Cheers Alan. We are just about ready for the off...

9.25am: "Top stattage there by Gnasher. Andy Z would be proud," cheers Greg, bestowing the highest stat compliment. "Hoping that the game will be sufficiently boring to prevent me from being distracted from the task of finishing off a commentary on electricity law in the UK. However I fear that even a match which consisted solely of Peter Such bowling to Chris Tavare might not be quite boring enough to achieve that." Such to Tavare - to some people that would be pornographic, Greg. Anyway, speaking of Gnasher, here is the man himself, to guide you smoothly through the opening exchanges...

9.20am: West Indies haven't beaten England in a home ODI series since 1998; neither team has won a series against another Full Member in almost a year (WI against Zimbabwe; England in New Zealand). I suspect that has something to do with the poor quality on display in the first two games... Time for someone to pull a confidence trick. Dhabih C is looking on the bright side: "A change to both sides, and already both teams look just a tad more formidable."

9.10am: We've had a look at the surface in question, reputedly the slowest 22 yards since Dwayne Leverock attempted a quick single in 2007. It is a kind of stodgy brown colour, one or two rougher patches, from wear in the previous couple of games. Certainly doesn't gleam like a brand new Harley-Davidson...

Gnasher has come up with a stonker-stat in his preview: England have already bowled 314 deliveries of spin in the series, and will surely pass their previous record in three matches or more, of 384 against Pakistan back in 1977-78. All good preparation for Bangladesh, then. Might both teams have been happy to go triple or quits on this pitch, with the World T20 in mind?

9am: West Indies win the toss and choose to bowl, Dwayne Bravo wants his side to have a crack at chasing a total. He's grinning in that languid style of his, confirming that Samuels is back to strengthen the batting, in place of Kirk Edwards. Stuart Broad says he wasn't sure what he would have done, had he the choice; he seems to think the track will be turning significantly come the end of the game, so it will be good practice for England's fledging tweaker brigade. There's also a dollop of added x-factor, with Eoin Morgan fit again and returning in place of Luke Wright.

West Indies 1 Dwayne Smith, 2 Kieran Powell, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Lendl Simmons, 6 Dwayne Bravo (capt), 7 Darren Sammy, 8 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 8 Sunil Narine, 9 Ravi Rampaul, 10 Nikita Miller

England 1 Michael Lumb, 2 Moeen Ali, 3 Ben Stokes, 4 Joe Root, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Ravi Bopara, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Stuart Broad (capt), 10 James Tredwell, 11 Stephen Parry

8.55am: There has been a little rain around in Antigua but it seems to have cleared up... Might that add some life to the pitch? The possible return of Marlon Samuels should get one or two engines revving, at least. We'll have the toss news for you shortly.

"Today's burning question: can either side pass 150?" Mark is not all that optimistic.

8.45am: Howdy, hello and g'day, partners, welcome to all-spinning singing, all-dancing coverage of the third ODI from Antigua, where a dusty strip is being rolled for the umpteenth time in the last week. Two struggling teams are looking to achieve lift off - maybe just some lift would do - ahead of the World T20 (although the prize on offer today is a one-day trophy, so, you know *schedules*). You can get up to speed with Andrew McGlashan's preview and read George Dobell's thoughts on the pitch served up at the Viv Richards Stadium (warning: may not be complimentary). I'm Alan Gardner and I'll be joined by Gnasher to describe today's Master Blasting / battle to get it off the square.

0.1

DJ Bravo to Lumb, 1 run

0.2

DJ Bravo to Ali, 1 run, nips back of a length, tucked into the leg side and he's off the mark as well

0.3

DJ Bravo to Lumb, no run, full outside off, left alone

0.4

DJ Bravo to Lumb, no run, on leg stump, takes the pad into the leg side

0.5

DJ Bravo to Lumb, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended to the covers

0.6

DJ Bravo to Lumb, no run, strangled appeal for lbw as he whips across the line of a length ball, but not very excited...inside edge

End of over 1 (2 runs) England 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
MJ Lumb    1* (5b)      DJ Bravo    1-0-2-0
MM Ali    1* (1b)     

Ravi Rampaul shares the early duties. Slip and a gully in place

1.1

Rampaul to Ali, no run, nice looking drive, full outside off and he comes onto the front to drive to cover

1.2

Rampaul to Ali, no run, pulls the length back, keeps it outside off, defended to the off side

Rob: "This is a nightmare, which game to watch. It's hard enough hiding one game from the boss never mind two. England/Windies turgidity or Saffer/Aussie turgidity" Turgid for very different reasons

1.3

Rampaul to Ali, no run, that's a beauty, draws Moeen onto the front foot and beats the edge with a hint of swing

1.4

Rampaul to Ali, 3 runs, punchy back-foot drive from Moeen, short-of-a-length ball outside off and he stood tall to place it through the covers

1.5

Rampaul to Lumb, no run, full outside off, hint of shape back into Lumb as he shoulders arms

1.6

Rampaul to Lumb, FOUR, first boundary of the day, a full, wide delivery is square driven past point and with the timing to compensate for a sluggish outfield

End of over 2 (7 runs) England 9/0 (RR: 4.50)
MJ Lumb    5* (7b 1x4)      R Rampaul    1-0-7-0
MM Ali    4* (5b)      DJ Bravo    1-0-2-0

2.1

DJ Bravo to Ali, no run, pushed across outside off, left alone...not miles away from a wide

2.2

DJ Bravo to Ali, no run, beats the edge again, swings away from Moeen and lulls him into pushing at it away from his body

2.3

DJ Bravo to Ali, no run, full on off stump, pushed firmly back to Bravo in his follow through

There's a 7-2 off-side field now

2.4

DJ Bravo to Ali, 3 runs, and he works it through the leg side, a length ball that he pushes straight of mid-on...gives Samuels a chase to test out that groin

2.5

DJ Bravo to Lumb, no run, comes forward, gets a thick inside edge into his pads which then rebounds to the off side

2.6

DJ Bravo to Lumb, no run, onto the front foot again, defends square into the off side

The key for England today could well be not aiming too high with the total they want

End of over 3 (3 runs) England 12/0 (RR: 4.00)
MJ Lumb    5* (9b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    2-0-5-0
MM Ali    7* (9b)      R Rampaul    1-0-7-0

3.1

Rampaul to Ali, 2 runs, short outside off, poor delivery on this surface, Moeen drives it off the back foot through the covers although doesn't get perfect timing

3.2

Rampaul to Ali, 1 wide, very wide outside off, and called so by the umpire

3.2

Rampaul to Ali, 1 run, picks the gap through the off side again, there's a sweeper on the cover boundary

3.3

Rampaul to Lumb, SIX, terrific shot, full outside and he picks it up over straight midwicket with a strong bottom. Good intent by Lumb

3.4

Rampaul to Lumb, no run, full outside off, Lumb shuffles right across his crease and then leaves alone

3.5

Rampaul to Lumb, FOUR, he's timing them nicely at the moment, full outside off and he drives this sweetly wide of mid-off to his right

3.6

Rampaul to Lumb, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 4 (14 runs) England 26/0 (RR: 6.50)
MJ Lumb    15* (13b 2x4 1x6)      R Rampaul    2-0-21-0
MM Ali    10* (11b)      DJ Bravo    2-0-5-0

