An impressive all-rounder bowling performance followed by maiden ODI century from Jonny Bairstow was enough for England to thrash West Indies by seven wickets in the first match of the five-ODI series in Manchester on Tuesday.
The day started with rain, which reduced the game to 42-over a side match. It was West Indies captain Jason Holder who won the toss and opted to bat first.His decision seemed a correct one in the beginning when Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis started where they left in the only T20I and posted a quick-fire 45 for the first wicket.
However, once Lewis departed in the sixth over, Windies never managed to recover completely and post just 204 for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted overs.Captain Holder finished the innings with the top score of 41 off 33 with the help of five boundaries, whereas Gayle also made a notable contribution by scoring 37 off 27 balls.
For England, all-rounder Ben Stokes was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed three wickets, whereas pacer Chris Woakes and leg-spinner Adil Rashid picked two wickets each.Chasing 205 to go 1-0 up in the series, hosts tried a new opening combination by pushing Bairstow to open with Alex Hales in place of Jason Roy.
This decision paid a fruitful one for Eoin Morgan’s men as the 27-year-old scored unbeaten 100 off 97 balls with the help of 11 boundaries to take his side home. He was well supported by Test captain Joe Root, who scored 54 off 53.For West Indies, medium pacer Kesrick Williams claimed two, whereas fast-bowler Jerome Taylor picked one wicket.For his outstanding batting performance, Bairstow was awarded man of the match.
Both teams will now travel to Nottingham where they will meet for the second ODI on Thursday.