Billings, Root steer England to 182-6 in 2nd ODI


Basseterre (Saint Kitts and Nevis) (AFP)

Half-centuries by Sam Billings and Joe Root lifted England from a poor start to a competitive 182 for six against the West Indies in the second day/night T20 International at Warner Park in St Kitts on Friday.

Billings made the most of being dropped on 14 by debutant pacer Obed McCoy on the long-on boundary in finishing with a top score of 87 off 47 balls with three sixes and ten fours.

He put on 82 for the fifth wicket with Root (55) after the visitors had slipped to 32 for four in the sixth over following the decision by West Indies captain Jason Holder to put the opposition in.

Left-arm spinner Fabian Allen snared the wickets of Alex Hales and Joe Denly to finish with the best figures of two for 29.

He also effected the run out of Root just as the partnership with Billings was threatening to accelerate to worrying proportions for the West Indies.

Billings fell to the last ball of the innings, caught behind off McCoy, but not before he had taken 22 runs off the first five deliveries of the over.

England, who won the first match in St Lucia by four wickets three days earlier, are fielding an unchanged team.

West Indies selected McCoy for his first T20 International in place of fellow fast bowler Oshane Thomas.

They were also forced into a late second change when Ashley Nurse was injured in fielding practice and his place was taken in the final 11 by leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.

Brief scores: England 182-6 (S. Billings 87, J. Root 55; F. Allen 2-29)

Toss: West Indies