taken a deserved victory and a deserved series victory. It's a great advert for Twenty20 cricket."

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  16. 21:55: 

    So, West Indies take an unassailable lead in the series, courtesy of an astonishing captain's cameo innings by Darren Sammy. His unbeaten 30 came from nine balls, with two fours and three sixes.

  17. 21:53: 


  18. 18.5 overs: 
    WI 155-5

    Slower ball, Sammy blasts it for four through the covers and West Indies have won with seven balls to spare!

  19. 18.4 overs: 
    WI 151-5 (target 153)

    Sammy is on fire here, hoisting another straight six, and suddenly West Indies are overwhelming favourites. Two to win from eight balls.

  20. 18.3 overs: 
    WI 145-5 (target 153)

    The field is changed. And changed again. Short from Bresnan, it's called as an aerial wide by the square leg umpire. Eight from nine.

  21. 18.3 overs: 
    WI 144-5 (target 153)

    Sammy heaves a big six down the ground! Nine from nine. It takes a while for the ball to be retrieved. Sammy has 20 from seven balls.

  22. 18.2 overs: 
    WI 138-5 (target 153)

    Captain Morgan shuffles his field and retreats to the boundary. Bravo whips a fuller delivery to mid-wicket for one. 15 from 10.

  23. 18.1 overs: 
    WI 137-5 (target 153)

    Sammy knocks Bresann for a single to long-on. 16 from 11.

  24. 18 overs: 
    WI 136-5 (target 153)

    Dernbach on the money here, Bravo can only force a single to mid-wicket. but Sammy puts West Indies back in the game as a low full toss is swatted for a flat six over wide mid-wicket. A slower ball is steered for a single by Sammy - 17 needed from 12 balls, time to go ball-by-ball...

  25. 17.3 overs: 
    WI 128-5 (target 153)

    Jade Dernbach is back into the attack to bowl the 18th (and presumably 20th) overs. Bravo whacks a single to long-off, Sammy swipes a four over the wicketkeeper's head. 26 from 16. Sammy squeezes out a yorker, just one scampered single. 25 from 15.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "West Indies are slight favourites - because of the two men at the crease, Sammy and Bravo."

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    Alan Compton: West Indies are doing an England!

  28. 17 overs: 
    WI 122-5 (target 153)

    Dwayne Bravo on strike for the first time, wristily punching him for four through gully. He can't get the next ball away and Bresnan fields off his own bowling. But he keeps the strike with a single to long-off. West Indies need 31 from 18 balls. And unlike Graeme Swann, I'm not a betting man.

  29. 16.3 overs: 
    WI 116-5

    Hat-trick ball... and Sammy turns it away for a single to square leg.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "You can hear from the screams that there's a massive English contingent here. England are in with a real shout - they've got those two wickets that they wanted."

  31. 16.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Russell c Hales b Bresnan 2 (WI 116-5)

    Two (relatively) new batsmen at the crease as captain Darren Sammy joins Russell. Russell swings at the next ball and Hales takes his second successive catch! Big Tim is on a hat-trick! (As is Hales, in a sense).

  32. 16.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Samuels c Hales b Bresnan 28 (WI 116-4)

    England turn back to Tim Bresnan, whose first two overs went for 26 - Samuels hoists the first ball high over long-on and Hales takes the catch! Big wicket!

  33. 16 overs: 
    WI 116-3

    England roll the dice by taking off Parry and recalling the miserly (in terms of runs) Bopara for his final over. Samuels takes a single, Russell has a big mow and misses but keeps his foot grounded as Buttler whips the bails off. A single doubles Russell's score, but Samuels can only get one off the last ball so Bopara takes his team-mates' applause and handshakes with figures of 4-0-10-1 - brilliant in T20. West Indies need 37 from 24 balls.

  34. 15 overs: 
    WI 113-3 (target 153)

    The fleet-footed all-rounder Andre Russell is the new batsman, he's off the mark with a delicate dabbed single to third man. Samuels drills one to long-off to move to 26. But as anyone who watched the last World T20 final in 2012 knows, Samuels is very much a potential match-winner from this situation. 40 needed from 30 balls.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Luke Wright didn't get thrown off by that six at the start of the over. Quite a big edge so a great catch by Jos Buttler. Two of three more wickets quickly and they're in with a great shout."

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  36. 14.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Simmons c Buttler b Wright 19 (WI 111-3)

    That's massive... Samuels launches Wright for a straight six into the Three W's Stand. A flick to fine leg brings him four more, but he loses his partner Simmons as the Trinidadian edges one to the keeper. Nelson has struck.

  37. 14 overs: 
    WI 100-2 (Samuels 14*, Simmons 19*)

    Simmons and Samuels milk Parry for four singles to bring up the hundred, but the boundaries have dried up again as the Windies are left leaving 53 from 36 balls.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Jos Buttler has proven again today he's a crucial, key player for England. If he's not fit for that World T20, you can almost kiss it goodbye now."

