Chris Jordan stars with all-round show in final T20I match against West Indies
The Barbados-born Jordan’s heroics were the highlight of the day, helping England avoid the ignominy of a 0-3 sweep with a five-run win at the Kensington Oval.
With England in a spot of bother, having lost six wickets for 40 runs to slip to 138 for 6, Jordan’s late blitz – he struck Dwayne Bravo for four sixes in the final over of the innings – took his team to a healthy 165 for 6.
Earlier, openers Michael Lumb and Alex Hales got England off to a brisk start after it chose to bat, adding 98 for the opening wicket in 10.5 overs.
Jordan later followed up his good show with the bat, claiming 3 for 39 and taking an outstanding catch on the boundary to dismiss Bravo.
West Indies’ chase got off to the worst possible start, losing Dwayne Smith off the first ball of the innings, when he was castled by Jade Dernbach. Jordan then removed Johnson Charles and Marlon Samuels in quick succession as West Indies slumped to 28 for 3 after 4.2 overs.
England had West Indies on the mat, reducing it to 67 for 5, before Lendl Simmons (69) and Denesh Ramdin (33) led a recovery with a 73-run stand in 46 balls. It was Jordan that got rid of Ramdin in the penultimate over.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy struck two boundaries and a six almost immediately upon his arrival. However, with 17 still needed in the final over, the pressure was on. The run out of Simmons was the clincher, as West Indies was restricted to 160 for 7, falling short by five runs.
Having won the series heading into the match, West Indies had opted to give Chris Gayle, Ravi Rampaul and Samuel Badree a rest.
England had won the One-Day International series that preceded this 2-1.