King, Powell and bowlers power West Indies to 2-0 series lead against England


Brandon King hit an unbeaten 82 off 52 (8x4s, 5x6s) as West Indies beat England by 10 runs in the second T20 in Grenada to go 2-0 up in the five-match series.

The Jamaican opener put on an 80-run partnership with captain Rovman Powell, who made 50 off 28 (3x4s, 5x6s) after the hosts slipped to 54-4 in the ninth over.

Sam Curran endured a torrid 16th over at the hands of Powell, conceding 30 runs including four sixes, before dismissing the 30-year-old with his final delivery.

But King carried on the charge, striking Rehan Ahmed’s next over for 18, as the West Indies finished on 176-7.

England lost captain Jos Buttler in the third over of their chase, caught in the covers off the bowling of Akeal Hosein, who took 2-24.

His side fell behind the rate and lost wickets at steady intervals, with the next six batters all caught in the deep as they sought to mimic the boundary-heavy West Indies innings.

Curran, promoted up the order to number four, offered some resistance as he reached 50, but was out two balls later to Alzarri Joseph, who took 3-39, leaving the rest with too much to do. Left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie produced a miserly spell of 4-0-9-1 to stifle England in the middle overs.

The teams remain in Grenada for the third T20 on Saturday, from 13:30h.


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