England (226/3) defeat West Indies (222/6) by 7 wickets in the 3rd T20I to narrow the deficit to 2-1

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The third T20I match between West Indies (WI) and England (ENG) is set to take place on Saturday, December 16, at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada. Notably, the hosts have already gained a 2-0 lead, by winning the first two games of the five-match series.

Speaking of the second T20I which was held at St George's in Grenada, England captain Jos Buttler won the toss and opted to field first. The Windies got off to a flying start with Brandon King and Kyle Mayers adding 43 runs in 5.4 overs before the latter was dismissed for just 17 runs. King continued his power hitting and scored an unbeaten 82 off just 52 deliveries and helped his side post a competitive score of 176 runs. Captain Rovman Powell also contributed significantly, scoring 50 off a mere 28 balls batting down the order. For England, Adil Rashid and Tymal Mills finished with figures of 2/11 and 2/30, respectively.

During the run chase, England did not have the best of starts, however, the No. 4 batter Sam Curran scored a half-century to provide his side a sigh of hope. However, Alzarri Joseph claimed a three-wicket haul as West Indies restricted England to 166 to clinch victory by 10 runs. The Caribbean team will now eye for another win in the forthcoming game to clinch the series.

Andre Russell picked up three wickets in the first match before registering his worst T20I figures of 4-0-66-0 in the second game. The all-rounder will be desperate to make amends as West Indies look to take an invincible 3-0 lead.

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Squads:

West Indies Squad:
Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran(w), Rovman Powell(c), Shimron Hetmyer, Andre Russell, Romario Shepherd, Akeal Hosein, Gudakesh Motie, Alzarri Joseph, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Sherfane Rutherford, Matthew Forde

England Squad: Jos Buttler(w/c), Philip Salt, Will Jacks, Ben Duckett, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley, Chris Woakes, Gus Atkinson, John Turner, Rehan Ahmed

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England have won the toss and decided to bowl first.

West Indies (Playing XI) - Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran, Sherfane Rutherford (In for Shimron Hetmyer), Rovman Powell (C), Gudakesh Motie, Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph.

England (Playing XI) - Jos Buttler (C/WK), Phil Salt, Will Jacks, Liam Livingstone, Harry Brook, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Gus Atkinson (In for Chris Woakes), Adil Rashid, Reece Topley (In for Rehan Ahmed), Tymal Mills.
 
Score Updates
West Indies 81/3 after 10 overs. Need to put the foot on the accelerator now. Atleast 180 runs required on this pitch.
 
West Indies looking good to post a competitive total on board They are 120/4 after 13 overs.
 
Windies have scored more than 200 again.

They and India hitting good form at the moment and likely finalists
 
West Indies put a mammoth total of 222/6 on board. Now England needs to chase 223 runs in their quota of 20 overs in a last ditch effort to keep the series alive.

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England's first wicket falls at 115 after 11.3 overs. Jos Buttler departs after a handy knock of 51(34). England calling the shots at the moment. It's now theirs game to lose but let's see what West Indies can do now.
 
Score Updates
West Indies 81/3 after 10 overs. Need to put the foot on the accelerator now. Atleast 180 runs required on this pitch.
Wow they scored 141 from the last 10 overs ? Meanwhile PAK huff and puff more often than not to score 160 in 20.
 
Brook winning it for ENG with this late cameo. Russell misses his yorker length and pays the price !
 
ENG stay in the series. Salt needed to convert his usual quickfire starts into a big knock given the size of this chase, and did exactly that. Ordinary death bowling from WI.

2-1 with two to play.
 
should look at dropping russel for the next game, nearly cost them the 2nd game and has cost them today
shepherd for another AR or forde for a pure bowling option
 
Match Report :

Phil Salt's stunning century helped England pull off their third-highest T20 international chase as they beat West Indies by seven wickets in the third T20 in Grenada.

Salt brought up his first T20 international hundred off 51 balls and finished unbeaten on 109, with Harry Brook smashing the 21 runs needed off the final over to ensure England chased 223 with a ball to spare in an incredible win.

Nicholas Pooran's 45-ball 82 led West Indies to 222-6 as Adil Rashid finished the pick of the England attack by taking 2-32. England are 2-1 down in the five-match series with two left to play. Salt and Jos Buttler both passed fifty as they put on 115 for the first wicket to give England hope, with Salt, who hit nine sixes and four fours, continuing the brutal hitting after his captain was out for 51.

England needed 31 to win off the final two overs but Alzarri Joseph held his nerve in the penultimate over as he conceded only 10 to give the hosts the upper hand.

But Brook, who was on seven from two balls heading into the final over, calmly hit a four and two sixes off the experienced Andre Russell's first three balls to put England on the brink of victory. He and Salt then ran two before Brook flashed at a wide one from Russell and it flew over the boundary at deep third.

The fourth T20 is in Trinidad on Tuesday.
 
Never omit West Indies from a world t20 ever again. ICC simps take notes.

The last world t20 could’ve been the greatest sports tournament of all time if WI played. Instead it’s the greatest t20 WC of all time only.
 
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