4.1

DJ Bravo to Ali, 1 run, and now Moeen flays one through the off side, threw his arms into the wide delivery but it went straight to the cover sweeper

4.2

DJ Bravo to Lumb, no run, back of a length outside, left alone

4.3

DJ Bravo to Lumb, no run, fuller this time, keeps it outside off, Lumb lets another one through to the keeper

4.4

DJ Bravo to Lumb, 2 runs, tucked off middle stump into the leg side, goes fine of deep square-leg

4.5

DJ Bravo to Lumb, 1 run, aims to drive into the off side, loses his shape a touch and gets a thick bottom edge which dribbles just off the cut strip

4.6

DJ Bravo to Ali, FOUR, oh, that's a superb piece of timing. An elegant back-foot drive to a short of a length delivery, no big follow-through this time. Just a punch. Not easy on a slow pitch

End of over 5 (8 runs) England 34/0 (RR: 6.80)
MM Ali    15* (13b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    3-0-13-0
MJ Lumb    18* (17b 2x4 1x6)      R Rampaul    2-0-21-0

5.1

Rampaul to Lumb, no run, quite short outside off, Lumb decides to leave and Ramdin takes at waist height

5.2

Rampaul to Lumb, no run, wide outside off, Lumb tries to fetch it and pull through the leg side and doesn't really get very close to making contact

England very keen to make use of the hardness of the new ball

5.3

Rampaul to Lumb, no run, defended square into the off side

5.4

Rampaul to Lumb, no run, good piece of fielding to prevent another likely boundary, Simmons diving at cover to cut off Lumb's front foot cut

5.5

Rampaul to Lumb, no run, walks across onto off stump, tries to pull a delivery that isn't that short and gets a bottom edge into his thigh

5.6

Rampaul to Lumb, 1 run, short of a length, opens the face and runs it down to third man

End of over 6 (1 run) England 35/0 (RR: 5.83)
MJ Lumb    19* (23b 2x4 1x6)      R Rampaul    3-0-22-0
MM Ali    15* (13b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    3-0-13-0

6.1

DJ Bravo to Lumb, 1 run, short of a length, plays a short-arm pull out to deep square-leg

6.2

DJ Bravo to Ali, 1 run, picks out deep square with another pull...too much short stuff so far

6.3

DJ Bravo to Lumb, no run, short outside off, he drops his hands instead of pulling this time

6.4

DJ Bravo to Lumb, OUT, breakthrough! Loose from Lumb. It was short and fairly wide, he didn't not seem fully committed to the cut shot and almost guided it to the right of backward point where a sharp catch is held

MJ Lumb c Narine b DJ Bravo 20 (28m 26b 2x4 1x6) SR: 76.92

Ben Stokes comes in at No.3. Where he was promoted to in the Australia series

6.5

DJ Bravo to Stokes, OUT, first ball! And it's a short ball. Stokes went for the pull, perhaps it wasn't as short as he thought, it comes off a big top edge and loops to Rampaul who takes a few steps around from short fine-leg

BA Stokes c Rampaul b DJ Bravo 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Well, now things look somewhat different. West Indies back on track after a wayward start. Dwayne Bravo on a hat-trick for the second game running. Joe Root at No.4.

6.6

DJ Bravo to Root, no run, full on off stump, solidly defended

End of over 7 (2 runs) England 37/2 (RR: 5.28)
JE Root    0* (1b)      DJ Bravo    4-0-15-2
MM Ali    16* (14b 1x4)      R Rampaul    3-0-22-0

7.1

Rampaul to Ali, 1 wide, outside leg stump, called a wide

7.1

Rampaul to Ali, FOUR, nicely placed, on leg stump again and he glances it fine with a flick of the wrists. Just has the pace on it to beat deep square running around

PhilthePill: "Can anyone explain the inclusion of Stokes please, not just at 3, but in the team?" Because he did very well in Australia? And he's a young player to invest in

7.2

Rampaul to Ali, 1 run, presses forward and gets a thick, but controlled, outside edge to third man

7.3

Rampaul to Root, 1 run, opens the face and drives this behind point down to third man

7.4

Rampaul to Ali, 1 run, works this from around off stump into the leg side

7.5

Rampaul to Root, no run, blimey! This one has take off from a length and strikes Root a painful blow on the bottom hand. Takes his glove off straight away and the physio comes out. Might be the thumb that has taken the brunt.

Root's trying to bend his thumb. Doesn't look entirely at ease. We've not seen a ball take off like that in this series so far. This is quite a lengthy chat between player and physio. He's getting the thumb taped up and will carry on. Took some painkillers, too.

Simon: "Dear England, Stokes is not a top order batsman in any format. He is a bowling allrounder. Sure, he can bat a bit, but more towards the middle/end of an innings. Putting him in at 3 just gifts a side an extra wicket. Kallis he ain't." Has anyone called him Kallis? Made a very good 70 in the series against Australia and don't forget the Perth hundred which was an innings of a top-order batsman. That was a poor shot, for sure, but he's a player of huge talent.

7.6

Rampaul to Root, no run, full on middle and leg, worked out to midwicket and he then shakes his hand...not happy

End of over 8 (8 runs) England 45/2 (RR: 5.62)
JE Root    1* (4b)      R Rampaul    4-0-30-0
MM Ali    22* (17b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    4-0-15-2

8.1

DJ Bravo to Ali, 1 run, short on off stump, pulled out to deep square

8.2

DJ Bravo to Root, 2 runs, worked through the leg side

8.3

DJ Bravo to Root, 2 runs, nice drive, leans into a full ball and places it wide of mid-off

8.4

DJ Bravo to Root, 2 runs, short, Root latches on with a square cut which goes straight to point but then gets a run anyway when the throw ricochets off the non-strike's stumps

8.5

DJ Bravo to Root, no run, full outside off, defended to cover

8.6

DJ Bravo to Root, no run, keeps a touch low on off stump as he defends on the back foot...takes his bottom hand off the bat in pain

End of over 9 (7 runs) England 52/2 (RR: 5.77)
JE Root    7* (9b)      DJ Bravo    5-0-22-2
MM Ali    23* (18b 2x4)      R Rampaul    4-0-30-0

9.1

Rampaul to Ali, no run, short outside off, driven from the back foot to cover

Rain approaching the ground...groundstaff getting ready

9.2

Rampaul to Ali, no run, punched out to cover

9.3

Rampaul to Ali, no run, full outside off, left alone

"Why oh why won't they move Ravi up the order... he is a finisher but one of the better players of spin and can bat for 50 overs which few seem to be able to do against spin." The problem, Tony, is that R-Bop can do everything. The fact he often does nothing (and I type this as a BIG FAN) can be a problem, though.

Hello again... Looks like there's a little extra spice in this pitch, maybe thanks to the moisture, and the brief spritz it has just had should keep things interesting. The ground staff have conducted a delicate operation in removing a tarpaulin covered in rainwater without any alarums. Meanwhile, if it's thrills of the (even) slow(er)-burn variety you're after, then head over to Cape Town, where South Africa are clinging on by their pinky fingers in the third Test. Official news from Antigua: the restart will be at 10.50am, so less than ten minutes from now.

10.30am Hearing that we will have restart in about 20 minutes. This stoppage won't have helped Root, gives time for the thumb to seize up. Alan will take over now and keep you updated with events.

10.15am And they are off, rain stopped play. A squall has come across the ground, the wind has got up. The groundstaff battle to get the covers on. The wind should blow it through. Rain is already easing, brighter skies not far away.

