West Indies vs England 1st ODI: Roy, Root star as England complete highest run chase in ODIs

Jason Roy 123 West Indies England 1st ODI Barbados cricket

Jason Roy celebrates after bringing up his seventh ODI hundred

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England opener Jason Roy and captain Joe Root scored 123 and 102 respectively to lead their side to a six-wicket win over the West Indies in the first ODI in Barbados.

However, West Indies opener Chris Gayle deserves a lot of credit for his entertaining knock of 135.

England also made history during the match as their successful chase of 361 was their highest in ODIs.

Opting to bat first, the West Indies lost debutant John Campbell in the ninth over as he was caught by Moeen Ali at deep square leg off the bowling of Chris Woakes for 30.

Gayle and Shai Hope made up for the loss of Campbell with a 131-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Hope was dismissed by Ben Stokes for 64, which came off 65 balls and included seven boundaries and a six.

Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer added 60 runs to the score before Hetmyer was sent packing by Woakes for 20.

Debutant Nicholas Pooran fell shortly after, but Gayle and Darren Bravo steadied things with a 64-run stand before Bravo was caught by Woakes at deep midwicket off the bowling of Adil Rashid for 40.

Gayle ended up making a 129-ball 135, which included three boundaries and 12 sixes, before he was clean bowled by Stokes.

Chris Gayle 135 West Indies England 1st ODI Barbados cricket

Chris Gayle soaks in the moment after scoring his 24th ODI century

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Captain Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite were removed in quick succession, but with Ashley Nurse hammering an unbeaten 25 off just eight balls, the West Indies finished on 360/8.

Stokes and Rashid picked up three wickets apiece, while Woakes snapped up two.

Chasing 361 to win, England got off to an excellent start as Roy and Jonny Bairstow amassed a 91-run partnership, during which Roy registered his half-century, before Bairstow was caught behind off the bowling of Holder for 34.

Roy and Root kept the runs flowing with a 114-run stand, during which Roy raced past his hundred, before he was caught by Bravo at short third man off the bowling of Devendra Bishoo for 123, which came off 85 balls and included 15 boundaries and three sixes.

Root and England skipper Eoin Morgan added 116 runs to the score, during which both batsmen surpassed their fifties, before Morgan was sent packing by Oshane Thomas for a 51-ball 65, which included four boundaries and three sixes.

Root ended up scoring 102, which came off 97 deliveries and included nine boundaries, before he was caught by Pooran at deep midwicket off the bowling of Holder.

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Joe Root is delighted upon scoring his 14th century in ODI cricket

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Stokes and Jos Buttler mopped up the remaining runs as England won the match with eight balls to spare.

Holder was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Thomas and Bishoo claimed one wicket each.

Roy was named Man of the Match.

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