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ENGLAND ON TOP: 20 overs are done and England are cruising in the chase. Roy and Root have brought up their half-century stand. Windies missed an opportunity and Roy was dropped. Windies need wickets to come back but on a flat track it looks like England will canter to a win.
England 148 for 1
FIRST WICKET: Bairstow goes for the pull against Holder and gets a faint edge. Easy catch for the 'keeper. England lose their first wicket with 91 on the board.
Half-century for Roy of just 31 deliveries. He had dropped Gayle on 9. He's compensating in some style.
POWERPLAY DONE and England are cruising in the chase. Roy and Bairstow at ease and have stroked 88 so far ...
50: Even before the sixth over ends, the England openers have posted a half-century on the board. Just the kind of start that was expected on a flat pitch. Just the kind of start that wasn't needed by Windies.
Alright then, Roy and Bairstow to open the chase, Bishoo to bowl. Will England chase this down?
WINDIES - 360 FOR 8
Chris Gayle (135) and Shai Hope (64) have tormented England in Barbados. They were involved in a 131-run stand for the second wicket that laid the solid platform before Gayle's blistering ton gave the home side a dominating total.
Gayle's innings could well be divided into two halves. For the first 54 runs - with his half-century coming off 76 deliveries - Gayle worked extremely hard to find any sort of rhythm. From there on, it was all about England playing catch-up as the opener decided to have some fun. Ahead of the series, Gayle had boomed he's the greatest player in the world - the snobbishness all too apparent. The thing, however, with Gayle is despite the triple century in longest format, the double century in ODI cricket, all the centuries in T20 cricket and all the power-packed performance, the doubting Thomases have always asked him some critical questions.
So when Gayle was recalled into the ODI side, just ahead of the World Cup, he had to produce something of substance. On a track where the ball stopped at times, Gayle struck 12 hits over the fence - with some of them smoked clean out of the ground. Once Windies opted to bat, John Campbell gave the side a promising start as he blazed away to 30 off 28. Gayle, on the other hand, struggled for timing and was successfully tied down. Chris Woakes produced the first wicket but Hope and Gayle collaborated to transfer the pressure back on the visitors.
Hope attacked right from the start, taking the pressure off Gayle, as Mark Wood, Moeen Ali and Liam Plunkett were consistently peppered for boundaries. It wasn't, however, domination from one end. Having reached his half-century, Gayle opened up and contributed 63 in the stand. It was also because of the cushion given to him by Hope's assault that worked in Windies' favour. Hope's dismissal in the 30th over - with 169 on the board - only brought more misery for the bowlers.
Shimron Hetmyer contributed just 20 off 15 but his partnership with Gayle gave Windies 60 in the next five overs. Gayle did the bulk of the damage as the assault started in the 27th over. Plunkett was hit for two sixes in an over while Wood was given the same treatment in the 31st. Having seen his strike rate drop below 40, Gayle was now scoring at more than 100 and was into the 90s by the 32nd. The century came in the 35th over - with a single to the on side - as Windies cruised to 229 in 35 overs.
Gayle's presence meant Eoin Morgan was forced to keep Adil Rashid out of the attack till the 34th over. The legspinner did manage to keep Gayle's belligerence in check and that resulted in a wobble in 35th and the 36th over. Hetmyer was dismissed while Nicholas Pooran fell for a duck in his debut game. Darren Bravo announced his arrival to the crease with a six on the first ball as the pace picked up.
If Gayle bullied England with some muscle power, Bravo's clean striking left the top-ranked side rattled even before the last ten overs commenced. The platform was ideal for Bravo and the response from him couldn't have been better. He eventually fell for 40 off 30 - as Windies neared 300 - but not before he had put the side in prime position to sail past 350 with a 64-run stand. Gayle was dropped twice during his knock - on 9 and 124 - as the left-hander became the first player to hit 100 sixes against a particular side. He also bagged the record of most sixes across formats in international cricket - 488 - as he went past Shahid Afridi's tally of 476.
