Jason Holder took a career-best 4/7 for West Indies in the first game of the 5-match series against England at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.
West Indies name a younger side than the one that we’ve seen in recent times with a number of the older players moved on as Brandon King, Romario Shepherd and Odean Smith gaining more experience at international level.
England named a completely different squad for this series following a 4-0 Ashes drubbing (apart from Sam Billings who I’m hoping has a cut of the miles that he’s traveled over the last couple of weeks).
West Indies: Shai Hope (wk), Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran, Darren Bravo, Kieron Pollard (capt), Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Akeal Hosein, Sheldon Cottrell
England: Jason Roy, Tom Banton, James Vince, Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings (wk), Liam Dawson, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Saqib Mahmood, Tymal Mills
West Indies won the toss and elected to field first.
After hitting Cottrell for six, Roy would be the first wicket to fall as he was bowled by the Windies left-armer for 6 off the final ball of the opening over before fellow opener Banton would be caught at slip off the bowling of Holder (pictured below) for 4 in the following over. Ali would fall to the following delivery, caught by Allen, for a golden duck before Vince would be caught at cover by Bravo off the bowling of Cottrell for 14.
Billings would be stumped by Hope off the bowling of Hosein for 2 before Dawson would be run out by captain Pollard for 2. Morgan would be caught by the same fielder off the bowling of Shepherd for 17. Jordan would be caught by Cottrell off the bowling of Allen for 28 off 23 balls. Mahmood would be the ninth man out, caught on the boundary by Allen off the bowling of Holder, for 5 before Rashid would be bowled the following ball for 22 – Mahmood would finish 22 not out.
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West Indies Innings
After an opening partnership of 52 between Hope and King (pictured below), the former would be stumped by Billings off the bowling of Rashid for 20 with King (52 off 49 balls) and Pooran (27 off 29 balls) seeing the hosts to the small target with 17 balls remaining.
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ENG 103 (19.4 overs), WI 104/1 (17.1 overs)
Game 2 of the series takes place tomorrow at 8pm BST/4pm AST at the same ground.