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England cruise to one-day victory

Second one-day international, Bristol
England 161-4 (36 ovs) v West Indies 160 (38.3 ovs) by six wickets
Match scorecard

By Jamie Lillywhite

England celebrate in Bristol
Broad's early burst quickly put England in a dominant position

England took a 1-0 lead with one match remaining in the one-day international series after thrashing West Indies by six wickets with 14 overs to spare.

Stuart Broad claimed wickets in each of his opening two overs as the Windies were dismissed for 160 inside 39 overs.

Chris Gayle hit two sixes in a breezy 31 and Dwayne Bravo fired 55, but Paul Collingwood (3-16) also struck twice in two overs and Broad finished with 4-46.

Collingwood shared 76 with Owais Shah (41) and was 47 not out from 51 balls.

If losing both Test matches was partly due to a dislike of cold weather, the tourists can have no complaints about the conditions in Bristol, which were gloriously sunny and warm.

They were also well supported by a large West Indian contingent in a colourful capacity crowd, who will all no doubt be wondering what will happen to their once world-conquering side next.

In addition to the batting travails, there were wides, misfields and overthrows on a regular basis.

A surreal afternoon was summed up at the scheduled mid-innings break, as England were already eight overs into their reply and had knocked off 35 runs.

Previous England new ball attacks might have provided Gayle with the width to cut loose, but James Anderson and Broad were exemplary from the outset.

Broad was immaculate, fast, full and straight, and Lendl Simmons played all around one at 92mph and was struck on the line of off-stump.

Ramnaresh Sarwan lasted only two balls and edged another perfectly placed delivery from Broad, as the first four overs produced seven runs.

Chris Gayle
Gayle's cavalier innings was brought to an end by spinner Swann

Gayle's response was typically positive and thrilling to watch, standing tall to smash Broad over long-on for six like Phil Mickelson driving at a par-five, as 30 runs came from the next four overs.

Strauss boldly opted for the spin of Graeme Swann, and when his first delivery was despatched into the builders' huts there was some concern as to the wisdom of the decision.

But Swann held his nerve, fired in a quicker ball, and when Gayle tried to repeat the shot, it flicked off his pad and rattled the timbers.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul was also true to type and calmly set about the task of rebuilding the innings in partnership with the more expansive Bravo, who was returning to the side after missing the Tests because of an ankle injury.

Bravo played some flamboyant shots but also some classical ones, with a checked straight drive off Dimitri Mascarenhas sailing for six.

But having shared 50, the stand ended in the 23rd over when Chanderpaul hit an uncharacteristic swipe and skewed to backward point.

Another Strauss bowling change soon brought further rewards as the shrewd Collingwood gave Bravo a taste of his own medicine with a delightfully disguised slower ball in his opening over that nipped back through the gate.

Denesh Ramdin was plumb lbw in Collingwood's next over and worse was to follow as Jerome Taylor set off for a single.

The gargantuan Sulieman Benn arrived at number 10 with almost 15 overs remaining, but his immediate agricultural swipes made it clear he was not going to attempt to bat out the allocation.

With such a paltry total to defend, something special was needed in the field, but it did not happen, as Taylor sent down two wides and a leg-side delivery was nonchalantly clipped for four in the first over.


Kieron Pollard did not cover himself in glory either, dropping Strauss at point in the second over, and allowing a routine edge to squeeze through his legs and go for four.

Just when a 10-wicket defeat looked likely, Strauss miscued to backward point, while Matt Prior never got going and edged to slip where Gayle took a juggling catch.

England were actually well behind the Windies at a comparative time but were always in command.

Bopara, fresh from three successive Test centuries against the Windies, reached 43 with some ease, playing some stylish drives and wristy flicks, before he was trapped in front trying to work another ball into the legside.

The match petered out in the manner of a benefit at the sleepy Arundel Castle ground, and the tourists will have a weight of criticism to answer ahead of the final match of the series at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

Pollard briefly atoned by hitting the stumps from a prostrate position as Shah was needlessly run out, watching the ball instead of Collingwood's call for an admittedly unnecessary single, which allowed debutant Eoin Morgan to come in with just four needed.

The Irish left-hander was almost stumped before recording the winning single.

It was Gayle's 200th one-day international and the 100 defeats he has endured says much about his team's inconsistency.

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