Bairstow shines in opening role as England chase 205 convincingly

England's Jonny Bairstow celebrates his century
England's Jonny Bairstow celebrates his century
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England 210-3 (Bairstow 100no) beat
West Indies 204-9 (Stokes 3-43) by seven wickets
First One-Day International at Old Trafford
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Jonny Bairstow scored a brisk century in his new opening role as England chased down 205 runs comfortably in 30.5 overs with seven wickets in hand in the first One-Day International against West Indies at Old Trafford to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Rain delayed the start of the proceedings and the game was reduced to 42 overs per side. West Indies won the toss and decided to bat first.

West Indies lose momentum after Gayle blitz

Chris Gayle (37) made a terrific comeback in the 50-over format as he plundered three sixes and two boundaries in the first four overs to take the score to 38 for naught. Moeen Ali (1-5) was introduced in the sixth over and he immediately accounted for Evin Lewis (11). Just as West Indies were getting off to a decent start, Gayle was removed by Chris Woakes (2-41) as West Indies ended the powerplay at 52 for two.

Even though Shai Hope (35) kept the West Indies' hope alive after a 50 run stand with Marlon Samuels (17), England bounced back through a double strike from Ben Stokes (3-43) and soon slipped to 160 for seven from 103 for two.

Holder ensures West Indies go past 200 run mark

With not much contribution from the middle and lower order, Jason Holder (41 not out) remained the only hope for the visitors as his unbeaten 33 ball knock that had five boundaries in it allowed them to post 204 for nine in the allotted 42 overs. Stokes picked three wickets for England while Woakes and Adil Rashid (2-31) picked two wickets apiece.

New role yet same result for Bairstow

Bairstow (100 not out) was made to open the batting in the place of Jason Roy as he and Alex Hales (19) struck five boundaries between them in the first 25 deliveries before Jerome Taylor (1-46) removed the latter. Joe Root (54) survived a run out chance in the fifth over but England ended the powerplay strong at 69 for one. As the boundaries kept coming, both Root and Bairstow completed a 50-run stand in the 12th over to lay a solid platform with the latter completing a 52-ball half-century few overs later.

Williams helps Windies make brief comeback but England complete chase with ease

After the 100-run stand between Root and Bairstow came, the England Test captain too went past a brisk fifty, though he fell immediately after it to Williams (2-50), who also got rid of Eoin Morgan (10) in his next over. By the end of the 28th over, England were 183 for three and were well ahead of the asking rate. However, from there on there was no looking back for England as Bairstow and Stokes (23 not out) with his 10-ball cameo ensured England reached the target in 30.5 overs with an unbeaten 35 run stand. Bairstow also completed his maiden ODI century that helped him bag the man of the match award.

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