  39. 13 overs: 
    OUCH!- WI 96-2 (target 153)

    Luke Wright into the attack - the medium-fast Sussex seamer doesn't bowl much for England these days, having only sent down one over in the limited-overs leg of the Australia tour. Simmons adds a single, Buttler takes a blow on the left hand as he tries to field one down the leg side, and Simmons looks set for a boundary when he swipes to third man but James Tredwell makes an outstanding stop. But when Wright hurls one down short and wide, Simmons unleashes another cut for four. Seven from the over, West Indies need 57 from 42 balls, and Buttler has a quick visit from the physio who slips him a couple of painkillers.

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    Grant Dommen: All the Buttler fans out there (including KP apparently) should have a look at his keeping. Not been good tonight.

  41. 12 overs: 
    WI 89-2 (Samuels 11*, Simmons 11*)

    Debutant Stephen Parry into the attack - I was admonished for calling the Lancashire left-arm spinner "young" during the ODIs as he's already 28, despite having only played six first-class games (and one of those against a university side). Simmons and Samuels help themselves to some ones and twos, before Simmons unleashes two swashbuckling cut shots, earning him boundaries on both occasions. A single ensures Simmons keeps the strike - you can read a feature interview with his uncle Phil, who coaches Ireland, on the BBC Sport website.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Stephen Parry will be the happiest man on the field. He will want to give Ravi Bopara a bear hug. As another bowler in the team, especially a young spinner, you're desperate for Chris Gayle to get out."

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  43. 11 overs: 
    WI 76-2 (target 153)

    Lendl Simmons is the new batsman, they have plenty of firepower to come after him. He dabs a single to third man, and Bopara has excellent figures of 1-7 from three overs. Tredwell and Bopara have been very effective for England but Tredders is bowled out and Bopara now only has one more left.

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    Graham Cooper: The only good news from the cricket is we will not have to face Afghanistan because at this rate we would lose to them.

  45. 10.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Gayle b Bopara 36 (WI 75-2)

    Gayle goes for another big hit and is bowled by a delighted Bopara as he chops onto his stumps. His 36 came from 30 balls - it was mostly dot balls and sixes, to be honest.

    Ravi Bopara
  46. 10 overs: 
    WI 74-1 (target 153)

    Tredwell wheels away for his fourth and last over, but it's still a steady progression of singles as though we're in the middle overs of an ODI. But the run of 27 boundary-less balls is ended when Gayle comes down the wicket and whacks Gayle for the fourth six of his innings over long-on. Tredwell finishes with 0-27 from four overs - but 18 of those came in sixes. A curate's egg of a spell. West Indies need 79 from 60 balls.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I hope England continue taking the pace off the ball, bowling the spinners. Tim Bresnan tried to bowl as quick as he could; that suits West Indies' batsmen on this pitch."

  48. 9 overs: 
    WI 66-1 (Gayle 29*, Samuels 6*)

    Another good over from Bopara, Samuels and Gayle are restricted to singles, West Indies have gone 23 balls without a boundary after that early onslaught of sixes and fours, although Gayle rides his luck as he chips the ball just short of Morgan at wide mid-on.

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    Simon Levy: Why is it that certain players receive the epithet "big"? Tim Bresnan is always Big Tim but it was never Big Freddy or Big Kev.

  50. 8 overs: 
    WI 62-1 (target 153)

    Samuels knocks Tredwell for a single - Gayle sweeps and misses before heaving a single to Moeen Ali at long-on. Samuels moves to four with a careful single, and the momentarily becalmed Gayle can't get the last ball away.

  51. 7 overs: 
    WI 59-1

    Medium-pacer Ravi Bopara replaces Dernbach as England take pace off the ball, bowling to Samuels - with whom he had a bit of a spat in Sunday's game as they (and Darren Sammy) earned fines from the match referee. The sequence of dot balls is stretched to 10 as Samuels tries to pierce the infield, and he ends Ravi's hopes of a maiden over with a single to long leg. At this stage, England were 34-3 - West Indies need 94 from 78 balls.

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    Seb Horner: And to think WI are still able to do this power hitting without one of their most destructive players in Kieron Pollard.

  53. 6 overs: 
    WI 58-1 (target 153)

    Tredwell to Gayle, that's too short and is despatched for six over mid-wicket. Simon Mann on TMS has noticed one of the enormous cruise ships leaving port. Perhaps the skipper fears a broken porthole or two if Gayle hits the ball any further than he already has. Tredwell responds with five dot balls, even a one-handed sweep from Gayle as he takes his left hand off the bat goes straight to a fielder.

    Chris Gayle
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    Cleggylad: Re: Derek Pringle commenting that WI play high risk game. That's the conservative attitude Eng need to break. T20 is high risk.

  55. 5 overs: 
    WI 52-1 (Gayle 20*, Samuels 1*)

    Marlon Samuels is the new batsman, two singles are added before Dernbach sends down a legside wide to the left-handed Gayle. With five overs completed, we have a game, even if it rains.

