Eoin Morgan Reckons Death Bowling Is The Hardest Job In World Cricket After England Prevail By 1 Run Over West Indies In 2nd T20I

England Image Credit: Twitter
England Image Credit: Twitter

Eoin Morgan, the England skipper said that he is ‘delighted’ with the victory over West Indies in the second T20I of the five-match T20I series on Monday, but also feels that death bowling is the hardest job in the world cricket.

Akeal Hosein smashed 28 runs off the final over but it was not enough as West Indies suffered a heartbreaking one-run loss against England in the second T20I of the five-match series at the Kensington Oval. With this win, the five-match series is leveled at 1-1. The third T20I will be played on Tuesday.

Eoin Morgan | Photo: England Cricket
Eoin Morgan | Photo: England Cricket

Eoin Morgan Reckons Death Bowling Is The Hardest Job In World Cricket

England narrowly survived a battering by West Indies’ ninth-wicket pair to level the T20I series with a one-run victory. The home side were 98 for 8 and needed 74 to win from 29 balls, only for Romario Shepherd and Akeal Hosein’s extraordinary onslaught to leave hearts in mouths right to the final delivery.

“Delighted! Even in the last quarter of the game, with an inexperienced international bowler, I thought we did well. With experience, he (Mahmood) will get better. I thought we adapted better to the conditions today. The tracks here aren’t those where you can get a fluid tempo to the innings. It was a conscious idea (for the batters to spend some time in the middle),” said Eoin Morgan in a post-match presentation.

Chris Jordan gave 23 runs in the 18th over while Saqib Mahmood ended up with the chastening experience of getting clubbed for 28 runs in the last over. Eoin Morgan admitted that his side need to improve its execution in the slog overs. Eoin Morgan noted that the plan was to bowl wide of the off-stump and use the long side of the boundary to restrict the opposition.

Akeal Hosein cuts a dejected figure after West Indies lose by one run Getty Images
Akeal Hosein cuts a dejected figure after West Indies lose by one run Getty Images

“Every team in the world is trying to get better at it (death bowling). It’s the hardest job in world cricket. At the end, the ball did skid on. We need to find better ways to execute. The majority of our plans today was to bowl yorkers, we just got it wrong,” Eoin Morgan added.

Chasing 172, West Indies kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and it was just Romario Shephard and Akeal Hosein who showed some spark with the bat. Akeal Hosein smashed 44 runs off just 16 balls with the help of three fours and four sixes. However, in the end, it did not prove enough as England registered a one-run win.

Moeen Ali Scores 31 And Returns With Figures Of 3/24 In The 2nd T20I After Losing 1st T20I By 9 Wickets

For the visitors, Moeen Ali returned with three wickets while Adil Rashid scalped two. Asked to bat first after Kieron Pollard again won the toss, England started cautiously – as might befit a team that had been 49 for 7 before barely scraping into three figures the previous afternoon. Jason Roy eventually opened up to lash 45 from 31 balls, while his stand of 61 in 6.2 overs with Moeen Ali (31) gave England a platform.

Moeen Ali claimed a T20I career-best 3-24 Getty Images
Moeen Ali claimed a T20I career-best 3-24 Getty Images

From a nadir of 49 for 7, England just about cadged a triple-figure total, but their eventual 103 was still their fourth-lowest in the format, and all too easily picked off by an opposition that had themselves been routed for 55 in their most recent meeting, at the T20 World Cup in November.

The victory came by nine wickets with 17 balls to spare, with Brandon King’s 47-ball fifty putting the seal on a stunning morale boost for a home team that had been facing its own reckoning after losing an ODI series to Ireland only last week. Jason Holder did the bulk of the damage as England’s latest batting collapse paved the way for West Indies’ nine-wicket win in the first T20I in Bridgetown on Saturday.

Eoin Morgan was frustrated by England’s failure to adapt to conditions at Kensington Oval in their nine-wicket defeat to West Indies in the first of five T20 internationals, on a pitch with variable bounce.

2nd T20I:- England 171 for 8 (Roy 45, Moeen 31, Holder 2-25) beat West Indies 170 for 8 (Shepherd 44*, Hosein 44*, Moeen 3-24) by 1 run

1st T20I:- West Indies 104 for 1 (King 52*) beat England 103 (Holder 4-7) by nine wickets

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