England beat Windies by 26 runs, win ODIs 3-2
Allrounder Andrew Flintoff's hat trick in a career-best 5-19 piloted England to a 26-run win against West Indies and victory in the one-day international cricket series at Beausejour Stadium.cricket Updated: Apr 04, 2009 09:34 IST
Allrounder Andrew Flintoff's hat trick in a career-best 5-19 piloted England to a 26-run win against West Indies and victory in the one-day international cricket series at Beausejour Stadium.
England earned its first one-day series triumph in the Caribbean by 3-2 from 2-1 down, yesterday.
In a rain-shortened match, England, on the back of a top score of 48 from Kevin Pietersen, totaled 172-5 off 29 overs.
Opener Ravi Bopara contributed 44 while Paul Collingwood with 35 not out and Matt Prior on 25 not out beefed up the innings towards the end.
Left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn took 2-23 and medium pacer Kieron Pollard claimed 2-31.
Once West Indies lost captain Chris Gayle for a duck, the host was always under pressure. It eventually folded for 146 all out off 28 overs.
Dwayne Bravo topscored with 33 and fellow allrounder Pollard contributed 30 but they both departed in successive deliveries to end West Indian hopes.
Man of the match Flintoff supplied late drama with a hat trick, bowling Denesh Ramdin, trapping Ravi Rampaul leg before wicket and then rattling the stumps of Benn. His 5-19 off five overs was the third best figures for England in one-dayers.
James Anderson claimed Gayle on his way to 2-34 while there were also important wickets for Stuart Broad and Paul Collingwood.