result
1st ODI (D/N), Bridgetown, Feb 20 2019, England tour of West Indies
(48.4/50 ov, target 361)364/4
England won by 6 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
player of the match
Jason Roy
England
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• The Report by Valkerie Baynes

Jason Roy, Joe Root centuries lead England to six-wicket win over West Indies

England gatecrash Chris Gayle's retirement party to go 1-0 up in five-match series

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Commentator: Andrew Miller
Scorecard summary
West Indies360/8(50 overs)
Chris Gayle135 (129)
Shai Hope64 (65)
Ben Stokes3/37(8)
England364/4(48.4 overs)
Jason Roy123 (85)
Joe Root102 (97)

7.31pm Right, that'll do for tonight. Remarkable scenes in Bridgetown, as England launch their World Cup year with intent. Goodnight!

Roy has reappeared: "A big total, quite daunting at the start. I still have a deficit of 20 [after dropping Gayle] so have some making up to do. We rotated the strike extremely well, and as a team we keep striving for better and better. Will keep our feet on the floor and keep working for Friday."

Jason Roy is the Man of the Match: Morgan picks up the award on his behalf, and here's Morgan for a chat: "The calm nature with which we came back with the ball [was pleasing]. We went about the chase well, with a short side and a howling wind. Felt like a 330-chase, not a 360. For Jason to play such a commanding role set us up beautifully. When he and Root bat together they complement each other. They had a fantastic day today, we're off to a winning start and we're delighted."

"We didn't have a great day in the field and we'll like to improve that going forward. I'd like to think we are improving constantly as we go along, which is a good place to be going into the World Cup."

7.22pm Time for some presentations. Here's Jason Holder: "At the halfway stage we felt we were in the game, but didn't bowl as well as we'd have liked and didn't help ourselves in the field."

"Credit to Chris, he's been a stalwart for us. But we need to pull our socks up. Our energy and body language wasn't up to scratch, and the bowlers need to create more opportunities.

7.20pm Annan Boodram: "Had those catches been taken England would have lost this game." Does that include Roy's off Gayle? Oddly, it might not ...

7.16pm Deepak Samson: "6s and 4s may win you fame...but 1s and 2s win the game !!!" I like what you did there...

Ghaffar.DawnNew: "4:05am in Pakistan..following this Classic on Cricinfo. Lovely life Cricket Life. Also not bad West Indies. They are on track" That's some hard-core commitment to run-chasing!

7.08pm England have cruised to their highest ODI run-chase, with eight deliveries to spare, and in their first ODI of a World Cup year, well, that is quite some statement of intent from the World No.1s and tournament favourites.

Jason Roy set the platform with a blistering 65-ball century, before Root and Eoin Morgan dived into the meat of the chase. It takes quite something to steal the thunder from a Chris Gayle masterpiece, but ultimately, the accumulation of a world-record 23 sixes couldn't atone for West Indies' lack of intent between the wickets. England find the boundaries and sprint the singles at will, and that made all the difference.

John: "Buttler the hero with a faultless innings at a 400 SR. Breathtaking stuff." Well quite, scene-stealing stuff

Sarun: "Root does he same role in ODI for England similar to what Pujara does for India in tests. Let all the swashbucklers play around him. His position is never in doubt and never should be. "

48.4
4
Holder to Buttler, FOUR runs

dipping into the toes, clipped to the midwicket fence!

Out comes Buttler with a fairly routine requirement

Root shakes his head as he departs, but that was a clinical performance from one of England's outstanding cricketers. He's broken the back of an extraordinarily steep chase

48.3
W
Holder to Root, OUT

waist-high full toss, and slapped to deep midwicket! That could be curtains for Root, but it could be a no-ball on height ... it's a very close call ... hip height, but dipping ... not sufficient evidence to call it, so Root is on his way!

Joe Root c Pooran b Holder 102 (167m 97b 9x4 0x6) SR: 105.15
48.3
1w
Holder to Root, 1 wide

sliding past the pads ... scores level

48.2
4
Holder to Root, FOUR runs

cracked on the up through third man, and Root has his hundred! His 14th in ODI cricket, and it's signed and sealed one of the most impressive run-chases yet from a fine England team. Now to complete the formalities...

Tony: "Is wondering the irony if Stokes scores the winning runs and leaving Root stranded on 98 after that declaration the other week" ... 48 not out and 98 not out are different beasts, but yes, cruelty is in the offing...

