England’s first match since their World Cup disappointment resulted in defeat, because the West Indies snatched a four-wicket win in a dramatic ODI collection opener in Antigua.
Lower than a month on from England’s limp world title defence in India, the place they had been eradicated within the group stage after six losses of their 9 matches, Jos Buttler’s much-changed line-up had been dismissed for 325 with the ultimate ball of the innings after Harry Brook top-scored with 71.
Buttler’s facet had been seemingly cruising to victory when the hosts fell to 213-5 with lower than 12 overs remaining, just for West Indies captain Shai Hope and big-hitting Romario Shepherd to provide a quickfire sixth-wicket stand to arrange a grandstand end.
Romario Shepherd fired 48 from 27 deliveries for the hosts
Shepherd made 48 and placed on 89 with Hope, who completed unbeaten on 109 and ended the innings with back-to-back sixes, as West Indies chased down their victory goal in dramatic trend and with seven balls to spare.
How West Indies snatched ODI thriller
Phil Salt (45) and Will Jacks (26) obtained England off to a quick begin after profitable the toss and electing to bat, with the pair placing on a 77-run stand inside 9 overs earlier than ball falling in fast succession.
Phil Salt helped England get off to a quick begin after electing to bat first
Salt crashed 5 fours and three large sixes earlier than the introduction of spin noticed him dismissed when he lofted Gudakesh Motie to Keacy Carty at cowl, with Jacks being caught behind off Oshane Thomas the subsequent over.
Ben Duckett (20) was bowled by Yannic Cariah and Zak Crawley was nearly eliminated by the identical bowler when on 30, however Motie spilled a easy catch at long-on, with Crawley reaching 48 earlier than he was run out after an enormous mix-up between him and Brook.
Zak Crawley (left) and Ben Duckett added 33 runs for the fourth-wicket stand
Brook accelerated after Buttler fell for simply three to go away England 191-5, constructing his third ODI half-century and mixing for a 23-run over with Liam Livingstone (17) earlier than the latter was trapped lbw by Shepherd.
Shepherd additionally dismissed Brook quickly after when he gave mid-off a routine catch, just for Sam Curran (38) and Brydon Carse (31 not out) to placed on 66 in 38 balls down the order to bolster England’s whole.
Sam Curran made three fours and two sixes in his innings, earlier than going for 0-98 with the ball
Curran was run out chasing a fast single and Rehan Ahmed (12) and Gus Atkinson (0) had been each eliminated within the ultimate over by Thomas (2-57), though England’s whole was nonetheless their highest ODI rating on the floor.
The hosts additionally began their innings strongly as Alick Athanaze and Brandon King placed on a century stand, leaving England switching from tempo to spin, with the West Indies reaching 104 when Athanaze (66) was eliminated lbw by Ahmed.
King (35) was bowled by Livingstone (1-50) shortly after as simply 11 runs got here from a six-over interval, giving England the benefit, earlier than Carse claimed Carty lbw with the primary ball of his second spell to scale back the West Indies to 144-3.
Shimron Hetmyer (32) fell to Atkinson to finish a 56-run partnership with Hope, who introduced up his half century with an enormous six, whereas Rutherford (six) had a lbw attraction efficiently overturned however was eliminated the subsequent Rehan ball when he holed out to Brook at mid-wicket.
Gus Atkinson (left) completed with 2-62 from his 10 overs
Shepherd made 48 from simply 27 deliveries after happening a boundary burst however was eliminated by Atkinson within the forty eighth over, earlier than Hope blasted Curran (0-98) for 3 sixes within the penultimate over to finish a well-known victory.
Extra to observe…
The collection stays in Antigua for the second ODI, happening on Wednesday on the similar venue (5.30pm begin), earlier than the third and ultimate ODI is performed in Barbados on Saturday (5.30pm begin).
A five-match T20 collection then begins in Barbados on December 12, with two video games in Grenada (December 14 and 16) and two extra in Trinidad and Tobago (December 19 and 21). Watch all the very best stay sport and extra with NOW.