West Indies Clinch Series Victory: Forde, Carty Shine in Exciting Series Finale

West Indies seals a 2-1 series win against England in a thrilling third ODI.

Gobind Arora
Published on: 10 Dec 2023 6:34 AM GMT
West Indies Clinch Series Victory: Forde, Carty Shine in Exciting Series Finale

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In a gripping series finale, West Indies secured a long-awaited 2-1 victory against England in the third ODI in Barbados. Matthew Forde's stellar debut, Keacy Carty's crucial half-century, and Romario Shepherd's powerful strikes led the way in a DLS-adjusted chase.

West Indies had not tasted a 50-over success against England since 2007, making this win particularly significant. Forde, making his debut in front of a home crowd, set the tone by taking 3 wickets for 29 runs, reducing England to 49 for 5 within the first 10 overs. The rain-interrupted match, initially a 43-over affair, turned into a 40-over game, with England scraping to 206 for 9.

Chasing a revised target of 188 from 34 overs, West Indies showcased resilience, achieving the goal with 14 balls to spare. Carty's second career half-century and Shepherd's unbeaten 41 played pivotal roles in the thrilling chase.

England, seeking redemption after a disappointing World Cup, faced another setback. Despite a fine spell of 3 for 22 from Will Jacks and a commendable 71 from Ben Duckett, they couldn't defend the target against a determined West Indies side.

The match unfolded as a battle of wits, with Forde's dynamic debut and Carty's redemption after two modest performances in the series. Shepherd's powerful finish sealed the deal, marking a moment of glory for West Indies.

This victory not only clinched the series for West Indies but also marked their first bilateral win against a Full Member nation in over two-and-a-half years. The team's perseverance, especially after failing to qualify for the World Cup, adds significance to this achievement.

As the series concludes, West Indies celebrates not only a cricket triumph but also a demonstration of resilience and team spirit. The match's intensity, rain delays, and stellar performances from emerging talents contribute to the memorable narrative of this ODI series.

Gobind Arora

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