Hetmyer, Cottrell earn Windies sensational series-leveling win

Second ODI, Kensington Oval, Barbados
West Indies 289-6 (50 overs): Hetmyer 104*, Gayle 50
England 263 (47.4 overs): Stokes 79, Morgan 70, Cottrell 5-46
West Indies win by 26 runs

West Indies produced an inspired fightback to claim a thrilling 26-run victory over England and level the one-day series at 1-1 in Barbados.

Chasing 290 for victory, England lost their last six wickets for 35 runs as they subsided to 263 all out.

Jason Holder dismissed Jos Buttler and Tom Curran in consecutive balls during England’s collapse, while Sheldon Cottrell took a career-best 5-46.

Shimron Hetmyer made an unbeaten 104 in West Indies’ 289-6.

Just two days ago, England chased down a record 360 with ease to win the opening match of the series by six wickets.

The third ODI takes place in Grenada on Monday.E

Holder inspires Windies

A 99-run stand for the fourth wicket between Eoin Morgan, who made 70, and Ben Stokes left England in a comfortable position, needing just over a run a ball.

But captain Holder’s decision to bring himself back into the attack in the 35th over, with England needing 100 to win, changed the game.

Stokes was the first to fall as he chased a wide, full delivery from Holder and edged to wicketkeeper Shai Hope for 79.

Buttler skied a Holder off-cutter to Hetmyer in Holder’s next over, before Curran was lbw to a delivery that replays suggested was comfortably missing leg stump.

BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS – FEBRUARY 22: Sheldon Cottrell of the West Indies celebrates dismissing Jason Roy of England during the 2nd One Day International match between the West Indies and England at Kensington Oval on February 22, 2019 in Bridgetown, Barbados. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Curran was unable to challenge – Stokes had used England’s only review on his dismissal – and the tourists, with the run-rate climbing, never recovered.

With the tension growing, Holder dropped a simple chance to reprieve Adil Rashid at cover, but his decision to bring Cottrell back on reaped instant rewards.

He had Rashid caught behind and two balls later Moeen Ali was bowled around his legs, before Liam Plunkett drove Carlos Brathwaite to long-off.

It was fitting that Holder, West Indies’ inspirational skipper, took the catch that sealed their first one-day win over England since 2014.

Hetmyer’s 83-ball century earlier helped West Indies recover from a quiet middle-over period.

He struck seven fours and four sixes, mixing quick singles with powerful strikes over the leg side, and guided the hosts well in the closing overs.

Hetmyer and Brathwaite took 18 off one Stokes over, including two flat sixes, before Mark Wood bowled Brathwaite with a slower ball.

Nurse and Hetmyer shared an unbroken 52-run stand in 5.3 overs, with Hetmyer drilling down the ground to reach three figures off the penultimate delivery of the innings.

Opener Chris Gayle, who scored 135 in the first ODI, made a 50 which included four sixes before he was bowled aiming to hit leg-spinner Rashid across the line.

Rashid ran out Darren Bravo for 25 with a direct hit from short third man.

Jason Roy also produced a brilliant throw, running to his right from backward point and aiming at one stump, to dismiss Holder. (BBC Sports)