In a gripping One Day International cricket match in Barbados, England sustained a setback against the West Indies, culminating their series with a 2-1 loss. The final match, punctuated by several rain disruptions, saw the West Indies chasing a recalculated target of 188 runs in 34 overs, courtesy of the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method.
A Rocky Chase for the West Indies
The West Indies' pursuit was anything but steady. Starting strong at 99 for two, they teetered at 135 for six, largely due to Will Jacks' unexpected three-wicket haul. However, Romario Shepherd's back-to-back sixes off Gus Atkinson - who conceded a whopping 24 runs in a single over - changed the game's trajectory. Shepherd's assertive 41 not out off 28 balls, coupled with Matthew Forde's 13 not out, catapulted the West Indies to a four-wicket victory with 14 balls to spare.
England's Struggle to Build Innings
Earlier in the day, England grappled to construct their innings, plummeting to 49 for five. England's captain, Jos Buttler, was dismissed for a golden duck. Despite the dismal start, Ben Duckett's 71 off 73 balls and Liam Livingstone's 45 enabled England to rally to 206 for nine in their reduced 40 overs. The multiple rain interruptions had curtailed the innings from the original 43 overs.
A Historic Series Victory for the West Indies
The resulting series win marks the West Indies' first home ODI series triumph over England since 1998, giving the hosts a tremendous boost, especially after failing to qualify for the 50-over World Cup. This series finale has been a disappointing commencement for England post-World Cup, presenting them with the challenge of rebuilding their team dynamics and strategies. Matthew Forde, the star of the show for the West Indies, was named player of the match on his ODI debut, picking up 3 wickets. This victory breaks the West Indies' 25-year-long wait to defeat England in a bilateral series at home, paving the way for a hopeful future.