Player of the Match
Player of the Match

END OF OVER:
20 | 22 Runs 1 Wkt | ENG: 182/6 | RR: 9.10

  • David Willey13 (9b)
  • Obed McCoy3-0-44-1
  • Carlos Brathwaite4-0-33-1

7.31pm Well, that was unexpected riches for England. They were in all sorts of bother at 32 for 4 in the Powerplay, but Root and Billings stitched the innings together with a fine fifth-wicket stand of 82, before Billings - carefully keeping his composure after running out his partner- turned on the afterburners. Alan will be back in five for the resumption.

Joe Guntrip: "Absolutely delighted for Billings! Such talent, never got a run of games which must be so difficult for him. Hopefully this score allows him to kick on, although not sure how he can cement a place in the first choice England XI"

Saran Raj: "2 CSK'ians have practiced well for the mega event that is gonna start on March 23 !!"

19.6
W
McCoy to Billings, OUT, edged and gone! Billings winds up for the wallop again, but McCoy finds his composure in the end. A superb innings comes to an end. That's what England have been waiting for Billings to do... Game on!

SW Billings c †Hope b McCoy 87 (47b 10x4 3x6) SR: 185.10

Saoirse: "As if the selectors needed any more headaches! Great knock"

19.5
4
McCoy to Billings, FOUR runs, short again, slapped again! No-one at midwicket, and Billings is motoring now!
19.4
6
McCoy to Billings, SIX runs, leans back, slapped high and hard over extra cover, and Brathwaite punches it over the rope! Tried to punch it back into play, but muffed it
19.3
2
McCoy to Billings, 2 runs, flogged high and hard down the ground, that's got snow on it! Hetmyer is underneath it, but looks like he'd rather be on Nevis than in Basseterre ... and unsurprisingly, he drops it!

Divy : "Isn't this a cricket website? Why is Liverpool and other footie related garbage flying in here. Let's get back to the great game instead of mindless ball-chasing suitable for plebs. The only Mo who we care for here is Mo Ali." Because I'll publish any old garbage, Divy ... aptly named, may I add!

19.2
4
McCoy to Billings, FOUR runs, reverse slap through fine leg! That's excellent manipulation, cashing in on the slower ball again, had all the time in the world to pick his spot
19.1
6
McCoy to Billings, SIX runs, slower ball, and slotted into the stands! Made room for himself, held his shape before committing to the stroke, and utterly lambasting it!

So, six balls to go, and England are in business again

END OF OVER:
19 | 22 Runs | ENG: 160/5 | RR: 8.42

  • David Willey13 (9b)
  • Sam Billings65 (41b)
  • Carlos Brathwaite4-0-33-1
  • Jason Holder4-0-29-0

Eleven runs from three overs, 22 from one. Tough on Brathwaite there ...

18.6
6
Brathwaite to Willey, SIX runs, another full toss, and here comes Willey! That's the power he can bring to the party, a crashing whoomph through the line, hard into the sightscreen below the commentary box!

And this is also Billings' highest international score, George adds

18.5
1
Brathwaite to Billings, 1 run, an inside-edged slog to backward square

This is the highest T20I total on this ground, previously 147, says George Dobell

18.4
4
Brathwaite to Billings, FOUR runs, flashed hard and flat, over long-on! Meeting the wide full toss with a violent bosh

Venu: "@craig jones: Archer is a seasonal player just like liverpool's Salaah.. if he plays in WC then that would be a absolute RUBBISH!!!" I have no idea what this means. Any clues?

18.3
1
Brathwaite to Willey, 1 run, round the wicket, heaved over the leg side from a tight off-stump line
18.3
2w
Brathwaite to Billings, 2 wides, fired down the leg side, and Brathwaite's figures are going south
18.2
4
Brathwaite to Billings, FOUR runs, four more, but not as intended! Very full, outside off again, Billings is standing on off stump so reaches it with an inside-edge drive past the off stump, and the keeper!
18.1
4
Brathwaite to Billings, FOUR runs, that's supreme from Billings! A Jos-Buttler-esque paddle-sweep, met on the full way outside off, and lofted over fine leg. Brathwaite's first boundary of his spell

Brathwaite is back. He's been excellent

END OF OVER:
18 | 6 Runs | ENG: 138/5 | RR: 7.66

  • David Willey6 (7b)
  • Sam Billings52 (37b)
  • Jason Holder4-0-29-0
  • Sheldon Cottrell3-0-28-1
17.6
2
Holder to Willey, 2 runs, flashed uppishly, out to no-man's land in the covers. Another couple to keep things ticking
17.5
2
Holder to Willey, 2 runs, punched into the covers, good sharp running again
17.4
0
Holder to Willey, no run, a mix-up! Willey scampers for the crease but just survives as the shy requires a gathering

Prasu: "Plunkett or t.Curran wid've been better than Willey, i dont remember Willey playing any effective innings with bat for Eng" He played what might have been a crucial hand in very similar circumstances in the World T20 final, as it happens.

17.3
1
Holder to Billings, 1 run, short and leg-sided, hoisted to deep midwicket
17.2
1
Holder to Willey, 1 run, wide full toss, that could have gone miles, but instead it lands inches short of McCoy at mid-off

Craig jones: "When is Archer eligible to play, this England team needs 30 above par on any pitch currently, archers pace gives the X factor on the bowling side also... " Next month, but don't tell Willey!

17.1
0
Holder to Willey, no run, a valuable dot as Willey slashes outside off

END OF OVER:
17 | 18 Runs | ENG: 132/5 | RR: 7.76

  • David Willey1 (2b)
  • Sam Billings51 (36b)
  • Sheldon Cottrell3-0-28-1
  • Carlos Brathwaite3-0-11-1
16.6
1
Cottrell to Willey, 1 run, very straight line, clipped straight to Gayle at short backward square, but that's a single every day of the week. He doesn't bend much these days...
16.5
1
Cottrell to Billings, 1 run, short once more, Billings was perhaps expecting the yorker, but flogs another pull to the leg side

West Indies 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st12CH GayleSD Hope
2nd1SD HopeSO Hetmyer
3rd1DM BravoSO Hetmyer
4th0JO HolderSO Hetmyer
5th6N PooranSO Hetmyer
6th2FA AllenSO Hetmyer
7th11CR BrathwaiteSO Hetmyer
8th2D BishooSO Hetmyer
9th4D BishooSS Cottrell
10th6D BishooOC McCoy