Dan: "Problem with Stokes at 3 today is that he hasn't fared well on this tour, and doesn't ever look that comfortable against spin. If England aren't bowling him then, in these conditions, he's a waste of a space. " Think 'waste of space' is perhaps a bit strong. And maybe England thought, exactly like you do, that he is weaker against spin so play him higher up against the newer ball and the seamers. Didn't work today. It's not the end of the world. Was a smart piece of bowling, too.

Right, back we are, away we go... Rampaul to complete his over

9.4

Rampaul to Ali, 1 run, back of a length and sliding down the leg side, Moeen chips it aerially off his hips through a vacant square leg

Root is continuing, despite the blow on the thumb

9.5

Rampaul to Root, no run, in the channel, holds its line on a length, steps out and shoulders arms

9.6

Rampaul to Root, 1 wide, touch short and zips through wide of the stumps as Root awkwardly throws a horizontal bat at it... called wide

9.6

Rampaul to Root, no run, comes forward, again raises the bat as a length delivery passes through outside off

After the ten-over Powerplay, England's run rate is healthy, though WI will be happy to have nipped out a couple... Here's Darren Sammy, the first change in the bowling

End of over 10 (2 runs) England 54/2 (RR: 5.40)
JE Root    7* (11b)      R Rampaul    5-0-32-0
MM Ali    24* (22b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    5-0-22-2

10.1

Sammy to Ali, 2 runs, drops short and at the body, Moeen scoops it away through midwicket, not totally in control but safe enough for a couple into the deep

10.2

Sammy to Ali, no run, angled across from over the wicket, comes forward to defend

10.3

Sammy to Ali, 1 run, slightly wide of the stumps, opens the face and runs a single through backward point

10.4

Sammy to Root, 1 run, military medium, 75mph from Sammy, in the channel and steered down to third man for one more

10.5

Sammy to Ali, 1 run, on the stumps, worked behind square on the leg side

10.6

Sammy to Root, no run, pitched up on off stump, closes the face and works one to midwicket

End of over 11 (5 runs) England 59/2 (RR: 5.36)
JE Root    8* (13b)      DJG Sammy    1-0-5-0
MM Ali    28* (26b 2x4)      R Rampaul    5-0-32-0

Still no sign of spin from West Indies, with Dwayne Smith's dobblers called upon now... Ramdin up to the wicket

11.1

Smith to Ali, no run, pushed across, off-stump line, tapped defensively into the covers

11.2

Smith to Ali, 1 run, sticks in the pitch a little as Moeen drives on the up, slightly aerial through mid-on but wide of the bowler, single down the ground

11.3

Smith to Root, FOUR, excellent timing and placement from Root, opens the face of the bat and runs a length ball wide of third man, using what pace was on offer and it reaches the fence untroubled

11.4

Smith to Root, no run, pitched up, bit more grunt from Smith, nearly 80mph, Root drives and gets an inside edge on to his front pad

11.5

Smith to Root, 1 run, comes forward, glides one more down to third man

11.6

Smith to Ali, no run, full and around off stump, Moeen can't pierce the cover field on the drive

End of over 12 (6 runs) England 65/2 (RR: 5.41)
MM Ali    29* (29b 2x4)      DR Smith    1-0-6-0
JE Root    13* (16b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    1-0-5-0

12.1

Sammy to Root, 1 run, short and around off stump, neatly cushioned square on the off side and they scamper a single

12.2

Sammy to Ali, 2 runs, goes round the wicket, Moeen walks across his stumps and fiddles a couple through square leg

"When will Bravo bring the spin?" wonders Josiah, speaking for many

12.3

Sammy to Ali, 1 run, in the channel outside off, opens the face for a single behind point

12.4

Sammy to Root, no run, tighter line from Sammy, not quite full enough to drive, blocked on off

12.5

Sammy to Root, no run, angled in with the arm, turned to the fielder stationed at midwicket

Ramdin is up to the stumps now

12.6

Sammy to Root, no run, length ball, jumps a little more than Root expected, hits the glove and drops short on the off side as he plays across the line

End of over 13 (4 runs) England 69/2 (RR: 5.30)
JE Root    14* (20b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    2-0-9-0
MM Ali    32* (31b 2x4)      DR Smith    1-0-6-0

England ticking along again, they should definitely make 150... Oh, hold on, here's Sunil Narine to jam a stick between their spokes. One slip in

13.1

Narine to Ali, no run, tossed up outside off, regular offbreak and Moeen lets it go

13.2

Narine to Ali, 1 run, floated up, full and slow around off stump, meets it at the pitch and drives on through the covers

13.3

Narine to Root, no run, length around off, skids on and Root jabs down in it

13.4

Narine to Root, no run, definite turn for Narine, plenty of revs on the ball as it spins back in, Root blocks into the ground towards slip

13.5

Narine to Root, 1 run, touch shorter, runs the ball in front of square for a single

13.6

Narine to Ali, no run, skidding on a little quicker, possibly a carrom ball, defended into the off side

End of over 14 (2 runs) England 71/2 (RR: 5.07)
MM Ali    33* (34b 2x4)      SP Narine    1-0-2-0
JE Root    15* (23b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    2-0-9-0

"Replying to my earlier message you posted..." replies Tony, "Ravi was England's one day player of year 2013 yet you say he rarely does anything!!!! The problem here is we have lots of inexperienced international players at the top of the order who also aren't great players of spin on a turner... why put Stokes up before a regular top order batsman who has just won us a match." I was kidding, Tony. Ravi has said himself that he would prefer to bat higher up

14.1

Sammy to Root, 1 run, length ball on the stumps, Root heave-hos across the line, mishitting a single through midwicket off his bottom edge

14.2

Sammy to Ali, 2 runs, dug in short and Mooen ramps the ball neatly over backward point for a couple, controlled shot though the cover sweeper comes round to prevent four

14.3

Sammy to Ali, 1 run, round the wicket and on the pads, flicked behind square for one

14.4

Sammy to Root, no run

14.5

Sammy to Root, 1 run, on the front foot, nudges a single back down the ground

14.6

Sammy to Ali, 2 leg byes, Ramdin is up to the stumps again, this flicks the pad down the leg side, maybe a tickle of bat too, they run well for a couple more

End of over 15 (7 runs) England 78/2 (RR: 5.20)
MM Ali    36* (37b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    3-0-14-0
JE Root    17* (26b 1x4)      SP Narine    1-0-2-0

15.1

Narine to Root, no run, length ball, spinning in from outside off, comes forward to defend

15.2

Narine to Root, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, worked through the leg side from the crease

15.3

Narine to Ali, 1 run, drops this short, gentle turn away from the left-handed Moeen, who stands upright and punches through cover

15.4

Narine to Root, 2 runs, neatly played, on the back foot and nurdling the ball very fine, open bat face and steered wide of slip for a couple

15.5

Narine to Root, 1 run, on the stumps, picks a gap at midwicket

15.6

Narine to Ali, no run, a jaffa from Narine, beats everything! Pitched on off and held its line, Moeen played around it, missed the inside edge and must have bounced an inch over the stumps, at most

End of over 16 (5 runs) England 83/2 (RR: 5.18)
MM Ali    37* (39b 2x4)      SP Narine    2-0-7-0
JE Root    21* (30b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    3-0-14-0

