Gayle force not strong enough for Windies
BRISTOL, England (CMC):
A blistering 94 from Chris Gayle and a career-best spell from Miguel Cummins failed to top Moeen Ali's third One-day International (ODI) hundred and Liam Plunkett's best ODI bowling which swept England to a 124-run victory over West Indies in the third ODI yesterday.
The talismanic Gayle struck nine fours and six sixes from 78 balls to lead the Windies' batting, but the Caribbean side were dismissed for 245 in 39.1 overs, chasing 370 for victory, at the Gloucestershire County Ground.
Gayle dominated two half-century stands with Shai Hope and Jason Mohammed for the second and fourth wickets, respectively, before he was run out going for a single in the 27th over, with West Indies needing 194 from the remaining 139 balls.
None of the other batsmen could match the explosive batting of Gayle or showed enough prolonged resistance to get the Windies anywhere close to their target.
The Caribbean side lost their last six wickets for 53 in the space of 55 deliveries, with Plunkett starring for England with the ball, taking 5-52 from 8.1 overs, and Adil Rashid showing support, with 3-34 from six overs.
Earlier, West Indies had England on the ropes twice, but each time through inconsistent bowling and shoddy fielding, the home team were able to wriggle free to post their fifth-highest ODI total as Ali reached his milestone from 53 balls the second fastest by an Englishman when he cleared long-off with Cummins for his eighth six.
West Indies conceded 123 in the last 10 overs of the innings during which time they coughed up five fours and nine sixes and dropped Ali no less than three times as he added 117 from just 77 balls for the seventh wicket with Woakes.
Holder had made the initial breakthrough when he held a return catch to dismiss Jonny Bairstow for 13 in the sixth over, but England continued merrily to reach 65 for one at the end of the first Power Play.
Two wickets one apiece to Cummins and Holder in the space of three deliveries, left the English 74 for three in the 12th over, but Root and Stokes started the recovery for England with a 132-run, fourth-wicket stand.
Rovman Powell struck in the 32nd over to remove Stokes caught at deep point before Cummins returned to have Jos Buttler bowled for two and Root lbw in successive overs, leaving England 217 for six in the 35th over.
But the Windies let themselves down badly in the remaining overs in the field and failed to overcome the mountain of runs they required, though they scored briskly in the chase.
The result meant that West Indies now trail 0-2 in the five-match series, following an eight-wicket defeat in the first ODI at Old Trafford and a no-result in the second ODI at Trent Bridge.
The series continues on Wednesday at the Oval before it concludes two days later at the Rose Bowl.
ENGLAND (50 overs maximum)
J Bairstow c and b Holder 13
A Hales lbw b Cummins 36
J Root lbw b Cummins 84
*E Morgan c wkpr Hope b Holder 0
B Stokes c Lewis b Powell 73
J Buttler lbw b Cummins 2
Moeen Ali c Holder b Nurse 102
C Woakes c Powell b Taylor 34
L Plunkett run out (Taylor) 9
D Willey not out 1
A Rashid not out 9
Extras (lb1, w3, nb2) 6
TOTAL (9 wkts, 50 overs) 369
Fall of wickets: 1-27 (Bairstown, 5.3 overs); 2-73 (Hales, 10.6); 3-74 (Morgan, 11.2); 4-206 (Stokes, 31.2); 5-210 (Buttler, 32.3); 6-217 (Root, 34.1); 7-334 (Woakes, 46.5); 8-354 (Ali, 48.5); 9-358 (Plunkett, 49.1)
Bowling: Taylor 10-1-75-1 (nb1, w3); Holder 10-0-81-2 (nb1); Cummins 9-0-82-3; Bishoo 5-0-33-0; Nurse 8-0-59-1; Powell 8-0-38-1
WEST INDIES (target: 370 off 50 overs)
C Gayle run out (Rashid) 94
E Lewis c Ali b Willey 13
+S Hope c wkpr Buttler b Plunkett 20
M Samuels c wkpr Buttler b Plunkett 11
J Mohammed c Bairstow b Plunkett 38
R Powell c Woakes b Rashid 8
*J Holder c Ali b Plunkett 34
A Nurse lbw b Rashid 1
D Bishoo c Morgan b Plunkett 12
J Taylor b Rashid 0
M Cummins not out 4
Extras (lb3, w7) 10
TOTAL (all out, 39.1 overs) 245
Fall of wickets: 1-16 (Lewis, 1.5 overs); 2-79 (Hope, 11.4); 3-109 (Samuels, 15.3); 4-176 (Gayle, 26.5); 5-192 (Powell, 29.6); 6-210 (Mohammed, 33.2); 7-212 (Nurse, 34.1); 8-241 (Bishoo, 37.6); 9-241 (Taylor, 38.1)
Bowling: Woakes 7-1-32-0 (w1); Willey 4-0-34-1 (w1); Plunkett 8.1-0-52-5 (w1); Ali 10-0-65-0 (w2); Stokes 4-0-25-0 (w2); Rashid 6-0-34-3
Result: England won by 124 runs
Series: England lead five-match series 2-0
Toss: West Indies
Player-of-the-Match: Moeen Ali (England)
Umpires: M Gough, S Fry (Australia)
TV umpire: R Tucker (Australia)
Match referee: J Srinath (India)
Reserve umpire: T Robinson