West Indies vs England 5th ODI: Thomas’ five-for, Gayle’s blitz ends series as 2-2 draw

Oshane Thomas five wickets West Indies England 5th ODI St Lucia cricket

Oshane Thomas finished with career-best figures of 5-21 off 5.1 overs

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Oshane Thomas took five wickets and Chris Gayle hammered a 27-ball 77 as the West Indies crushed England by seven wickets in the fifth ODI in St Lucia.

With their victory, the West Indies ensured the series ended as a 2-2 draw.

Opting to bowl first, the West Indies got an early breakthrough as Sheldon Cottrell clean bowled England opener Jonny Bairstow for 11.

Joe Root failed to have an impact either as he was caught by Cottrell at third man off the bowling of West Indies captain Jason Holder for one run.

Alex Hales, who opened the batting with Bairstow, managed to make 23 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Carlos Brathwaite.

Thomas joined the party by taking out England skipper Eoin Morgan for 18 before Ben Stokes was caught behind off the bowling of Brathwaite for 15.

Thomas then removed Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler in quick succession, while Holder sent Adil Rashid packing for a duck.

England ended up being skittled out for 113 when Tom Curran was cleaned up by Thomas for a duck.

Thomas was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Holder and Brathwaite snapped up two wickets apiece. As for Cottrell, he chipped in with one.

Chasing 114 to win, the West Indies got off to a scoring start, largely thanks to Gayle, as he and John Campbell amassed a 40-run partnership in slightly more than three overs.

However, Campbell fell on the 20th ball of the innings as he was clean bowled by Mark Wood for one run.

Gayle and Shai Hope added 53 runs to the score before Gayle was cleaned up by Wood for 77, which came off 27 balls and included five boundaries and nine sixes.

Gayle made history during his knock as he scored the fastest ODI fifty by a West Indian batsman.

Hope ended up being clean bowled by Woakes for 13, but Shimron Hetmyer and Darren Bravo mopped up the remaining runs to lead the West Indies to victory with 227 balls to spare.

Wood was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Woakes claimed one.

Thomas was named Man of the Match.

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