England Defeated by 141 for 6 (Dunkley 43, Mathews 3-15). West Indies 125 for 8 (Fletcher 18, Dean 3-22) by 16 runs
West Indies have struggled with the bat during their tour of England, losing a severely one-sided ODI series 3-0 and suffering a heavy defeat in the first T20I, all in Antigua. And so it continued as the teams moved to Barbados for the remaining matches, with England winning the second T20I by 16 runs with three matches remaining. West Indies captain Mathews gave his team a chance with 3 for 15 in his four overs and a target of 142 was possible if the hosts’ batting was strong. But Dean, playing only his second T20I – and bowling for the first time in the format since his debut match during the Ashes in January – lived up to the idea, taking 3 for 22 to take England to another series. Left at the end. win before the third game of five on Saturday.
The tourists made three changes to the team that won by eight wickets on Sunday in a bid to acquaint as many members of their squad as possible with match conditions ahead of February’s T20 World Cup in South Africa. Fast bowler Asee Wong, who is yet to feature in the series, was left out after experiencing quad stiffness, while England rested the highly experienced trio of Nate Skewer, Amy Jones and Sophie Ecclestone. All-rounder Alice Davidson-Richards was joined by seamer Freya Davies and off-spinner Dean, both bowlers contributing to England’s defense of the total.
Dunkley looked in good touch as he smoked Chanel Henry for six overs. But then leg-spinner Effie Fletcher came in in the sixth over and accounted for Danny White, who misjudged the length of a fast ball that skidded over middle and off-stump. Winfield-Hill tries to swing at Mathews’ line and is caught by Karisma Ramharek at mid-wicket. After 10 overs, England were 57 for 2, compared to 85 for 2 in their first game, as captain Heather Knight hit her flow with back-to-back fours off Alia Elaine. , his score rose to 76 for 3 in the 13th over. Ramharak was stumped on a wide delivery for 18 off 14 balls.
Dunkley dismissed Henry at long-off to give Mathews his second wicket and after an easy 24-run cameo in 14, Maya Bouchier fell when Mathews bowled the ball up and Kasia Knight dismissed the bulls. Cheri-Anne Fraser conceded just five runs in the closing over – England managed just 31 runs in the last five overs – then took a brilliant catch diving to her left at mid-off to remove Kathryn Brunt in the last over of the innings.
West Indies were 21 for no loss after two overs, with Bale giving away 14 of those runs in the second over. However, Davies came into the attack in the third over, and struck with his third ball when Allen chipped Brent at mid-off. After playing a secondary role to his opening partner, Mathews was bowled in the very next over, deceived by a well-flown delivery from Dean and West Indies scored 23 for 2 in the first four overs of the reply.
Dean then dropped Rushda Williams backward in a delivery that piled into the stumps, taking 2 for 1 in 1.4 overs. Sarah Glenn took the wicket of Jinaba Joseph, stumped by Winfield-Hill, before Dean returned to bowl Cassia Knight in the 10th over, leaving them on 50. Shabika Gujanbi as Davidson Richards gave away 12 runs in the 19th over. And Fraser gave Bell another maximum when he dismissed Fletcher for his second wicket. But those were rare batting highlights that came too late for the home side.