England beat Windies in ODI thriller
Despite brave batting, which saw veteran run-getter Chris Gayle registering 135 runs off 129 balls, the Windies went down in a six wicket defeat to England in the opening One-Day International (ODI) of the five-match series at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados this evening.
Gayle had 12 sixes and three fours on the way to his tally, before being bowled by Ben Stokes. Shai Hope was next best with 64 off 65 balls, consisting of seven fours and a six. Darren Bravo made 40 off 30 balls, consisting of two fours and four sixes, as the Windies totalled 360 for eight off their 50 overs.
Ben Stokes and Adil Rashid claimed three wickets a piece for 37 and 74 runs respectively for the Three Lions.
Jason Roy and Joe Root stood tall for England and made light work of the 361 needed for victory. Roy, 123 off 85 balls, stroked 15 fours and three sixes while Root made 102 off 97 balls, with nine fours along the way. Skipper Eoin Morgan made 65 off 51 balls, consisting of four fours and three sixes as England finished on 364 for four off 48.4 overs.
England lead the five match series 1-0.
WEST INDIES 360 for eight off 50 overs (Chris Gayle 135, Shai Hope 64, Darren Bravo 40, John Campbell 30, Ashley Nurse 25 not out; Ben Stokes 3-37, Adil Rashid 3-74)
ENGLAND 364 for four off 48.4 overs (Jason Roy 123, Joe Root 102, Eoin Morgan 65, Jonny Bairstow 34; Jason Holder 2-63)