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by Alastair Symondson Thursday 21 February 2019
In the first ODI at Barbados, it was not as if the pitch had nothing to offer for the bowlers but bowlers from both the sides bowled poorly. Even when the bowlers created chances, the fielders did not hold on to them.
The highlight being Jason Roy's dropped catch of Chris Gayle when he was just on nine and went on to score a ton. Similarly, Windies bowlers also created more than five chances but the fielders failed to hold on to them.
The first ODI saw a record 23 sixes being hit by Windies and it pretty much sets up the series. First it was Chris Gayle who scored at a strike rate in excess of hundred and made a six-adorned 135 to take the total to 360.
In reply, it were hundreds from Jason Roy and Joe Root and a half-century from Eoin Morgan which helped England to chase the target easily with eight balls remaining and six wickets still in hand.
Bowlers from both sides failed to leave a mark. Jason Holder was the best bowler for Windies. Adil Rashid and Ben Stokes were the pick of the bowlers for England. The next match will be played at the Kennington Oval in Barbados and it is expected to be another run fest. Scores of around 330 have almost become par given the conditions. At the moment, it looks that at best teams can be restricted to somewhere around 300 and that is when the bowlers and fielders hardly make any mistakes.
Windies- Chris Gayle, John Campbell, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Oshane Thomas England- Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – England
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Chris Gayle (Windies), Jonny Bairstow (England)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Jason Holder (Windies), Adil Rashid (England)
Most Fours – Chris Gayle (Windies), Jonny Bairstow (England)
Team Scores Batting first – England 330+, Windies 300+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.