Bravo, Gayle fail to fire WI
LONDON – Typically breath-taking batting from Dwayne Bravo and Chris Gayle failed to inspire West Indies, and Alastair Cook upstaged them with his fifth One-day International hundred, leading England to an eight-wicket victory in the second ODI on Tuesday.
Bravo hit the top score of 77 and Gayle, playing his first match for the Windies close to 14 months, supported with 53, as the Caribbean side posted 238 for nine from their allocation of 50 overs after being sent in to bat on a hard, true Kia Oval pitch.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy finished with two wickets for 46 runs from 10 overs, but left-hander Cook, the England captain, gathered 112, galloping his side to victory with 30 balls to spare.
The result was formalised, when a delivery from Kieron Pollard was punched to mid-on by Ravi Bopara for a single, as the hosts grabbed an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
The final ODI will be contested on Friday at Headingley-Carnegie in Leeds.
West Indies new-ball pair of Ravi Rampaul and Tino Best proved ineffective, failing to make early inroads into the England batting when the home team started the chase, as Cook and Ian Bell put on 122 for the first wicket.
The Windies were forced to wait until the 22nd over before collecting their first wicket, when Sammy had Bell, a century-maker in the first ODI, caught at cover for 53 from 64 balls that included seven fours.
The visitors continued to hunt wickets, but their efforts were further blunted, when Cook put on another 81 for the second wicket with Jonathan Trott, putting England within sight of victory.
A delivery from Sammy was slapped through backward point for a single to carry Cook to his hundred from 114 balls in the 36th over.
Another Sammy delivery was smashed over long-on for the left-hander’s only six, but attempting another big shot of the next ball, Cook miscued the shot and was caught at mid-off.
Earlier, West Indies got a rollicking start from Gayle, as the giant left-hander stroked three fours and five typically huge sixes off 51 balls, helping to post 63 for the first wicket with Lendl Simmons.
He started quietly, gathering a mere two runs from his first 10 deliveries, before exploding with three consecutive boundaries off Steven Finn in the sixth over of the innings.
Three overs later, he deposited Anderson over the mid-wicket boundary for his first six and then followed up in the next over with three amazing sixes off Tim Bresnan’s first over that cost 18 runs.
Gayle seemed poised to unleash more fireworks, when he fell in controversial fashion, belatedly adjudged lbw by umpire Tony Hill following an elongated appeal by off-spinner Graeme Swann.
The decision was reviewed and though replays showed the ball hitting the bat, they were unable to determine if it was pad or bat first, and Hill’s decision stood much to Gayle’s disgust.
Without a run added 10 balls later, Dwayne Smith swung at a wide Stuart Broad delivery and was caught behind without scoring, and Simmons’ 50-ball labour for 12 ended, when he took on Cook’s arm at mid-off and lost the gamble, sinking Windies to 79 for three in the 21st over.
Marlon Samuels was caught deep mid-wicket for 14 off Broad four balls later to leave the Caribbean side in a spot of bother.
Bravo found Kieron Pollard a steady ally, and together they added an even hundred for the fifth wicket to pull West Indies around.
They started circumspectly with just eight runs coming from the next five overs before blossoming to score freely in the middle overs.
Bravo, dropped on 18 by Eoin Morgan at deep mid-wicket off Swann in the 31st over, stroked eight fours and two sixes, while Pollard counted three fours and one six in his 41 off 52 balls.
They had gathered 46 runs from the last Power Play, when Pollard tried to swat a bouncer from Bresnan out of the ground and was caught at deep mid-wicket in the 40th over.
Bravo and Sammy added 41 off 35 balls for the sixth wicket before the Windies captain was caught at point off Finn, after cracking a four and a six in scoring 21 from 20 balls.
There was no late acceleration, as the last four wickets fell for 17 runs off the last 26 balls of the innings, with Bravo caught at cover off off Anderson in the penultimate over.
L. Simmons run out 12
C. Gayle lbw b Swann 53
D.R. Smith c wkpr Kieswetter b Broad 0
M. Samuels c Bresnan b Broad 13
D.J. Bravo c Bopara b Anderson 77
K. Pollard c Anderson b Bresnan 41
*D. Sammy c Morgan b Finn 21
+D. Ramdin c wkpr Kieswetter b Anderson 2
T. Best not out 7
S. Narine run out 2
R. Rampaul not out 1
Extras (lb3, w5, nb1) 9
TOTAL (9 wkts) 238
Fall of wickets: 1-63 (Gayle, 14.4 overs); 2-63 (Smith, 16.2); 3-79 (Simmons, 20.2); 4-79 (Samuels, 20.6); 5-179 (Pollard, 39.5); 6-220 (*Sammy, 45.4); 7-223 (+Ramdin, 46.3); 8-232 (Bravo, 48.1); 9-237 (Narine, 49.4)
Bowling: Anderson 10-2-38-2 (w1); Finn 10-1-48-1 (w3); Bresnan 10-1-54-1 (w1); Swann 10-1-49-1; Broad 9-0-43-2 (nb1); Bopara 1-0-3-0
ENGLAND (target: 239 off 50 overs)
*A. Cook c Simmons b *Sammy 112
I. Bell c Gayle b *Sammy 53
J. Trott not out 43
R. Bopara not out 19
Extras (lb3, w8, nb1) 12
TOTAL (2 wkts) 239
E. Morgan, +C. Kieswetter, T. Bresnan, S. Broad, G. Swann, J. Anderson, S. Finn did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-122 (Bell, 21.2 overs); 2-203 (Cook, 37.5)
Bowling: Rampaul 7-0-29-0; Best 7-1-4-0 (w3); Bravo 4-0-24-0 (w1); Narine 10-1-54-0 (nb1, w1); Samuels 1-0-11-0; *Sammy 10-0-46-2; Smith 3-0-22-0 (w1); Pollard 3-0-10-0
Result: England won by eight wickets (30 balls remaining)
Series: England lead three-match series 2-0
Man-of-the-Match: A. Cook (England)
Umpires: R. Bailey (England), A. Hill (New Zealand)
TV umpire: K. Dharmasena (Sri Lanka)
Match referee: J. Crowe (New Zealand)
Reserve umpire: R. Illingworth (England)