England in West Indies, 5 ODI Series, 2019
Venue: Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
Date & Time: 20 February 2019
RR: 7.47 | England beat West Indies by 6 wickets
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.
Jos Butler is the next man in.
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.
Jason Holder is back on.
Ben Stokes arrives in the middle.
Oshane Thomas is back on.
Powerplay 3 has been signaled! Now 5 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the end of the game.
Devendra Bishoo is back to bowl.
Carlos Brathwaite is back on.
Ashley Nurse is brought back on.
Drinks! England doing it easily at the moment. They just need to continue the way they are going. Windies, on the other hand, need a couple of wickets quickly.
Jason Holder is back into the attack.
EOIN MORGAN is the next batsman in.
Another stumping appeal against Roy but once again it is not a confident one.
Carlos Brathwaite is back on now.
A stumping appeal has been referred upstairs. The keeper looks confident. Big moment.
Bishoo is back.
Jason Holder now is back into the attack.
Drinks! It's been a cracking beginning from England and they are well on track in this chase. Jason Roy has looked in exemplary form and in spite of losing Jonny Bairstow, the Englishmen are not in any kind of pressure currently. Windies need wickets and that too in clumps to stop the number one team's charge.
It was going to be Jason Holder but then he changes his mind at the very end and gives the ball to Ashley Nurse.
Devendra Bishoo is back on.
Joe Root walks out to the middle.
Powerplay 2 has been signaled. Now Windies can place a maximum of 4 players outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over.
Another change as Carlos Brathwaite is on now.
Jason Holder is on now.
Time for some serious pace now as Oshane Thomas will bowl with the second new ball.
We are back for the chase! The English openers, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow make their way out to the middle. Windies have spin to begin with as Devendra Bishoo has the first new ball in hand. Holder is on the attack here as he has a short leg and a slip in place. Here we go...