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Done and dusted with this high-scoring encounter. It turned out to be a one-sided affair as England's batting quality proved to be too hot to handle for the home team. The second ODI once again will be here in Barbados. Do join us on 22nd February at 1100 local (1500 GMT) for all the action. Cheers!
England's skipper, Eoin Morgan says he is very pleased with the calmness they showed during the chase. On the surface, he reckons it was brilliant. Credits the way Jason Roy and Joe Root played. Feels the two complement each other and if they get away, the oppositions are in for a rough time. Mentions Adil Rashid played a huge part in pegging the Windies back. Admits they did not have a great day in the field and he hopes they can improve. Ends by saying all the three departments are strong but they need to keep improving.
Man of the Match, Jason Roy says that the surface was good. Mentions the total was a daunting one but they got off to a good start and they just capitalized. Further adds that he wanted to step up with the bat especially after dropping Gayle on 9 and he feels he did so. Reckons that he rotated the strike well with Root and did not let the pressure build. Ends by saying they have to continue working hard and be hungry for more success.
Windies' skipper, Jason Holder credits his batters for the way they batted. He feels they did not bowl that well in this game. Appreciates the way Chris Gayle played and says it is really good to see the way he played. Mentions the energy and the body language was not up to the mark today. Ends by saying they need to be more clinical moving ahead.
The bowling from Windies was below standard. To add to that, their fielding was also not up to the mark. That never allowed the home team to build any momentum and in spite of posting a big total, they got beaten quite comprehensively. Earlier in the afternoon, the Gayle-storm struck Barbados as it was total carnage. The Jamaican giant hammered a superlative hundred and steered Windies to 360, however, lack of disciplined bowling and fielding, cost them the match.
A commanding performance by England. They were after a big target but overhauled it with a minimum of fuss. Their openers laid a strong platform by providing a blazing start. Jason Roy showed scintillating form and scored a fluent century. Not even once in the run chase England looked under pressure. Joe Root anchored quite efficiently with a ton and he along with Eoin Morgan powered the touring team on the brink of victory which later on was achieved with 8 balls to spare. This is also their highest successful run chase in ODIs and the third highest overall.
48.5JHolder to JosButtler
FOUR! Buttler ends it on his very first ball! Full and on the pads, it is flicked through mid-wicket and the ball races to the fence. All smiles in the English camp and the customary handshakes take place as ENGLAND WIN BY 6 WICKETS!
Jos Butler is the next man in.
48.4JHolder to JoeRoot
OUT! It's a legal ball. Root does not hit the winning runs. He departs immediately after getting his ton. A high full toss on middle, Root pulls it but finds Pooran at deep square leg who takes a comfortable catch. Root, however, asks Stokes to complete the run as he feels it is above the waist. The umpire goes upstairs and the third umpire rules it in the favour of the bowler.
Have the Windies got the English Test skipper? They have gone upstairs to check for the waist high full toss.
Holder pulls out at the very end.
48.3JHolder to JoeRoot
SCORES LEVEL! Down the leg side, Root looks to flick but misses. It's called a wide.
48.2JHolder to JoeRoot
FOUR! 100 for Root now! Finished the Test series with a ton and now starts the ODI series with one. His 14th. A full ball outside off, Root at the very end opens the face of the bat and drives it square on the off side. Boundary. Takes his helmet off and roars in delight. A very well crafted innings.
48.1JHolder to BenStokes
A little too straight. Stokes looks to flick but misses. It hits his pads and rolls on the leg side. A leg bye taken. A biggie away now.
47.9CBrathwaite to BenStokes
Shuffles across and then whips it towards deep mid-wicket for a run. 7 more needed.
47.8CBrathwaite to BenStokes
Way wide outside off, left alone. The umpire signals it as a wide.
47.7CBrathwaite to JoeRoot
Root moves onto 98 as he pulls it to fine leg and gets to the other end.
47.6CBrathwaite to BenStokes
A full toss outside off, Stokes looks to hit it but it goes off the outside edge to third man for a single.
47.5CBrathwaite to JoeRoot
Very full and on the pads, Root works it to a very fine fine leg for a run. 350 up. 11 more needed.
47.4CBrathwaite to BenStokes
Drags his length back and bowls it closer to the off pole, Stokes hits it through covers and takes a single.
47.3CBrathwaite to BenStokes
Another one which is outside the off side tramline. Wided.
47.2CBrathwaite to BenStokes
Full and wide outside off again, Stokes swings but misses.
47.1CBrathwaite to BenStokes
Full and wide outside off, it is outside the tramline. It has been wided.
46.6OThomas to BenStokes
On the pad, Stokes flicks it to leg side and takes a single.
46.5OThomas to BenStokes
FOUR! Superbly driven. Outside off, Stokes drives through covers and is successful in finding the gap. The ball runs down to the boundary.
46.4OThomas to BenStokes
Bouncer on body, Ben looks to pull but fails to make proper contact. He gets hit on the gloves.
46.3OThomas to BenStokes
Outside off, Ben cuts it to point.
46.2OThomas to JoeRoot
Around off, Root drives it through covers for a sharp single.
46.1OThomas to BenStokes
Shortish and on the body, Stokes to defend but is caught by the bounce on it and hits it uppishly to mid-wicket. The batsmen take a single.
45.6JHolder to BenStokes
On middle, Ben drives it to mid on and takes a single.
45.5JHolder to BenStokes
Again on off, Ben punches it to covers. 3rd consecutive dot ball.
45.4JHolder to BenStokes
Fullish on off, driven to covers by Ben.
45.3JHolder to BenStokes
Shorter delivery outside off, Stokes leaves it alone.
45.2JHolder to JoeRoot
Around off, Root pulls it to mid-wicket and takes a single.
45.1JHolder to BenStokes
Lands it outside off, Stokes pushes it to point. The batsmen change ends.
Jason Holder is back on.
44.7OThomas to BenStokes
On a shortish length, Stokes pulls it all along the ground towards deep square leg for a single.
44.6OThomas to BenStokes
A bumper down the leg side, Stokes goes for the pull but misses. Wided.
44.5OThomas to JoeRoot
On the shorter side, Root pulls it all along the ground to deep square leg for a run.
44.4OThomas to BenStokes
Slaps this through covers and gets to the other end.
44.3OThomas to BenStokes
FOUR! Edgy! Full toss at 140 kph. Ben Stokes throws his bat at it, the ball though flies off the outside edge and to the third man fence.
44.2OThomas to BenStokes
This is clipped through mid-wicket and the batsmen run two.
44.1OThomas to JoeRoot
Good length on off, Root opens the face of the bat and drives it square on the off side for a single.
43.7ANurse to BenStokes
Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
43.6ANurse to BenStokes
Beaten! On a good length and the ball scoots in towards the batsman. Stokes swings at it but misses, the ball though misses the off pole by inches.