Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad lift England past West Indies in ODI

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Antigua And Barbuda (4E Sports) – Ravi Bopara and Stuart Broad joined forces as England won the second one-day international (ODI) by three wickets over West Indies Sunday at Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.

Bopara recorded a 38 not out while Broad had 28 not out for the eighth wicket as England reached 163 for seven in 44.5 overs in reply to the West Indies total of 159 all out.

With the win, England tied the three-game series at 1-1, having lost the opener at the same venue Friday by 15 runs despite a superb 106 from Michael Lumb on his ODI debut.

“The bowling was awesome, the way the guys learnt from the other day. It’s been quite a hard wicket to score on. We had a wobble but great to get over the line. There’s some turn for the spinners and were hard to score off,” Broad said.

“There’s some turn for the spinners and were hard to score off. It creates pressure and wickets come. That’s what Ravi is batting at No. 7 for, we know he’s a good finisher. It’s great to see him take that responsibility on,” added Broad, referring to Bopara.

Bopara also heaped praises on left-arm spinner Stephen Parry, who took three for 32 to earn the man of the match award on his ODI debut.

“It’s one of the proudest moments of my life. Six months ago I didn’t think I’d be on the tour. It’s a dream come true,” Parry said.

On a slow pitch, England lost opener Moeen Ali for 10 and Luke Wright for a duck, with only 30 runs on the board, before Lumb (39) and Joe Root (23) helped them recover with third-wicket stand of 49 in 13 overs.

Lumb was then dismissed leg before wicket as he played across the line to a quicker delivery from left-arm spinner Nikita Miller.

Just four overs later, England had slipped to 89 for six as Root, Ben Stokes (four) and Jos Buttler (no score) also departed.

Bopara and Tim Bresnan mounted a mini-fightback, adding 16 runs before Bresnan was run out for 10, but it was Bopara and Broad who spared England blushes as they doggedly overhauled the West Indies target with 31 balls remaining.

The three-game series finishes at the same venue Wednesday before West Indies host England in three Twenty20 internationals in Barbados.

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