Root-Roy reign, England edge passed Windies to win in Bridgetown
England won the first one day international match against West Indies by 6 wickets chasing 360 runs at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Three centuries were slammed in the single match and the better half of the proportion came as winners. England, incredibly eclipsed the monumental target of 360 runs posted by the home team after batting first, with 6 wickets in hand and 8 balls remaining.
The first of the five match series was overflowed by the two team’s batsmen. In the first half, Chris Gayle orchestrated a grand comeback in the national side with a record breaking ton, his 24th limited over hundred.
The Jamaican giant rewrote Shahid Afridi’s record of most number of international sixes; striking 12 over boundaries and 3 fours, Gayle’s 129 ball 135 anchored Windies to 360 at the end of the stipulated over.
What was assumed to be a daunting total to quest, Jason Roy and Joe Root overpowered the task at ease.
At the top of the order, Roy fired a crushing 85 ball 123 followed by a composed 102 off 97 deliveries from Root that ensured England snatch the victory comfortably.
Breezing into the field in the second half, Jonny Bairstow and Roy provided the visitors a prompt start with a 91 run opening stand.
When Bairstow departed in 34 in the 11th over, Root and Roy started the assault towards the opposition. England raced past 200 in 16.1 overs.
Roy completed his ton off 65 balls, his 14th ODI hundred. Eoin Morgan backed off with 65 at the ending phase of the match.
Windies 360/8 (50 overs)
Chris Gayle 135, Shai Hope 64, Darren Bravo 40
Ben Stokes 3/37, Adil Rashid 3/74
England 364/4 (48.4 overs)
Jason Roy 123, Joe Root 102, Eoin Morgan 65
Jason Holder 2/63