    Derek Pringle, Ex-England all-rounder on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a little bit late in the day for a breakthrough unless they take two or three quick wickets now. They need to do something to check West Indies' scoring rate."

  57. 4.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Smith c Bresnan b Dernbach 30 (WI 48-1)

    Bresnan is off but Dernbach has changed ends, and Smith's assault ends when he gets a leading edge, skies one over extra cover and Bresnan takes the catch.

  58. 4 overs: 
    WI 44-0 (target 153)

    With England's fast men disappearing around the park, it's an early introduction for off-spinner James Tredwell, and a good start from the Kent man with three dot balls before Gayle whacks a first-bounce four over the non-striker's head, and hoists a massive straight six which momentarily threatens the windows of the Coppin, Cozier and Short media centre. Boom Boom.

    Derek Pringle, Ex-England all-rounder on BBC Test Match Special

    "We wondered if West Indies would make a high-impact start - and they certainly have done."

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  60. 3 overs: 
    WI 34-0

    After a single from Smith, Gayle swipes a single down to third man where Stephen Parry makes a good sprawling stop. Gayle, the self-styled "coolest man in cricket", doesn't run many twos. And he won't need to if this continues... Smith goes for an enormous heave to leg and the ball sails off the outside edge for six over third man. Another big swing from Smith, this time it goes where he intended - over long-on - for six more. Poor old Bres has 0-26 from two overs.

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    Andy Longson: For all those saying we're missing KP... He's played one T20 international in the last two years. Unlikely he would've been involved regardless.

  62. 2 overs: 
    WI 20-0 (target 153)

    Jade Dernbach to take the second over to the Jamaican man-mountain Christopher Henry Gayle, who knocks a single past square leg. Smith jabs a single to short third man as Hales and Stokes combine well in the field. And just when I'm about to confound all you Dernbach-bashers out there by complimenting him on a great opening over... Gayle pulls him over mid-wicket, over the Greenidge and Haynes Stand via a bounce off the roof, out of the ground and probably down to the Bridgetown docks for six!

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    David in Spain: Who to parachute into this match right now! - Larwood might be handy!

  64. 20:35: 

    Michael Lumb has some treatment from the physio but then limps off, to be replaced by 12th man Ben Stokes. The good news for England is... at least Lumb's not a bowler.

  65. 1 over: 
    CLOSE!- WI 12-0

    The floodlights are on as Smith - who hit the first ball of Sunday's match out of the ground - fences at Bresnan's first ball and finds thin air. But when Smith tries to club one over the bowler's head, Michael Lumb races back from mid-on and nearly takes a sensational diving catch over his shoulder but can't quite make it. The reprieved Smith runs two, and gets up on one leg to pull the next ball for four backward of square leg. Lumb takes a painful blow on the left knee at mid-on, and Smith adds insult to injury by pulling the last ball for a flat six.

  66. 20:30: 

    Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith emerging from the Sir Garfield Sobers Pavilion to begin the West Indies' reply. Looks like it's big Tim Bresnan to open the bowling from the Joel Garner End.

    Derek Pringle, Ex-England all-rounder on BBC Test Match Special

    "West Indies play a high-risk game. For them, this is a barely competitive total, but if England take early wickets, it will be a good total."

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    Dan in Northern Ireland: "Can everyone stop banging on about Pietersen. He's gone. We don't harp on about wouldn't it be great to have Gooch in the side."

    Maybe not Gooch. Now, David Gower, maybe... Who else from the past would you like to parachute into this England side?

  69. 20:22: 

    Stand by your beds, the payback for not losing any overs is that we're turning round almost immediately. With no Broad (or Root for that matter), I wonder who will take the new ball for England.

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    Ronnie in Kirkcaldy: I can't decide about England. Are they poor or are they rubbish? Bopara played two forward defensive strokes in the 18th over. Crazy.

  71. 20:20: 

    So, West Indies need to score 153 to clinch the series with a game to spare. Though spin played a big role on Sunday, in the end West Indies only bowled six overs of spin. Here are the bowling figures:

    Badree 4-0-16-1, Santokie 4-0-21-4, Samuels 2-0-17-0, Rampaul 3-0-30-0, Sammy 1-0-17-0, Bravo 4-0-34-2, Russell 2-0-13-0.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England will be fairly happy with that. At one point with Hales and Buttler going well it looked like they might get to to the 160-170 mark. 152 is probably about 10-20 short. It's all about the start England get - if they can get Smith and Gayle early they have a chance."

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  73. 20 overs: 
    WICKET- Bresnan c Ramdin b Bravo 7 (Eng 152-7)

    Bresnan, in good form with the bat after an unbeaten 47 from 29 balls in the last game, hammers one back at the bowler and Bravo gets a hand to it but can't hold on. Ouch indeed. Wright swings and misses outside off stump as Bravo bluffs him with a slower ball, and then chops a single to point. Bresnan to face the last ball... and he's caught behind trying a big heave.

