Seamer Jason Holder has taken four wickets in four balls in the final over as the West Indies wrapped up a 3-2 Twenty20 series win over England, prevailing by 17 runs in a gripping decider in Bridgetown, Barbados.
England were already struggling desperately to reach their victory target of 180 after succumbing to the left-arm spin of Akeal Hosein before Holder struck.
James Vince registered a half-century before holing out for 55 off 35 balls to Hosein, who finished with 4-30 to seemingly end the weakened tourists’ ambitions.
Sam Billings carried the visitors’ hopes to bring the equation down to 20 from the final six balls but departed for 41 off 28 deliveries as Holder delivered the coup de grace, with England all out for 162 in 19.5 overs.
Chris Jordan, Billings then Adil Rashid were all caught on the fence from successive Holder deliveries as England sought the big shots to keep them alive, but the seamer joined an exclusive club when Saqib Mahmood’s inside edge nicked leg stump.
Lasith Malinga, Rashid Khan and Curtis Campher are the only other males to take four in four in a T20 international, while Holder finished with a format-best 5-27.
“It was a great series and a great spectacle for everybody. We thoroughly enjoyed it, but we didn’t win so it’s a bit disappointing,” England allrounder Moeen Ali said.
Kieron Pollard’s 41 not out from 25 balls and Rovman Powell’s unbeaten 35 from 17 deliveries had led the Windies to 4-179 after Rashid had earlier leapfrogged Jordan as England men’s leading T20 wicket-taker.
He took 2-17 to move on to 81 career wickets, while Liam Livingstone collected identical figures as the pair and fellow spinner Moheen yielded just 54 from their 10 overs, with England’s quicks repeatedly targeted.
“It is something we’re working on but I actually thought we didn’t bowl too badly here, they played some amazing shots towards the end, Powell in particular was fantastic,” Moheen said.
With 48 required from 18 balls, Billings carted Smith over deep midwicket twice, although Sheldon Cottrell was boundary-free in the penultimate over to put the Windies in the box seat. While Holder overstepped with his first ball, he cashed in when Jordan, Billings and Rashid holed out before then cleaning up Mahmood.
Moeen stood in as England captain for the last three matches following a quad injury to World Cup-winning skipper Eoin Morgan.
Asked whether he would be happy to take the reins again if Morgan struggled to get back to fitness, Moeen replied: “I do enjoy it, it’s great fun and good to be involved but obviously there’s Jos (England’s usual limited-overs vice-captain) who is a fantastic captain, he’s got a brilliant cricket brain and he’s the guy who normally takes over from Eoin when he’s not playing.”