"Alan - I gotta feel for you buddy. You are being deprived of such a sexy match going on in Newlands. I am sure you have your one eye on it and the other on this." Professionalism prevents me from answering that with the candour I would like, Priyank ... Here's Nikita Miller, dancing on with his garter belt showing, to make it twin spin in Antigua

16.1

Miller to Root, 1 run, round the wicket, tapped through square leg by Root

16.2

Miller to Ali, no run, goes over the wicket, comes forward and defends

16.3

Miller to Ali, no run, tossed up outside off stump, goes down on one knee to sweep hard and flat but straight at backward square

16.4

Miller to Ali, FOUR, lovely stroke from Moeen, lifts the sense of torpor that was just beginning to set in, Miller was a little short and wide and this was threaded through point for a welcome boundary

16.5

Miller to Ali, no run, defended into the leg side

16.6

Miller to Ali, no run, tossed up on the stumps and swept, again can't beat the man

End of over 17 (5 runs) England 88/2 (RR: 5.17)
MM Ali    41* (44b 3x4)      NO Miller    1-0-5-0
JE Root    22* (31b 1x4)      SP Narine    2-0-7-0

17.1

Narine to Root, no run, tossed up and worked behind square leg with the turn

17.2

Narine to Root, 1 run, played into the off side from the crease

17.3

Narine to Ali, 1 run, squirts off the outside edge, to the excitement of Narine, through backward point for a single

17.4

Narine to Root, no run, Narine should be even more excited this time, as a doosra does Root, only for Ramdin to drop it! Tough chance, as it deviated just enough to make shire it wouldn't go straight into the hands

17.5

Narine to Root, no run, big appeal from Narine for lbw, Root playing down the wrong line, Erasmus thinks about it before shaking his head but West Indies review after a short discussion. Looks like a good shout, it straightened on middle and leg, struck on the knee roll... but Hawk-Eye has it going over the top! So, no dice for Narine, the review used up, too

17.6

Narine to Root, no run, floated up outside off, defended into the covers

End of over 18 (2 runs) England 90/2 (RR: 5.00)
JE Root    23* (36b 1x4)      SP Narine    3-0-9-0
MM Ali    42* (45b 3x4)      NO Miller    1-0-5-0

18.1

Miller to Ali, no run, tossed up around off, driven into the ground back to the bowler

18.2

Miller to Ali, 1 run, flighted, again Moeen comes forward and punches past the bowler for a single to long-on

18.3

Miller to Root, no run, driven into the off side coming forwards

18.4

Miller to Root, 1 run, comes forward and dabs a single through point

18.5

Miller to Ali, 1 wide, now a missed stumping from Ramdin! Called a wide, the delivery down the leg side, but the ball clanged out of iron gloves with Moeen scrambling back to regain his ground

18.5

Miller to Ali, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, clips one safely off his pads this time

18.6

Miller to Root, 3 runs, nicely played again from Root, lissome wrists steering through point, though a misfield from Rampaul contributed to them running three

End of over 19 (7 runs) England 97/2 (RR: 5.10)
JE Root    27* (39b 1x4)      NO Miller    2-0-12-0
MM Ali    44* (48b 3x4)      SP Narine    3-0-9-0

Another change, spin again, from Marlon Samuels (who can't bowl his quicker ball, remember)

19.1

Samuels to Root, 1 run, drags this short, Root drops back and pulls in ungainly fashion through mid-on

19.2

Samuels to Ali, 1 run, round the wicket, tossed up and punched back down the ground

19.3

Samuels to Root, no run, nudged into the leg side

19.4

Samuels to Root, 1 run, full and on the stumps, gets down and paddles a single through square - polite applause for the England hundred

19.5

Samuels to Ali, no run, slides on with the arm, muted appeal for lbw

19.6

Samuels to Ali, SIX, tossed up and this time Moeen climbs into it, power to go alongside his grace, launching a slog-sweep over deep midwicket - that's a decent way to bring up your first international half-century

End of over 20 (9 runs) England 106/2 (RR: 5.30)
MM Ali    51* (51b 3x4 1x6)      MN Samuels    1-0-9-0
JE Root    29* (42b 1x4)      NO Miller    2-0-12-0

"Poor captaincy this, taking Narine off the attack," grumbles Arsalan. "He was so close to a break through!"

20.1

Miller to Root, no run, pushed through and misses with a sweep

20.2

Miller to Root, no run, gives this some air outside off, can't beat cover on the drive

20.3

Miller to Root, no run, goes across and plays square from the crease

20.4

Miller to Root, FOUR, very full and swept crisply through backward square, that will be a boundary, well placed by Root

20.5

Miller to Root, no run, slightly quicker, on off stump, Root pushes back to the bowler

Still in some discomfort, Root, shaking his hand and wincing after that blow to the thumb earlier

20.6

Miller to Root, no run, floated up around off, prods defensively into the leg side

End of over 21 (4 runs) England 110/2 (RR: 5.23)
JE Root    33* (48b 2x4)      NO Miller    3-0-16-0
MM Ali    51* (51b 3x4 1x6)      MN Samuels    1-0-9-0

21.1

Samuels to Ali, 1 run, short from Samuels, sits up for Moeen to pull flat through midwicket to the boundary rider

21.2

Samuels to Root, 1 run, full, sliding down the leg side, closes the face for one behind square

21.3

Samuels to Ali, no run, goes back and the ball straightens a touch, hits the pad as he works across the line

21.4

Samuels to Ali, no run, again skids on with the arm, hit on the front pad trying to sweep, outside the line

21.5

Samuels to Ali, no run, floated up quite wide, draws a loose waft from Moeen, who doesn't get a touch on it as Ramdin collects

21.6

Samuels to Ali, 1 run, flat and darted outside off, uses the feet and tickles a single through the covers

End of over 22 (3 runs) England 113/2 (RR: 5.13)
MM Ali    53* (56b 3x4 1x6)      MN Samuels    2-0-12-0
JE Root    34* (49b 2x4)      NO Miller    3-0-16-0

22.1

Miller to Ali, 2 runs, tossed up and worked with the spin through midwicket, into a gap for a couple

22.2

Miller to Ali, no run, full and flighted, pushed back down the track

22.3

Miller to Ali, OUT, touch more air, drives off the inside half of the bat - straight back to the bowler! Miller makes lite work of the catch, a dolly, really, and Moeen has tossed away a big score, having looked very comfortable. Maybe just did his a touch in the flight... ends a stand worth 78

MM Ali c & b Miller 55 (92m 59b 3x4 1x6) SR: 93.22

Eoin Morgan is in at No. 5

22.4

Miller to Morgan, no run, full, around off stump, worked with a turn of the wrists to short midwicket

22.5

Miller to Morgan, 1 run, very full and Morgan straight away reverses the hands, hits it into the ground straight at slip, who can only palm it away, single to get Morgan going

22.6

Miller to Root, no run, round the wicket, angled in and tapped back on the off side

End of over 23 (3 runs) England 116/3 (RR: 5.04)
JE Root    34* (50b 2x4)      NO Miller    4-0-19-1
EJG Morgan    1* (2b)      MN Samuels    2-0-12-0

With the new batsman out, Bravo brings back Sunil Narine

23.1

Narine to Morgan, OUT, bowled him, Morgan done by the doosra! Narine strikes, a little bit of magic to get rid of England's conjurer... This was slightly short of a length, straightening on off stump and it skipped on, beat Morgan on the inside and lopped the off bail - the same ball that nearly did for Moeen a few overs ago. Super ball to the new batsman

EJG Morgan b Narine 1 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

It's Jos Buttler at No. 6. Needs to bat with a long fuse

23.2

Narine to Buttler, no run, floated up and Buttler gets on the front foot to defend calmly enough

23.3

Narine to Buttler, no run, zips one past the outside edge into Ramdin's hands as the batsman plays back

23.4

Narine to Buttler, no run, on the stumps this time, another doosra I think, Buttler defends on the back foot

23.5

Narine to Buttler, no run, quicker carrom ball outside off, steered to short third man

23.6

Narine to Buttler, no run, goes back and opens the face, again can't get the ball past the ring

Narine has once again turned England's feet to clay - wicket maiden. What did I say about 150?

