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Dwayne Bravo (above) is extremely happy after taking the wicket of Ben Stokes © Getty Images

 

A stroke-filled maiden century by Denesh Ramdin just wasn’t enough as England held on to defeat the West Indies by 25 runs in the deciding third and final One-Day International (ODI) on Wednesday.

 

Ramdin’s 128, the first ODI hundred by a West Indies wicketkeeper, lifted the home side from 43 for four in pursuit of a daunting target of 304 when he was last out with the total on 278, bowled by Tim Bresnan having taken 14 runs off the first three deliveries of the 48th over.

 

Earlier, Joe Root battled through the considerable pain of a sore right thumb  — result of a blow inflicted by fast-medium bowler Ravi Rampaul at the start of his innings —to stroke his first hundred in this form of the game while Jos Buttler fell one run short of his own first ODI century to take England to 303 for six.

 

(With inputs from AFP)