England have clinched five-match series against West Indies by 4-0 after a comprehensive nine-wicket win in the fifth and final ODI at The Rose Bowl, Southampton.
England elected to bowl first in their last fixture of the summer. Chris Gayle gave West Indies a flying start. He smashed one four and five sixes in his 29-ball 40 runs knock. He passed 250 sixes in ODI cricket, the third man to do so. The universe boss was dismissed by debutant Tom Curran.
Gayle’s opening partner Kyle Hope scored 38-ball 33. The other Hope, Shai, brought up his fourth ODI half-century. He top-scored with 72 runs off 95 deliveries including four fours and a six.
West Indies’ debutant Sunil Ambris played a cameo 27-ball 38* hitting four boundaries. Ashley Nurse hammered 31* off 12 with three fours and two sixes. The visitors posted 288/6 in 50 overs. Liam Plunkett took two wickets for 54 runs.
In reply, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow gave England a great start with a 156-run stand in 21.2 overs. Roy missed out on a fourth ODI ton but entertained the crowd with 70-ball 96 runs including 11 fours and one six.
Bairstow didn’t miss a ton. His secind ODI hundred came in 90 balls. In the end, he remained unbeaten for 141 runs from 117 deliveries with 17 boundaries. Joe Root became the third-fastest to 4000 ODI runs. He made 46* off 44 with two four and a six.
England reached their target with 12 overs remaining. They won the series 4-0. The second ODI was washed out by rain after England were 21/0.
West Indies 288/6 in 50 overs (S Hope 72, Gayle 40; Plunkett 2/54, Ali 1/36)
England 294/1 in 38 overs (Bairstow 141*, Roy 96, Root 46*; Cummins 1/70)
England win by nine wickets
Man of the Match: Jonny Bairstow (141*)
Man of the Series: Moeen Ali (150 runs and 2 wickets)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com