England vs West Indies 5th ODI: Bairstow’s 141* seals 4-0 series win for England

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Jonny Bairstow celebrates after scoring his second ODI hundred

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England ended their summer at home with a bang as Jonny Bairstow smashed a career-best 141 not out to help his side demolish the West Indies by nine wickets in the fifth ODI in Southampton.

Bairstow’s knock marked his second hundred of the series as he scored his maiden ODI century in the first ODI at Old Trafford.

Being put in to bat first, West Indies opener Chris Gayle took the attack to England early on and dominated the 52-run partnership he put together with Kyle Hope.

However, Gayle ended up being dismissed for a 29-ball 40 as he was brilliantly caught by Liam Plunkett off the bowling of debutant Tom Curran.

Hope went on to score 33 before he was caught and bowled by Plunkett.

Marlon Samuels and Shai Hope stabilised the innings with a 57-run partnership before Samuels was stumped by Jos Buttler off the bowling of Moeen Ali for 32.

Hope and stand-in captain Jason Mohammed kept the runs flowing with a 52-run stand, during which Hope brought up his fifty, before Mohammed was caught by Joe Root off the bowling of Adil Rashid for 25.

Hope ended up making 72 off 95 balls, which included four boundaries, before he was dismissed by Jake Ball.

Even though Rovman Powell fell shortly after, debutant Sunil Ambris and Ashley Nurse made 38 and 31 respectively to help the West Indies finish on 288/6 off their 50 overs.

Plunkett was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Ball, Curran, Rashid and Moeen chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 289 to win, England made a fabulous start to their innings as Jason Roy and Bairstow amassed a 156-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries.

With England cruising and Roy nearing his hundred, everything was going swimmingly for the hosts.

However, Roy was denied his hundred as in the 22nd over, he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Miguel Cummins for 96, which came off 70 balls and included 11 boundaries and a six.

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Jason Roy fell four runs short of his fourth ODI century

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That was to be the West Indies’ last taste of success though as Bairstow and Root put together an unbeaten 138-run stand to lead England to victory with 12 overs to spare.

Bairstow finished on 141 off 114 balls, which included 17 boundaries, while Root remained undefeated on 46 off 44 deliveries, which included two boundaries and a six.

Cummins was the only bowler to take a wicket.

Mohammed was disappointed to have lost the match, and said: “In the bowling department it went wrong, we never had them under pressure. The bowlers we have are wicket-takers but it just wasn’t happening in this game. Not much we could have done, we didn’t find consistent areas at any point in time.

“In the middle part of the innings there was a lot of dot balls which is something we have to work on. With some of the senior guys back hopefully we can get the combination right and qualify for the World Cup.”

England skipper Eoin Morgan was thrilled to have won the series 4-0, and said: “Extremely proud, it’s been an incredibly long summer. We let ourselves down in one game in the Champions Trophy. Jonny really took his chance, Jason coming in as well. Fielding is an area we want to improve on.

“We took nothing lightly today and to win by nine wickets was excellent. We saw Tom in the T20s series and today was an outstanding debut. One aspect we have to bring into our game, we have to work on the middle overs with the ball, get it moving sideways somehow, can’t rely on our spinners. Our main focus is the World Cup in 2019, it’s the biggest event we play. It’s important we strive to improve.”

Bairstow was named Man of the Match, and said: “Pretty pleased, nice to finish a pretty long summer with some runs and head away with some confidence. Your first hundred is so important and you want to go from there. If selection doesn’t go your way you have to bide your time and take your opportunity. Rest now, a couple of weeks off, back in the gym before we go away.”

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