  74. 19.2 overs: 
    Eng 150-6

    Last over. Bravo to bowl. A Wright single brings new man Tim Bresnan on strike, and he blasts his first ball for six over long-on!

  75. 19 overs: 
    WICKET- Bopara c Bravo b Santokie 14 (Eng 143-6)

    After a single from Bopara, Luke Wright (on a run of scores of 9, 0, 8, 1, 0 and 0) is the new batsman - having been out for a golden duck on Sunday, he hits his first ball over the bowler's head for four. But Bopara perishes trying to clear the ropes from Santokie's last ball as he hoists one straight to long-off.

    Santokie's figures, in only his fourth international match, are incredible - 4-21 from four overs. Last over coming up.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Buttler knows he could have hit this ball out of the ground, but he tried to hit it too hard, and got the edge. A disappointing end to a magnificent innings."

  77. 18.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Buttler c Sammy b Santokie 67 (Eng 137-5)

    Left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie is recalled for his last over, this time at the Joel Garner End. A Bopara single brings Buttler on strike - and the Lancashire man perishes when he skies a catch off the edge to deep point. The Windies have dropped a few today, but this time Captain Sammy holds it. Buttler's 67 came from 43 balls.

  78. 18 overs: 
    Eng 136-4

    Bopara drives a quick single to short third man and collides with the bowler Bravo as he scampers through. Buttler knocks a single to cow corner but doesn't risk taking on the strong arm of Lendl Simmons from the deep. Bopara moves to 13 with a single to square leg, Buttler drills a two to extra cover and then viciously clubs a six over long-on. Meanwhile, it's party time in the party stand... the bucking bronco is back in business!

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The lack of pace is really stopping these English batsmen timing the ball and they can't get it to the boundary."

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  80. 17 overs: 
    OUCH!- Eng 125-4

    Buttler clubs Russell for a single to long-on, a fierce Bopara drive hits the bowler on the hand as he deflects the ball to long-on for one. Buttler steps across and pokes a single to short fine leg, he couldn't get under the ball for the full "scoop" effect. Bopara once again finds that man at long-on, Russell keeps firing the ball in on a full length but when he strays with a full-bunger, Buttler lofts him over his head for four. Three overs left.

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    Lewis Edwards: Jos Butler proving why he's one of the most exciting batsmen in the world. Certainly a potential for filling the KP void.

  82. 16 overs: 
    Eng 117-4 (Buttler 52*, Bopara 9*)

    Seamer Dwayne Bravo to continue, big yellow sweatbands on each wrist. Bopara waits to pull a slower ball for four. Andre Russell's electric fielding again turns twos into ones for England's fifth-wicket pair as four more singles are added.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The break is better for West Indies than England. Buttler will have to start again and Ravi Bopara needs to get going. That break may well have cost England 10 or 12 runs."

  84. 15 overs: 
    BUTTLER 50- Eng 109-4

    Buttler reaches his second T20 international half century with a single, Bopara nicks the strike with another.

    Jos Buttler
  85. 19:55: 

    Jos Buttler takes guard on 49 from 31 balls, with Andre Russell halfway through his first over.

  86. 19:54: 

    Nearly ready to resume. We've gone from the "overs will be lost if they're off for more than 30 minutes" theory, to the "they've been off for 50 minutes but no overs are lost" ruling. The regulations which govern international cricket are rarely straightforward, but stick with us, cross your fingers and hope there's no more rain.


    The Independent's Stephen Brenkley on TMS: "The ICC see T20 cricket more as a domestic league game, and are reluctant to promote international T20 cricket. Why, I don't know."

  88. 19:51: 

    And when play does resume, West Indies will have 16 minutes to bowl the remaining 5.3 overs of the innings.

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    Rob Meech: Who needs KP when we have Jos Buttler? I'd rather have both, actually.

  90. 19:46: 

    Play to resume at 19:55 GMT. No overs lost - just a shorter interval - even though they will have been off for 50 minutes.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "There's not enough Twenty20 international cricket, but there's still too much one-day international cricket. Unless it's a five-match Test series against one of the big teams, it should be three Tests, three ODIs and three T20s."


    The Independent's Stephen Brenkley on TMS: "This guy Jos Buttler is some performer in limited-overs cricket. But it perplexes me the way that England are now, rightly, ranked eighth in the world in T20 - they haven't moved on since that tournament. They never hit the ball into the wind in that tournament."

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Teams will look at England and say they're a dangerous animal if you blitz them with pace, like Australia tried to do in the final here in 2010. So they're likely to bowl slower balls and spin."

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  94. 19:40: 

    Covers coming off! I'd have thought we'll have lost some overs, though.


    The Independent's Stephen Brenkley on TMS: "I was astonished that Ian Bell, one of the best batsmen in the world, wasn't selected to play today, probably in place of Luke Wright who is completely bereft of form at the moment."

