England 364 for four (Roy 123, Root 102) beat West Indies 360 for eight (Gayle 135, Hope 64) by six wickets
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England, led by Jason Roy and Joe Root centuries, have proven why they’re World Cup favourites, gatecrashing Chris Gayle’s retirement occasion and posting their highest profitable ODI chase to win the collection opener towards West Indies in Barbados.
Self-proclaimed “Universe Boss” Gayle bossed the England bowlers round as soon as he hit his stride, smashing 12 sixes as he led West Indies to their highest rating towards England after captain Jason Holder had received the toss. However, on an enviable batting pitch and towards a line-up as sturdy as England’s, 361 nonetheless appeared to be an achievable goal for the world’s No.1 facet.
And so it proved, with Roy’s eye-catching 123 off 85 balls setting the vacationers up – that they had 205 runs on the board by the point he grew to become their second wicket to fall – whereas Root (102 off 97) and a few poor West Indies fielding did the remaining handy England a 1-Zero lead within the five-match collection.
Roy and Root have been dropped twice every and made the opposition pay, a lot as Gayle did after Roy grassed a sitter early in his innings.
Gayle took a very long time to settle within the official begin of his ODI swansong, having declared that he would retire from one-day cricket after the World Cup, beginning in Might.
After 14 overs, Gayle had simply 12 runs off 36 balls, by finish of the 35th he had confronted 100 deliveries for his century. His penchant for clearing the boundary, when it lastly got here out of hiding, carried him to 135 off 129 balls but additionally caught on together with his team-mates, who added 11 sixes of their very own for a world file 23 sixes in West Indies’ complete of 360 for eight.
After 10 overs, nevertheless, Roy and Jonny Bairstow had steered England to 88 for none, nicely forward of West Indies’ 49 for one on the similar stage. Bairstow’s dismissal, top-edging Holder to wicketkeeper Shai Hope after he had scored 34 off 33 balls, barely registered as a blip.
Root, who like Roy had scored a century in Sunday’s warm-up match towards West Indies College Vice-Chancellor’s XI, slotted in and the batsmen continued to maintain the scoreboard ticking over.
Root introduced up 5000 ODI runs – changing into the fourth Englishman to take action – when he pulled a 149kph Oshane Thomas supply for 4.
Roy introduced up his ton with a crunching six straight again down the bottom off Ashley Nurse. He hit one other six in the identical over and was dropped within the subsequent by debutant Nicholas Pooran off Devendra Bishoo earlier than surviving a stumping probability in an eventful passage of play. He was ultimately out edging Bishoo to a diving Darren Bravo at quick third man.
Eoin Morgan contributed 65 runs off 51 deliveries earlier than spooning Thomas to Holder at mid-off and, with Root and Ben Stokes on the crease, England wanted 36 runs off 36 balls.
Root introduced up his ton with a 4 off Holder however he was out two balls later, caught by Pooran off Holder with scores stage. Needing one run off 9 balls, Jos Buttler hit a 4 and England registered the third-highest profitable chase in ODI historical past.
Again in West Indies’ facet for the primary time since their residence ODI collection towards Bangladesh final July, Gayle introduced up his 24th ODI hundred with a single off Chris Woakes and soaked up the second, dropping to his knees, arms outstretched earlier than holding his bat aloft by the toe together with his helmet perched on prime of the deal with.
Having made himself unavailable for subsequent excursions of India and Bangladesh to play the Afghanistan Premier League and the T10 League, Gayle took a again seat to debutant John Campbell because the 25-year-old compiled a helpful cameo of 30 off 28.
Gayle ought to have been dismissed on 9 when a miscue off Liam Plunkett sailed to level, the place Roy dropped a dolly of a catch. Gayle lastly appeared like hitting his stride shortly after receiving his second probability, smashing Moeen Ali down the bottom for six, his 477th in worldwide cricket to cross Shahid Afridi on the prime of the checklist.
Hope – who had already overtaken Gayle after coming in at No. three – hit a big straight six off Moeen which landed on the roof of the media centre, some 5 storeys excessive. Hope was the primary to 50, reaching the mark off 48 balls, the quickest of his eight ODI half-centuries.
On the very subsequent ball, Gayle – who had picked up his strike price considerably – moved to 49 with a towering 111m six off Moeen. He introduced up his half-century with a 4 off Ben Stokes and proceeded to unleash 9 extra sixes, together with two in consecutive balls off each Mark Wooden and Plunkett.
Hope’s spectacular 64 off 65 ended when he prime edged a ball from Stokes – who completed because the choose of the England bowlers – to Adil Rashid at third man. Hope had placed on a 131-run partnerhship with Gayle off as many balls. Gayle was lastly dismissed when he dragged a Stokes supply on to his stumps however he appeared supremely happy as he walked off the sphere to thunderous applause. The showman had returned.