Once again, England’s downfall leads to them falling 2-0 behind in the T20 series against West Indies.

England had high hopes for this tour to prepare for the upcoming T20 World Cup, but instead, they find themselves in a difficult situation. Although there have been some positive signs and individual moments of excellence, this team’s main strength seems to be losing. On a beautiful afternoon in Grenada, they suffered yet another loss, making it four losses in five games. They have already lost the ODI series and now find themselves two games down in the T20s, with three games remaining.

This particular match, played over 40 overs, was effectively decided by one over – when Sam Curran conceded 30 runs, allowing the West Indies to score a total that England couldn’t surpass. Curran, who showed both brilliance and inconsistency throughout the game, contributed the most to England’s response by scoring 50 runs after being promoted to number four. However, despite his efforts, England never looked likely to surpass West Indies’ total of 176. The 17 runs they scored in the final over gave the illusion of a closer game, but the margin of victory for West Indies remained at a flattering 10 runs.

Once again, spinners were the standout performers, with Adil Rashid being the best bowler for England and Gudakesh Motie, who replaced the injured Romario Shepherd, conceding only nine runs in his four overs for West Indies. As Motie bowled, pressure and frustration built, and when a batter finally decided to take him on, Liam Livingstone ended up giving a catch to a fielder. It was that kind of game for England, and the series seems to be heading in the same direction.

West Indies started their batting innings on a positive note, reaching 37 runs off the first five overs. However, they lost a wicket in each of the next four overs, thanks to the impressive bowling from Chris Woakes, Rashid, and Rehan Ahmed. The run rate slowed down significantly between the seventh and the twelfth over, with only 24 runs scored during this period.

England’s hopes of a comeback were dashed when Rovman Powell faced Sam Curran in the 16th over. Powell had scored a slow 22 off 22 balls, but during this over, he unleashed his power and ended up scoring a half-century. Despite a bit of luck with an edge that went for four, Powell confidently struck the next four legal deliveries, including a couple of wides, into the crowd. Curran’s second attempt at a final delivery resulted in Powell giving a catch to Brook at long-on. Brandon King continued the onslaught in the next over, hitting three fours and a six off Rehan’s bowling, pushing West Indies to a commanding position.

England’s response began with Jos Buttler’s early dismissal, which has sadly become a regular occurrence lately. Phil Salt also fell soon after the powerplay, leading England to make a strategic change.

One notable observation during England’s training sessions on this tour has been the powerful and well-timed batting of Sam Curran in the nets. In range-hitting sessions, he consistently outperforms everyone else, but during matches, he often seems content with scoring singles and twos. This match provided him with an opportunity to come in at number four, spend some time at the crease, unleash his power, and redeem himself. There were glimpses of his destructive batting in this game – a massive six down the ground off Alzarri Joseph and another off Andre Russell – but it was already too late to make a significant impact on the outcome of the match.

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