England's opening T20 match against the West Indies ended in a comfortable win for the tourists in St Lucia yesterday, but fast-bowler Chris Jordan stole the show for his side by taking a brilliant catch off his own bowling.
In the first of three T20s between the two sides on Tuesday, Eoin Morgan's men were victors, reaching their target with two overs to spare having restricted their hosts to 160/8.
But Jordan's fast, improvised fielding to dismiss Darren Bravo for 28 was the moment of the match.
Jordan's right-arm fast delivery was skillfully instigated, with the 30-year-old pitching a slower ball which picked up a bit of extra bounce off the surface too.
The ball bamboozled the left-handed Bravo in the process, with the batsman lifting a badly mistimed edge back in the direction of the bowler.
There was still plenty Jordan had to do, though, having to change direction before diving low to his right to take the one-handed catch.
From his three overs, Jordan finished with bowling figures of 2-16 as England began the T20 series with a triumph.
Speaking after the win, Jordan said: "We spoke about not getting too wrapped up in what they were doing and just bowling to the conditions. I use the gut feel, whatever you feel like at the time. That’s why we were able to restrict them to what we thought was a par score.
"I’m not resigned [to just playing T20]. Obviously I’d love to be involved in the 50-over stuff. I can only deal with what’s in front of me but if I do get the call I’ll be delighted."
Chasing a target of 160, opener Jonny Bairstow struck 68 with the bat as the tourists earned victory by four wickets.
England skipper Morgan added: "I thought the bowlers were magnificent. Taking early wickets really put us on the front foot.
"I really thought Adil Rashid did an incredible job today. I think he’s proven over the last three or four years that he has the ability to come on at any stage and threaten both sides of the bat. He really is a huge asset for us to fall back on."News Now - Sport News