  96. 19:38: 

    Should you require alternative amusement while it's raining, feel free to open up another window on your browser for Tom Rostance's live text commentary on Bayern Munich-Arsenal, while the BBC Red Button currently has a preview of the upcoming Formula 1 season, which you can also watch online.

  97. 19:36: 

    Meanwhile, on TMS, they're currently playing an interview with England limited-overs batting coach Graham Thorpe.

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  98. 19:35: 

    With the rain still falling, here's a picture of those yellow sou'westers I've been mentioning. With talk turning to Messrs Duckworth and Lewis and their calculations for a possible rain-adjusted target, I recall the first one-day international in Guyana in March 2009 - although then West Indies coach John Dyson will probably wish I hadn't.

    With the Windies chasing a D/L-adjusted target and needing 27 more from 22 balls, Dyson called his batsmen in when they were offered the light by the umpires, not realising that a wicket had just put England ahead on D/L. England's sole spinner that day? Gareth Batty.

  99. 19:27: 
    It's raining

    If you're just joining us, they've been off for rain for just over 20 minutes in Barbados, with England 107-4 after 14.3 overs, and Jos Buttler in great nick on 49 from 31 balls.

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    Jos Buttler

    Discarded England batsman Kevin Pietersen: Love watching Jos Buttler! Entertainer.

    I'm sure it's only a coincidence that KP is repeatedly tweeting support for Buttler when he has recently fallen out with another England wicketkeeper who Buttler may rival for the Test keeping spot...

  101. 19:23: 
    Twenty20 vision

    A reminder that the ICC World Twenty20 is just around the corner - the warm-up games start tomorrow. The first competitive games are this Sunday (Bangladesh v Afghanistan first up), with the top eight teams (including England) joining from the Super 10 stage which begins on Friday 21 March. Meanwhile, the women's tournament will be played in parallel with the men's again - it starts on Sunday 23 March.

    You can hear TMS commentary, and follow our regular live text coverage, on every game from the Super 10 stage onwards, and on the women's semi-final and final.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The bucking bronco in the party stand isn't being used because of the rain. But maybe they could have a competition while it's wet - who can be thrown the furthest?"

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    Johnboy: England lose Root and bring in someone who played T20 four years ago? Really no better option?

    Joe Root
  104. 19:15: 

    It's also worth noting that the players have to be off for half-an-hour before we start losing any overs from this game. Expect a shortened interval between innings, though.

    And Swanny's movie knowledge reminds me - there's actually a cricket-themed horror/slasher film in the same genre as I Know What You Did Last Summer. It's called... I Know How Many Runs You Scored Last Summer. Rated 18.

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    Nick Elliott: In the wake of KP's departure emerges Jos Buttler to entertain and savage. The World T20 awaits him, a spacious stage to perform.

    Steve Dickson: Who needs KP when you have Jos Buttler?

  106. 19:11: 

    Swanny has also likened the ground staff's waterproofs to those sported by a claw-wielding baddie in the film I Know What You Did Last Summer. Any American teenagers in the crowd, beware.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "England are in a position now where they look like they could set a big total. It's strange that England are ranked eighth - it just shows how quickly you can slide down the world rankings. Even though England haven't played great cricket recently I'm as surprised as anyone that they could slide down to eighth. They have the players to get back up there with the best in the world."

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  108. 19:07: 

    A large blue tarpaulin is brought on by the Kensington Oval ground staff in those yellow sou'westers. England will curse the weather arriving just when they were starting to build momentum.

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    Trevor Hobday in Lancashire: I received a card this morning from a very good friend in Sydney, Australia; the stamp showed a picture of the Ashes-winning Aussie team with the figures 5-0 blazoned on the front. And why not I say; only the English fail to celebrate victory. Too many yes men running cricket, not enough people with a winning mentality!

  110. 14.3 overs: 
    RAIN STOPS PLAY- Eng 107-4

    Seamer Andre Russell is West Indies' seventh bowler - I bet they wish they could have nine Andre Russells in the field, as Cap'n Sammy makes an embarrassing fielding lapse at point to let Bopara knock his first ball for a single. Buttler chops a single past the bowler and Bopara doubles his score with another, but at that point the umpires decide the rain has finally got strong enough to halt play. Shame.

    Andre Russell
  111. 14 overs: 
    Eng 104-4

    Ravi Bopara is the new batsman, Buttler pushes the last ball of the over through the covers for a speedy two.

    Derek Pringle, Ex-England all-rounder on BBC Test Match Special

    "He is out hitting into the wind, but in the final quarter of the game, you have to try to hit it wherever you can. Whenever the Windies have to run for a skier, they seem to drop it, but when they are in position they catch it."

  113. 13.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Hales c Simmons b Bravo 40 (Eng 102-4)

    After two drops and a not-unadjacent lbw shout, Hales's luck finally runs out as he holes out to cow corner. His 40 came from 36 balls, with two sixes but only one four.

