- 2nd ODI: England, 206-4, beat West Indies, 202, by six wickets
- Jacks and Buttler hit half-centuries as England level series
Series levelled, confidence boosted, crisis averted. England felt they had won nine-tenths of the opening game against West Indies only to see it stolen from them by an electrifying late surge. Here, though, they added that extra 10%, dominating from first to last to win by six wickets and travel to Barbados for the final one‑day international on Saturday in high spirits – and not just because they are about to get significantly improved access to golf courses.
Sam Curran, remorselessly punished in Sunday’s series opener, returned to form with three top-order wickets, Liam Livingstone took three of his own to derail a West Indies fightback, Will Jacks was the game’s top scorer with 73 and most importantly Jos Buttler got his first half-century in 14 innings, during a 90-run fifth-wicket partnership with Harry Brook that carried England to victory with 103 balls to spare. “We just want to see everyone do really well,” said Curran. “We’ve had a tough couple of months, there’s no hiding from that, but we take a lot of happiness out of our teammates doing well, especially our captain. We were pretty close to that perfect game today.”
Written by Simon Burnton at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium
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