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West Indies took a 1-0 lead against England in the 3-match ODI series at home turf by defeating the visitors in the first match yesterday; the two sides will now face off on Mar 2nd at North Sound for the 2nd ODI. Posting a low total of 269 runs batting first, the hosts had to depend on the bowlers to do the job; while England got off to a good start, the middle order collapsed yet again and they lost the match by 15 runs. While England will try to keep their hopes alive by taking the second match, West Indies will be eager to go in for the kill and take the title with a win in the upcoming match on Sunday.
Put to bat first, the top order batsmen gave a disappointing performance; struggling at 45-5, the team saw some glimmer of hope with Simmons and Bravo’s partnership that added 108 runs to the board for the 5th wicket. The captain led from the front, posting 87 runs off 91 deliveries and stood firm as Darren Sammy came along to give good support; Sammy’s thunderous 61 runs off 36 balls saw him smash away 5 fours and 4 sixes to get to a total of 269 runs. It was great turnaround for the team and the bowlers took advantage of the home conditions to demolish the English batting line-up. Narine took 2 wickets and the rest got regular wickets to strangle the opponents. While the hosts breathed a sigh of relief with a win here, they will need to sharpen their skills and start shouldering responsibilities with the couple of players who seem to be doing most of the job.
The bowling unit showed great determination yesterday to restrict the hosts to a low total; Tredwell, Ali and Bresnan are in good form, keeping the bowling tight and taking crucial wickets. While Tredwell gave away just 23 runs in his 10 overs and took a wicket, Bresnan ended up with 3-68 and others like Root and Ali claimed a wicket each; Broad was up to mark but wasn’t lucky with wickets. Michael Lumb scored a brilliant century on his ODI debut and along with Ali, posted 96 runs for the opening stand; his effortless batting display showed positive signs for a win here but players like Wright, Stokes and Buttler failed to rise up to the challenge. Lumb continued to put up a brave front by posting a 74-run partnership with Root; later on Bopara and Bresnan put a good fight adding 43 runs more but their efforts fell 15 runs short of the margin. England should have grabbed this opportunity with both hands but they failed to do so; the players need to be more focused and make a comeback to avoid facing another series defeat.
West Indies are jubilant with their win and their morale is considerably boosted; coupled with the home advantage to their side, the hosts have the upper hand here. On the other side, England will be eager to bounce back and give a good fight to level with the hosts; there is still hope for the visitors and they seem confident to better their performance and score a win tomorrow.
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