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England claim T20 series win after embarrassing West Indies with a 137-run thrashing in St Kitts
Chris Jordan takes 4-8 as Windies are skittled for just 45
England skittled the West Indies for just 45 to claim their heaviest Twenty20 victory in a contest settled by a devastating four-wicket blast by Chris Jordan.
Having posted 182 for six, with Sam Billings doing the heavy lifting with a career-best 87 from 47 balls, the tourists wiped their opponents out in less than 12 overs to seal a 137-run win and take the three-match series 2-0.
The Windies total was the lowest ever made by a full member nation and just six more than the record low set by Holland in 2014. It was also England’s biggest winning margin, comfortably clearing their 116-run rout of Afghanistan.
Jordan was the headline act, taking four for six in two masterful overs of white-ball bowling that are sure to reignite his case for a World Cup berth this summer, with David Willey, Adil Rashid and Liam Plunkett chiming in with two apiece.
England captain Morgan was delighted with the way his side recovered from their awful start and how they adapted to the conditions.
He said: “We didn’t get off to a great start, conditions were completely different here again to what we experienced in St Lucia, but one huge positive today is we’ve adapted to conditions extremely well.
“With our backs against the wall at 20 for four, the partnership between Joe Root and Sam Billings was absolutely outstanding, and Sam managed to kick on and get us an above-par score.
“And from there we really did grab hold of momentum and our bowlers and fielding was outstanding.”
Morgan, who admitted he and Curran were “lucky to come out unscathed” after the two collided in the field, concedes there is still work to be done for his side despite the win.
He added: “I still think we’ve got to keep learning. The first four guys to get out didn’t do a great job. We’ve got improvements to make for the game in two days’ time and hopefully we can do that.”