West Indies vs England

Match info: West Indies v England Twenty20 Series 2014 at Kensington Oval - 3rd Twenty20

Date: 13th Mar 2014 Umpires: G O Brathwaite and J S Wilson

20-over match

Home team and score Away team score

West Indies

160/7 (20.0 Overs)

Result

England

165/6 (20.0 Overs)

England win by 5 runs

  • Last Updated: March 13 2014, 22:15 GMT

Post-match reaction to England's five-run victory over the West Indies.

Jade Dernbach celebrates England's victory
Jade Dernbach celebrates England's victory

England's Jade Dernbach was relieved after his "gamble" against West Indies dangerman Darren Sammy paid dividends.

Sammy thrashed a stunning unbeaten 30 from nine balls to win Tuesday's second in the series of three Twenty20 matches between the sides and threatened to do the same as his side chased 166 to win the third.

Dernbach just about held his nerve in the last over this time around, though a last-ball wide opened the door for Sammy and the extra ball would have also been signalled wide had the home skipper succeeded in pulling his bat away.

He had earlier produced mixed results against a succession of Dernbach bouncers, with one remarkable hooked six offset by some wayward swings.

"We had a pretty clear plan to Sammy," Dernbach told Sky Sports 2.

"Obviously he came off in the last game but we watched some film and tried to work out where to bowl at him.

"To the guys at home, bowling so many short balls might not look like the right option but that's where we've had him in trouble. Sometimes you have to gamble and today it paid off.

"I tried hard, went away and worked hard this winter. It was important to get some cricket under my belt leading up to the World Cup and hopefully we can go and have a good campaign."

Dernbach's fellow paceman Chris Jordan was named man of the match, his three for 39 adding to a blistering 27 not out from nine balls - which included four sixes in the last over of England's innings - and a great catch to dismiss Dwayne Bravo.

Jordan said: "It was a good opportunity I got today, I'm glad I could take it.

"I've been striking it fairly decent all week, I'm just glad I got the balls I've been practising!

"I just wanted to get into the game, I did that with the bat and that rolled over into my bowling."

Captain Eoin Morgan added: "It was a fantastic game of cricket and outstanding by Chris, coming in to give Brezzy (Tim Bresnan) a bit of a rest. He showed the strength we have in the side and that's fantastic going into the World Cup."

England's all-Nottinghamshire opening pair Michael Lumb (63) and Alex Hales (38) put on 98 but the innings stalled somewhat until Jordan's late onslaught.

"The two Notts boys, Michael Lumb in particular was brilliant and set a good platform," said Morgan.

"We had a bit of a stop-start back 10 (overs) but Jords coming in at the end lifted us.

"Even with that platform, the West Indies only needed one good partnership and they got that. But the boys held their nerve right to the end really well."

England's limited-overs coach Ashley Giles is not yet convinced his team are in shape for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh but was encouraged by the performance.

"We're not quite ready, I'd say," he said after the dead-rubber win in a series which finished 2-1 in the hosts' favour.

"We've had one performance there with the top of the order, not a complete batting performance but I'd say that score was about par.

"But sometimes it's better to peak as you enter tournaments. We've got two warm-up games in Bangladesh, we feel we're starting to get close now and if you can get some momentum going, then who knows?

"If we get it right, we'll be dangerous."

West Indies captain Sammy said: "It was a good game, the fans have been entertained in all three matches.

"All credit to my guys for taking it down to the final over, we still had a chance had I not put a bat on that (last ball).

"We always back ourselves to get two or three boundaries in six balls, but today Dernbach was smarter than me so credit to him."


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