Set what appeared a frightening goal after Chris Gayle’s 24th ODI hundred anchored the house aspect to 360-8, Roy blazed 123 off 85 balls on the high of the order whereas Root cruised to a relatively sedate 102 off 97 deliveries to take assist the vacationers attain their goal with eight balls to spare.
In attaining the highest-ever ODI run chase within the Caribbean and the third-highest general, England underlined their standing because the top-ranked crew on this format of the sport and might be brimful of batting confidence heading into the second match on the identical venue on Friday.
Fresh from 100 within the lone warm-up match on the weekend, Roy was at his most ruthless in opposition to the hosts who missed key quick bowler Kemar Roach.
The ‘man of the sequence’ with 18 wickets because the West Indies stunned England 2-1 to reclaim the Wisden Trophy within the previous Test duel, Roach has been dominated out of your complete ODI sequence as a result of early indicators of what might develop right into a stress fracture of the decrease again.
Roy set the tempo in racing to 100 off simply 65 balls –- the fastest-ever in ODIs within the Caribbean –- and dominated a gap stand of 91 with Jonny Bairstow.
He maintained the cost by a 114-run second-wicket partnership with Root and by the point he fell within the 27th over to leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, England had been effectively on the right track.
Root, the Test captain who lastly got here good with 100 within the final innings of the three-match sequence in St Lucia simply over per week earlier, additionally received to a few figures in opposition to the University of the West Indies Vice-Chancellor’s XI final Sunday and tapped into that wealthy vein of kind as soon as extra.
He placed on 116 for the third wicket in 16 overs with Eoin Morgan and though the ODI skipper departed to quick bowler Oshane Thomas with victory in sight, there can be no critical alarms for England on the best way to victory, though Root fell with the scores stage making an attempt the profitable hit off West Indies captain Jason Holder.
“I was particularly happy with the calm way we went about all aspects of this match,” Morgan stated.
“Our bowlers did very well at the end of the West Indies innings when it looked as if they would get up to 380, and when we batted, you really can’t look past that start we got. It made the job so much easier.”
Gayle delights house crowd
Earlier, Gayle lit up the Kensington Oval with one other show of power-hitting.
Playing his first ODI because the house sequence in opposition to Bangladesh final July and having introduced that the upcoming World Cup might be his worldwide farewell within the format, the big-hitting left-hander signalled his intentions for a prolonged grand finale with an innings of 135 off 129 balls with 12 sixes and three fours.
His tally of maximums dominated an innings through which 23 sixes had been struck, a brand new file for an ODI innings.
Despite conceding 34 runs off his remaining two overs, leg-spinner Rashid performed an necessary position along with Stokes in limiting the West Indies progress over the ultimate 15 overs.
Stokes returned the most effective figures of three for 37, together with the necessary wicket of Gayle within the 47th over, dragging a full-length supply onto his stumps.
Rashid claimed three for 74, making necessary breakthroughs on the different finish when the West Indies wanted to press on the accelerator.
England paid dearly for Roy dropping Gayle at level off seamer Liam Plunkett when the previous West Indies captain was on simply 9.
“We made life very difficult for ourselves, and especially our bowlers, by missing too many chances,” stated Holder.
“You can’t give quality players so many opportunities and expect to be competing at the end.”
Published Date: February 21, 2019
| Updated Date: February 21, 2019
Updated Date: Feb 21, 2019 10:29:48 IST