(AFP) England beat West Indies by six runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method to win the rain-affected fourth one-day international at The Oval on Wednesday. Victory saw England take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series, with just Friday’s finale in Southampton to come.
England, set 357 to win after West Indies made 356 for five, were 258 for five when rain stopped play 35.1 overs.
That left them just ahead of where they needed to be on D/L to win at that stage.
Moeen Ali, who made a blistering 102 in England’s win in the fourth ODI in Bristol on Sunday, helped get England above the required run-rate with a dashing 48 not out.
Together with Jos Buttler (43 not out), he put on an unbroken 77 in eight overs after recalled opener Jason Roy made 84 on his Surrey home ground.
Defeat was cruel on the West Indies for whom Evin Lewis (176, retired hurt) and Alzarri Joseph (five for 56) produced ODI-best performances.
West Indies 356-5, 50 overs (E Lewis 176 ret hurt, J Holder 77; C Woakes 3-71)
England 258-5, 35.1 overs (J Roy 84; A Joseph 5-56)
Result: England won by six runs (D/L method)
Series: England leads the five-match series 3-0