England dismiss Windies cheaply

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iol spt mar2 Windies-England REUTERS West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo's controversial dismissal triggered a collapse which saw his side bowled out for just 159 off 44.2 overs against England. REUTERS/Philip Brown

West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo's controversial dismissal triggered a collapse which saw his side bowled out for just 159 off 44.2 overs against England in the second one-day international on Sunday.

Lendl Simmons top-scored with 70, his second half-century in a row following West Indies' 15-run win in the first match on Friday, but no-one else save for Bravo managed more than 20.

The tourists' slow bowlers excelled once again in the helpful conditions after their captain, Stuart Broad, chose to bowl first on winning the toss as in the first game.

Debutant left-arm spinner Stephen Parry made the most of the opportunity, finishing with the best figures of three for 32.

Off-spinners Joe Root, James Tredwell and Moeen Ali combined for another five wickets with poor shot-selection contributing to the demise of several of the Caribbean batsmen.

Yet as well as England performed in the field, the hosts appeared to be completely put-off by the decision of television umpire Marais Erasmus to rule Bravo out stumped for 20 off the bowling of Tredwell.

There appeared to be more than a hint of doubt that wicketkeeper Jos Buttler had lost control of the ball before breaking the stumps.

However, the South African official confirmed the dismissal after lengthy deliberation that involved several TV replays from an assortment of angles.

At that point, Simmons and Bravo were engineering a recovery similar to what was achieved in the first match.

But with their fifth-wicket stand of 52 runs broken off the last ball of the 35th over -- just before the batting powerplay -- the rest of the innings fell away, the West Indies losing their last six wickets for 26 runs to series of rash shots.

England need victory to square the series going into the third and final match at the same venue on Wednesday. – AFP


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