ENGLAND LOSE AGAIN

The England Cricket Team lost the 2nd T20 match against West Indies by 5 wickets yesterday at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown. With that defeat, they lost the series as well. Now, they would go into the third and final match only to restore their pride.

The Caribbean team was playing without their champion mystery spinner Sunil Narine who had got injured in the first match; still they didn’t give England an inch and put up a thoroughly professional performance.

The toss was won by the English stand-in captain Eoin Morgan who decided that his team would bat first.

The left arm seamer Krishmar Santokie gave England some early blows with his variations. The leg spinner Samuel Badree provided him ample support by keeping it tight from the other end and it was because of the effort of these two that the Poms were struggling big time when the power play finished.

Although, Jos Buttler and Alex Hales did some rebuilding work, but, so much damage had been done upfront that despite their partnership, England managed to reach just over 150.

For the power packed West Indies batting line up, it was a nothing score on a flat pitch. Dwayne Smith and Chris Gayle as usual started with booming hits and then later on, the calm heads of Samuels and Simmons took over.

West Indies was still in trouble though at the end after losing some quick wickets, but, Darren Sammy who is renowned for finishing games did his job to perfection and by hitting 3 sixes and a couple of boundaries, he saw his team home.

The man of the match award went to Santokie who made a significant impact in the match with the ball. He managed to dismiss 4 English batsmen.

STOKES HITS 100

England’s young middle order batsman, Ben Stokes, scored his first test century on the 5th day of the third Ashes test match which was played at Perth, Western Australia. However, despite his brilliant knock, his team couldn’t chase down the huge target of 504 posted by the Aussies. England lost the game by 150 runs.

Stokes’ knock was really a big positive for England. The young man was under huge pressure when he had walked out at the crease, but, he maintained his composure and played good, aggressive cricket. He took on the short balls dished out my Mitchell Johnson and also went after Nathan Lyon whenever he tried to give the ball some loop.

Nobody had expected the English team to get even close to that huge target and rightly so because of the consistently deteriorating Perth surface. But, Stokes by building a couple of big partnerships with Ian Bell and Matt Prior respectively had threatened to take the game away from the Aussies at one point of time.

At lunch on day 5, England required just 170 odd runs to win and they had 4 wickets in hand. Anything could have happened from that stage. England just needed Stokes to be there in the middle, but, that didn’t happen. While trying to sweep Nathan Lyon, the Durham left hander under edged one to the wicker keeper and returned back to the changing room.

The Aussies didn’t take much time in knocking over the England tail after that. Mitchell Johnson with his hostile fast bowling claimed 2 out of the last 3 wickets and helped his team regain the little urn after a long period of time.

There are two games still remaining in the ongoing Ashes series. They will be played at Melbourne and Sydney respectively.