48.1
1lb
Holder to Stokes, 1 leg bye

nurdles the single. Over to you, Joe ...

end of over 488 runs
ENG: 354/3CRR: 7.37 • RRR: 3.50 • Need 7 from 12b
Ben Stokes20 (24)
Joe Root98 (95)
Carlos Brathwaite9-0-66-0
Oshane Thomas9-0-72-1
47.6
1
Brathwaite to Stokes, 1 run

pounded on the up to deep midwicket, Stokes takes the strike again!

47.6
1w
Brathwaite to Stokes, 1 wide

too much width once more, targetting the tramlines with little impact

Neil Adam: "Root, the Master of "if it's not there to HIT, any single will do"" Ain't that the truth. And a run-a-ball century looks like being the upshot...

47.5
1
Brathwaite to Root, 1 run

banged in short, swished to backward square

47.4
1
Brathwaite to Stokes, 1 run

filthy wide full toss, slashed on the bounce to third man

Sahil: "If only WI had Bumrah to bowl here" That would be handy ...

47.3
1
Brathwaite to Root, 1 run

clipped off the toes, out to backward square. Root content to pick off another single

47.2
1
Brathwaite to Stokes, 1 run

thumped on the up to cover ... Root regains the strike at last

47.2
1w
Brathwaite to Stokes, 1 wide

wrong side of the tramlines this time ... Stokes swishes in vain

47.1
Brathwaite to Stokes, no run

ideal line in the circumstances, very wide but not wide enough to be called a wide. Stokes flings the bat flat-footedly and misses

47.1
1w
Brathwaite to Stokes, 1 wide

too much room outside off ... Root's window of opportunity shrinks by another run ...

end of over 477 runs
ENG: 346/3CRR: 7.36 • RRR: 5.00 • Need 15 from 18b
Ben Stokes17 (20)
Joe Root96 (93)
Oshane Thomas9-0-72-1
Jason Holder9-0-54-1

Doosra: "Apologies for this random cricket comment but did everyone marvel earlier at the incredible turnaround by Oman versus Scotland? Astonishing effort....." Random cricket?! Outrageous! But yes, a special effort after being bowled out for 24...

46.6
1
Thomas to Stokes, 1 run

tucked off the hip to the leg side. Stokes steals the strike again! It probably won't matter to Root, but ...

46.5
4
Thomas to Stokes, FOUR runs

that's better from Stokes! In the slot for a full-faced drive, through the covers

46.4
Thomas to Stokes, no run

attempted pull by Stokes, but can't make proper contact. He's not quite found his range today ...

46.3
Thomas to Stokes, no run

on the up, pushed to cover

46.2
1
Thomas to Root, 1 run

driven into the off side

46.1
1
Thomas to Stokes, 1 run

well, that was random. An inelegant chip into the leg side, as Stokes was bamboozled by some barely perceptible lift off the deck. Landed safe though, so on we go

Best performances - batsmen
Chris Gayle portrait
CH Gayle
135 runs (129)
3 fours
12 sixes
Control78%
Productive shot
slog shot
44 runs
1 four
6 sixes
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Jason Roy portrait
JJ Roy
123 runs (85)
15 fours
3 sixes
Control78%
Productive shot
flick
23 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
Ben Stokes portrait
BA Stokes
O
8
M
0
R
37
W
3
ECO
4.63
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Rashid player portrait
AU Rashid
O
9
M
0
R
74
W
3
ECO
8.22
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
Match details
Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados
TossWest Indies, elected to bat first
SeriesEngland tour of West Indies
Season2018/19
Player Of The Match
Jason Roy
Jason Roy
Series resultEngland led the 5-match series 1-0
Match numberODI No. 4096
Hours of play (local time)11.00 start, First Session 11.00-14.30, Interval 14.30-15-15, Second Session 15.15-18.45
Match days20 February 2019 - daynight match (50-over match)
ODI debut
John Campbell
John Campbell
Nicholas Pooran
Nicholas Pooran
Umpires
West Indies Image
Leslie Reifer
Australia Image
Paul Wilson
TV Umpire
Australia Image
Bruce Oxenford
Reserve Umpire
West Indies Image
Gregory Brathwaite
Match Referee
Zimbabwe Image
Andy Pycroft