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Sam Curran roared back from the worst performance of his international career to decimate West Indies’ top order and propel England to a series-levelling win at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
Three days after returning figures of 9.5-0-98-0, the most expensive by an Englishman in 53 years of one-day internationals, Surrey all-rounder Curran produced a new-ball spell of three for one in eight deliveries to silence the steel drums and plunge the hosts to 23 for four - a position from which they never recovered.
Keacy Carty and Brandon King both sliced to Zak Crawley at slip while a ball that bent round the bat of Shimron Hetmyer, stumbling forward, was the subject of a successful LBW review by a rejuvenated England captain Jos Buttler.
And although Buttler’s opposite number Shai Hope combined with Sherfane Rutherford in a counter stand of 129 in 23 overs, it proved only a brief reprieve as England showed a ruthless streak lacking in Sunday’s opening loss.
Hope and Rutherford fell in consecutive overs from Liam Livingstone and the tourists simply scythed through the West Indies’ lower order, wrapping up the innings with more than 10 overs unused.
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