End of over 24 (wicket maiden) England 116/4 (RR: 4.83)
JC Buttler    0* (5b)      SP Narine    4-1-9-1
JE Root    34* (50b 2x4)      NO Miller    4-0-19-1

24.1

Miller to Root, 1 run, down the leg side, Root attempts a paddle, sends it bobbling towards short fine leg, he amble the run somewhat and a direct hit would have done for him at the other end

24.2

Miller to Buttler, no run, floated up and defended around off

24.3

Miller to Buttler, no run, nicely flighted from Miller, presses forward in defence again

24.4

Miller to Buttler, 1 run, gets on the front foot and drives wide of mid-off, slightly set back, they get one

24.5

Miller to Root, 1 run, goes back and across, Root runs the ball to backward point for one more

24.6

Miller to Buttler, no run, tossed up and driven into the covers, it's a bump ball but the crowd cheers the catch, Buttler just shakes his head

England have reached halfway just about intact... over in Cape Town, Australia need one more wicket to win - squeaky you-know-what time!

End of over 25 (3 runs) England 119/4 (RR: 4.76)
JC Buttler    1* (9b)      NO Miller    5-0-22-1
JE Root    36* (52b 2x4)      SP Narine    4-1-9-1

25.1

Narine to Root, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, Root taps one down the ground

Three close catchers wander in to greet Buttler

25.2

Narine to Buttler, no run, outside off, plays a cut shot off the back foot but fails to connect

25.3

Narine to Buttler, no run, comes forward to defend

25.4

Narine to Buttler, 2 runs, slides on down the leg side, turns it into the ground wide of leg slip for a couple

25.5

Narine to Buttler, 1 run, Buttler doesn't pick the doosra, gets a leading edge as he tries to turn to leg, the fielder in the covers is sleeping though and they scamper one

25.6

Narine to Root, 1 run, Root is playing Narine reasonably well, comes forward and pushes one more down the ground

End of over 26 (5 runs) England 124/4 (RR: 4.76)
JE Root    38* (54b 2x4)      SP Narine    5-1-14-1
JC Buttler    4* (13b)      NO Miller    5-0-22-1

26.1

Miller to Root, 1 run, on the stumps, worked through a vacant region at midwicket

26.2

Miller to Buttler, 1 run, on the front foot, dabs another single down the ground

26.3

Miller to Root, no run, tossed up around middle and off, straightening and defended back to the bowler

26.4

Miller to Root, no run, again defended around off stump

"Yupppp... Aussies have made it," gurgles Manoj, at the sound of the death knell from Newlands

26.5

Miller to Root, 1 run, floated up, gets a big stride in and softly defends into the covers, time enough for a quick single

26.6

Miller to Buttler, FOUR, Buttler sweeps, plays it well and keeps it down towards fine leg for a welcome boundary

End of over 27 (7 runs) England 131/4 (RR: 4.85)
JC Buttler    9* (15b 1x4)      NO Miller    6-0-29-1
JE Root    40* (58b 2x4)      SP Narine    5-1-14-1

Another break for Narine, Samuels back into the attack

27.1

Samuels to Root, no run, on the stumps, Root tries to sweep but only gloves it on to his back leg

27.2

Samuels to Root, no run, on the sweep again, picks out the fielder this time

27.3

Samuels to Root, 1 run, angled in towards middle and leg, pushed down the ground

27.4

Samuels to Buttler, 1 run, comes forward, another single to long-on

27.5

Samuels to Root, no run, darted towards middle and leg, Root sweeps hard but straight to backward square leg

27.6

Samuels to Root, 1 run, Samuels drags his length down, this time Root stands upright and punches to long-on

End of over 28 (3 runs) England 134/4 (RR: 4.78)
JE Root    42* (63b 2x4)      MN Samuels    3-0-15-0
JC Buttler    10* (16b 1x4)      NO Miller    6-0-29-1

28.1

Miller to Root, 1 run, length ball, sliding to the leg side, worked through square leg for one

28.2

Miller to Buttler, no run, floated up on the stumps, driven back down the track to the bowler

28.3

Miller to Buttler, 1 run, dabbed through square on the leg side

28.4

Miller to Root, 1 run, outside the line of off, comes forward and steers in front of point, the fielder is quickly on it but they get one

28.5

Miller to Buttler, FOUR, there's the power from Buttler, sitting back and playing a wristy drive from the crease, muscles it through the covers and there's no protection, four

28.6

Miller to Buttler, no run, tossed up, straightening on leg stump, Buttler blocks from the crease

End of over 29 (7 runs) England 141/4 (RR: 4.86)
JC Buttler    15* (20b 2x4)      NO Miller    7-0-36-1
JE Root    44* (65b 2x4)      MN Samuels    3-0-15-0

29.1

Samuels to Root, no run, on the stumps, turned to leg

29.2

Samuels to Root, 2 runs, full and dobbled back to the bowler, it bounces over Samuels' hand and then deceives mid-off, gifting a couple to Root

29.3

Samuels to Root, FOUR, flat and off middle stump, swept adroitly through backward square, more good timing and placement from Root and this races away - up goes the bat for his half-century

He's been quietly impressive, what with the thumb boo-boo he sustained earlier

29.4

Samuels to Root, no run, angled in towards middle and off, tapped to leg

29.5

Samuels to Root, 1 run, tossed up, slightly short and Root waits, works one more down the ground

29.6

Samuels to Buttler, 2 runs, deftly steered fine for a couple, Buttler opening the face and running the ball past the keeper

Pressure just easing, with Narine out of the attack...

