Bairstow ton helps England win 4-0

Bairstow ton helps England win 4-0

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.

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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.

Brief scores:

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,

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