England vs West Indies cricket series has till now looked to be a one-sided affair. Although we have observed a bit of resistance from the touring team, but it hasn't changed the course of the tour so far. Results have gone in favour of the home team.
After beating West Indies 2-0 in the test series, England continues its good form in the limited overs version of cricket. 1st ODI went to England where they registered a thumping win by 114 runs. Batting first England scored 288 runs for 6 wickets. After Cook fell for a duck, Bell and Trot batted brilliantly to form a partnership of 108 runs in 120 deliveries. Trott left for 42 followed by Bopara who could manage just 8 runs. Morgan (21), Kieswetter (38), Bresnan (21) and Broad (22) were other important contributors.
The highlight of England's innings was Ian Bell who scored a brilliant century (126 runs off 117 balls). He smashed 12 fours and a six. Samuels managed to clinch two wickets in 9 overs giving away 43 runs.
In reply, West Indies lost Simmons for 15 but then there was a good resistance from Smith (56), Ramdin (22) and Samuels (30). Following these batsmen none of the others could impress as West Indies was bowled out for 172 in just 33.4 overs. They maintained a good run rate throughout the innings but they couldn't manage to build partnerships which could have anchored the innings to victory. Bresnan was the best bowler for England as he took 4 wickets for 34 runs. Ian Bell was awarded Man of the Match.
There are still two more ODIs to go. 2nd ODI is to be played on 19th June at the Oval and the 3rd ODI will be played at Leeds on 22nd June. The ODI series will be followed by a T20 International match to be played on 24th June at Trent Bridge.