End of over 30 (9 runs) England 150/4 (RR: 5.00)
JC Buttler    17* (21b 2x4)      MN Samuels    4-0-24-0
JE Root    51* (70b 3x4)      NO Miller    7-0-36-1

30.1

Miller to Root, no run, flat trajectory on middle and off, defended on the front foot

30.2

Miller to Root, 1 run, pushed down the ground to long-on

30.3

Miller to Buttler, FOUR, drops back, the delivery was a touch short and Buttler picks up another boundary with a wristy cut through backward point

30.4

Miller to Buttler, no run, tossed up, fuller and straighter, leans out to defend

30.5

Miller to Buttler, no run, works this off the pads to midwicket

30.6

Miller to Buttler, no run, again flighted on the stumps, little slower, Buttler shows it a solid forward defensive

End of over 31 (5 runs) England 155/4 (RR: 5.00)
JC Buttler    21* (25b 3x4)      NO Miller    8-0-41-1
JE Root    52* (72b 3x4)      MN Samuels    4-0-24-0

31.1

Samuels to Root, 2 runs, gentle offbreak outside the line of off, Root reverse the hands and fillets a couple past short third man, nicely done

The field is spread now, lots of gaps for the batsmen to exploit

31.2

Samuels to Root, 1 run, tossed up and worked through midwikcet with a roll of the wrists

31.3

Samuels to Buttler, no run, length ball, bit of extra turn and bounce and Buttler is struck on the thigh trying to play across the line

31.4

Samuels to Buttler, 1 run, slightly shorter, Buttler plays to long-on from back in the crease

31.5

Samuels to Root, 1 run, pushed through outside off, goes back and steers one through square on the off side

31.6

Samuels to Buttler, no run, plays a late cut, possibly cramped for room, Ramdin celebrates immediately, throwing the ball into the air... Samuels was pretty non-committal and Erasmus looks totally uninterested before raising his finger almost as an afterthought. Buttler, is flabbergasted and calls for the review. This is going to be difficult, the ball went past the bat very close to the keeper, the angle prevents a clear view of it... There's no Hot Spot, so they're going on audio and visuals, which seem inconclusive. However, the third umpire, Rod Tucker, decides that Buttler didn't hit it, so Erasmus has his decision overturned

End of over 32 (5 runs) England 160/4 (RR: 5.00)
JC Buttler    22* (28b 3x4)      MN Samuels    5-0-29-0
JE Root    56* (75b 3x4)      NO Miller    8-0-41-1

Well, I don't know about that... Very hard to tell either way, which should be the case if you're overturning an on-field call. Anyway, time for drinks. "Do we still think that England will struggle to pass 150?" wonders Mark.

32.1

Miller to Root, no run, down the leg side, Root sweeps but can't get it away

32.2

Miller to Root, 1 run, tossed up and swept behind square leg this time for one

32.3

Miller to Buttler, no run, goes back and attempts to cut, can't get it away

32.4

Miller to Buttler, 1 run, driven down the ground for one

32.5

Miller to Root, 1 leg bye, sweeps again, to the right of short fine leg

32.6

Miller to Buttler, 1 run, Buttler plays the sweep too, gets hit on the glove and it bobbles fine of the short fine leg fielder

End of over 33 (4 runs) England 164/4 (RR: 4.96)
JC Buttler    24* (31b 3x4)      NO Miller    9-0-44-1
JE Root    57* (78b 3x4)      MN Samuels    5-0-29-0

A change, back to medium pace, Dwayne Bravo bringing himself back on

33.1

DJ Bravo to Buttler, 1 run, digs this in short, testing Buttler on the bouncer again, hooks down through square leg

33.2

DJ Bravo to Root, 2 runs, slower ball from Bravo, rolls the fingers over it, Root picks it and drives through the covers for a couple

33.3

DJ Bravo to Root, no run, very full on off stump, covers the line and defends with a straight bat

33.4

DJ Bravo to Root, no run, gets forward, jams the ball defensively into the covers

33.5

DJ Bravo to Root, 1 run, good length, on the stumps, works a single to long-on

33.6

DJ Bravo to Buttler, 1 run, drops short, shoulder height down the leg side, rolls the wrists on a pull to deep backward square

England have themselves in a decent position... Here's Gnasher to watch them make a Horlicks of it

End of over 34 (5 runs) England 169/4 (RR: 4.97)
JC Buttler    26* (33b 3x4)      DJ Bravo    6-0-27-2
JE Root    60* (82b 3x4)      NO Miller    9-0-44-1

Thanks Alan

34.1

Miller to Buttler, no run, tucked into midwicket

34.2

Miller to Buttler, 1 run, flicked out through square leg

34.3

Miller to Root, 1 run, full outside off, pushed down the ground to long off

34.4

Miller to Buttler, no run, comes forward and drives to cover

34.5

Miller to Buttler, 1 run, gets his head over the line and works down the ground

34.6

Miller to Root, 1 run, goes deep into the crease and nudges through midwicket

End of over 35 (4 runs) England 173/4 (RR: 4.94)
JE Root    62* (84b 3x4)      NO Miller    10-0-48-1
JC Buttler    28* (37b 3x4)      DJ Bravo    6-0-27-2

It's Powerplay time, so await a clatter of wickets

35.1

DJ Bravo to Root, 1 wide, a loopy slower ball outside off, too wide

35.1

DJ Bravo to Root, 1 run, full outside off, whipped down the ground with plenty of bottom hand

35.2

DJ Bravo to Buttler, FOUR, lovely batting, comes forward and picks the gap between cover and mid-off with a fine piece of timing

35.3

DJ Bravo to Buttler, FOUR, short this time, he rocks back this time and pulls through midwicket

35.4

DJ Bravo to Buttler, no run, short ball outside off, Buttler thought about pull but then drops his hands and bat

35.5

DJ Bravo to Buttler, no run, dabbed to backward point

35.6

DJ Bravo to Buttler, 1 run, comes forward, outside off, opens the face to third man

End of over 36 (11 runs) England 184/4 (RR: 5.11)
JC Buttler    37* (42b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    7-0-38-2
JE Root    63* (85b 3x4)      NO Miller    10-0-48-1

Ravi Rampaul comes back into the attack

36.1

Rampaul to Buttler, no run, full on the stumps, pushed back to the bowler

36.2

Rampaul to Buttler, 1 run, gets a thick edge low past Buttler, Ramdin a little late and mistimed his dive

36.3

Rampaul to Root, 1 run, down to third man

36.4

Rampaul to Buttler, 1 run, works from off stump down the ground to long-on

36.5

Rampaul to Root, FOUR, another short ball and he connects well with a pull which goes behind square, two bounces over the boundary

36.6

Rampaul to Root, 1 run, full outside off, flicks down the ground to long on

End of over 37 (8 runs) England 192/4 (RR: 5.18)
JE Root    69* (88b 4x4)      R Rampaul    6-0-40-0
JC Buttler    39* (45b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    7-0-38-2

Sunil Narine comes back into the attack...West Indies desperate for a breakthrough. Slip in place

37.1

Narine to Root, no run, full delivery, Root comes forward and pushes to the off side

37.2

Narine to Root, no run, sharp spin into Root as he goes onto the back foot but that looked to have done too much

37.3

Narine to Root, no run, this one spins away and beats the attempt to cut it fine

37.4

Narine to Root, 1 wide, slips down the leg side, perhaps an attempted quicker delivery

37.4

Narine to Root, 1 run, he's forward this time, it's back on off stump, pushes wide of cover

37.5

Narine to Buttler, no run, goes deep into the crease, the ball is slightly shorter, and worked to midwicket

37.6

Narine to Buttler, 1 run, back foot again, drives out through point to the sweeper

End of over 38 (3 runs) England 195/4 (RR: 5.13)
JC Buttler    40* (47b 5x4)      SP Narine    6-1-17-1
JE Root    70* (92b 4x4)      R Rampaul    6-0-40-0

38.1

Rampaul to Buttler, 1 run, a strong flick off leg stump, travels a long way in the air but falls short of deep square-leg

Josiah: "Dear West Indies fast bowlers: STOP bowling short on this SLOW wicket. you will travel. Sincerely, a fan."

