Jordan inspires England in Barbados
By Callum Dent
Chris Jordan starred with both bat and ball as England signed off their tour of the Caribbean with a narrow five-run victory over West Indies in the third and final Twenty20 international in Barbados.
After hitting a quartet of maximums in the final over to lift his side to 165 for six, the Barbados-born all-rounder then took three wickets to help the tourists end a five-match losing streak in this format ahead of the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
Jordan added late impetus after coach Ashley Giles' side had initially struggled to build on a stunning 98-run opening partnership from Michael Lumb, who struck a T20I-best of 63 off 40 deliveries, and Alex Hales.
Lumb and Hales’ departures, both to Sheldon Cottrell, started a collapse which saw England lose six wickets for 40 runs, but Jordan ensured his side posted a winning score with an unbeaten 27 off nine balls.
In contrast to the previous two matches, the Windies struggled at the start of their innings as Jade Dernbach’s dismissal of Dwayne Smith was followed up by Jordan’s double strike.
England appeared to be heading for victory when Ravi Bopara claimed two wickets in five balls, including Dwayne Bravo courtesy of a fine catch by Jordan, but Lendl Simmons and Denesh Ramdin had other ideas with a stand of 73 in less than eight overs.
However, Jordan - on the ground where he used to play growing up - returned to bowl Ramdin for 33 and Simmons was run out for 69, leaving West Indies with 17 to win off the final over which proved too much despite the best efforts of Darren Sammy.
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9.50pm - Stand-in England captain Eoin Morgan said: "It was a fantastic game of cricket and outstanding by Chris, coming in to give Bressy (Tim Bresnan) a bit of a rest. He showed the strength we have in the side and that's fantastic going into the World Cup."
9.33pm - West Indies captain Darren Sammy, whose side won the rubber 2-1, is man of the series. He said: "It was a good game, the fans have been entertained in all three matches.
"All credit to my guys for taking it down to the final over; we still had a chance had I not put a bat on that (last ball).
"We always back ourselves to get two or three boundaries in six balls, but today Dernbach was smarter than me so credit to him."
9.31pm - Chris Jordan is man of the match after striking four sixes in an unbeaten 27 off nine balls, taking three wickets and claiming a superb catch.
He said: "It was a good opportunity and I was glad I could take it. I have been striking it fairly decent all week. That gave me confidence, 100 percent. I was glad to put in a good performance for England."
West Indies Innings
9.12pm - ENGLAND WIN BY FIVE RUNS!! West Indies 160/7; Sammy 15, Narine 0 - England end their tour of the Caribbean with a victory after Sammy failed to find the boundary at the end. Sammy hesitated whether to hit a wide Dernbach delivery and could only punch into the off-side.
Wide! Sammy on the floor trying to reach it! Chaos. 6 to win! #WIvEng — England Cricket (@ECB_cricket) March 13, 2014
9.09pm - Sammy keeps West Indies in the game with a pulled six off Dernbach, leaving seven runs to win from the final two deliveries. What a finale!
9.07pm - WICKET! Simmons run out 69; WI 152/7 - Simmons is run out by Morgan after trying to sneak another run from an overthrow.
9.03pm - Darren Sammy cuts and pulls to the boundary, either side of a wide, to leave West Indies requiring 17 from the final over to win.
9pm - WICKET! Ramdin b Jordan 33; WI 140/6 - Jordan bowls Ramdin after the batsman tries to play a big shot with his side now needing 26 off eight balls.
8.55pm - Simmons smashes Dernbach for a four and a six before Ramdin finds the boundary off Bopara to leave the Windies needing 32 off the final two overs.
8.45pm - FIFTY! Simmons (43b 6x4 1x6) - Simmons moves to the off side and flicks a Jordan ball past short fine-leg to reach a half-century. A fine knock from the right-hander. The hosts require 53 from 24 balls.
8.33pm - However, Simmons and Denesh Ramdin up the ante and take 17 off Bopara's next over to give West Indies a chance.
8.29pm - Tredwell has performed admirably yet again, conceding just 18 runs off four overs, while Bopara continues to cause problems at the other end.
8.26pm - WICKET! Russell c Morgan b Bopara 0; WI 67/5 - West Indies are in trouble now as Bopara strikes again. Andre Russell top-edges a delivery and Morgan takes a simple catch at cover. The hosts require another 99 runs for victory.
8.23pm - WICKET! Bravo c Jordan b Bopara 16; WI 66/4 - Jordan is having an excellent game! This time he makes up ground on the midwicket boundary and dives to his right to catch Bravo, who lifted Ravi Bopara into the deep off the back foot.
8.22pm - Simmons is into his rhythm now, cutting Parry and sweeping James Tredwell to the rope. Dwayne Bravo also dances down the pitch and lifts Tredwell to the midwicket boundary.
8.12pm - West Indies have struggled against England's pace attack, reaching 36 for three at the end of the powerplay. But Lendl Simmons frees his arms and slog-sweeps spinner Stephen Parry for six.
8.01pm - WICKET! Samuels b Jordan 15; WI 28/3 - Samuels' explosive cameo comes to an end when he plays on trying to cut Jordan.
7.56pm - Marlon Samuels refuses to get bogged down by Dernbach, taking the seamer for three fours in his second over. The right-hander then skies a slower delivery but Eoin Morgan, diving to his right, cannot get close enough to take the catch.
7.47pm - WICKET! Charles c & b Jordan 4; WI 4/2 - It's Chris Jordan's time to shine with the ball now as he has Johnson Charles, who was trying to flick into the leg side, caught and bowled off a leading edge.