  114. 13.4 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 102-3

    Sammy's off - unsurprisingly - and West Indies turn to seamer Dwayne Bravo, whose changes of pace may be useful here. Two singles bring up the hundred for England, having raced from 50 to 100 in little more than four overs. But this time it's Buttler's turn to get lucky as he skies one over the covers, Bravo follows through and calls for it, stretches but shells the catch.

    Dwayne Bravo
    Derek Pringle, Ex-England all-rounder on BBC Test Match Special

    "We all know what Jos Buttler can do when he's in the mood and that was a great shot. A proper cricket shot - over long-on."

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  116. 13 overs: 
    Eng 98-3 (Hales 38*, Buttler 44*)

    Single from Buttler, then Hales bludgeons his second maximum of the innings, swatting Rampaul for a flat six into the lower tier of the Greenidge and Haynes Stand at mid-wicket. Another flat pull flies towards Smith at deep square leg but bounces just in front of him, while Buttler smacks a six over the bowler's head into the Worrell, Weekes and Walcott Stand. The three Ws would approve.

  117. 12 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 82-3

    Captain Darren Sammy brings himself on as West Indies belatedly turn to a fifth bowler, but Buttler pulls his first ball for four and adds a single. Hales's charmed life continues as he squirts one to backward point, Chris Gayle leaps to his left and gets a hand to it but can't hold on. Buttler steps back and clubs a four back over the bowler's head, then walks across to the off side and unleashes one of his trademark scoop shots over fine leg for six! A single means it's 17 off the over and Buttler has 36 from 24 balls, having overtaken Hales, who has 30 from 30.

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    Chris Thomas: If only England had an experienced T20 batsman to call upon... KP perhaps? Oh no, we've binned him off!?

  119. 11 overs: 
    Eng 65-3

    Hales swings and misses as Rampaul fires one in outside off stump, rather than dabbing it to the unguarded third man boundary. The rain in the area still seems to be holding off as Hales and Buttler help themselves to three singles, while once more Andre Russell's speed in the outfield is quite astonishing. As Buttler tries to back away to leg, Rampaul cleverly follows him and hits him on the pad, but he manages a single off the last ball. England still have feet of clay here, relatively speaking.

    Derek Pringle, Ex-England all-rounder on BBC Test Match Special

    "Buttler and Hales are getting them back on track, but England are still behind where they want to be. They really struggled early on against a spinner opening the bowling and a man bowling almost exclusively slower balls."

  121. 10 overs: 
    Eng 61-3 (Hales 27*, Buttler 18*)

    Buttler jabs Samuels to third man for a single, and there is belated applause for England reaching 50. Hales smears a two and chops another couple to the cover sweeper, before he lifts one high over mid-wicket for six over the scoreboard. ("With a straight bat," notes an approving Derek Pringle on TMS). When the ball is finally located, a single takes the Notts man to 27 from 26 balls at the halfway point. Buttler has 18 from 16.

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    Brandon in Kent: From Twenty20 world champs to chumps. Only England could manage such a spectacular fall from grace in all formats.

  123. 9 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 49-3

    Burly right-arm paceman Ravi Rampaul into the attack, Buttler top-edges his first ball over the keeper's head and it's a first-bounce four. He dabs a single to mid-wicket. Hales then skies one high into the Bridgetown sky, keeper Denesh Ramdin calls for it but misjudges it completely and shells the catch. That's two lucky escapes for Hales so far. Some ones and twos - plus a wide - mean it's 10 from the over, England's best so far.

    Derek Pringle, Ex-England all-rounder on BBC Test Match Special

    "I felt England might give Ben Stokes a little break. He's had back to back tours and it can get you mentally tired. He's a very talented player, but why not give him a break here and get him fresh for Bangladesh."

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  125. 8 overs: 
    Eng 39-3 (Hales 15*, Buttler 9*)

    More spin as off-spinner Marlon Samuels replaces Santokie at the Malcolm Marshall End. An attractive cover drive by Buttler looks to have been saved on the boundary by a fielder's foot (Santokie's) - but replays show his foot touching the rope, so it's four. Lancashire's new recruit keeps out the rest of the over as Samuels keeps it tight, only the last ball brings another single.

    Derek Pringle, Ex-England all-rounder on BBC Test Match Special

    "There has been some very, very naive batting from England - it's as if they've never seen a slower ball. [Limited-overs batting coach] Graham Thorpe said the other day they shouldn't try to hit the ball in the air into the wind... and what does Morgan do?"

  127. 7 overs: 
    Eng 34-3

    Badree to bowl his four overs off the reel - the boundaries have dried up as Hales and Buttler plunder two singles apiece, and Badree takes a bow with 1-16 from his four.

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    Matt from Oxford: Really concerned that Ashley Giles seems to make fundamental errors in selection early on in a series. Yet again we are playing catch up. Is he really the man for the five-day game. Good honest pro but hardly inspirational!

  129. 6 overs: 
    Eng 30-3 (Hales 13*, Buttler 2*)

    The clouds gathering over England's innings are both literal and metaphorical as new batsman Jos Buttler is off the mark with a single, Hales is working in singles at the moment, but nearly chops the last ball onto his stumps. Santokie has 2-15 from three overs.

