West Indies began their 2019 with a comprehensive Test series victory against touring England. They won the series 2-1, with they winning 381 runs and by 10 wickets. The final Test was won by England with a margin of 232 runs.
The ODIs were no mystery. In the 5 match ODI series, it was expected to be in England’s favor, but West Indies themselves came up with something else. Though they lost the first game by 4 wickets as the English side chased down 361. The next ODI, West Indies defended 290 as England lost the run chase by 26 runs. The third ODI was washed out, but the fourth ODI was another high run feast. England put on 418 on back of Jos Buttler’s 150, and West Indies fell short by 29 runs, as Adil Rashid wrapping with his fifer, which became the most expensive 5 wicket haul in ODIs (5-85). The final ODI game was won by West Indies, as they bowled out the no.1 side to 113 and chased it down with 7 wickets to spear.
The T20Is was a bad one for them. England whitewashed them 3-0 and left West Indies clueless.
West Indies’ next assignment was a tri-series held by Ireland along with Bangladesh. In the first game itself, West Indies set the record for the highest opening stand of all time in ODIs with 365 along with both openers scoring 150+ in the same game. Though West Indies qualified for the final, they lost all their matches against Bangladesh, including the final.
Then they entered the biggest stage of the world, the ICC Cricket World Cup. And straight away they defeated Pakistan by chasing their 105 down in 13th over. However, those celebrations remain only for that match. In their next 7 games, they lost 6 matches and one no-result against South Africa. They came close against New Zealand but fell 5 runs short. They won their last group game against Afghanistan is what turn out to be the final game for Chris Gayle.
After the world cup, India came to West Indies for 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs, and 2 WTC matches. They lost the T20I series 3-0, lost the ODIs 2-0 (with one washed out), and lost the Test series 2-0. It wasn’t a bright post-world cup start for them.
Following, West Indies toured India for series against Afghanistan for 3 ODIs, 3 T20Is, and a one-off Test, all in Lucknow. West Indies whitewashed the ODI series 3-0 but lost the T20I series 2-1. In their first Test match together, West Indies won the match by 9 wickets after bowling Afghanistan out for 187 and 120, then chasing 31 after they posted 277 in the first innings.
After the conclusion of the Afganistan chapter, India offered a short limited-overs series comprising of 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is. West won the first ODI but lost the next two in 2-1 series defeat and the same goes for the T20I series, losing 2-1 to conclude the year 2019.
West Indies in 2019
Test = P:6, W:3, L:3
ODIs = P:28, W:10, L:15, NR:3
T20I = P:12, W: 2, L:10
The did better in Test cricket, but West Indies need to find their form back, especially in T20Is, where they need the most success.