Windies collapsed to 45 all out in the second T20I in St Kitts, the second lowest total in the format, to hand England their biggest T20I win by 137 runs and resultantly the series with an unassailable 2-0 lead. At the back of England’s win were major contributions from Sam Billings, who scored 87 off 47 balls, and Chris Jordan, who stood out with figures of 2-0-6-4.
Chasing 183, Windies were stuttered by David Willey’s double strike very early on, when Chris Gayle and Shai Hope fell in a space of three balls in the same over. That followed another two-wicket over, when Jordan accounted for Darren Bravo and Jason Holder, the captain, off consecutive deliveries to leave the Windies reeling at 14 for 4 inside four overs.
Jordan, picked two more wickets in his next over, sending Nicholas Pooran and Fabian Allen back to the pavilion this time. It meant that the bowler, largely ignored from England’s ODI set-up, had picked four wickets in a space of eight balls, now having timed two back-to-back Twenty20 performances before the ODI World Cup.
At 22 for 6 at the end of the powerplay, the chase looked a lost cause. So ruthless were England that Jordan wasn’t even needed after his two-over burst. Adil Rashid and Liam Plunkett shared the remaining four wickets to skittle out Windies in only 11.5 overs.
It hadn’t started too well for England either. They were 32 for 4 inside the powerplay, with Allen accounting for Alex Hales and Joe Denly. That was when Billings and Root came together for an 82-run stand. Billings registered his highest score in the format, hitting 10 fours and 3 sixes en route to it whereas Root scored his first international half-century in three years.
Billings was out off the last ball of the innings, after having put on a quick-fire 68-run stand for the sixth wicket with Willey. It was Billings who did most of the scoring, showing his full array of shots to get England to a total that proved more than enough.
Brief Scores: England 182/6 in 20 overs (Billings 87, Root 55; Allen 2-29) beat Windies 45 in 11.5 overs (Hetmyer 10; Jordan 4-6) by 137 runs