Top-ranked England put on an exhibition on Wednesday to register their highest successful ODI chase to win the series opener against Windies at Kensington Oval. The game began with a typical Chris Gayle innings, taking his time to get set and later hammering the England bowlers with disdain. Gayle smashed 12 sixes to rack up 24th ODI ton on his comeback to help Windies post a mammoth score of 360 before the hosts.
Unfazed by a daunting target, England turned up with the bat. Jason Roy and Joe Root recorded hundreds made the chase look easy and Windies bowlers ordinary. The hosts chased down the set target with 8 balls and 4 wickets remaining to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Pitch conditions: Kensington Oval produced a run-fest in the last International encounter. It could be a similar affair.
Head-to-head (last five ODIs )
Windies – 0, England – 4, No Result – 1
Form Guide (last five ODIs, recent first)
Windies – L L W L L
England – W L W W W
Where – Kensington Oval, Barbados
When – February 22 at 08:30 PM IST
Windies Team News: Fast bowler Kemar Roach has been forced out of the ODI series through a back injury. No replacement has been named as of now.
England Team News: England may consider bringing in Tom Curran for Moeen Ali who was quite expensive in the first ODI.
ENG Playing 11: Jos Buttler Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Doubtful – Moeen Ali, Tom Curran
England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Joe Denly, David Willey, Tom Curran and Liam Plunkett.
WI Playing 11: Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, John Campbell, Darren Bravo, Shai Hope, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Oshane Thomas
Doubtful – Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach, Sheldon Cottrell, Carlos Brathwaite
Windies ODI squad: Jason Holder (c), Fabian Allen, Devendra Bishoo, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, John Campbell, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach and Oshane Thomas
Top picks – Jason Roy, Chris Gayle and Joe Root all smashed tons in the first ODI on Wednesday and would be confident at the crease. Shai Hope, Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan also made significant contributions.
X-factors – The likes of Jos Buttler and Shimron Hetmyer can turn the game on its head on their own on their day.
Risky bets – Moeen Ali and Carlos Brathwaite had a horrible outing in the last game and could make way for others on the bench.
Make ENG vs WI Dream11 Team as per your discretion from the squad listed above and team news.