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West Indies beat England in the fifth T20 to win the series 3-2.

England struggled for fluency after being called in to bat at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy and were knocked out for 132 off 19.3 overs.

With a magnificent penultimate over in which he took a wicket and conceded two runs, Sam Curran gave England a chance, leaving the hosts needing nine runs from the last.

Shai Hope’s tremendous six, however, secured victory with four balls to spare.

England fought hard with the ball, with Reece Topley claiming 2-17 and Adil Rashid taking 2-21, but Hope’s important run-a-ball 43 not out proved crucial.

The tourists’ timing was thrown off when they played on the same pitch where they set a record 267 in the fourth T20, with the surface offering more for the bowlers and the West Indies’ attack displaying much more consistency.

Only Liam Livingstone and Moeen Ali, with 28 and 23 runs respectively, made significant contributions as England lost their last five wickets for 11 runs.

The result caps a poor year for England’s white-ball teams, which included a 2-1 series defeat in the one-day internationals preceding the T20 part of the tour and a group-stage withdrawal from the 50-over World Cup in November.

England’s batting struggles in the decisive
Following two superb batting performances to tie the series from 2-0 down – chasing 223 in Grenada before the onslaught at this same venue – a third straight triumph proved too much for England.

The pitch was radically different from Tuesday, however England starter Salt still showed hints of his touch and power before Gudakesh Motie got one to pitch on leg stump and blast out middle.

England were 60-3 in the seventh over after Salt’s departure, and they never really recovered, with several left batters lamenting some sloppy dismissals.


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