England thump West Indies in rain affected first ODI

Ian Bell’s century set the tone for England’s victory in first ODI Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Southampton: Jun 16, 2012

England defeated West Indies by 114 runs in the rain affected first One day International at Rose Bowl in Southampton.

West Indies started on an aggressive note as opener Dwayne Smith went after the English attack. However the visitors could not maintain the tempo as Marlon Samuels and Denesh Ramdin failed to consolidate on their starts.

The Windies soon started losing quick wickets and fell behind the the par score according to D/L method.

Earlier, Ian Bell s stroked a brilliant 126 runs from 117 balls to take England to 288 in their allotted 50 overs.

Having won the toss, West Indies captain Darren Sammy put England top bat first. His decision to bowl first gave rich dividends early on in the innings as England lost their skipper Alastair Cook, who got out without scoring a run.

Ian Bell got a chance to start in the playing XI following the surprising retirement of Kevin Pietersen from One Day Internationals and T20 Cricket.

Earlier, West Indies star opener Chris Gayle, who had been due to end his 15-month exile from international cricket by playing in this match following a dispute with Caribbean cricket officials, was ruled out with a left shin injury.

Brief Scores: England 288 for 5 (Ian Bell 126, Craig Kieswetter 38; Marlon Samuels 2 for 43, Sunil Narine 1 for 47) beat West Indies 177 all-out (Dwayne Smith 56, Marlon Samuels 30; Tim Bresnan 4 for 34, Graeme Swann 2 for 21) by 115 runs (D/L method)

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