ENGLAND IN WEST INDIES 2019
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Roy and Root struck tons in England’s win. © AFP
England confirmed simply why they will enter the 2019 World Cup as favourites as they aced the 360-run chase and handed Windies a six-wicket loss within the first ODI in Barbados on Wednesday (February 20). Windies rattled the guests within the first half on the again of Chris Gayle comeback ton however Jason Roy smashed 123 off 85 to ease the crew into the chase earlier than Joe Root completed issues off with 102. England’s win additionally helped them document the fourth-highest profitable chase within the historical past of ODI cricket.
Roy had dropped Gayle when he was on 9 after which noticed the openers smoke the English bowlers to all elements of the bottom. To his credit score, he compensated for the grassed likelihood in some type as his ton decreased a tall chase to an everyday one. Windies began with spin figuring out Roy’s weak spot in opposition to the sluggish bowlers however the right-hander managed to hit out Devendra Bishoo out of the assault. As soon as the pacers got here in, Roy was settled and already in full circulate.
Jonny Bairstow and Roy gave the guests a quick begin as their 91-run opening stand was sufficient to depart Windies reeling. Bairstow fell for 34 – caught behind making an attempt to tug Jason Holder – within the 11th over earlier than Root and Roy began constructing the chase. The collaboration fetched England 114 runs in 16.1 overs because the rating soared previous 200. Roy was dropped thrice throughout his keep as he went on to finish his ton, off 65 balls, within the 22nd over by smoking an Ashley Nurse supply over long-on. Windies dropped 5 catches at hand England the benefit however ultimately managed to dismiss Roy.
Attempting to tackle Bishoo, the opener noticed his vanguard land with the quick third man fielder within the 27th over. Eoin Morgan and Root received the equation all the way down to 142 off the final 20 overs – a simple process on a flat monitor. Each the England captain and Root introduced the equation all the way down to 59 within the final ten overs with out breaking a sweat. Morgan was dismissed with England needing 40 within the final seven overs as Oshane Thomas broke the 116-run stand. Root received to his ton within the penultimate over as he completed issues in type having notched up 5000 ODI runs earlier within the day.
Earlier within the day, Windies hit 23 sixes – essentially the most in an innings in an ODI – to canter to a difficult complete. Whereas Gayle did the majority of the scoring, there have been useful contributions from Shai Hope (64) and Darren Bravo (40). Windies misplaced John Campbell early however Hope’s early assault took the strain off Gayle. The opener had laboured to 9 off 33 when he acquired his first reprieve.
Gayle introduced up his half-century off 76 balls and scored 131 with Hope for the second wicket to dominate England. As soon as Hope was dismissed, Gayle teed-off, attending to his ton off 100 balls within the 35th over. It was the partnerships of Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer (60 off 30) and Gayle and Bravo (64 off 46) that actually boosted Windies in direction of an enormous complete. Whereas Gayle made a irritating begin and greater than made up in the long run, he did decelerate after crossing the 110-run mark.
As wickets fell round him, with Adil Rashid and Ben Stokes sharing six between them, Windies misplaced their manner in the long run after trying good to cross 400 at one stage.
Temporary scores: Windies 360/eight in 50 overs (Chris Gayle 135; Ben Stokes Three-37) misplaced to England 364/four in 48.four overs (Jason Roy 123, Joe Root 102) by six wickets.