West Indies v England: Eoin Morgan thrilled with timely win
West Indies v England: Eoin Morgan praises Michael Lumb after the tourists seal a five-run win on Thursday
Eoin Morgan expressed his delight after England countered a tense finish to end the Twenty20 series with a five-run win against the West Indies.
Batting first, England reached 165/6 after a 98-run opening partnership from Michael Lumb and Alex Hales before a late cameo from Chris Jordan.
The latter’s impact wouldn’t end there though as he took three wickets to ensure the hosts could only make 160-7, despite a knock of 69 from Lendl Simmons.
Victory for Ashley Giles’s side ended a run of five successive defeats in the T20 format, and skipper Morgan was quick to recognise Jordan’s contribution as the catalyst.
“It was a fantastic game of cricket and outstanding by Chris, coming in to give Brezzy (Tim Bresnan) a bit of a rest,” Morgan told Sky Sports.
“He showed the strength we have in the side and that’s fantastic going into the World Cup.
“The two Notts boys, Michael Lumb in particular, was brilliant and set a good platform.
“We had a bit of a stop-start back 10 (overs) but Jords coming in at the end lifted us.
“Even with that platform, the West Indies only needed one good partnership and they got that. But the boys held their nerve right to the end really well.”
Despite a solid start from Lumb and Hales, the wheels threatened to come off as five wickets fell for just 32 runs as the middle order failed to take advantage.
It was to be a moot point though as Barbadian-born Jordan clubbed a quartet of fours from Dwayne Bravo’s final over to set the target.
The chase immediately got off to a poor start as Dwayne Smith chopped the opening ball onto his stumps before Johnson Charles’s dismissal the hosts on 4-2.
A pair of wickets in a single Ravi Bopara over left the hosts in trouble on 67-5, but a 70 partnership between Simmons and Dinesh Ramdin threatened to spoil the celebrations.
Darren Sammy’s big hitting couldn’t complete the turnaround though as Jade Dernbach kept his cool.
Attentions now turn to the World Twenty20 tournament in Bangladesh as both sides look to make an impact.