West Indies 269-6 (DJ Bravo 87no) beat
England 254-6 (Lumb 106, Narine 2-36) by 15 runs
First One-Day International, Antigua
West Indies prevailed over England in a hard-fought opening One-Day International at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.
The visitors should really have won the contest after having the West Indies 45 for four and 153 for five in the 40th over, and then having debutant opener Michael Lumb hit a century in their run chase, However, Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy led 10 overs of carnage at the end of the West Indies innings, while England fell away badly in the final 10 overs of their innings following Lumb’s departure for 106.
England made an ideal start after winning the toss and asking the hosts to bat. Their spinners all bowled well, with Joe Root, James Tredwell and Moeen Ali taking a wicket apiece in the first 16 overs to peg the West Indies to 45 for four. Lendl Simmons, though, along with Dwayne Bravo began a recovery by sharing 108 for the fifth-wicket in a little more than 24 overs.
Simmons completed his 14th ODI half-century before handing Tim Bresnan a second wicket when on 65 off 94 balls. This merely served as the signal for the home side to press the foot to the accelerator as 116 runs came from the 61 balls following his dismissal.
Bravo upped the tempo of his innings, while Sammy came in and smashed four sixes en route to 61 off only 36 balls before being caught off Bresnan from the final ball of the innings. Bresnan ended with three for 68 from 10 overs, while Chris Jordan (9-2-67-0) and Stuart Broad (6-1-35-0) also proved a little expensive.
That left England chasing 270 to win and again they got an ideal start. Debutant openers Moeen Ali and Michael Lumb added 96 in less than 20 overs before Ali was caught off Dwayne Smith for 44 off 59 balls. Luke Wright was next to go for just a single, with Joe Root and Lumb then left to rebuild.
They did a good job and added 74, but then just as the winning line looked reachable, Lumb was caught off Ravi Rampaul to make it 180 for three after 37 overs. Still, a required run rate of less than seven should have been achieved. Sunil Narine (2-36), though, came to the fore and dismissed new batter Ben Stokes for five and Root for 37 to leave the lower-order with plenty to do.
Jos Buttler perished, caught by Jason Holder at extra cover off Bravo, with Ravi Bopara and Tim Bresnan then unable to take England over the line. They finished on 254 for six, with Bopara on 23 off 24 balls and Bresnan on 14 off 19.
After the match, England skipper Stuart Broad was quick to pinpoint his side’s poor bowling at the death as the reason for their defeat, saying, “We were in the game for the first 40 overs. Our spinners bowled really well. A lot of credit should go to West Indies. We needed some more time to adapt to these conditions. Lumb played a fantastic knock on his debut. The last 10 overs with the ball cost us. If we had given our batsmen 230 to chase, it would have been good. We missed the game which we should have won. We need to learn quickly.”
© Cricket World 2014