WI humble Eng
England had their egos battered further Friday, when West Indies captain Chris Gayle struck 80 from 43 balls to carry his side to an eight-wicket victory in their rain-affected third One-day International at Kensington Oval.
England suffered another major batting failure and were dismissed for 117 in 41.3 overs after they were sent in to bat on a helpful pitch in a match reduced to 44 overs-a-side because of rain.
England's bowlers were then demoralised, as Gayle blasted five fours and eight sixes to hasten West Indies to victory with 176 balls to spare.
The visitors now trail in the five-match series 1-2 with the fourth match to be staged at the same venue on Sunday.
Andrew Flintoff was the only England bowler that was spared punishment from Gayle before James Anderson bowled the West Indies captain.
Dimitri Mascarenhas suffered the most at the hands of Gayle, when 24 came from his only over comprising a four, three sixes, and a double.
Earlier, Mascarenhas, batting at eight, led the way with the bat for the tourists with 36 from 76 balls, after they plunged to 55 for six in the 25th over.
Mascarenhas added a valuable 48 for the ninth wicket with Gareth Batty to limp England over the 100-run threshold, but West Indies never eased their grip on the match.
Dwayne Bravo was the pick of the West Indies bowlers with four for 19 from seven overs, Fidel Edwards took three for 28 from 8.3 overs, and Kieron Pollard bagged two for 16 from six overs.
After the start was delayed by an hour-and-a-half, England lost Andrew Strauss to a fine catch by West Indies captain Chris Gayle running back from slip off Fidel Edwards, who also had Ravi Bopara caught at mid-on in the space of three balls in the seventh over.
England were then rocked, when they lost Kevin Pietersen, Owais Shah, and Andrew Flintoff in three successive overs.