England‘s superb win in the first one-day international against West Indies on Wednesday means the home side need to respond in Bridgetown, but the tourists will be a tough nut to crack over the next few weeks.
England impressively ran out six-wicket winners as they successfully chased down 361 to gain the early impetus in the five-match series.
The two sides square off again at the same venue for the second game and it’s expected to be another keenly-fought contest on a pitch that clearly favours the big hitters.
The Windies probably thought they had done enough when smashing 360-8 off their 50 overs, but they hadn’t factored in such a brilliant reply from England.
To underline just how good this win was from Eoin Morgan‘s men, they had just watched Chris Gayle make 135, which included 12 of West Indies’ 23 sixes – a record for an ODI innings – while it was also their highest total against England.
The tourists proved their credentials in the 50-over format and their display with the bat reflects why they are the best one-day side in the world right now.
Morgan has created a good environment and there is considerable batting power in the line-up. He often leads by example, too, and expect him to be right up there with England’s top scorers on Friday.
All that means both countries will be fired up for the second game and we can expect another explosive battle.
Jason Roy and Joe Root both banged centuries to inspire England to 364 while Morgan chipped in with an important 65 off 59 balls.
The trio clearly relished the challenge and will not be fazed if they have to find another big score.
As a result, England can power on in the series and go 2-0 up, but don’t expect West Indies to hand them anything on a plate, as the confidence Gayle is displaying at the minute means nothing can be taken for granted.
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