Windies trying to avoid clean sweep

LONDON, England,  CMC – West Indies will hope to salvage something from their short Twenty20 campaign here when they face England in the last encounter of the two-match series today.

The visitors were blown away in the Friday’s first clash, crushed by 10 wickets after a weak performance at the Oval.

However, experienced all-rounder Dwayne Smith said the Caribbean side would be looking to hit back to level the series when the second game bowls off at 6:30 pm (1:30 pm Eastern Caribbean time).

“We recognise what we need to do. As a team we talked about what went wrong and how we have to put it right for tomorrow’s (Sunday’s) match,” said Smith who struck an exciting 33 on Friday.

“I’m sure we will give England a better run as we look to level the series.”

Thanks to Smith’s fireworks and those of fellow opener Johnson Charles (36), West Indies were off to a bright start after being sent in, gathering 51 from 30 balls for the first wicket.

A middle and lower order slump, however, saw them lose their last eight wickets for 28 runs in the space of 36 balls and bowled out for a meagre 125.

England then cruised to their target in style, with opener Alex Hales getting 62 and Craig Kieswetter, 58.

West Indies captain Darren Sammy admitted that at the moment, England would be very difficult to beat.

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