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WI vs Eng 5th ODI: Thomas, Gayle Guide Windies To 7-wicket Win, Levels Series 2-2

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| March 3 , 2019 , 17:51 IST

Windies bowler Oshane Thomas and star batsman Chris Gayle guided the home side to a 7-wicket win over England in the fifth and final one-day international in St Lucia on Saturday to level the series 2-2.

Thomas claimed five for 21 with the top-ranked tourists being demolished for 113 off 28.1 overs - their lowest-ever total in an ODI against the Caribbean side - just three days after scoring 418 in the fourth match in Grenada.

Gayle smashed a blistering 77 off just 27 balls to boost his side to victory with almost 38 overs to spare in reaching 115 for three off 12.1 overs.

England captain Eoin Morgan pointed out the flaws and stated, "We didn't adapt. It was a terrible batting performance which is a disappointing way to end the series. We need to learn from the experience. It was evident from the first two overs (about the extra bounce). You could see it from the changing room. We did have that conversation. But we didn't adapt. Trying to curb your natural ability, to try to go from high-risk to low-risk and still get a score in the morning that will be good enough in the afternoon, is difficult."

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Morgan, however, played down the criticism on whether England have really learned their lessons from the shattering semifinal defeat to Pakistan in 2017 Champions Trophy.

"When we've come back in conditions that are similar to where we've made mistakes, we've actually played really well. It's easy to gloss over things like that because when we play well some of our guys make things look quite easy. We learned from that Champions Trophy defeat. We went away from home and played on slow, low wickets and improved our game from that experience," the England captain added.

"This was a surface that we rarely come up against. It was just the bounce. And I don't think we dealt and adapted with that. We continued to play as if we were on the same pitch in Grenada. A low-risk shot there was high-risk today," said the 32-year-old.