Oshane Thomas takes five-wicket haul to help West Indies thrash England

Pace bowler Oshane Thomas picked his maiden five-wicket haul to help West Indies level the five-match one-day series in St Lucia. Hosts produced a spectacular bowling perform to dismiss England for just 113 runs in 28.1 overs. In the chase, Chris Gayle produced a breathtaking performance with the bat to see West Indies complete the target in the 12th over of the innings.

In pursuit of 114 runs, Chris Gayle decided to attack the bowlers from the outset. He smashed 77 runs off just 27 balls with the help of five fours and nine sixes. Chris Woakes and Mark Wood looked clueless to the onslaught launched by Gayle inside Powerplay overs. Woakes conceded two boundaries and a six in his opening over. Mark Wood dismissed John Campbell in the 3rd over of the innings and could not stop Gayle, who smashed him for consecutive sixes in space of two overs.

Gayle was dismissed by Wood in the 7th over of the innings with West Indies needing just 20 runs to win the game. Shai Hope also fell soon after to see West Indies placed at 95 for 3. Darren Bravo and Shimron Hetymer formed a nice partnership to see West Indies win the game by 7 wickets and level the five-match one-day series.

Pace bowler Oshane Thomas picked up five wickets to help West Indies win the final one-day game played in St Lucia.

Earlier in the game, Skipper Jason Holder won the toss and decided to bowl first. The surface provided assistance to the quick bowlers. Left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell cleaned up Jonny Bairstow to see England lose their first wicket with 16 runs on the board. Holder got rid of Joe Root to put West Indies on top in the game.

Alex Hales and Captain Eoin Morgan added 39 runs and momentarily seemed to have taken the side out of trouble. All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite dismissed Hales with a short-pitch delivery outside the off-stump to see wicket-keeper Shai Hope take a clean catch behind the stumps. Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler got starts and were dismissed by the short-pitch ploy used by West Indies bowlers. Brathwaite picked up crucial wicket of Stokes to see England reeling at 88 for 5 after 19 overs.

Pace bowler Oshane Thomas produced a match-winning spell to pick up a five-wicket haul in five overs. Thomas used to the short-ball to good effect and ran through lower order to see England dismissed for 113 runs.

For West Indies, Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite picked up two wickets apiece. Sheldon Cottrell did a reasonable job with the ball in hand.

Oshane Thomas was adjudged man of the match for his brilliant bowling performance. Opener Chris Gayle was named man of the series after scoring 347 runs in the five-match series against England.

The home side will now turn their attention towards the three-match T20 series against England that starts on Wednesday in St Lucia.

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