By Michael Stafford-Jones

  • Opener Evin Lewis hits brilliant 176 as West Indies make 356-5
  • England win by 6 runs (D/L Method) after reaching 258-5 after 35.1 overs
  • Jason Roy top-scores with 84, while Alzarri Joseph takes 5-56
THE OVAL, ENGLAND – Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali’s superb partnership of 77 from 48 balls helps England sneak over the line and earn a 6-run win over the West Indies which gives them an unassailable 3-0 lead in the ODI series.

 

England

Jason Roy – 8/10 – Took his chance well and played some excellent shots during his 84 in 66 balls, which gave England’s chase real impetus and set the team up for their narrow victory.

Johnny Bairstow – 5/10 – Good partnership with Roy. However, his slow scoring rate during his 39 in 51 balls put unnecessary pressure on the teammates who came in after him.

Joe Root – 3/10 – Started his innings fluently but played a loose shot at a wide ball from Alzarri Joseph and was out prematurely for 14. Took a good slip catch to dismiss Chris Gayle.

Eoin Morgan – 3/10 – Hit a few boundaries early in his innings but an excellent catch on the boundary from sub Kyle Hope ensured the England captain’s batting woes continued.

Jos Buttler – 8/10 – Batted superbly during partnership with Moeen Ali that decided the match. Looked on course to make about 80 not out before rain ended proceedings early. Took two good catches behind the stumps.

Sam Billings – 1/10 – Caught at slip for 2 after wildly swishing at a ball from Joseph. Held a simple catch on the boundary to dismiss Jason Holder.

Moeen Ali – 7/10 – Explosive boundary-hitting during brilliant 77-run partnership with Buttler was crucial in propelling England’s total above the Duckworth-Lewis par score. Expensive with the ball.

Chris Woakes – 6/10 – Snaffled three wickets during an excellent opening spell but was unable to prevent the fireworks from Evin Lewis and Jason Holder in the last fifteen overs.

Adil Rashid – 4/10 – Strangely ineffective display from one of England’s most consistent ODI bowlers. Removed Jason Mohammed with a ball that bounced higher than usual.

Liam Plunkett – 4/10 – Another consistent performer who bowled poorly on this occasion. His first spell was quite economical, but his second was expensive. Lucky to get the wicket of Holder.

Jake Ball – 2/10 – Made no impact with the ball and was carted all around the park by Lewis and Holder. Tom Curran may have been a wiser selection on his home ground.

 

 

West Indies

Chris Gayle – 3/10 – Edged the ball to Root at slip to be dismissed for just 2. Took a superb diving slip catch off Joseph’s bowling.

Evin Lewis – 10/10 – Sensational display of ODI batting from an exceptional young talent. Scored 176, but looked set for a double-hundred before he suffered a freak ankle fracture when he edged the ball into it.

Shai Hope – 3/10 – Yet another fluent start followed by yet another early dismissal. Must learn to go on and make significant contributions in ODIs when he begins his innings well.

Marlon Samuels – 0/10 – Out lbw to Woakes for just 1 and has not made any notable contributions to this ODI series so far.

Jason Mohammed – 6/10 – Supported Lewis very well during excellent 117-run partnership. Needs to make higher scores but consecutive contributions of 38 and 46 demonstrate good consistency.

Jason Holder – 8/10 – Played superbly during career-best 77. His partnership of 168 with Lewis was a record fifth-wicket stand for West Indies in ODIs. Did well to restrict England’s run rate a little with the ball.

Rovman Powell – 7/10 – Destructive unbeaten cameo of 28 in 15 balls during last five overs. Relatively economical during the two overs he bowled.

Ashley Nurse – 1/10 – Taken apart by the swashbuckling boundary-hitting of Moeen Ali and ended up with very poor figures of 0-39 in 3 overs.

Jerome Taylor – 3/10 – Tried his best to contain England’s batsmen but struggled to keep the run rate down on an unhelpful pitch and failed to take any wickets.

Alzarri Joseph – 8/10 – The best bowler of the day by a mile. Constantly threatened the outside edge of the bat and fully deserved his five-wicket haul. The only blemish was that he was a bit expensive.

Miguel Cummins – 1/10 – Hammered to all parts of the ground by Roy and finished with figures of 0-49 in 6 overs.

 

The 5th and final ODI between England and the West Indies takes place at The Ageas Bowl on 29 September.

 

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