2nd ODI, The Oval, Jun 19 2012, West Indies tour of England
(45/50 ov, target 239)
England won by 8 wickets (with 30 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
• The Report by Andrew McGlashan

Cook hundred seals series for England

Even with Chris Gayle back in the side, and in the runs, England cantered to victory by eight wickets at The Oval to seal the series

Match centre 
Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Alan Gardner
Scorecard summary
West Indies238/9(50 overs)
England239/2(45 overs)
end of over 452 runs
ENG: 239/2CRR: 5.31 
Ravi Bopara19 (19)
Jonathan Trott43 (68)
Kieron Pollard3-0-10-0
Sunil Narine10-1-54-0

6.25pm: Do you want the good news or the bad news? Jonathan Trott now has the sixth-highest career average of any batsman in ODIs. However, his strike-rate has slipped below 77 - to 76.99, in fact. Anyway, time for the presentations ...

West Indies captain, Darren Sammy: "We didn't score enough runs. At the end of the day you need runs on the board to defend. As long as we put on a partnership we kept losing wickets, which set us back. We wanted 280, we know the Oval wicket is a good one ... It's alway hard to ask the lower order to try and get runs. We didn't bowl our lines and lengths consistently enough but they played well on a good wicket. We'll look at the last game, we have two batsmen and two bowlers and we'll probably give them a run. We know cricket isn't played on paper, it's played out in the middle. You have to go out and perform and we haven't done that."

England captain and Man of the Match, Alastair Cook: "Really good win under some tricky circumstances. The bowlers set it up well and we came through. Both games everyone one contributed. Twice we were put under pressure today but we came back well and those last ten overs made it a pretty comfortable score to get. As a bowler you've got to keep plugging away against someone like Chris Gayle and hope he makes a mistake. As a team, we look pretty comfortable with four seamers in there. The pitch suited us, it's quite hard to stop the scoring if you get in. We knew that if we got a good start we should get it. It's nice to score some runs, I haven't hit the ball as well as I'd like this summer, so to get a hundred in a match-winning performance is good."

Right, that's your lot from us. Not a classic today but it took the mind off the sadness no doubt still keenly felt at The Oval. Thanks for your comments - they were the jam on England's rather stodgy scone; good job we had a can of Red Bull to start the day in the form of Chris Gayle's batting. We'll be back for more of the same for the third ODI on Friday. See you then ... Ta ra!

6.15pm: So, 2-0 up with one to play, England have made sure of the series win - their sixth such victory at home in a row, going back to 2009. This was a low-key match, for obvious reasons, but Alastair Cook's side were as motivated as ever in pursuit of victory; West Indies couldn't match their levels of commitment and application and, while no one had their socks thrilled off, the run chase was about as comfortable and professional as they come. Again the bowlers stuck to their plans, despite the best efforts of a bellicose Chris Gayle on his international return and West Indies' 238 was probably 30-40 below par. Cook scored a ton - the sixth English opener to do so in a row - and we got to enjoy(?) watching Trotty at his passive-aggressive best en route to victory. From being billed as favourites for the ODI series, West Indies have sadly underwhelmed again.

Pollard to Bopara, 1 run
and Bopara doesn't muck around, dabbing another quick single to mid-on - that's it, England have won by eight wickets and seal the three-match series
Pollard to Trott, 1 run
here we go, Trott nudging short of mid-on and (at last) they scamper one

"Do you guys have to moan that it's boring/slow/sleepwalking/losing the plot every time England go a few overs without a boundary? It is legal to score in singles and twos you know, and it's not 'bad cricket' or boring either. It's just not T20." I didn't say it was bad cricket, Phil Evans ... but it is definitely boring

Pollard to Trott, no run
nudged off the pads to midwicket - this one might still go the distance you know

Now Trott steps away during Pollard's run-up

Pollard to Trott, no run
length ball, Trott gets a leading edge into the off side
Pollard to Trott, no run
length ball ... Trott lets it through
Pollard to Trott, no run
Pollard delivers it from a few yards behind the crease (but crucially in front of the umpire) and Trott pushes it to cover

Two to win ... The field is in

end of over 449 runs
ENG: 237/2CRR: 5.38 • RRR: 0.33 • Need 2 from 36b
Jonathan Trott42 (63)
Ravi Bopara18 (18)
Sunil Narine10-1-54-0
Kieron Pollard2-0-8-0
Narine to Trott, 1 run
length ball, spinning across from outside off, flicked behind square on the leg side
Narine to Trott, no run
flighted and Trott covers his stumps
Narine to Bopara, 1 run
no, though he does try, skipping down and under-edging an attempted hoick into the leg side

Free hit then ... Can Ravi finish it?

Narine to Trott, (no ball) 1 run
clipped off the pads - and Narine had overstepped
Narine to Trott, FOUR runs
cuts at one that is a bit close, it slices off the edge but drops sharply and Gayle, at slip, falls over backwards as the ball skids by at ankle height
Narine to Bopara, 1 run
full and ticked down the ground for one
Narine to Bopara, no run
tossed up outside off, nudged into the leg side

Narine to finish his allocation. Kurt's not been impressed: "I guess Narine is no mystery after all." Well, the mystery is the mystery, I suppose ... Yeah?

end of over 434 runs
ENG: 228/2CRR: 5.3 • RRR: 1.57 • Need 11 from 42b
Jonathan Trott36 (59)
Ravi Bopara16 (15)
Kieron Pollard2-0-8-0
Sunil Narine9-1-45-0

England are sleepwalking to victory. Everyone else is just sleeping

Pollard to Trott, no run
short of a length again, Trott miscues a pull shot into the ground
Pollard to Bopara, 1 run
overpitched and cover-driven for one
Pollard to Trott, 1 run
pushed through the covers to the sweeper
Pollard to Trott, no run
deflected to point off a length ball
Pollard to Bopara, 1 run
slow bouncer, Bopara picks it and swivels to pat the ball square on the leg side
Best performances - batsmen
AN Cook
112 runs (120)
13 fours
1 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
24 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
DJ Bravo
77 runs (82)
8 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
pull/hook on back foot
21 runs
3 fours
1 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
JM Anderson
SCJ Broad
Match details
Kennington Oval, London
TossEngland , elected to field first
SeriesWest Indies tour of England
Player Of The Match
Sir Alastair Cook
Series resultEngland led the 3-match series 2-0
Match numberODI no. 3278
Hours of play (local time)10.45 start, First Session 10.45-14.15, Interval 14.15-15.00, Second Session 15.00-18.30
Match days19 June 2012 (50-over match)
Tony Hill
Rob Bailey
TV Umpire
Kumar Dharmasena
Reserve Umpire
Richard Illingworth
Match Referee
Jeff Crowe