By Michael Stafford-Jones

  • Moeen Ali’s explosive 102 off 57 balls powers England to huge total of 369-9
  • Joe Root and Ben Stokes make significant contributions of 84 and 73 respectively
  • Liam Plunkett’s 5-52 and Adil Rashid’s 3-34 ensure West Indies fall 124 runs short
BRISTOL, ENGLAND – Moeen Ali’s brilliant hundred propels England to massive total of 369-9 and sets up a thumping 124-run victory over West Indies in the 3rd ODI.

 

England

Alex Hales – 6/10 – Made his second fluent start of the series, hitting five boundaries on his way to 36. Then he missed a straight delivery from Miguel Cummins and was out lbw.

Johnny Bairstow – 3/10 – His brief, erratic innings of 13 ended when he skied a ball straight up into the air for bowler Jason Holder to catch. Took a good catch.

Joe Root – 8/10 – Produced an innings of consummate class, stroking seven fours and two sixes en route to a stylish 84. Like Hales, he missed a straight one from Cummins and was lbw.

Eoin Morgan – 2/10 – Caught behind first ball after he wafted at a delivery wide of off stump and got a thin nick. Held Adil Rashid back until after Chris Gayle was out and that gamble seemed to work.

Ben Stokes – 7/10 – Authoritative, commanding display of middle-order batting from a superstar who is becoming an increasingly consistent performer. Ineffective with the ball.

Jos Buttler – 3/10 – A little unlucky to be bowled by a beauty by Cummins after making just two. Took two catches behind the stumps.

Moeen Ali – 9/10 – Magnificent exhibition of big hitting to make 102 from 57 balls. Set an ODI record by going from 50 to 100 in just 12 balls. Kept things reasonably tight with the ball but failed to make any breakthroughs.

Chris Woakes – 6/10 – Played the support role to perfection while Ali unleashed his fireworks at the other end. Bowled seven economical overs to keep West Indies in check.

Adil Rashid – 7/10 – Ruthlessly ripped through West Indies’ lower order to ensure the match finished early. Added a few useful runs at the end of England’s innings.

Liam Plunkett – 8/10 – Used his varieties superbly to take crucial wickets at regular intervals and eliminate what little chance West Indies had to win the match. Ended with ODI best 5/52.

David Willey – 3/10 – Took the important wicket of Evin Lewis but bowled too many ‘hit me’ balls for the second match in a row and conceded 34 runs in his 4 overs.

 

 

West Indies

Chris Gayle – 8/10 – Gave his teammates hope when he launched some trademark big hits into the crowd on his way to 94 off 78 balls. Dropped a very simple chance to dismiss Ali on 87.

Evin Lewis – 3/10 – Hit Willey for one huge six then tried to repeat the trick next ball and was caught at mid-on for just 13. Took a good catch at point.

Shai Hope – 5/10 – Unfurled some beautifully-timed shots again, but classy cameos of 20 are not going to win any matches for his country.

Marlon Samuels – 3/10 – Increased his strike rate to the right sort of level, but got out too early to have much an impact on West Indies’ innings.

Jason Mohammed – 6/10 – Did his best to play the support role alongside Gayle and had some success as he made 38. However, he needed to go on and make an even bigger contribution.

Rovman Powell – 7/10 – High-quality spell of spin bowling and by far West Indies’ most economical performer on the day. Took the crucial wicket of Stokes. Only scored eight runs.

Jason Holder – 7/10 – Bowled well early on and dismissed Bairstow and Morgan. But served up too many balls that were easy for Ali to hammer into the stands in the closing overs. Good lower-order batting to make 34 off 26 balls.

Ashley Nurse – 4/10 – Had a bad day. Dropped three catches (two hard, one very easy), went for 59 runs in 8 overs and only scored one run. Eventually dismissed Ali though.

Devendra Bishoo – 3/10 – Ineffective with the ball again. Batted sensibly for a few overs to make 12.

Jerome Taylor – 4/10 – Decent bowling at times was undone by ‘hit me’ balls to Hales and Ali and he conceded 75 runs in his 10 overs.

Miguel Cummins – 6/10 – Looked to be having a good day when he took the key wickets of Hales, Root and Buttler during encouraging early spells. Then Ali ruined his figures.

 

The 4th ODI between England and the West Indies takes place at The Kia Oval on 27 September.

 

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