West Indies loses series against England

West Indies’ Alzarri Joseph celebrates taking the wicket of England’s Joe Root, left, during the One-Day International cricket match between England and the West Indies at the Oval cricket ground in London, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017.
Associated Press / Kirsty Wigglesworth

West Indies lost the five-match One-Day International 50-over series (3-0) against England despite a fighting knock by opener Evin Lewis career-best of 108 not out, giving the hosts a difficult target of 357 runs for victory at the Oval in London on Wednesday, Sept.27, 2017.

However, not even rain saved the West Indies from defeat as they lost by six runs under the Duckworth / Lewis system after the match was called off by the umpires because of a consistent drizzle. The regional team has lost two of the first three games with one being washed out because of rain.

When the match was called off England was batting 258 for five wickets, needed another 99 runs for victory but was ahead by six runs when rain washed out the remainder of the day’s play.

The 356 scored by the West Indies was the highest fourth total in One-Day Internationals and highest-ever against England.

England seemed on course to complete their highest-ever successful run chase when opener Jason Roy scored 84 in an opening stand of 126 with Johnny Bairstow who made 39.

But fast bowler Alzarri Joseph intervened with an outstanding spell to claim five for 56 to bring back West Indies into the contest by reducing England to 181 for five in the 28th over.

Joseph, at the age of 20 became the youngest fast bowler to take a five-wicket haul in One-Day Internationals.

However, Mooen Ali proved the Windies torment again, hitting an unbeaten 48 in a 77-run six-wicket stand with Jos Butler who made 43 not out, to get England ahead of the required run rate when the rain stopped play.

When West Indies batted after being sent in by England they slipped to 33 for three, with talismanic opener Chris Gayle out for two in the fourth over, with Shai Hope (11) and Marlon Samuels (1) back in the pavilion.

Lewis stroked 17 fours and seven sixes off 130 deliveries, the fourth highest individual score by a West Indies batsman in One-Day Internationals.

He added 168 with Captain Jason Holder in a record stand for the fifth wicket against England.

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