England were never under pressure chasing 361: Eoin Morgan

Top 5 run getters in the ICC ODI World Cup

Top 5 run getters in the ICC ODI World Cup

England chased down their highest ever ODI total and the third-highest total of all time by any team as they secured an impressive victory over West Indies in the first ODI match in Bridgetown. It was a six fest as he hit nine sixes and three fours when on 100.

Captain Eoin Morgan chimed in with 65.

Playing his first ODI since the home series against Bangladesh last July and having announced that the upcoming World Cup will be his worldwide farewell in the format, the big-hitting left-hander signalled his intentions for a lengthy grand finale with an innings of 135 off 129 balls with 12 sixes and three fours. That ability to put your best ball away for four or six is heartbreaking as a bowler.

It fell to Ben Stokes to see off the veteran, but not until the 47th over, the England all-rounder finishing with 3-37.

West Indies may look to tweak their bowling line-up after they proved ineffective against the English batsmen with all five of their frontline bowlers going for at least 63 runs with Fabian Allen one option to take some pace off the ball.

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Gayle, meanwhile, started slowly before blossoming to pummel three fours and a dozen sixes. Dropped on nine by Roy off seamer Liam Plunkett in the 12th over, he reached his half-century off 76 deliveries before completing three figures at a run-a-ball in the 35th over, with a single to point off Woakes. Darren Bravo made 40 off 30 balls, consisting of two fours and four sixes, as the Windies totalled 360 for eight off their 50 overs.

Having given Gayle a second chance, Roy atoned for his mistake when the visitors took their turn at the crease, with a blistering 123 from just 85 balls, showing why England are one of the favourites to lift the World Cup later this year. Bairstow's dismissal, top-edging Holder to wicketkeeper Shai Hope after he had scored 34 off 33 balls, barely registered as a blip.

Any hopes the Windies had of turning the contest their way were then dashed as Root anchored two century stands to put the result beyond doubt.

Roy and Root were dropped twice each and made the opposition pay, much as Gayle did after Roy grassed a sitter early in his innings.

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