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Hero Sammy hails team effort

West Indies captain Darren Sammy produced heroics to win the second Twenty20 international against England, but then hailed a "complete team effort".

England were restricted to 152-7 after winning the toss, Jos Buttler's 67 giving them hope after Alex Hales made 40.

Krishmar Santokie took 4-21 for the West Indies, whose openers Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith then put on 48.

The hosts stumbled to 116-5 but Sammy hit 30 not out off nine balls to see them over the line.

He told Sky Sports: "We wanted to leave here with good momentum going into the World Cup. For two games it has been a complete team effort, I can't fault the lads.

"In Twenty20 cricket the momentum shifts at different times, we wanted to make sure we started well and we finished well too."

Explosive

On his opening pair, Sammy said: "Chris is one of the most explosive Twenty20 players and Smith allows Chris to play in that manner.

"Cricket is all about partnerships, we bowl in partnerships and when we bat it's very important.

"Gayle, we know how destructive he can be, but he gives himself time and Smith gives him that time by going hard at the ball.

"Then we know we've got power at the end with myself and Bravo."

Left-armer Santokie took the man-of-the-match honours and Sammy said: "He's been sitting on the sidelines and it's good that every time he gets his opportunity, he grabs it.

"That presents the selectors with a headache to come up with the best XI."

The result gives West Indies an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series and Sammy set his sights on a whitewash.

"It feels good," he said. "It's been a long time since we won a series, much less winning 3-0.

"We'll come and out play freely and try to give the crowd a good send-off before going to Bangladesh (for the World Twenty20)."

'Upward curve'

England's stand-in skipper Eoin Morgan, deputising for the injured Stuart Broad, admitted his side had not put enough runs on the board.

"We were probably about 15 or 20 short, from 30-3 it was a struggle," he said.

"It's difficult then to find the balance between scoring quickly and not losing wickets, it's an area we've struggled with in the past and one we'll continue to work on.

"Hales and Buttler were fantastic, to rebuild and get us up to 150. Jos has been in great form."

There was praise for the bowling effort, however, and Morgan remains positive for the final match of the series and for the tournament in Bangladesh.

"To peg it back in the middle period and keep ourselves in the game was a great effort," said Morgan, "but we had to keep taking wickets and we couldn't do that.

"We showed a lot of fight, and that's a good characteristic to have on the brink of a Twenty20 World Cup.

"We're on an upward curve, we've improved from the last game and we want to keep that going. To turn over a good West Indies side, the current world champions, would be a good achievement."