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England tour of West Indies, 1st ODI: West Indies v England at Bridgetown, Feb 20, 2019

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West Indies 360/8

England 364/4 (48.4/50 ov)

England won by 6 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)

Batsman R B S.R
Jason Roy (rhb) 123 85 144.70
Joe Root (rhb) 102 97 105.15
Bowller O M R W Econ
Jason Holder (rmf) 9.4 0 63 2 6.51
Oshane Thomas (rmf) 9.0 0 72 1 8.00
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7.31pm Right, that’ll do for tonight. Remarkable scenes in Bridgetown, as England launch their World Cup year with intent. Goodnight!

Roy has reappeared: “A big total, quite daunting at the start. I still have a deficit of 20 [after dropping Gayle] so have some making up to do. We rotated the strike extremely well, and as a team we keep striving for better and better. Will keep our feet on the floor and keep working for Friday.”

Jason Roy is the Man of the Match: Morgan picks up the award on his behalf, and here’s Morgan for a chat: “The calm nature with which we came back with the ball [was pleasing]. We went about the chase well, with a short side and a howling wind. Felt like a 330-chase, not a 360. For Jason to play such a commanding role set us up beautifully. When he and Root bat together they complement each other. They had a fantastic day today, we’re off to a winning start and we’re delighted.”

“We didn’t have a great day in the field and we’ll like to improve that going forward. I’d like to think we are improving constantly as we go along, which is a good place to be going into the World Cup.”

7.22pm Time for some presentations. Here’s Jason Holder: “At the halfway stage we felt we were in the game, but didn’t bowl as well as we’d have liked and didn’t help ourselves in the field.”

“Credit to Chris, he’s been a stalwart for us. But we need to pull our socks up. Our energy and body language wasn’t up to scratch, and the bowlers need to create more opportunities.

7.20pm Annan Boodram: “Had those catches been taken England would have lost this game.” Does that include Roy’s off Gayle? Oddly, it might not …

7.16pm Deepak Samson: “6s and 4s may win you fame…but 1s and 2s win the game !!!” I like what you did there…

Ghaffar.DawnNew: “4:05am in Pakistan..following this Classic on Cricinfo. Lovely life Cricket Life. Also not bad West Indies. They are on track” That’s some hard-core commitment to run-chasing!

7.08pm England have cruised to their highest ODI run-chase, with eight deliveries to spare, and in their first ODI of a World Cup year, well, that is quite some statement of intent from the World No.1s and tournament favourites.

Jason Roy set the platform with a blistering 65-ball century, before Root and Eoin Morgan dived into the meat of the chase. It takes quite something to steal the thunder from a Chris Gayle masterpiece, but ultimately, the accumulation of a world-record 23 sixes couldn’t atone for West Indies’ lack of intent between the wickets. England find the boundaries and sprint the singles at will, and that made all the difference.

John: “Buttler the hero with a faultless innings at a 400 SR. Breathtaking stuff.” Well quite, scene-stealing stuff

Sarun: “Root does he same role in ODI for England similar to what Pujara does for India in tests. Let all the swashbucklers play around him. His position is never in doubt and never should be. ”

48.4 4 Holder to Buttler dipping into the toes, clipped to the midwicket fence! FOUR

Out comes Buttler with a fairly routine requirement

Root shakes his head as he departs, but that was a clinical performance from one of England’s outstanding cricketers. He’s broken the back of an extraordinarily steep chase

48.3 W Holder to Root waist-high full toss, and slapped to deep midwicket! That could be curtains for Root, but it could be a no-ball on height … it’s a very close call … hip height, but dipping … not sufficient evidence to call it, so Root is on his way! OUT
JE Root c Pooran b Holder 102 (167m 97b 9×4 0x6) SR: 105.15
48.3 1 Holder to Root sliding past the pads … scores level 1 wide
48.2 4 Holder to Root cracked on the up through third man, and Root has his hundred! His 14th in ODI cricket, and it’s signed and sealed one of the most impressive run-chases yet from a fine England team. Now to complete the formalities… FOUR

Tony: “Is wondering the irony if Stokes scores the winning runs and leaving Root stranded on 98 after that declaration the other week” … 48 not out and 98 not out are different beasts, but yes, cruelty is in the offing…

48.1 1 Holder to Stokes nurdles the single. Over to you, Joe … 1 leg bye

End of Over No.48 England 354/3 This Over (8 runs)

47.6 1 Brathwaite to Stokes pounded on the up to deep midwicket, Stokes takes the strike again! 1 run
47.6 1 Brathwaite to Stokes too much width once more, targetting the tramlines with little impact 1 wide

Neil Adam: “Root, the Master of “if it’s not there to HIT, any single will do”” Ain’t that the truth. And a run-a-ball century looks like being the upshot…

47.5 1 Brathwaite to Root banged in short, swished to backward square 1 run
47.4 1 Brathwaite to Stokes filthy wide full toss, slashed on the bounce to third man 1 run