7.40pm - WICKET! Smith b Dernbach 0; WI 0/1 - What a start for England! Jade Dernbach angles a delivery back into Dwayne Smith and the right-hander can only chop it on to his stumps.
7.28pm - END OF INNINGS! England 165/6; Bopara 6, Jordan 27 - Barbados-born Chris Jordan hits four sixes, including three in a row, off the final over from Bravo to lift England to 165.
7.24pm - England have failed to fire here as only two runs come off the penultimate over, bowled by the excellent Santokie.
7.19pm - WICKET! Moeen run out 3; Eng 138/6 - Moeen digs out a yorker and makes his way down the pitch, only for Santokie to make up ground and succeed with a direct hit.
2 overs left, 138/5. England have been pegged back very well by the West Indies, but a good total is still in the offing. #WIvEng — England Cricket (@ECB_cricket) March 13, 2014
7.16pm - Ravi Bopara and Moeen Ali are charged with the task of lifting England to a competitive total.
7.12pm - WICKET! Stokes b Santokie 0; Eng 128/5 - Ben Stokes is bowled through the gate by Santokie first ball. The left-arm seamer is halting England's progress.
7.09pm - WICKET! Buttler c Sammy b Santokie 3; Eng 128/4 - England are losing momentum here as Buttler skies a Santokie delivery and Sammy takes a fine catch at cover. That was in the air for some time, similarly to Lumb's dismissal.
7.05pm - WICKET! Morgan c Smith b Narine 18; Eng 123/3 - Morgan rocks back and lifts Narine straight down the throat of Dwayne Smith on the deep midwicket boundary.
7pm - As expected, things have slowed down slightly since Lumb and Hales departed. Bravo is using his variations superbly.
6.53pm - WICKET! Hales c Simmons b Cottrell 38; Eng 112/2 - Hales cannot middle a short Cottrell delivery and is caught on the long-on boundary by Lendl Simmons. Jos Buttler is next to the crease.
6.52pm - Eoin Morgan is the new batsman and after initially struggling against Marlon Samuels, the left-hander clubs Cottrell back over his head for a maximum. Fine shot.
The 100 is up in 69 balls. #WIvEng — England Cricket (@ECB_cricket) March 13, 2014
6.45pm - WICKET! Lumb c Bravo b Cottrell 63; Eng 98/1 - An excellent innings from Lumb comes to an end when he misreads a slower Cottrell delivery and can only succeed in launching the ball high in the air to Dwayne Bravo, who takes a smart catch at cover.
6.42pm - Hales dances down the pitch and lifts Sammy to the backward-square boundary. England are four short of three figures after half their innings. A big score beckons!
6.38pm - Sammy and Cottrell have put the brakes on England slightly in the last couple of overs, with only 10 runs conceded. A single sees Lumb register his best score in T20Is.
6.31pm - CHANCE! - Lumb smashes a full delivery back at Sammy, who cannot hold on to a sharp chance. That would have been some catch from the Windies skipper.
6.30pm - FIFTY! Lumb (27b 8x4 2x6) - Lumb drives into the off side for two to reach his third Twenty20 international half-century.
6.25pm - Lumb is playing Narine superbly, rocking onto the back foot and clubbing the spinner over midwicket for four. A brilliant powerplay from England brings 64 runs.
6.20pm - Alex Hales takes successive boundaries off Santokie before Lumb continues to take the attack to the Windies, hitting the seamer and Sunil Narine for six. A sliced four past backward point sees England race beyond 50 inside the fourth over.
Lumb goes big, straight over mid-off and it's six runs. Lovely shot. 38/0 from 3 overs. #WivEng — England Cricket (@ECB_cricket) March 13, 2014
6.10pm - A superb over from England sees Lumb smash a quartet of fours off Sheldon Cottrell’s first set of six. This is the momentum they failed to acquire in the first two matches of the series.
6.05pm - Michael Lumb edges just short of Darren Sammy at first slip before clipping Krishmar Santokie to the midwicket boundary to get England up and running.
6pm - Krishmar Santokie will bowl the first over. Lumb is on strike.
5.55pm - England have been troubled by the new ball in the opening two matches so Michael Lumb and Alex Hales will be targeting an improvement today.
5.45pm - England: Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Ravi Bopara, Chris Jordan, James Tredwell, Stephen Parry, Jade Dernbach.
West Indies: Dwayne Smith, Johnson Charles, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin, Darren Sammy, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Krishmar Santokie, Sheldon Cottrell.
5.40pm - England make two changes as Chris Jordan and Ben Stokes come in for Tim Bresnan, who is rested, and the injured Luke Wright. West Indies make three alterations to their side with Chris Gayle rested, Samuel Badree injured and Ravi Rampaul dropped. Johnson Charles, the fit-again Sunil Narine and Sheldon Cottrell all play.
5.30pm - ENGLAND WIN THE TOSS AND BAT! - Stand-in skipper Eoin Morgan calls correctly and opts to bat first.
5.25pm - With the series already beyond the tourists, coach Ashley Giles’ side will be hoping to use the final game in the Caribbean as a chance to end a five-match losing streak in this format and generate some momentum ahead of the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
So it's time for the final T20 before the guys head to Bangladesh. Would be great to head there with a win. #WIvEng pic.twitter.com/HqgP8wg1fM — England Cricket (@ECB_cricket) March 13, 2014
5.15pm - Good afternoon and welcome to ecb.co.uk’s live text commentary of the third and final Twenty20 international between West Indies and England in Barbados.