Moeen blitz takes England to 2-0 unassailable lead

Moeen Ali celebrating his century in the third ODI in Bristol
Moeen Ali celebrating his century in the third ODI in Bristol
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England 369-9 (Ali 102) beat
West Indies 245 (Gayle 94) by 124 runs
Third One-Day International in Bristol
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Moeen Ali scored a blistering century to help England recover and post 369 following which Liam Plunkett led the bowling with a five-wicket haul as the home side completed a 124 run win in the third One-Day International against West Indies in Bristol to claim a 2-0 unassailable lead in the series.

Root-Stokes help England recover after a tough start

West Indies won the toss and decided to bowl first - a decision that was justified after they picked Jonny Bairstow (13) early. Joe Root (84) looked in terrific touch as seen in the seventh over when he smashed Jerome Taylor (1-75) for a hat-trick of boundaries. Both Alex Hales (36) and Root hit four more boundaries combined in the next two overs as England reached 65 for one in the first powerplay. However, West Indies made a strong comeback when Miguel Cummins (3-82) and Jason Holder (2-81) struck in a span of three deliveries to remove both Hales and Eoin Morgan (0). England were 74 for three at that stage.

Despite the setback, England made a strong recovery through Root and Ben Stokes (73) after the duo added 132 runs for the second wicket. Both Root and Stokes reached their respective fifties off 41 and 44 deliveries respectively and by the end of 30 overs, England were 189 for three. In the 31st over, Stokes struck two consecutive sixes as a big total was on the cards for the home side.

Moeen blitz made the difference

Moeen Ali scored a blistering century to help England recover and post 369 following which Liam Plunkett led the bowling with a five-wicket haul as the home side completed a 124 run win in the third One-Day International against West Indies in Bristol to claim a 2-0 unassailable lead in the series.

Gayle heroics ended in vain

Chasing over seven an over from the start, West Indies' chances depended on Chris Gayle (94) and the big man from Jamaica delivered amid losing Evin Lewis (13), Shai Hope (20) and Marlon Samuels (11) at the other end. He struck six boundaries and two maximums in the first powerplay and completed a 38 ball fifty. Despite a stiff required run rate, it never looked out of West Indies' reach when Gayle was going as seen with his hat-trick of sixes against Moeen (0-65) in the 23rd over. However, the visitors' hopes dashed when an indecision in running costed his wicket, leaving him six short of a deserving century.

Plunkett-Rashid deliver for England

Following Gayle's dismissal, West Indies hardly looked comfortable in the chase and despite knocks from Jason Mohammed (38) and Holder (34), the men from Caribbean fell 125 runs short off the target. Liam Plunkett (5-52) was the pick of the England bowlers with a five wicket haul while Adil Rashid (3-34) contributed with three. Moeen was named the man of the match as England now have a 2-0 lead in the series.

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