Sahil: “If only WI had Bumrah to bowl here” That would be handy …

47.3 1 Brathwaite to Root clipped off the toes, out to backward square. Root content to pick off another single 1 run
47.2 1 Brathwaite to Stokes thumped on the up to cover … Root regains the strike at last 1 run
47.2 1 Brathwaite to Stokes wrong side of the tramlines this time … Stokes swishes in vain 1 wide
47.1 0 Brathwaite to Stokes ideal line in the circumstances, very wide but not wide enough to be called a wide. Stokes flings the bat flat-footedly and misses no run
47.1 1 Brathwaite to Stokes too much room outside off … Root’s window of opportunity shrinks by another run … 1 wide

End of Over No.47 England 346/3 This Over (7 runs)

Doosra: “Apologies for this random cricket comment but did everyone marvel earlier at the incredible turnaround by Oman versus Scotland? Astonishing effort…..” Random cricket?! Outrageous! But yes, a special effort after being bowled out for 24…

46.6 1 Thomas to Stokes tucked off the hip to the leg side. Stokes steals the strike again! It probably won’t matter to Root, but … 1 run
46.5 4 Thomas to Stokes that’s better from Stokes! In the slot for a full-faced drive, through the covers FOUR
46.4 0 Thomas to Stokes attempted pull by Stokes, but can’t make proper contact. He’s not quite found his range today … no run
46.3 0 Thomas to Stokes on the up, pushed to cover no run
46.2 1 Thomas to Root driven into the off side 1 run
46.1 1 Thomas to Stokes well, that was random. An inelegant chip into the leg side, as Stokes was bamboozled by some barely perceptible lift off the deck. Landed safe though, so on we go 1 run

End of Over No.46 England 339/3 This Over (3 runs)

45.6 1 Holder to Stokes full toss, Stokes picks his spot to pick off the single 1 run
45.5 0 Holder to Stokes driven into the covers no run

Brendan J : “In the Big Bash final, didn’t the Stars lose 7/23 after being 0/93? It’s what the Windies need now.. ” They did. It was sensationally inept

45.4 0 Holder to Stokes bottom-handed biff into the covers no run
45.3 0 Holder to Stokes wide line, outside off, a Test-match leave from Stokes! no run
45.2 1 Holder to Root back of a length, flogged to midwicket. Root rumbles onwards 1 run

vibhash: “333/3 in 44.4 overs. Interesting.” Very!

45.1 1 Holder to Stokes full-faced drive into the off side 1 run

End of Over No.45 England 336/3 This Over (11 runs)

Maaz: “I firmly believe only comments pertaining to cricket should be published. This one will be published. And it will prove a point. Thanks.” Is this a trap? it feels like a trap … ah whatever! It’s late

44.6 1 Thomas to Stokes tonked to the leg side. 25 from 30 is the requirement 1 run

Saoirse : “As a pessimistic England supporter I have to remind everyone of how England were cruising against Scotland in their unsuccessful 375ish chase!” What? When? Never happened! Ask the ECB!

44.6 1 Thomas to Stokes short and leg-sided. It’s looking futile now 1 wide
44.5 1 Thomas to Root banged in short, and round-house-pulled to deep midwicket 1 run
44.4 1 Thomas to Stokes short, wide, slapped over the covers to the sweeper 1 run

Score Cards

  • Partnerships
    Wkt Runs Players
    1st 91 JM Bairstow 34 JJ Roy 51
    2nd 114 JJ Roy 72 JE Root 41
    3rd 116 EJG Morgan 65 JE Root 49
    4th 39 JE Root 12 BA Stokes 20
    5th 4* JC Buttler 4 BA Stokes 0
  • To bat
    Player Mat Runs HS Ave 100
    7. MM Ali 92 1645 128 26.11 3
    8. CR Woakes 84 1039 95* 26.64 0
    9. LE Plunkett 78 584 56 19.46 0
    10. AU Rashid 83 529 69 19.59 0
    11. MA Wood 40 45 13 9.00 0
  • Batting R B 4 6
    JJ Roy caught 123 85 15 3
    JM Bairstow caught wk 34 33 6 0
    JE Root caught 102 97 9 0
    EJG Morgan caught 65 51 4 3
    BA Stokes not out 20 25 2 0
    JC Buttler not out 4 1 1 0
    MM Ali
    CR Woakes
    LE Plunkett
    AU Rashid
    MA Wood
    Extras (lb 3, w 13) 16
    Total (4 wkts; 48.4 ovs) 364
  • Bowling O M R W Econ
    D Bishoo 10 0 78 1 7.80
    O Thomas 9 0 72 1 8.00 (4w)
    JO Holder 9.4 0 63 2 6.51 (3w)
    CR Brathwaite 9 0 66 0 7.33 (5w)
    AR Nurse 10 0 69 0 6.90 (1w)
    JD Campbell 1 0 13 0 13.00
  • Summary

    Sports Event
    1st ODI West Indies vs England

    Location

    Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados,
    Bridgetown,Bridgetown,WI
    Starting on
    Feb 20, 2019
    Ending on
    Feb 20, 2019
    Description
    England tour of West Indies, 1st ODI: West Indies v England at Bridgetown, Feb 20, 2019.

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