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Will Jacks, Sam Curran star as England beats West Indies by six wickets to level series

Jacks’ second ODI half century helped team reach 203-run target in the 33rd over in a low-scoring game compared to the series-opener in which 651 runs were scored

AP/PTI North Sound Published 08.12.23, 08:08 AM
Man of the Match Sam Curran successfully appeals for Shimron Hetmyer’s dismissal in the second ODI between England and the West Indies in Antigua on Wednesday.

Man of the Match Sam Curran successfully appeals for Shimron Hetmyer’s dismissal in the second ODI between England and the West Indies in Antigua on Wednesday. Getty Images

Sam Curran took 3/33 and Will Jacks hit 73 as England produced a clinical show to beat the West Indies by six wickets in the second ODI and level the three-match series.

Jacks’ second ODI ha­lf-century helped England reach the 203-run target in the 33rd over in a low-scoring game compared to the series-opener in which 651 runs were scored.

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England sent the Windies in at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium and bowled out the home team for 202 inside 40 overs. Curran, with his left-arm seam bowling, rocked
the top order by removing Brandon King and Keacy Carty before dismissing Shimron Hetmyer inside the first seven overs.

The hosts were reeling at 23/4 after seven overs before Shai Hope tried to rebuild the innings in a 129-run fifth-wicket partnership with Sherfane Rutherford, who scored 63. Hope (68) again top-scored for the Windies after his match-winning 109 not out in the first ODI, which the hosts won by four wickets.

Opener Will Jacks hits a six in England’s six-wicket win on Wednesday.

Opener Will Jacks hits a six in England’s six-wicket win on Wednesday. Getty Images

Hope reached his 25th ODI half-century off 44 balls and scored his 68 at a run-a-ball, trying to give impetus to an innings which flagged a little in the middle stages. Rutherford’s maiden fifty came off 71 balls.

Jacks, thereafter, gave the England innings a solid foundation. He shared a 50-run partnership with Phil Salt (21) for the first wicket and reached his half-century off 43 balls. His was the fourth England wicket to fall with the total at 116 in the 20th over.

Harry Brook (43 not out) and captain Jos Buttler (58 not out) then took charge and took England home with 17.1 overs to spare. At 36, Buttler reached 5,000 career runs in ODIs, after his counterpart Hope had reached the milestone in the first ODI.

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