West Indies register second lowest T20I score as England clinch series

Kent's Sam Billings hit a career-best 87 for England

Kent's Sam Billings hit a career-best 87 for England

Sam Billings hammered a career-best 87 and Chris Jordan took four wickets as England skittled the West Indies out for 45 and triumphed by 137 runs in St Kitts.

The West Indies total was six more than the 39 made by Netherlands against Sri Lanka in 2014 and is the lowest score made by a full member test-playing nation in a T20I.

Billings and David Willey kept the runs flowing with a 68-run stand before Billings was caught behind off the bowling of debutant Obed McCoy on the last ball of the innings for a 47-ball 87, which included 10 boundaries and three sixes.

Adil Rashid and Liam Plunkett helped themselves to two wickets apiece as the Windies folded, Billings fittingly taking a brilliant catch to wrap up the series in emphatic fashion with one match to play.

One more wicket would have sorely undermined England's hopes of bouncing back but Joe Root and Billings held the fort for more than 10 overs as they rebuilt a base.

It was the first time Root had reached double figures in four T20I innings and his tenth knock since he last reached fifty, in the 2016 World T20 final won by West Indies in Kolkata.

Left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell removed Jonny Bairstow for 12 in the third over to a catch at point by Devendra Bishoo, before Allen claimed Alex Hales for eight in the next over, top-edging a sweep to Carlos Brathwaite at backward square at 27 for two.

The errors continued when Eoin Morgan was strangled down the leg side by Carlos Brathwaite's medium-pace and Joe Denly handed Allen his second success, cutting against the spin and into his stumps.

Chris Jordan took four wickets for six runs to rip the heart out of the home side.

Captain Jason Holder promoted himself to number five but suffered othe ignominy of a first-ball "duck", struck in front to Jordan, as the Windies slumped to 14 for four. Nicholas Pooran was only good enough to nick it when Jordan fizzed one down in the channel outside off and Allen was undone by a little extra carry as the steered to Root at slip.

At 22 for six, England could smell blood, with Rashid and Plunkett making light work of the tail.

The final match is set for Sunday at the same venue.