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England vs West Indies, 3rd ODI

England vs West Indies, 3rd ODI”

Ali scored just 39 runs in the first 39 balls he faced but in the next 14, the left-hander went berserk smashing 61 runs, which included 8 sixes in his last 14 balls.

Moeen (102) and Chris Woakes then took over in an increasingly brutal partnership of 117 from 76 balls as 50 runs were smashed in successive overs from Miguel Cummins (three for 82) and Jason Holder.

Joe Root (84) made a more studied bid for the headlines, posting most runs across all formats in an English worldwide summer as he and Ben Stokes (73) first hinted at a formidable total in their fourth-wicket stand of 132 after West Indies won the toss on a cloudy morning.

But England are back in action again today and they are seeking to go 2-0 up in the five-match series, having won the first game at Old Trafford by seven wickets.

Root and Stokes steadied the ship from 74-3, the Test skipper making it look easy with some elegant strokes to move to 50 from 41 balls and Stokes raising his bat after facing 44 deliveries.

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Root and Stokes both went in a rush of three wickets for 11 runs as Cummins briefly interrupted home progress. Gayle put down a straightforward chance to get rid of the rampant all-rounder on 87 and he capitalised by reaching three figures by clubbing Cummins wide of long-on for six.

He eventually holed out off spinner Ashley Nurse and walked off to a standing ovation from a near-capacity crowd.

The Windies lost Evin Lewis in David Willey's first over, yet some typically clean hitting and great timing from Gayle gave England cause for concern.

It was Ali's third century in ODIs.

This has been England's longest global home season, having started with a one-day worldwide against Morgan's native Ireland in Bristol on 5 May.



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