WI fail to ring England's bell
SOUTHAMPTON, England – A typically, stroke-filled 56 from Dwayne Smith failed to upstage Ian Bell’s second One-day International hundred, as West Indies stumbled to a 114-run defeat under the Duckworth-Lewis Method in the weather-affected first ODI on Saturday here.
Smith struck half-dozen fours and a pair of sixes from 44 balls, but the Windies failed to successfully chase 287 from a rain-reduced 48 overs before a capacity crowd at the Ageas Bowl, as Tim Bresnan undermined their batting with four wickets for 34 runs from 7.4 overs.
Sunil Narine was caught behind off Bresnan for a duck to formalise the result with 86 deliveries remaining, as the visitors’ arguably fearsome batting failed to ignite on a hard, true pitch.
The result meant that West Indies trail 0-1 in the three-match series which continues on Tuesday at the Kia Oval in London.
Choosing to field, West Indies came under attack from Bell, whose 126 from 117 balls included one-dozen fours and a single six, as England posted 288 for six from their allocation of 50 overs.
With prized opener Chris Gayle sidelined with an injury to his left shin, Smith and Lendl Simmons gave the Caribbean side a bright start, adding 25 for the first wicket with little alarm.
Simmons, playing his first international in seven months after recovering from finger surgery, emerged from a watchful start to clip Anderson for leg-side boundaries in the fifth over, but he was bowled with the fifth delivery, playing on for 24 as he attempted a forcing back-foot shot.
Smith then took centre stage, dominating an entertaining, second-wicket stand of 70 from 65 balls with Denesh Ramdin that put West Indies in command.
He took a liking to beanpole fast bowler Steven Finn, punching two thunderous off-side boundaries and a whip over square leg for six in the sixth over of the innings that cost 14 runs.
Smith brought up his 50 in style with another whipped six over square leg, this time off Stuart Broad, as the Windies increased the tempo.
With the stage nicely set for a big score, Smith fell caught behind, feathering a pull at an innocuous short delivery from Bresnan in the 16th over.
Things then fell apart quickly, as Ramdin was plumb lbw for 22 to Bresnan 10 balls later before Finn also trapped Dwayne Bravo lbw for eight in the 19th over, leaving the visitors 118 for four.
With the rain threatening, Kieron Pollard was brilliantly caught by a diving Eoin Morgan at point for three off Broad in the 23rd over.
Rain halted play for an hour and 10 minutes with West Indies struggling on 127 for five, but there was no change in fortunes on resumption.
Samuels took boundaries in successive overs from Anderson and Broad immediately after the break, but he was caught at short mid-wicket for a run-a-ball 30, tamely chipping the first ball of the third over from Anderson.
Windies captain Darren Sammy was caught at cover for 11, when he got a delivery from Swann that bounced awkwardly and he fended the ball away before Andre Russell was caught at point, stabbing at a delivery from Bresnan that also bounced sharply.
Darren Bravo, struggling with a groin injury, batted at nine, but could do little as the last two wickets of Ravi Rampaul and Narine fell in quick time.
Earlier, West Indies bowled inconsistently, as Bell defied a gash to his chin that required 10 stitches on the eve of the match to lead England’s batting.
After Rampaul had England captain Alistair Cook caught behind in the first over of the day without a run on the board, Bell put on 108 for the second wicket with Jonathan Trott and a further 51 for the fourth wicket with Morgan.
The visitors leaked runs on the expansive outfield, as Trott made 42 and Morgan got 21 before
Stuart Broad stroked an unbeaten 22 off just 15 balls to inspire a cameo, unbroken, seventh-wicket stand of 43 off 34 balls with Craig Kieswetter, who got an unbeaten 38 from 39 balls.
Part-time off-spinner Marlon Samuels was the most successful West Indies bowler with two wickets for 43 runs from nine overs.
ENGLAND (maximum50 overs)
*A. Cook c wkpr Ramdin b Rampaul 0
I. Bell c wkpr Ramdin b D.J. Bravo 126
J. Trott c wkpr Ramdin b Narine 42
R. Bopara wkpr Ramdin b Samuels 8
E. Morgan b Samuels 21
+C. Kieswetter not out 38
T. Bresnan run out 21
S. Broad not out 22
Extras (w9, nb1) 10
TOTAL (6 wkts) 288
G. Swann, J. Anderson, S. Finn did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Cook, 0.3 overs); 2-108 (Trott, 20.3); 3-136 (Bopara, 26.3); 4-187 (Morgan, 34.6); 5-216 (Bell, 39.2); 6-245 (Bresnan, 44.2)
Bowling: Rampaul 10-0-68-1 (w2); Russell 6-0-43-0 (nb1, w2); Narine 10-0-47-1 (w2); *Sammy 6-0-32-0; D.J. Bravo 9-0-55-1 (w2); Samuels 9-0-43-2
WEST INDIES (target: 287 off 48 overs)
L. Simmons b Anderson 15
D.R. Smith c wkpr Kieswetter b Bresnan 56
+D. Ramdin lbw b Bresnan 22
M. Samuels c Swann b Anderson 30
D.J. Bravo lbw b Finn 8
K. Pollard c Morgan b Broad 3
*D. Sammy c Bopara b Swann 11
A. Russell c Morgan b Bresnan 7
D.M. Bravo not out 8
R. Rampaul c Trott b Swann 9
S. Narine c wkpr Kieswetter b Bresnan 0
Extras (w3) 3
TOTAL (all out) 172
Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Simmons, 4.5 overs); 2-95 (Smith, 15.4); 3-102 (Ramdin, 17.2); 4-118 (DJ Bravo, 19.4); 5-127 (Pollard, 22.2); 6-137 (Samuels, 25.1); 7-155 (Sammy, 28.5); 8-157 (Russell, 29.5); 9-172 (Rampaul, 32.3)
Bowling: Anderson 8-0-48-2 (w1); Finn 6-0-29-1; Bresnan 7.4-0-34-4 (w2); Broad8-0-40-1; Swann 4-0-21-2
Result: England won by 114 runs (D/L Method)
Series: England lead three-match series 1-0
Toss: West Indies
Man-of-the-Match: I. Bell (England)
Umpires: K. Dharmasena (Sri Lanka), R. Kettleborough (England)
TV umpire: A. Hill (New Zealand)
Match referee: J. Crowe (New Zealand)
Reserve umpire: N. Llong (England)