By Michael Stafford-Jones
- England ease to 7-wicket win in game reduced to 42 overs per side
- West Indies make 204-9; Jason Holder makes 41 and Ben Stokes takes 3-43
- Johnny Bairstow makes 100 not out and Joe Root 54 as England complete chase in 30.5 overs
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – Johnny Bairstow’s maiden ODI hundred guides England to comfortable victory after excellent bowling from Ben Stokes and Adil Rashid helps restrict West Indies to 204-9.
Alex Hales – 5/10 – Looked in good touch but got out too early when he slapped the ball straight to the point fielder to be dismissed for 19. Took two catches, including a sharp catch to dismiss Evin Lewis.
Johnny Bairstow – 9/10 – Moved a step closer to making the opening berth his own with an excellent hundred full of controlled aggression and superb drives through the off-side. Also took a good catch.
Joe Root – 7/10 – Compiled a typically busy 54 during the match-winning partnership of 125 with Bairstow. Atoned for missing easy chance to dismiss Gayle at slip by taking brilliant catch in the deep to remove him. Also took another catch.
Eoin Morgan – 3/10 – Failed with the bat but brought on the right bowlers at the right times to restrict West Indies to 204/9.
Ben Stokes – 8/10 – Took 3 wickets (including Shai Hope and Marlon Samuels) with hostile, accurate bowling and finished the run chase with a sparkling cameo of 23 that included two sixes.
Jos Buttler – 5/10 – Kept well (two catches, no byes) but did not get a chance to bat.
Moeen Ali – 5/10 – Took crucial early wicket of Evin Lewis to slow West Indies after their fast start, but did not get a chance to bat.
Chris Woakes – 6/10 – Might have had better figures if Root had held catch off Gayle during superb first over. However, he suffered as Gayle hit him for a six and two fours. Ended up with 2-41.
Adil Rashid – 7/10 – Displayed excellent control and intelligent variety during economical spell of 2-31 in nine overs.
Liam Plunkett – 3/10 – Uncharacteristically unthreatening with the ball and more expensive than usual too.
David Willey – 3/10 – Looked out of his depth against Gayle and was England’s most expensive bowler with 1-39 in six overs.
Chris Gayle – 6/10 – Powerful boundary hitting during his innings of 37, but needed to score more to help his team.
Evin Lewis – 4/10 – Fluent start but hit short ball from Ali straight to square leg. Took a sharp catch to dismiss Hales.
Shai Hope – 6/10 – Played some classy strokes during his 35 before falling to a good catch from Bairstow in the deep.
Marlon Samuels – 1/10 – Scored much too slowly and hindered his team by only making 17 runs in 46 balls before falling to Stokes.
Jason Mohammed – 4/10 – Struck the ball impressively during encouraging cameo of 18, but failed to make a significant score.
Rovman Powell – 4/10 – Like Mohammed, hit the ball well during his 23, but needed to carry on and score more runs for his team.
Jason Holder – 7/10 – True captain’s effort to top-score with quickfire 41 from the all-rounder position. Did not bowl as well as he can but his team needed more runs on the board.
Ashley Nurse – 5/10 – He was the only bowler who exercised a measure of control over the England run rate.
Devendra Bishoo – 2/10 – Plundered for easy runs all around the square. Needed his team to put a higher total on the scoreboard.
Jerome Taylor – 3/10 – Gifted a wicket by a loose shot from Hales but otherwise struggled to contain England’s scoring.
Kesrick Williams – 5/10 – Took important wickets of Root and Morgan but was also West Indies’ most expensive bowler.
The 2nd ODI between England and the West Indies takes place in Nottingham on 21 September.
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