By Michael Stafford-Jones
- Jason Roy smashes 123 to take England within reach of record 361 target
- Joe Root finishes the job with 105 aided by 65 from Eoin Morgan
- Chris Gayle hits 135 as West Indies rack up 360-8 in their innings
BARBADOS, WEST INDIES – Jason Roy and Joe Root hit superb centuries as England chase down 361 to win – their highest chase in One-Day Internationals.
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Jason Roy – 9/10 – Responded brilliantly to his expensive drop of Chris Gayle (who was on 9 at the time) by taking two catches and hammering the West Indies attack for 123 off 85 balls to give England the perfect platform to chase down their record target.
Jonny Bairstow – 5/10 – He helped Roy amass a record 88 runs in the first power play and hit a few good shots to the boundary but he looked a bit out of form during his 34 off 33 balls.
Joe Root – 9/10 – Judged his 102 off 97 balls perfectly to guide England to 364-4 with eight balls to spare. He did not offer a chance of any note to the fielding team.
Eoin Morgan – 7/10 – Took over the role of aggressor after Roy was dismissed in the 27th over and smashed 65 off 51 balls to get England almost to their target. He should have brought Adil Rashid on to bowl earlier though.
Ben Stokes – 8/10 – He was England’s best bowler on the day. He dismissed Gayle, Shai Hope and Carlos Brathwaite during a superb spell of 3-37 in eight overs. He also calmly added 20 runs at the end of the chase.
Jos Buttler – 6/10 – He did not have much to do as he scored four off the only ball he faced. He almost missed a routine stumping of Jason Holder.
Moeen Ali – 1/10 – He got carted all around the Kensington Oval by Gayle, Hope and Darren Bravo as he went for 85 in ten wicketless overs.
Chris Woakes – 7/10 – He bowled well during his ten-over spell of 2-59 and could have taken more wickets on another day.
Liam Plunkett – 1/10 – He had a day to forget with the ball as he went for 54 runs in just six overs.
Adil Rashid – 6/10 – Despite a few expensive overs, he played an important role as he took three middle-order wickets late in the innings. Had he been brought on earlier, he might have been even more significant.
Mark Wood – 2/10 – He did not find the right lines and lengths on a batsman-friendly wicket and the West Indies hit him for 49 runs in seven overs.
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Chris Gayle – 8/10 – He belted 12 huge sixes during an excellent innings of 135 from 129 balls. However, if he had scored at a quicker rate, West Indies could have reached a total that was beyond England’s reach.
John Campbell – 6/10 – Showed plenty of attacking intent during a promising 30 off 28 balls.
Shai Hope – 7/10 – He played a succession of classy shots during a very good innings of 64 from 65 balls. He also kept well.
Shimron Hetmyer – 4/10 – He reached 20 in fine style but then played a loose shot and was caught well by Roy off Woakes.
Nicholas Pooran – 0/10 – He was dismissed by Rashid for 0.
Darren Bravo – 7/10 – He blasted four huge sixes into the stands during a rapid 40 off 30 balls.
Jason Holder – 7/10 – He was West Indies’ best bowler as he dismissed Bairstow and Root during his spell of 2-63 off 9.4 overs. He also added 16 quick runs with the bat.
Carlos Brathwaite – 5/10 – He bowled reasonably well during his spell of 0-66 in nine overs but he was unable to get the breakthroughs his team desperately needed.
Ashley Nurse – 6/10 – He bowed quite well in his ten overs but England were already well on the way to victory by the time he came on and did not need to take many risks against him. He contributed 25 runs off just eight balls during a destructive lower-order cameo.
Devendra Bishoo – 3/10 – Suffered a pasting at the hands of Roy early on and never really recovered as he went for 78 runs in ten overs. He eventually dismissed the England opener but the damage was done by then.
Oshane Thomas – 3/10 – His bowling was fast but wayward and England took full advantage to plunder him for 72 runs in nine overs. He did get the wicket of Morgan though.
The Second ODI between England and the West Indies begins in Barbados at 3pm GMT on Friday 22nd February 2019.
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