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Lumb and Jordan saved England from being whitewashed 3-0
England opening batsman Michael Lumb hammered a spectacular half-century and pace bowler Chris Jordan smashed a quickfire 27 and took three wickets to lead their side to a nail-biting five-run consolation win over the West Indies in the third and final Twenty20 International in Barbados.
Even though England won the match, West Indies batsman Lendl Simmons deserves a lot of credit as well as he walloped a valiant half-century.
England stand-in captain Eoin Morgan would have been delighted with his decision to bowl first as Lumb and Alex Hales amassed a 98-run partnership, during which Lumb brought up his half-century, before he was caught by Dwayne Bravo to give debutant Sheldon Cottrell his first Twenty20 wicket.
Lumb’s career-best knock of 63 came off 40 balls and included nine boundaries and two sixes.
Hales ended up making 38 before he was caught by Simmons at long-on off the bowling of Cottrell.
Morgan made 18 runs before he was caught by Dwayne Smith at deep midwicket off the bowling of Sunil Narine.
Jos Buttler only scored three runs before he was caught by West Indies captain Darren Sammy in the cover region off the bowling of Krishmar Santokie.
Santokie struck again just two balls later when he clean bowled Ben Stokes for a golden duck.
Moeen Ali failed to have an impact as well as he was run out by Santokie for three runs.
England eventually finished on 165/6 off their 20 overs thanks to Jordan’s quickfire knock of 27 off nine balls, which included four sixes.
Santokie and Cottrell picked up two wickets apiece, while Narine chipped in with one.
Chasing 166 to win, the West Indies got off to a horrible start as Smith was clean bowled by Jade Dernbach off the very first ball of the innings.
Johnson Charles only made four runs before he was caught and bowled by Jordan.
Marlon Samuels scored 15 runs before he was clean bowled by Jordan.
Bravo made 16 runs before he was brilliantly caught by Jordan at deep midwicket off the bowling of Ravi Bopara.
Andre Russell failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught by Morgan off the bowling of Bopara.
Simmons and Denesh Ramdin stabilised the innings with a 73-run partnership before Ramdin was cleaned up by Jordan for 33.
Simmons ended up making 69 off 55 balls, which included seven boundaries and two sixes, before he was run out by Dernbach.
Needing 13 runs to win off the last three balls, the West Indies failed to reach their target and lost the match by five runs as a result.
Jordan was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Bopara snapped up two and Dernbach chipped in with one.
Despite losing the match, Sammy was pleased to have walked away with a 2-1 series win, and said: “We didn’t get across the line but it was a good game. I think the fans were entertained. We’d have had a chance if I hadn’t got bat on that last ball. But today Dernbach was better than me. It was a great effort by the bowlers, the way we fought back in the last 10 overs was really good.”
Morgan was pleased to have ended the tour on a high, and said: “Fantastic game, outstanding performance from Chris. The two Notts boys were brilliant, especially Michael. We were a bit stop-start but Chris at the end was brilliant. It was difficult to get yourself in. There are a lot of positives today. I thought the guys held their nerve really well.”
Jordan was named Man of the Match for his all-round performance, and said: “It was a good chance I got today, just glad I could take it. I just wanted to get into the game, I did that with the bat. All I can do when I put on an England shirt is do the best I can.”