England: 369/9 (50 overs)
[Alli 102, Root 84, Stokes 73; Cummins 82/3, Holder 81/2]
West Indies: 245/10 (39.1 overs)
[Gayel 94,; Plunkett 52/5, Rashid 34/3]
Man of the Match: Moeen Alli
England were once again at their brilliant best, brushing aside the West Indies by a huge margin of 124 runs. The windies, inspired by the return of their hardest hitter Christopher Henry Gayle, were unable to match England in any of the three departments. Despite Gayle’s blistering 94 off just 78 balls, the big man was the only one who showed the slightest sort of prevention against a rampaging English bowling attack.
Despite a better than run a ball start, England lost three quick wickets within the first 12 overs. But English captain Joe Root & Ben Stokes took charge of the innings with a partnership of 132. But the Windies weren’t giving up just yet. Just as in the first part of the innings, Gayle & Co. once again picked up three quick scalps. With England reeling at 217-6 after 35 overs, on came Moeen Alli o showcase one of the most destructive innings ODI cricket has ever seen. Alli scored a magnificent 102 off just 57 balls, hise second fifty came off just 12 balls. With Woakes supporting him from the other side, England set the Windies a mammoth target of 370.
Gayle started off the innings in his usual destructive self with Shai Hope & Marlon Samuels providing the much needed support. Gayle was run out by a fabulous throw by Adil Rashid which was the beginning of the end for the Windies. They lost the last 6 wickets for just 67 runs, with English Pacer Liam Plunkett picking up 5 wickets. Rashid removed the tail enders Taylor & Nurse to hand England a 2-0 lead after three matches of the series, the other being abandoned due to heavy showers. Alli was deservedly chosen as the player of the match for the destructive century.