01 March 2014
England chokes at the death to go 1-0 down
Lumb's century in vain as England falls short by 15 runs
Darren Sammy (L) and Dwayne Bravo led West Indies' fightback with a 116-run partnership off 61 balls.
Cruising at 180 for 2 in pursuit of 270, a flurry of wickets left it stranded on 254 for 6 at the end of 50 overs. Earlier, West Indies, after being put in, recovered from a poor start to post a competitive 269 for 6.
Michael Lumb set the tone for England’s chase, with a fluent 106, in the process becoming only the second England player after Dennis Amiss to score a century on ODI debut. He put on 96 for the opening wicket with Moeen Ali (44) to put England on course.
But, it wasn't enough as it lost four wickets for just 31 runs towards the end to concede the match.
Earlier, Darren Sammy, along with Dwayne Bravo, the captain, ensured West Indies reached a respectable total after finding itself on 45 for 4 at one stage.
Sammy came to the crease after the fall of Lendl Simmons for 65. Simmons had put on 108 with Bravo to boost the score to 153, but with just ten overs remaining, England was still well in control of the game. But Sammy swung the momentum in West Indies' favour, as he bludgeoned five fours and four sixes en route a 36-ball 61, as the hosts plundered 116 runs off the last 10 overs.
Bravo's unbeaten 87 off 91 balls that contained four fours and a six also proved crucial, as the pair scored runs all around the park, before Bresnan removed Sammy off the final ball.
Bresnan accounted for three wickets, but leaked 68 off his 10 overs. James Tredwell was the standout bowler. In addition Dwayne Smith’s wicket at the top, Tredwell’s ten overs cost just 23 runs.
Lumb played West Indies’ pacers with ease, while Ali, also on debut, looked confident while at the crease. The duo almost took England past the 100-run mark, before Ali holed out to long-on off Smith’s bowling.
Luke Wright fell soon after, but Joe Root kept Lumb company as the duo added 74 for the third wicket. Lumb eventually reached the three-figure mark, before being caught at cover off Ravi Rampaul for a well-made 106 .
Thereafter, West Indies built pressure on the visitors and maintained its stranglehold right until the end. Bravo turned to Sunil Narine, his main spinner, and that proved to be the turning point, as Narine’s variations proved too much to handle for England, who eventually fell short by 15 runs. Narine returned figures of 2 for 36.
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