    Meanwhile in the England dug-out, Lumb and Morgan still haven't taken their pads off. Maybe they think if England are bowled out within 10 overs, they may get another go.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's that machine gun effect of bowling dot balls. It just build up the pressure. Eoin Morgan is England's most experienced T20 player but even he got a bit flustered, saw a ball he could sweep and top-edged it to deep square. Magnificent bowling from Badree - he looks the full part."

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  131. 5 overs: 
    WICKET- Morgan c Simmons b Badree 3 (Eng 26-3)
    Samuel Badree and Darren Sammy

    Captain Morgan is sent back to Davy Jones's locker as a slog-sweep skies to Lendl Simmons on the backward square leg boundary.

    Meanwhile, Hales is also lucky to still be there after he's hit on the pad by Badree off the first ball of the over, local umpire Gregory Brathwaite shakes his head but the ball-tracker suggests it would have cannoned into leg stump. Not a great decision.

  132. 4 overs: 
    Eng 23-2

    The good ship England is in choppy waters, so as their fans may seek comfort in Caribbean rum, Captain Morgan is on the bridge. The left-hander guides a two down to third man where Badree sticks his foot out to prevent the boundary like an old-school bowler in the deep.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Good bowling by Santokie. He's noticed that the swing has stopped and started to vary his pace. It gripped the pitch a bit and Ali completely misread the pace."

  134. 3.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Moeen lbw b Santokie 5 (Eng 21-2)

    Moeen tries to glance Santoke down the leg side, the ball scoots away but the extremely quick Andre Russell sprints away and ensures it's two leg byes rather than four. Moeen guides a four through square leg but is then leg before as he is beaten by a slower ball and hit on the pad in front of middle.

    Moeen Ali and Krishmar Santakie
  135. 3 overs: 
    Eng 15-1 (Hales 10*, Moeen 1*)

    A single from Hales brings T20 debutant Moeen Ali, he of the vast beard, on strike as the new batsman. He's well beaten by his first ball from Badree, who's quickly through his over, but manages a single off the last ball.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "He was trying to get the ball away to fine leg and it should have been meat and drink but he's missed it all ends up. There was a little bit of swing for Santokie - the cloud cover may be helping that."

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  137. 2 overs: 
    WICKET- Lumb lbw b Santokie 4 (Eng 13-1)

    The aforementioned left-arm spinner Krishmar Santokie, an ear-ring in each ear, a gold chain around his neck and a little wisp of a beard on his chin, will share the new ball from the Malcolm Marshall End. Hales drives him just wide of the diving Dwayne Smith at backward point - it didn't quite carry for the catch - and they run two. But after three more singles, a full toss hits Lumb on the back pad as he steps across his stumps and tries to force the ball to fine leg - and he's gone.

    Uh-oh - the ground staff are donning bright yellow waterproofs. Possibly a Caribbean harbinger of rain...

    Krishmar Santokie and Michael Lumb
  138. 1 over: 
    Eng 8-0

    The first ball of Sunday's game was hit out of the ground by Dwayne Smith - the first ball of this game is worked off his pads for a single by Michael Lumb. Alex Hales earns a few cheers from the sizeable number of England fans by cutting a shorter ball for four. A single brings Lumb back on strike, and a well-placed two wide of mid-on ends a decent first over.

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    Steve Dickson: Glad to see Luke Wright is still in the side, hopefully England will use his bowling today a bit more!

  140. 18:00: 

    Leg-spinner Samuel Badree, who bowls at quite a pace for a spinner (rather like Shahid Afridi), will take the new ball. Here we go.

  141. 17:58: 

    So, Alex Hales and Michael Lumb ready to open the batting for England - I'd wager the West Indies will open with spin, having tied the Notts pair in, erm, knots on Sunday.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm sure the players will have been very happy with having two weeks in the West Indies before going to Bangladesh. The pitches aren't going to be the same in Bangladesh, but the most important thing is to get the winning mentality. These three games could have been played anywhere. The most important thing is to get people in form and confident in different situations."

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    Alan Ritchie: So, Windies have one spinner fewer - has to be good for England. No Narine - has to be good for England. Moeen Ali in, spin option and in-form batsman - has to be good for England. England win toss - has to be good for England. So we can confidently predict a thumping victory for… Windies!

    Less pessimistic emails are welcomed...

  144. 17:55: 
    Who is Krishmar Santokie?
    Krishmar Santokie

    Narine's replacement today is a left-arm medium pacer. Krishmar Santokie has never played a first-class match but has featured in three Twenty20 internationals, including one against England at The Oval in 2011. He did not appear again for West Indies until the following year - and had to wait until February 2014 for his next appearance. Oh, and he plays his domestic cricket for a team called Amazon, so I'm sure he has plenty of different options of delivery.

