BRAVO, SAMMY, SIMMONS RESCUE WI; 269/6

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first and got off to a great start when they restricted the West Indies to 45/4 just after 15 overs. England’s spinners Joe Root and James Tredwell plugged the West Indies back early on.

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However, Simmons met captain Bravo at the crease and both slowly started repairing the damage. Having met at the crease in the 16th over, they wouldn’t be separated until the penultimate ball of the second Powerplay.

As the innings progressed, so did the momentum of both batsmen. Simmons hit 65 from 94 balls. His knock included six boundaries. He put on 108 runs with Bravo. When he was out, Sammy joined Bravo and both batsmen gave the Windies an aggressive end to the innings.

Sammy smashed five fours and four sixes in a quickfire knock of 61 runs from just 36 balls. Together with Bravo, he put on 116 runs in the last ten overs as the West Indies added 85 runs from the last five.

Bravo innings progressed nicely and was a mixture of sensible strokeplay along with aggression. He finished unbeaten on 87 from 91 balls, having hit eight fours and one six. Tim Bresnan took 3-68 for England but James Tredwell was much more economical, bowling 10-1-23-1.

On a historical day of off-field activities at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua, England won the toss and elected to bowl in the 1st One Day International.

England have handed debuts to two players in Moeen Ali and Michael Lumb. West Indies on the other hand have opted to leave out Marlon Samuels and left-arm spinner, Nikita Miller.

England’s only previous One Day Internationals at this ground came during the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup when they lost both matches. Since January 2013, the West Indies have hit 145 sixes in 28 matches (an average of 5.18 per game) while England have hit 89 in 26 matches (an average of 3.42 per game) but both have won the same number of matches (11) in that period. England’s Ravi Bopara is playing in his 100th One Day International match. 

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Summary Scores:

West Indies Innings: 269/6 (50 Overs). Dwayne Bravo* 87*, Lendl Simmons 65, Darren Sammy 61, Dwayne Smith 24; Tim Bresnan 10-1-68-3, James Tredwell 10-1-23-1, Moeen Ali 6-1-25-1, Joe Root 9-2-47-1.

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West Indies XI: Dwayne Bravo (Captain), Darren Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Kieran Powell, Denesh Ramdin+, Ravi Rampaul, Darren Sammy, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith

On The Bench: Nikita Miller, Marlon Samuels; Ottis Gibson (Head Coach)

England XI: Stuart Broad*, Moeen Ali, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Jos Buttler+, Chris Jordan, Michael Lumb, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Luke Wright

On The Bench: Harry Gurney, Alex Hales, Jade Dernbach, Steve Parry, Eoin Morgan; Ashley Giles (Head Coach)

Toss: England won the toss and elected to bowl first

Umpires: Gregory Brathwaite (Barbados) & Marais Erasmus (South Africa)

TV Umpire: Rod Tucker (New Zealand)

Match Referee: Aandy Pycroft (Zimbabwe)

Reserve Umpire: Joel Wilson (Trinidad & Tobago)

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