Ben Stokes trapped Carlos Brathwaite leg-before on his first-ball after ICC WT20 final    Getty Images
Ben Stokes trapped Carlos Brathwaite leg-before on his first-ball to him after the ICC WT20 final Getty Images

England trampled over West Indies in the third and final One-Day International at Barbados by 186 runs and thus claiming a well-deserved series whitewash. Leading 2-0 in the three-match ODI series, England set a humongous target of 329 for the West Indies to win, where they were always behind the eight ball. Liam Plunkett and Chris Woakes s line and length bowling in combination with some poor batsmanship on part of the home side led to the downfall of West Indies at Bridgetown. It was only the resolute Jonathan Carter, who stood tall and might in front of a rampaging attack. FULL Cricket Scorecard: West Indies vs England, 3rd ODI at Barbados

West Indies were off to a disastrous start, losing Kieran Powell and Evin Lewis in the first two overs itself. Powell (6) after hitting a six, chipped a simple catch at midwicket off Steven Finn, while Lewis attempting a pull shot, provided Chris Woakes an easy caught and bowl; went for a duck. Woakes continued to get easy wickets as Kraigg Brathwaite fell for 5. Brathwaite too perished the Kieran way giving a catch at midwicket to Alex Hales.

Jason Mohammed and Shai Hope brought some life into a rickety batting line-up. While Mohammed went on aggressive, Hope took the Test route, fending everything the English bowlers dished out. Liam Plunkett, who has been the highest wicket-taker this series, came into the attack and reaped instant reward. Plunkett kept to a probing line that saw the end of Mohammed s resistance for 26-ball 10.

Carter came out at No.6 in hopes of anchoring the innings. Hope, much like his teammates, did not last long, falling for a 42-ball 16. Plunkett continued his ascendance on the top of the wickets taker s list getting 2 in 2. First he claimed Hope for 16, and followed it up by a first-ball duck by Jason Holder.

Carter was joined by Carlos Brathwaite in the middle, and the pair did manage to delay the inevitable. Carter and Carlos Brathwaite added 30 runs from 8.4 overs, before the latter fell victim to Ben Stokes. Facing his first ball after the 4 sixes he smacked in ICC WT20 final last year, Stokes managed to get Carlos out leg-before for 7. Soon, Ashley Nurse too perished trying to go for the glory shot, for no reason whatsoever. Nurse tried to take on Woakes and fell for 6.

Carter’s resolute innings finally came to an end after 77 deliveries as he pulled a short-ball straight into the hands of Stokes. Carter missed his fourth ODI half-century by 4 runs departing on 46. Devendra Bishoo and Alzarri Joseph did provide the West Indies fans in the stadium a bit of joy hitting quite a few boundaries to frustrate England’s stay in the middle.

Adil Rashid, who came onto bowl very late into the innings, managed to pick up the final wicket of Bishoo for 10. Joseph remained not out on 22 runs in middle, to see England players uproot stumps as memorabilia in this historic 186-run victory. This was also West Indies’ fifth highest margin of defeat.

With this win, England for the first time since 1990 have completed a 3-0 clean sweep over West Indies.

Earlier, West Indies won the toss and asked England to bat first. Powered by Alex Hales and Joe Root’s tons, the visitors reached 328 in their quota of 50 overs. Joseph and Holder stood out among the bowlers; picking 4 and 3 wickets respectively.

Speaking about the series, both the ODIs at North Sound in Antigua were won by England. The first ODI saw visitors quite comfortably clinching a victory by 45 runs, the second ODI proved to be more of a thriller. It was Root and Chris Woakes, who ensured England gain an unassailable lead winning the match by 4 wickets, with only 10 balls to spare.

England are slated to play next against Ireland and South Africa before the ICC Champions Trophy in their backyard itself, while West Indies will play Pakistan at Home. West Indies’s chances of a direct qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 look very bleak after his loss.

Brief scores:

England 328 in 50 overs (Alex Hales 110, Joe Root 101; Alzarri Joseph 4 for 76, Jason Holder 3 for 41 ) beat West Indies 142 in 39.2 overs (Jonathan Carter 46, Shai Hope 16; Liam Plunkett 3 for 27, Chris Woakes 3 for 16 ) by 186 runs.

Man of the Match : Alex Hales

Man of the series: Chris Woakes

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