Latest news on your fingertips

T20: West Indies chase ends 1 run short as England holds on

West Indies went down battling after smashing  England for 28 in the final over and losing the second Twenty20 international by only 1 run to leave the five-match series level at 1-1.

England, which followed up its 4-0 Ashes defeat with a nine-wicket loss to West Indies in the T20 opener on Saturday, appeared on course for an easy win.

Subsequent to losing the toss, England scored 171-8, including 45 for opener Jason Roy off 31 balls, prior to reducing West Indies to 78-7 after 13 overs.

At 111-8, West Indies still required 60 runs off the last three overs to match England’s total before letting rip to finish agonizingly short on 170-8.

West Indies’ No. 10, Akeal Hosein, hit Saqib Mahmood for three straight sixes off the last three balls of the match, finishing on 44 not out off 16 balls with three fours and four sixes. Allrounder Romario Shepherd was also 44 not out in 28 deliveries, with one four and five sixes.

The equation came down to 30 from the last over and, while England guaranteed its total couldn’t be overhauled without a no-ball or wide before the climax, Hosein shut the show in style with his trio of sixes.

The third T20 is on Wednesday.