    Graeme Swann, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "One thing England will be really happy about is that Sunil Narine isn't playing. He has been the bane of England. His replacement is a left-arm seam bowler and it so much easier to score on this wicket against the pacier bowlers."

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  146. 17:52: 
    Get involved

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  147. 17:50: 
    Ravi Bopara and Darren Sammy

    If you weren't following the first match on Sunday, there was a brief, but rather ugly, verbal confrontation between England's Ravi Bopara and West Indies' Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy before the umpires intervened. It was announced last night that all three had been fined by the match referee for making "insulting comments" to each other. Bopara was fined 25% of his match fee, Sammy 20% and Samuels 10%.

  148. 17:48: 

    A weather warning - Simon Mann on TMS has noticed some dark clouds in the vicinity, while the Kensington Oval ground staff have had a large tarpaulin standing by for a while. Hope they've brought their galoshes in the party stand.

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    Tom Huelin: Moeen is here to stay in all formats I feel, plus Vince, Willey, up and coming players too. Think it's 50 & out [for Wright] tbh.

  150. 17:45: 
    Test Match Special

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  151. 17:43: 
    Team line-ups

    West Indies: Dwayne Smith, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Darren Sammy (capt), Ravi Rampaul, Samuel Badree, Krishmar Santokie.

    England: Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan (capt), Jos Buttler (wk), Ravi Bopara, Luke Wright, Tim Bresnan, James Tredwell, Stephen Parry, Jade Dernbach.

    So, a move down the order for Wright from three to seven, while the addition of Parry for Broad lengthens the England tail slightly.

  152. 17:40: 
    All the Wright moves?
    Luke Wright

    For a man who has played exactly 100 international matches - 50 ODIs and 50 T20s - England's Luke Wright is on a pretty rotten run of form - and many had expected him, rather than Stokes, to make way for Moeen Ali today.

    His six innings against Australia and West Indies this winter read: 9, 0, 8, 1, 0, 0.


    England captain Eoin Morgan: "The pitch looks similar to the other day. It was pretty good upfront and worsened as the game went on. Hopefully we will get best use of it today. We struggled at the start the other day regardless of what we faced, but hope to turn that around."

    West Indies captain Darren Sammy: "We were going to bat, but we'll have to bowl like we did in last game. We can probably improve in the middle overs, to tighten up our bowling. We have to restrict them to a total and we back our players to chase the target."

  154. 17:36: 

    So, whither Ben Stokes? The one bright light from a rotten Ashes series is left out after scoring 0, 5, 5, 4, 0 and 4 in his last six competitive innings for England.

  155. 17:33: 

    Eoin Morgan wins the toss - England will bat first.

    West Indies skipper Darren Sammy says he'd have batted. It's confirmed that Moeen Ali and Stephen Parry make their debuts, in place of the injured Stuart Broad and the omitted Ben Stokes.

    For the Windies, Sunil Narine is not risked and West Indies replace him with left-arm seamer Krishmar Santokie.

  156. 17:32: 
    England Root-less for World T20
    Joe Root has his hand bandaged

    There's also been bad news for England batsman Joe Root. As we suspected, the broken thumb he suffered in the last ODI has not only ruled him out of this T20 series, but out of the upcoming ICC World Twenty20.

    His replacement in the squad is Ian Bell, who last played a Twenty20 international in January 2011, against Australia. Indeed, that was his last T20 appearance of any sort - England duties mean he's not featured for Warwickshire in T20 since 2010.

  157. 17:30: 

    Still no toss, but we're hearing from a variety of places that England will be handing Twenty20 international debuts to spinner Stephen Parry and basman/part-time spinner Moeen Ali.

  158. 17:28: 
    Team news

    England captain Stuart Broad will be sitting out today's and Thursday's games with patellar tendonitis. He expects to be fit for the World Twenty20 but will probably need an injection to get through the tournament. Eoin Morgan, who's had a few injury problems himself, will lead the side.

    Meanwhile, West Indies spinner Sunil Narine had a scan on a leg injury which forced him off after bowling only two overs on Sunday. I'd say that makes him at least a doubt. News of the confirmed teams - and the other walking wounded - as we get them. The toss is imminent.

  159. 17:25: 

    Evening, everyone - it's time for the second Twenty20 international from Barbados, as West Indies and England continue to warm up for the upcoming ICC World Twenty20, with the Caribbean side leading this three-match series 1-0.

    However, there could be depleted numbers on both sides this evening - as I'll explain.

Live Scores - West Indies v England


  • West Indies beat England by 5 wickets
  • West Indies: 155-5 (18.5 overs)
  • England: 152-7 (20.0 overs)
  • Venue: Bridgetown

West Indies Innings

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Dwayne Smith c Bresnan b Dernbach 30
Gayle b Bopara 36
Samuels c Hales b Bresnan 28
Simmons c Buttler b Wright 19
Russell c Hales b Bresnan 2
Sammy not out 30
Dwayne Bravo not out 8
Extras 2w 2
Total for 5 155

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