England made a mini comeback in the death overs as Gayle struggled for fitness and was eventually bowled by Stokes in the 47th over. He walked back to a standing ovation but the wicket ensured England stayed in the hunt at the half-way mark.
GAYLE FALLS: Chopped on from the opener as he tried to take on Stokes. He falls for 135.
England 302 for 5 soon after Bravo falls. He smoked 40 off 30.
Windies 251 for 4 ...
ONE BRINGS TWO: Pooran falls for a duck on debut. Tossed up and hammered to Roy at long-off. Gayle needs support and that was a poor shot.
Windies 236 for 4
WICKET: Woakes gets his second in the game and Hetmyer is gone. The 60-run stand is now broken. Off cutter and banged wide outside off and into the track. He slapped that one straight to mid-off.
24TH ODI TON: Gayle announces his return in some style. Gets to a century with a strike rate of 100 after an extremely slow start. This has been some hitting and England look under a lot of pressure. Three fours and nine SIXES in the innings so far. He's creamed some of those out of the park.
Windies 229 for 2
GAYLE POWER: Two consecutive sixes and Gayle is in the 90s. After seeing his strike rate dip below 40, he's now scoring at run a ball. Wood and Plunkett are being dismissed here. The Hetmyer-Gayle stand is now 46 off 17.
TWO DOWN: Stokes does the job. Hope falls for a 65-ball 64 and the 131-run stand comes to an end. Full and he went to play that one to the on side. The outside edge flied to Rashid at third man.
Windies 170 for 2
Windies 154 for 1 in 27 overs ... Gayle and Hope are hammering England.
50th 50: Gayle also gets himself a half-century. After an extremely cautious start, he's now trying to give the innings some impetus. Gets there off 76 delivery. A subdued celebration. He's eyeing a big one. They now have a century stand as well.
50 FOR HOPE: Superb innings this so far. He hasn't given England any chance to tie him down. Has taken pressure of Gayle as well. Gets there off 48 balls.
Windies 132 for 1
20 OVERS DONE: Hope is putting some serious pressure on England. He's hit Moeen Ali for boundaries and has looked really solid right from the start. Gayle is happy to play second fiddle. He's going at a strike rate of 48.
Windies 103 for 1
GAYLE DROPPED: He decides to go and tries to slash a wide one from Plunkett. Doesn't connect well and the ball lobs just behind cover. Roy gets to it and grasses the chance. Gayle dropped on 9.
EVEN: Windies made a solid start but the wicket changed things a bit. Hope looks solid as he gets going. Ten overs are done and the home team have 49 on the board. Gayle still looking to get in and has faced 26 deliveries for his 8.
BREAKTHROUGH: Campbell will consider himself unlucky but he has only himself to blame. Pulled straight to square leg. Woakes, who has taken a hit early on, is pumped with the wicket. The promising opening stand comes to an end.
Windies 38 for 1
GOOD START: While Gayle is looking to get in, Campbell is scoring freely and looking at ease out there. Windies have 26 on the board after five over.
The players are out there, Gayle and Campbell to open the batting. Woakes will start with the ball for the visitors. This should be a cracker ...
TOSS - Windies opt to bat.
Windies: Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Shai Hope(w), Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, John Campbell, Oshane Thomas
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Jos Buttler(w), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
Hello and welcome to the live blog of the first ODI between Windies and England in Barbados. The World Cup is getting close and all teams are looking to settle things down. Windies are still looking to find their perfect squad. England are trying to fine tune things. Both teams walk into the contest with different agendas and with not much time left for the mega event will be desperate to sort things out quickly.
Chris Gayle is back for Windies. Will he make the difference? England were humbled in the Test series. Will they bounce back? England are a power-packed side. Windies play with a lot of panache. This should be a cracking contest folks! Stay tuned and we'll bring you more updates.
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