Five points to remember as Moeen Ali and Jason Roy star in the comfortable win for England


Moeen Ali and Jason Roy both scored half-centuries in England’s win over the West Indies, which was 34 runs short of the required run total to even the series.

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Moeen Ali and Jason Roy were the heroes of England’s win over West Indies. This set up a thrilling T20I.

Roy and Moeen lost the toss to England and were then put in to bat. England posted a formidable first innings total of 193-6

Roy was slow to get going, scoring just 11 runs from 19 balls. But he blasted 39 of his next 15, and scored a six on Dominic Drakes for his half-century.

Roy formed an 85-run partnership and James Vince with Tom Banton, losing him for four in his second over. It was this partnership that gave rise to Moeen to teeoff.

Roy was caught by Kieron Pollard for 52, and Vince was caught by Akeal Hosein 34. The West Indies were threatening to enter the game.

Moeen, however, went on to dominate a 65-run partnership alongside Liam Livingstone scoring 48 runs and then going on to score just 63 runs off 28 balls.

Livingstone was able to strike one last lusty blow by hammering Pollard at 91 m sixes, but he died for only 16.

Moeen took 28 off one-over, beating Jason Holder for four consecutive sixes.

He was able to bring up his fifty from just 23 balls before being caught by Holder.

Sam Billings finished the proceedings with a flourish, hitting 13 balls off only four balls to propel England up to 193.

Kyle Mayers responded by trying to get the West Indies to bat. He scored 40 runs with just 23 balls.

Moeen had Mayers caught in deep in the eighth over to stop the hosts’ momentum. Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran and others struggled to find their boundary.

King was caught in deep off Moeen with 26 of 27 balls. Adil Rashed, England’s greatest weapon in white ball cricket, then dismissed Rovman Pooh cheaply.

Moeen gave Rashid an extra game after winning the match 100 in the previous game. This was in an attempt to eliminate Powell.

Rashid made a stunning googly that deceived Powell. He bowled him for only five runs, leaving England on top with West Indies at 78% after 11 overs.

Nicholas Pooran threatened that he would get moving in the 14th over, when he struck Livingstone two sixes.

Livingstone, however, had the last laugh and got Pooran arrested at long-on for 22.

Holder made a decent appearance at the end. He struck 32 runs off 23 balls but it was too late for West Indies. Holder holed out in 18th over, with his side needing 54 runs off 17 balls.

The West Indies were 35 runs short of their target, and England’s win sets up a dramatic winner-takes-all final T20I match on Sunday.

These are five points to remember…

England selects to have experience

England made two changes to the side by bringing in Sam Billings, Chris Jordan, and George Garton for Harry Brook, and opted for their strongest team.

England needed to win the remaining games to win the series so they chose to go with their experience.

Billings missed the last game due to illness, so it was inevitable that Billings would be back in. However, it was interesting to see England support Jordan rather than giving David Payne, Saqib Mahmood or Garton an opportunity.

It was an indication that England wanted to win the series and not just get new faces for the T20 World Cup. Jordan scored just 30 runs in his four overs, after being smashed for 23 in his last over in the second T20I.

Roy shows his class

Roy had a slow start to his innings. He scored just 11 runs on his first 19 balls. However, he was able to pick up his pace and score 52 runs on 42 balls.

Roy is the only member of England’s top-choice first-choice trio playing in this series. It is not surprising that his best innings began with slow starts.

Roy was at his best when he found his groove. Roy blasted three sixes that included a 101 m strike from Cottrell, which landed on the roof.

The captain delivers

Moeen was once again the captain and built on the platform set by Roy, Vince, to record his highest score in the series.

Moeen had scored 20 from his first 16 balls. Moeen then took the 18th over against Holder, scoring four consecutive sixes, and taking 28 off of the over.

Holder scored a remarkable 63 to win his half-century, which was enough to propel England towards 193-6.

Moeen played an important role in the ball’s success, dismissing King and Mayers and taking 2-28.

Mayers strong start

Mayers, who was first brought in for the series’ opening game, got the West Indies off on a great start. He blasted a 23-ball forty.

Mayers scored four sixes, two fours, and helped the hosts to take advantage of powerplay by scoring 56 runs in six innings.

Shai Hope was replaced by the 29-year old and he made the most of it. No other batter had any fluency in the first inning.

Spin for England

Mayers’ success against pace was the bulk of his, and England’s spin trio Moeen Rashid and Livingstone took the majority.

Moeen took out the openers and Rashid dismissed Powell and Livingstone. Pooran was just getting started when Rashid accounted for him.

They combined to pick up 474 runs from their ten overs. This left England’s seamers with 75 runs to defend the last five overs.