West Indies v England: Stuart Broad thrilled after series win
West Indies v England: Stuart Broad reveals his delight after helping the tourist to a 2-1 ODI series victory
Stuart Broad could not hide his delight with England’s all-round display as they beat West Indies by 25 runs to win the one-day international series 2-1.
After losing the toss and being asked to bat, England put in a good display, as Joe Root recovered from a thumb injury to top score with 107.
Jos Buttler (99) and Moeen Ali (55) also played their part as the hosts were set an intimidating target of 304.
In reply, Dinesh Ramdin’s knock of 128 was an impressive cameo but they never looked like reaching the target and were bowled out for 278.
The win secured a series victory for the tourists – their first since beating New Zealand 375 days ago – and Broad was full of praise for his team.
“I’m very happy, especially with the way the batsmen played,” said Broad. “The last 10 overs of our innings were a pleasure to watch and won us the game.
“You had time to play yourself in. Jos did that superbly today. He looks unstoppable when he gets going like that.
“Yorkers will be important in Bangladesh. We saw the last delivery that the perfect yorker has a part to play. We have worked hard on our fielding and that has shown.”
Despite making a flying start, two wickets in two balls threatened to disrupt the innings as Dwayne Bravo accounted for Michael Lumb and Ben Stokes.
Root was the lynchpin and he ensured there would be no panic by making a pair of vital partnerships, first with Ali (73) and then Buttler (170), before completing a maiden one-day century.
The late departures of the Yorkshire youngster and Buttler tempered the celebrations for the visiting camp but they could still be pleased after making their best-ever ODI score against these opponents.
In a mirror image of the previous two matches, a top-order collapse ensued with Kieran Powell, Dwayne Smith, Darren Bravo and Lendl Simmons departing in quick succession, leaving Ottis Gibson’s side on 43-4.
Tight bowling from England’s bowling unit ensured that the hosts failed to build any momentum as the run-rate continued climbing to an unmanageable level.
Resistance from wicketkeeper Dinesh Ramdin kept visiting supporters biting their fingernails but a miraculous turnaround wasn’t to be.