England suffer shock defeat against West Indies

By Arindam RejBBC Sport
Second Twenty20 international, The Oval:
West Indies 113-5 (20 overs) beat England 88 (16.4 overs) by 25 runs
Match scorecard
Jonny Bairstow
Bairstow's dismissal signalled that England were heading for an unlikely defeat

England slumped to their lowest-ever Twenty20 score on the way to a shock defeat against West Indies.

Debutant spinner Garey Mathurin was the tourists' bowling star with a stunning spell of 3-9 as England were all out for 88, chasing just 114 to win.

Having been put in to bat, West Indies struggled against England's spinners on the way to 113-5 in their 20 overs.

Samit Patel impressed with 2-22, while Twenty20 debutant Scott Borthwick took 1-15 from his four overs.

The defeat meant that England ended their outstanding summer, after wins against Sri Lanka and India to become the number one Test team in the world, on a low as West Indies levelled the Twenty20 series at 1-1. The result was a major disappointment for stand-in captain Graeme Swann.

Swann said: "I thought we did everything right for half the game and everything wrong for the other half. It was one of those nights when we just panicked. It must be pressure."

It was a turning pitch, leading to England picking an unusually spin-orientated bowling line-up.

Borthwick - one of three spinners in the team - was brought in for pace bowler Steven Finn in England's only change from the first Twenty20 game. The leg-spinner was impressive, generally bowling a controlled, full line.

Jade Dernbach made the first breakthrough after England won the toss, trapping Dwayne Smith lbw for 11 with a full delivery.

Spinner Patel, who had been handed the new ball, was next to snare an lbw as Miles Bascombe went for three to put the tourists on 24 for two from 5.2 overs.

There was some relief for the West Indies when Johnson Charles clouted a six to long on off Patel on the way to 21, but Borthwick soon bowled him beautifully with a googly.

Marlon Samuels and Chris Barnwell ground out runs, but the latter departed for 16 when his slog off Swann was caught impressively in the deep by Alex Hales. That left West Indies tottering on 64-4 with less than six overs to go.

Samuels and Darren Sammy added 21 runs in a nine-ball spell late on, but the final score of 113 was the lowest score batting first in a T20 at The Oval. Samuels was the only batsman to emerge with credit, scoring an unbeaten, run-a-ball 35.

But chasing what seemed a paltry total, England were soon under pressure, losing both their openers cheaply to West Indies' promising, new-look attack. Hales was bowled by Krishmar Santokie, who had never even played first class cricket, then Mathurin's skidder removed Craig Kieswetter.

The home side were stunned further when Mathurin's turner bowled Ravi Bopara to make it 24-3 after 5.4 overs, but Stokes relieved the tension with three boundaries in Devendra Bishoo's first over.

West Indies regained the initiative when the troublesome Mathurin bowled Jonny Bairstow, attempting a sweep, for four.

England looked to be heading for defeat when Patel was run out for two and then Stokes followed, lbw to Bishoo for 31. They were 55-6 from 10.4 overs at that stage and after three more run-outs from some inspired fielding from the West Indies, and some comical lack of communication between the England batsmen, West Indies claimed an impressive victory.