About the Match
England kept their hopes alive in the series by defeating the hosts in the 2nd ODI by 3 wickets; with the series tied 1-1, the upcoming match on Mar 5th at North Sound will be the decider and both teams will fight hard to clinch the title. England survived another batting collapse to successfully chase the target of 160 runs set by West Indies; the hosts themselves had earlier struggled to keep the scoreboard ticking and managed a low total in the end, which was hardly sufficient for the bowlers to defend. The third ODI will see players from both teams bringing out their best in the hope to finish on the winning side.
It was trouble for the hosts right from the start as they staggered at 3-20, put to bat first; Simmons partnered with the Bravo brothers and started building the innings by posting 70 off 98 deliveries. But after his dismissal, the entire remaining batting line-up was wiped out in less than seven overs. It was a disappointing show by the batsmen and Simmons’ efforts were overshadowed by the impending trial that the bowlers had to face. Though Dwayne and Nikita Miller along with Rampaul and Narine made life difficult for the opposition, who were also facing a batting collapse, the lowly total of 159 runs was just too short to stop England from winning the match. The established players like Smith, Edwards, Ramdin, Sammy and others need to introspect their failures and come up with better performances in the deciding match on Wednesday if they want to keep their pride intact by winning the series on home soil.
Bopara emerged as the man of the hour as he took his team safely to a much-needed win on Sunday; facing a meagre target of 160 runs, the English batsmen couldn’t have had a better opportunity to score a win finally; however, the dismal performance continued and they faced the threat of their worst loss at 7-105. Thankfully, Bopara kept his cool and posted a 58-run partnership for the 8th wicket along with Broad to keep the series alive. Earlier Lumb and Root had done well to start the chase well, but Wright, Ali, Buttler and Stokes failed to make a mark with both Wright and Buttler getting out on a duck. Stephen Parry was brilliant with 3-32 and so were Root and Tredwell, who claimed 2 wickets each to destroy the West Indies batting line-up. Broad, Ali and Bresnan were economical and took a wicket each; to sum up, the bowling squad was magnificent but the batsmen need to pull up their socks and let the bat do the talking. It’s a crucial game for the team and a win here will go a long way to boost the morale of the players.
West Indies has had its many ups and downs in terms of performance and fighting spirit; they will be eager to prove their worth in front of the home crowd and give a fitting reply to England for their recent humiliating defeat. On the other hand, the visitors who haven’t won an away series for a long time now, are on the brink of victory and will do their best to clinch the title. Though the contest could swing in either direction, the odds are in favor of England due to the momentum they have home.
England, 1.72 @ Bet365