England captain Stuart Broad praises Ravi Bopara for his role in three-wicket victory
Stuart Broad was pleased England overcame a "little wobble" in their run chase to triumph over West Indies in Antigua.
Last Updated: 03/03/14 8:45am
The tourists overhauled the home team's total of 159 with three wickets and 31 balls to spare at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, setting up a decider at the same ground in Antigua, on Wednesday.
Broad combined with Ravi Bopara to share an unbroken stand of 58 after England had looked in serious trouble at 105-7 when Tim Bresnan was run out.
"Obviously I'm delighted to have won," Broad said. "We made it quite hard work for ourselves.
"The bowling was awesome and I think the way the guys learned from the other day, adjusted our plans to that wicket, was really impressive and to bowl West Indies out for under 160 we were obviously delighted.
"We knew the game wasn't over because it's been a hard wicket to score on throughout. We got off to nice start and had a little wobble but it's great to get over the line in the end."
Bopara held his nerve to make an unbeaten on 38 from 59 deliveries, giving a clear indication why England opt to use him at number seven in the order.
Broad added: "That's what Ravi's batting at seven for. We know he's a strong finisher.
"We've had a couple of tough games this winter where we've not quite got over the line when we should have done and it's great to see Ravi take that responsibility on.
"He's such a talented guy, he can score all round the wicket and he stayed really calm out there today.
"I didn't have any doubt we would win the game, we just took it five runs at a time so we broke down the run chases as small as we possibly could and that made it easier for our minds to stay clear."
England's bowlers had set up the victory with a superb display earlier, debutant Stephen Parry claiming 3-32 to help dismiss the hosts in 44.2 overs.
"It's one of the proudest moments of my life," the Lancashire spinner admitted after winning the man of the match award.
"Six months ago I didn't think I'd be on the tour and to make my debut and get man of the match and more importantly the boys get a win, it's a fantastic feeling."
West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo was disappointed with his side's batting performance and hopes they can play better in Wednesday's third and final match, which is set to be played on a different pitch.
"It was a poor batting display for two games in a row and I expect better the second time around," he said.
"We had a quick chat before we came up and I said to the guys we'd already had a poor batting display so the last thing for us to do is go there and drop our heads. It's important that we go on and fight all the way to the end.
"I'm happy with the bowling group but at the same time, let down by the batters so we definitely have to work on that."