Player of the Match
Player of the Match
77dThe Report by Andrew Miller

Moeen's 53-ball onslaught sets up crushing England win

Moeen Ali produced one of the most breathtaking batting assaults in international history, a 53-ball hundred that included an incredible eight sixes in the space of 14 balls, as England withstood a withering riposte from the mighty Chris Gayle to seal an

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MM Ali
102(57) 7x4 - 8x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • slog shot
  • 34 runs
  • 1x4 - 5x6
4 13 3 9 43 15 5 4
CH Gayle
94(78) 9x4 - 6x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot
  • 24 runs
  • 6x4 - 0x6
0 6 21 1 18 21 21 6

Best performances - Bowlers

LE Plunkett
O8.1
M0
R52
W5
Eco6.36
RHB
OFFLEG
2W1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
AU Rashid
O6
M0
R34
W3
Eco5.66
RHB
OFFLEG
1W2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentator: Alan Gardner

6.30pm: Plunkett and Mo cleaned up for England today. Miller's report will contain all the gory details, and we'll be back for more with the fourth ODI on Wednesday. Thanks for all your comments, stay classy in the meantime. Bye!

6.15pm: Right, here we go with the presentations... Jason Holder, West Indies captain: "The back end of the bowling, we took punishment, didn't nail our yorkers and paid for it. [Two spinners?] Thought we had a good balance of the side, we needed to close the innings off better. It's been an area of concern for a while. I thought we could have executed a lot better. On a small ground, we paid for it. 300-320 was probably a par score. We got off to a pretty decent start with the batting. We kept up with the run rate but kept losing wickets. We've got to be better in the field, sloppy at times. Ownership needs to be taken among everyone. [Positives?] The way Chris played was exceptional, Jason Mohammed chipped in. We need one of the top four to get a hundred."

England captain Eoin Morgan: "Yes, delighted losing the toss, being sent in during an early game texted our defence but our start was good and we were in control until four or five down, when Moeen came to the crease. He was the difference between the two sides. When we bowled, I thought the wicket improved a lot, we were up against it but came through. On a small ground, a good wicket, it can be difficult to defend but our guys bowled well, executed their plans, especially against a guy like Gayle. Mo's always pretty chilled, philosophical about things. Winning is very important in the context of the series and he was outstanding today. [Plunkett] He's been Mr Reliable, come in and bowled quick, managed to extract plenty out of the pitch. [Oval selection] We're going to play our strongest team and hopefully win the series."

Moeen Ali is Man of the Match: [Best ODI innings?] "Yeah, I think so, everything seemed to come off today. Nice to get in and play a few shots. [Partnership with Woakes] Just that we wanted to take it to the 42nd over, hit the bad ball and let loose after that. There was one hack I had that went to third man and I tried to keep my shape and then I connected with one... and it was nice. [Batting at No. 7] I enjoy the responsibility of that situation, I can play a few shots. I feel good, very confident in my own game. But the main thing is to trying to win the series."

6.05pm: Moeen's monster-mash hundred, a five-wicket bag for Plunkett; catches held, run-outs effected: England go 2-0 up in the series with two to play. While Chris Gayle was opening up a can of whup-ass on the Nevil Road postage stamp, West Indies had a glimmer of a chance - but his failure to dive for the line going for a quick single saw him dismissed for 94 and pretty much ensured England would go on to wrap things up. Bristol hasn't had much luck with the weather over recent years but they were treated today, with 28 sixes setting a new record for ODIs in the the UK.

39.1
W
Plunkett to Holder, OUT, pitched up, slugged down the ground - taken by Moeen at long-off! Five-for for Plunkett, his first in ODIs, Holder hitting out defiantly but falling at the last as England win by 124 runs. Pretty clinical, that

JO Holder c Ali b Plunkett 34 (43m 26b 1x4 3x6) SR: 130.76

END OF OVER:
39 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | WI: 245/9 (125 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.28, RRR: 11.36)

  • ML Cummins4 (5b)
  • JO Holder34 (25b)
  • AU Rashid6-0-34-3
  • LE Plunkett8-0-52-4
38.6
4
Rashid to Cummins, FOUR, round the wicket, flighted on off stump and swept with the spin to deep backward square leg

"Well Alan! Pardon me for being out of context, but why Plunkett isn't in contention for the Ashes?" You are pardoned, waqarjutt. He's not had much of a red-ball season (and hasn't played a Test in a few years)... but, with the injuries mounting, he could come into the conversation. Although I think they're more than happy with his white-ball form, as it is

38.5
0
Rashid to Cummins, no run, floated up full and Cummins swats a cross-batted shot to square leg
38.4
0
Rashid to Cummins, no run, tossed up, straightening on off stump, Cummins gets into line and defends
38.3
0
Rashid to Cummins, no run, pushed through, a flatish slider outside off, again past the bat
38.2
0
Rashid to Cummins, no run, flighted, the googly again, spinning away from the left-handed No. 11, into the gloves

In comes Miguel Cummins... Slip and leg slip in