Winning the third ODI against West Indies, England is leading the five-match series by 2-0. The latest win came up in Bristol as a massive 124 runs victory. In the match, Moeen Ali blitzed the second fastest ODI ton scoring 102 runs off 57 balls. England posed 369 for 9 wickets only to bowl West Indies all out for 245 runs. While Ali bolstered the inning with runs, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid toppled West Indies sharing eight wickets in between. Joe Root and Ben Stokes also good runs to the tally, bolstering the score with 84 and 73 runs respectively.
England started the inning losing wickets, but the batsmen found strong partnerships after the early strike. Opener Johnny Bairstow and Alex Hales could not make a good start. Early wobble was worsened with the wicket of Eoin Morgan, who ducked out at the delivery from Jason Holder on the 12th over. It was the last wicket for West Indies' dominion, because after the stretch, it was only the long-standing partnerships the visitors had to deal with. Ben Stokes and Joe Root paired up for almost 20 overs hauling the score from 74 to 206.
Still, as the stand broke in the 32nd over, Indies bowlers toppled down three wickets in three overs slogging England at 217 for 6, Root being the last. The revival came up in the inning with Moeen Ali wreaking the havoc on bowlers with a flurry of boundaries. He hammered 8 sixes and 7 fours in the short stretch of 57 balls he played. When we went back from the cease, England's score was 354 in the penultimate over.
The chase started with West Indies losing Evin Lewis early in the second over. The team could not restrict the advances of England bowlers, particularly Liam Plunkett. David Wiley had Lewis, while Plunkett attacked after the 10th overs taking down Marlon Samuels and Shai Hope. Chris Gayle, by this time steered the chase with a strong strike. He scored 94 off 78 balls plundering England for 6 sixes and 9 fours. The strike was more than enough individually, but the lacking partnerships in the inning derailed the chase completely. As Gayle had to return playing the first 27 overs, the rest of the team could not pull the chase. The line-up played around 13 overs more exhausting the chase at 245.
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