West Indies v England: Stuart Broad hails ‘awesome’ bowling display
West Indies v England: Captain Stuart Broad heaps praise on his bowlers after a three-wicket win to level the series
Stuart Broad praised England’s “awesome” bowling display as they edged to a three-wicket win in the Second one-day international against the West Indies.
Lendl Simmons (70) proved to be a testing presence but the rest of the line-up failed to follow suit, as the home side set a target of 160.
Despite some nervous moments, crucial contributions from Michael Lumb (39) and Ravi Bopara (38) bookended the innings to help the tourists edge home and level the series.
Prior to the game, England had only triumphed in one of their last seven ODI fixtures, and Broad was pleased to notch up a victory.
“We’re delighted to have won,” Broad told BBC Sport.
“The guys learned from the other day and to bowl the West Indies out for under 160 was great.
“We had a nice start and then a little wobble, but we got over the line in the end. Spinners picked up a lot of wickets today and looked hard to score off, which creates pressure.
“We just took it five runs at a time – if you’re chasing 60 you think it’s a lot, if you’re chasing five it’s easier to chase it down.
“That’s why Ravi’s batting at seven, we know he’s a strong finisher and it was great to see him take that responsibility on.
“We’re on a new wicket on Wednesday and we’ll have to adjust to that.”
It seemed to be a case of dejà vu from Friday’s meeting as the hosts were reduced to 30-3 as a four-pronged spin attack stopped any momentum building.
The defiant double act of Simmons and Dwayne Bravo offered resistance, before a moment of controversy intervened.
Replays suggested that the ball may have slipped from Jos Buttler’s grasp prior to the stumping but Bravo was eventually given his marching orders.
A collapse ensued soon after as Simmons, Dinesh Ramdin, Darren Sammy, Sunil Narine and Ravi Rampaul made just 14 runs between them as Manchester City fan Stephen Parry capped a good day with a trio of debut wickets.
Needing a run rate of 3.2 per over, the opening pair were making serene progress before Moeen Ali departed for 10 and Luke Wright fell for a duck.
The tide turned rapidly though as the tourists went from 79-2 to 105-7 but experienced campaigners Bopara and Broad (28 not out) held their nerve.
Ashley Giles’s team will now be looking to complete the turnaround in Wednesday’s decider, after ending their winless run at North Sound.