England Won the 4th T20I match by 34 runs and also level this series by 2-2
England beat West Indies by 34 runs in their fourth Twenty20 game on Saturday, tying the series at 2-2 with one match remaining. Stand-in skipper Moeen Ali hit seven sixes and claimed two wickets.
With Eoin Morgan out of the series due to a quad injury, Ali batted 63 off 28 balls as the tourists added 59 runs in the last three overs to post 193-6. At the Kensington Oval, opener Jason Roy made 52 out of 42 deliveries.
West Indies were reduced to 159-5 after spinner Ali took 2-28 from four overs. Kyle Mayers top-scored with 40 runs off 23 balls, while Jason Holder hammered 36 runs off 24 balls, including two fours and three sixes.
The fifth and final game will be played at Bridgetown on Sunday.
Holder (3-44) was blasted for four consecutive sixes by Ali in the 18th over, capping an explosive finish to England’s innings.
The hosts needed 61 from the final 24 balls, but Chris Jordan (0-30) and Reece Topley (1-21), who were brought in with Sam Billings after missing Wednesday’s loss, kept their nerve to ensure the five-match series went to the wire.
After England lost the toss and were asked to bat first, Roy was dropped on three by Holder in the second over and shared an 85-run stand with James Vince (34) for the second wicket.
England’s innings appeared to be losing steam, with only 54 runs coming off 48 deliveries to leave them at 134-3 after 17 overs, until Ali opted to go after Holder, and the strategy paid off handsomely.
In response, the West Indies smashed their way to 56-0 in just six overs.
Adil Rashid (1-28) had a soothing effect on the group. Mayers and co-opener Brandon King (26) were trapped in the deep attempting to go big against Ali before Rashid delivered a googly that blasted through the gate of Rovman Powell (5), who had a tonne of success the previous time out.
Holder went after Rashid with two leg-side heaves for six to take his tally to 30 in a T20 international for the first time. A grandstand finish appeared to be on the cards, but Jordan gave up just seven runs in the 17th over to put an end to the home team’s hopes of winning the series.