Indisciplined strokeplay proved the downfall of the West Indies as they were dismissed for 225 off 47.5 overs against England in the second one-day international at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Sunday.
In a must-win situation after surrendering the opening fixture by 45 runs two days earlier at the same venue, the hosts frittered away a potentially advantageous position with Jason Mohammed completing his second consecutive half-century.
Fresh from claiming career-best ODI figures (4 for 40) in the first match, seamer Liam Plunkett played a key role in stifling West Indies’ quest to accelerate.
He removed Mohammed and Jonathan Carter (39) before adding the scalp of Ashley Nurse to finish with three for 32.
Leg-spinner Adil Rashid, apart from showing a safe pair of hands with catches to dispose of both Mohammed and Carter, also accounted for dangerous big-hitters Jason Holder, via a steepling catch off his own bowling, and Carlos Brathwaite.
Fast bowler Steven Finn did the early damage after Holder chose to bat first on the same pitch used for the series-opener on Friday.
Poor shot selection contributed to Evin Lewis’ demise, a leading edge giving a simple catch to Sam Billings at cover, while a miscued pull Kieran Powell presented Finn with the catch off his own bowling that took him to the milestone of 100 ODI wickets.
Reaching the landmark in his 67th match, he is the third-fastest Englishman to the feat behind Darren Gough and Stuart Broad.
Despite those setbacks, compounded by Ben Stokes’ removal of Shai Hope to another poor shot, West Indies were working into a competitive position via a 72-run fourth-wicket partnership between Mohammed and Kraigg Brathwaite.
However the opening batsman, who lived a charmed life throughout his innings, was stumped for 42 off Moeen Ali.
This ushered in Carter, who looked to be continuing with the good form that took him to 52 in the chase for 297 on Friday.
But a drinks break appeared to interrupt the concentration of the two batsmen as they both perished to ordinary shots immediately upon the resumption.
England took advantage of those lapses, tightening the screws on the lower order, and from being relatively well placed at 159 for four in the 37th over, West Indies failed to even last the full allotment of 50, last man Shannon Gabriel being run out to leave 13 deliveries unused.