On Friday, England team open their account with the 1st win over the host team (West Indies). Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound at Antigua hosted this match on 3rd March 2017.
West Indians captain JO Holder won the toss and invited the visitor team to host. Both team players were fresh for the 1st ODI match.
England squad: Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (captain), Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Steven Finn.
West Indies squad: Evin Lewis, Kieran Powell, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shai Hope (wk), Jonathan Carter, Jason Mohammed, Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder (capt), Devendra Bishoo, Ashley Nurse, Shannon Gabriel.
JJ Roy and SW Billings came to open the for the England innings. Sam Billings scored his 1st fifty in West Indians ground. In between Captain Morgan knocked the series with a superb century. Morgan scored 107 runs in 116 balls. Bur except for SW Billings, Morgan, BA Stokes, no other batsman couldn’t manage to score above 50.
As a result, at the end of the 50th over England reached at 296 run with 5.92 runs per over.
In West Indians innings, only JN Mohammed and JL Carter successfully scored 50 runs. Due to the poor performance of the upper order batsman, West Indians fell back in the match and defeated by 45 runs.
With the 1st win over West Indians, England led the 3-match series by 1-0.
England Captain Eion Morgan selected for the ‘Player of the match.’
At the presentation Event:
West Indians captain, Jason Holder said, “Quite a few soft dismissals, if we’d taken our chances we’d have been better off. We dropped Eoin Morgan early on, but this is a ground where you can make ground back up. Jason and Jonathan got us a good partnership that gave us a chance to launch. It’s a matter of going into the next game full of confidence.”
After taking the prize, England captain said, “I’ve enjoyed my cricket more so since before Christmas, some runs in the Big Bash and continued it into India. Enjoyed some luck early on, but made the most of it.”
“What’s pleased me most is we produced everything we talked about before the series. It’s set a high benchmark for the rest of the series.”