38.2

Rampaul to Root, FOUR, not sure he wanted it quite so fine, but he'll take the boundary...shaping to cut a wide delivery, comes off a top edge and flies fine of short third man

38.3

Rampaul to Root, no run, pushed off the back foot, Rampaul dives in his follow through (or perhaps more of a fall). Root shakes his hand again, still hurting

38.4

Rampaul to Root, 1 run, a controlled glide down to third man who is now back on the boundary

38.5

Rampaul to Buttler, FOUR, brilliant from Buttler, walks across his stumps then scoops a short-of-a-length delivery over the keeper's head...this is very close to a six

38.6

Rampaul to Buttler, 1 run, full on leg stump, clipped off the pads to the left of short fine-leg

End of over 39 (11 runs) England 206/4 (RR: 5.28)
JC Buttler    46* (50b 6x4)      R Rampaul    7-0-51-0
JE Root    75* (95b 5x4)      SP Narine    6-1-17-1

39.1

Narine to Buttler, no run, stretches well forward and drives to cover

39.2

Narine to Buttler, 1 run, brings out the reverse sweep, has to stretch a little as the ball spins towards leg but connects well to find deep cover

39.3

Narine to Root, 1 run, goes back, flicks out to deep midwicket

39.4

Narine to Buttler, no run, left alone outside off

39.5

Narine to Buttler, 1 run, rides a touch of extra bounce, worked behind square on the leg side

39.6

Narine to Root, no run, defends to the leg side

End of over 40 (3 runs) England 209/4 (RR: 5.22)
JE Root    76* (97b 5x4)      SP Narine    7-1-20-1
JC Buttler    48* (54b 6x4)      R Rampaul    7-0-51-0

Morgs: "Where's Kemar Roach these days??" Injured at the moment. Here's Sammy.

40.1

Sammy to Buttler, 1 run, driven very firmly, looks set to beat mid-off, but Rampaul pulls off a smart dive

A wicketless Powerplay for England

40.2

Sammy to Root, 1 run, worked off the toes through the leg side

40.3

Sammy to Buttler, 2 runs, tucked down the ground to long from outside off...he scampers a second to bring up a well-earned fifty

40.4

Sammy to Buttler, 1 run, starts to move to leg, but then stays in line with the stumps and flicks through midwicket

40.5

Sammy to Root, 1 run, full delivery, flicked strongly through midwicket

40.6

Sammy to Buttler, 2 runs, angled into the pads, this is well placed behind square and the second can't be stopped...brings up the hundred stand, a very well-paced effort from this pair

End of over 41 (8 runs) England 217/4 (RR: 5.29)
JC Buttler    54* (58b 6x4)      DJG Sammy    4-0-22-0
JE Root    78* (99b 5x4)      SP Narine    7-1-20-1

More medium pace: Lendl Simmons into the attack

41.1

Simmons to Root, 2 runs, worked off the stumps and placed between long-on and deep midwicket

41.2

Simmons to Root, 1 run, dragged down short, pulled out to deep midwicket

41.3

Simmons to Buttler, 1 run, a punchy drive out to deep cover

41.4

Simmons to Root, FOUR, a well-placed cut goes through short third man

41.5

Simmons to Root, FOUR, back-to-back boundaries, pulls a long hop through square leg...rolled his wrists, had so much time to play that shot

41.6

Simmons to Root, 1 run, opens the face into the off side

Until the end of the innings it's over to Alan

End of over 42 (13 runs) England 230/4 (RR: 5.47)
JE Root    90* (104b 7x4)      LMP Simmons    1-0-13-0
JC Buttler    55* (59b 6x4)      DJG Sammy    4-0-22-0

Cheers, Gnasher, hello everyone. Sammy will continue, England with half an eye on 300... I know!

42.1

Sammy to Root, 2 runs, length ball on the pads, Root closes the bat face and works a couple in front of square leg

42.2

Sammy to Root, 1 run, goes back in the crease, turns the wrists and nudges a single into a gap at midwicket

42.3

Sammy to Buttler, 2 runs, length ball, Buttler opens up the shoulders and swats out towards deep midwicket, doesn't quite get hold of it, couple to the sweeper

42.4

Sammy to Buttler, 1 run, pitched up on the stumps, clears the front leg and belabours down the ground, slightly underneath it but bounces safely towards long-on

42.5

Sammy to Root, 1 run, on the stumps, rolls the wrists on a gentle pull through square

42.6

Sammy to Buttler, SIX, now Buttler gets it out of the middle, down on one knee to mow the ball over long-on, the fielder gamely stretches an arm up on the jump but it's a good 10-12 feet over the rope - the Buttler serves

End of over 43 (13 runs) England 243/4 (RR: 5.65)
JC Buttler    64* (62b 6x4 1x6)      DJG Sammy    5-0-35-0
JE Root    94* (107b 7x4)      LMP Simmons    1-0-13-0

Sunil Narine back on, needing to stem the flow

43.1

Narine to Root, 1 run, slighlty short and wide, drops back and runs one fine

43.2

Narine to Buttler, 1 run, length ball skipping on outside off, comes forward and nudges into the covers

43.3

Narine to Root, 2 runs, tossed up on off stump, Root uses his feet and nurdles a couple out between long-on and deep midwicket

43.4

Narine to Root, 1 run, sits in the crease, the ball skips on and Root guides it behind point for one

43.5

Narine to Buttler, no run, length, turned to leg from the crease

43.6

Narine to Buttler, no run, tossed up, spinning in from outside off, Buttler defends watchfully off the back foot

"One of the things that really impresses me about Buttler is his ability to hit ones and twos. If you look through his big scores, he doesn't hit as many boundaries as people like Pietersen and Gayle. Very handy ability to have." All the more impressive, Matthew, given he sometimes looks like he's holding the wrong end of the bat

End of over 44 (5 runs) England 248/4 (RR: 5.63)
JC Buttler    65* (65b 6x4 1x6)      SP Narine    8-1-25-1
JE Root    98* (110b 7x4)      DJG Sammy    5-0-35-0

Dwayne Bravo brings himself back on, expect some dickering with his pace

44.1

DJ Bravo to Root, 1 run, slower ball, wide of the stumps, chopped through point with a cross bat

44.2

DJ Bravo to Buttler, no run, full and straight, does well to slam the bat down in time

44.3

DJ Bravo to Buttler, no run, another slower ball, outside off and Buttler swings and misses

44.4

DJ Bravo to Buttler, 1 run, gets on the front foot, pushes into a gap in the covers - that's the 250, a ripple of applause round the ground

44.5

DJ Bravo to Root, 1 run, takes the pace off, Root comes forward outside off, waits and steers in front of point... there's a single, one more to take Root to his maiden ODI hundred. Yeah lets out a roar, punches the air, kisses the helmet. Generously received right round the ground

Rootin' tootin' stuff, England's young maestro is back on it...

