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West Indies clinches series with an emphatic victory scoreboard

MARAUDER STOPPED: Liam Plunkett gleefully gets ready to accept this chance from the rampaging Chris Gayle.

MARAUDER STOPPED: Liam Plunkett gleefully gets ready to accept this chance from the rampaging Chris Gayle.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: AP

Ted Corbett

NOTTINGHAM: Kevin Pietersen, who cemented his place with England during the Ashes year of 2005 by taking three sensational catches in a Twenty20 international, changed the course of the third one-dayer against West Indies at Trent Bridge with a beautifully-judged running catch.

Sadly, that was the end of his search for glory. West Indies recovered to make 289, Pietersen went for a second ball nought and the Windies won by 93 runs to capture the NatWest series 2-1.

It thoroughly deserved it too after a much more energetic showing compared with its Test debacle.

That KP catch, after a chase of 20 yards from cover towards the boundary, ended with the ball falling over his shoulder into his secure grasp. It was a superb effort, all the more to be applauded because few in the capacity crowd doubted he would catch as he ran full pelt but quite calmly.

His victim was Shivnarine Chanderpaul who has played so many fine innings that he was automatically man of the series with an average of 202. He had 33 when he attempted to big hit Liam Plunkett and his dismissal not only deprived West Indies of his own runs but appeared to confuse Chris Gayle about how he might continue his innings.

Gayle had begun more like a strong breeze than a hurricane after Devon Smith had bludgeoned his way to 13 off seven balls before he was caught by Ian Bell at backward point.

Everything depended on a heavyweight stand for the second wicket by Gayle and Chanderpaul and for 18 overs they gradually unstitched the England attack.

The new captain Paul Collingwood had turned to the spin of Monty Panesar restored to the side after his inexplicable dropping for the second match, part of the reason for West Indies drawing level in the series and the new cool line and length medium pacer Dimitri Mascarenhas in a bid to stop the runs leaking.

When that ploy failed he brought back Plunkett and Pietersen took his remarkable catch. Gayle and Runako Morton never accelerated as they should.



Bravo leads charge

As usual Dwayne Bravo led an assault that brought 116 off the last ten overs.

England lost Matt Prior in the third over and Alastair Cook in the ninth for only 29. That brought Pietersen to the wicket to receive a searing bouncer from Daren Powell which went for four byes.

It so upset Pietersen that he edged his second ball to third slip where Devon Smith snatched a brilliant catch.

Ian Bell went, unexpectedly, caught at point for 27, but Owais Shah and Paul Collingwood put on 72 and then were both out in three overs.

The difference in the West Indies fielding was astonishing and made a big contribution to its surprise win.

West Indies: C. Gayle c & b Plunkett 82, Devon Smith c Bell b Anderson 13, S. Chanderpaul c Pietersen b Plunkett 33, M. Samuels c Prior b Plunkett 9, R. Morton (not out) 82, D. Bravo b Anderson 42, Dwayne Smith (not out) 4; Extras: (b-5, lb-6, w-9, nb-4) 24; Total: (for five wkts. in 50 overs) 289.

Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-93, 3-108, 4-193, 5-285.

England bowling: Anderson 10-0-51-2, Plunkett 10-0-59-3, Broad 9-0-71-0, Panesar 6-0-28-0, Mascarenhas 8-0-28-0, Collingwood 7-0-41-0.

England: A. Cook c Dwayne Smith b Powell 18, M. Prior c Ramdin b Powell 1, I. Bell c Dwayne Smith b Edwards 27, K. Pietersen c Devon Smith b Powell 0, O. Shah c Ramdin b Dwayne Smith 51, P. Collingwood b Bravo 44, D. Mascarenhas c Gayle b Edwards 5, L. Plunkett c Samuels b Edwards 2, S. Broad c Gayle b Powell 5, M. Panesar lbw b Rampaul 13, J. Anderson (not out) 11; Extras (b-4, lb-3, w-8, nb-4) 19; Total (in 44.2 overs) 196.

Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-29, 3-33, 4-72, 5-144, 6-162, 7-162, 8-168, 9-171.

West Indies bowling: Powell 10-2-40-4, Rampaul 7.2-0-25-1, Dwayne Smith 10-0-60-1, Edwards 10-1-30-3, Gayle 2-0-11-0, Bravo 5-0-23-1.

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