44.6

DJ Bravo to Buttler, 1 run, pitched up on the stumps, Buttler clubs the ball viciously down the ground, just one thoough

End of over 45 (4 runs) England 252/4 (RR: 5.60)
JC Buttler    67* (69b 6x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    8-0-42-2
JE Root    100* (112b 7x4)      SP Narine    8-1-25-1

45.1

Narine to Buttler, SIX, clears the ropes again! Strong bottom hand comes through as Narine tossed one up on the stumps, Buttler thumped it back down the ground and over long-on once more

45.2

Narine to Buttler, 1 run, full and outside off, Buttler reverses the hands and sweeps one wide of backward point

45.3

Narine to Root, 1 run, spinning in from outside off, paddled through the leg side

45.4

Narine to Buttler, FOUR, beats the fielder this time, powerful reverse sweep from Buttler! Too full from Narine and it's soon skittering away to deep backward point

45.5

Narine to Buttler, 1 run, comes forward and pushes a single through the covers

45.6

Narine to Root, 2 no balls, no-ball called, as Root fails to connect with a reverse sweep, it bobbles away off the body

45.6

Narine to Buttler, SIX, another Dorothy, huuuuuuge blow from Buttler! Narine dropped short, the ball sat up and was carted out towards deep midwicket, looked like it might have rather too much air but it sailed comfortable beyond the rope

End of over 46 (21 runs) England 273/4 (RR: 5.93)
JC Buttler    85* (74b 7x4 3x6)      SP Narine    9-1-46-1
JE Root    101* (114b 7x4)      DJ Bravo    8-0-42-2

"What the hell has gone wrong here? England fail to lose a wicket or 3 in the powerplay and are building for a decent total. This is not what we're used to," stutters James, understandably

46.1

DJ Bravo to Root, 1 run, pitched up, sliding to leg, gets a little tickle on it towards fine leg

46.2

DJ Bravo to Buttler, 1 run, on the stumps, up in the blockhole again, clubbed to midwicket, who gets enough on it to keep them to one

46.3

DJ Bravo to Root, no run, slightly full, outside off and Root swings airily, fails to connect

46.4

DJ Bravo to Root, 1 run, steps away and Bravo follows him with the yorker, squeezed to leg for just one - good bowling

46.5

DJ Bravo to Buttler, SIX, he's nailed another, over deep backward square leg this time! Actually, this may actually have been a top edge, slightly wide and Buttler threw the plumbing at it, sliced it over the boundary rope

46.6

DJ Bravo to Buttler, no run, pitched up and punched back down the track to the bowler

End of over 47 (9 runs) England 282/4 (RR: 6.00)
JC Buttler    92* (77b 7x4 4x6)      DJ Bravo    9-0-51-2
JE Root    103* (117b 7x4)      SP Narine    9-1-46-1

47.1

Narine to Root, 1 run, length ball, spinning to leg, manages to fiddle it behind square

47.2

Narine to Buttler, 1 run, floated up outside off, opens the face and steers one towards point

47.3

Narine to Root, 2 runs, top-edged but safe, went across his stumps and tried to sweep, the ball looped high but fine of the fielder on the ring

47.4

Narine to Root, no run, spinning down the leg side, Root misses out but not called wide

47.5

Narine to Root, 1 run, drops this short, worked into a midwicket gap on the back foot

47.6

Narine to Buttler, 1 run, pushed through a little quicker, pushed through midwicket for one more

Narine ends his allocation with 1 for 51 - England will be chuffed to pieces with that

End of over 48 (6 runs) England 288/4 (RR: 6.00)
JC Buttler    94* (79b 7x4 4x6)      SP Narine    10-1-52-1
JE Root    107* (121b 7x4)      DJ Bravo    9-0-51-2

48.1

DJ Bravo to Buttler, 2 runs, full and straight and smeared down the ground, a mishit, leading edge possible, but it sails towards long-off, there's no one there and it plops safely earth

48.2

DJ Bravo to Buttler, 1 run, backs away, Bravo spots it and Buttler can only drag one to midwicket

48.3

DJ Bravo to Root, OUT, tries to get cheeky with a reverse-lob and picks out short third man - Root toots his last! It was a sparkling, busy innings, has really set England up with their second-best fifth-wicket stand in ODIs. Bravo took the pace off and the attempt to loft it over the man on the edge of the circle didn't quite come off

JE Root c DM Bravo b DJ Bravo 107 (163m 122b 7x4 0x6) SR: 87.70

In comes Ravi Bopara, with a tank of nitrous oxide strapped to his back

48.4

DJ Bravo to Bopara, 1 run, very full, outside off, pushes into a gap to get off the mark

48.5

DJ Bravo to Buttler, 1 run, pitched up full and straight again, nudges off his pads through midwicket

48.6

DJ Bravo to Bopara, FOUR, boundary for Bopara, a wristy flick over midwicket, low full toss from Bravo and it was met with an rubbery check-drive - Bopara's only mini-helicopter - super timing and England are on the brink of 300

End of over 49 (9 runs) England 297/5 (RR: 6.06)
RS Bopara    5* (2b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    10-0-60-3
JC Buttler    98* (82b 7x4 4x6)      SP Narine    10-1-52-1

It will be Ravi Rampaul to bowl the final over... Did we mention 150 might be a good score? Buttler needs a couple for his own ton

49.1

Rampaul to Buttler, 1 run, full and in the blockhole, squirted down the ground

49.2

Rampaul to Bopara, no run, follows Bopara as he steps to leg, Rampaul digs it in short and beats the outside edge as Bopara attempts to go inside out

49.3

Rampaul to Bopara, 2 wides, slower-ball bouncer, down the leg side, Bopara watches it by and then Buttler calls him through, they have to dive at both ends

49.3

Rampaul to Buttler, OUT, another slower ball - and Buttler has chipped it straight up into the air, he's out for 99! Holy moly, what a way to go, one short of his maiden ODI century... Rampaul followed him down the leg side, took the pace off and Buttler got a leading edge trying to hit through midwicket, the bowler made no mistake underneath it. Off slopes Jos Buttler, thorougly dejected, despite a superb knock

JC Buttler c & b Rampaul 99 (102m 84b 7x4 4x6) SR: 117.85

49.4

Rampaul to Bopara, 1 leg bye, short and down the leg side, Bopara fails to connect with a pull and it rolls behind square

49.5

Rampaul to Bresnan, 1 run, short and slightly leg side again, Bresnan rolls the wrists on a pull to fine leg

49.6

Rampaul to Bopara, 1 leg bye, another slower ball, legcutter, and Bopara swings and misses, it rolls short off the thigh pad for a leg bye to end the innings - an excellent final over from Rampaul, then, though England will be plenty happy with defending 303

1.35pm: England, after being put in, have racked up a tidy, 300-plus score, a whisker short of adding two centurions into the bargain. You don't often see that in an ODI... Jos Buttler is the fifth England batsman to be dismissed on 99 (and the first not at The Oval), the most recent being Andrew Flintoff in 2004. Some of you have been quick to point out that it was Rampaul who also dismissed Alex Hales for 99 in a T20 in 2012. Joe Root did manage to cross three figures for the first time in one-dayers, however, and his 175-run stand with Buttler has put England in a very strong position. Join us again in half an hour to see if West Indies can produce something spectacular to steal the series.

End of over 50 (6 runs) England 303/6
RS Bopara    5* (5b 1x4)      R Rampaul    8-0-55-1
TT Bresnan    1* (1b)      DJ Bravo    10-0-60-3
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Mar 5, 2014

Stuart Broad and Marais Erasmus discuss a decision to change one of the balls, West Indies v England, 3rd ODI, Antigua, March 5, 2014

Stuart Broad and Marais Erasmus discuss a decision to change one of the balls

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Mar 5, 2014

Tim Bresnan begins the celebrations after removing Denesh Ramdin, West Indies v England, 3rd ODI, Antigua, March 5, 2014

Tim Bresnan begins the celebrations after removing Denesh Ramdin

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