England hammer Windies despite Gayle heroics on return to international cricket
England on Tuesday romped to an easy 8 wicket win over the West Indies at The Oval to take a winning 2-nil lead in the three match one day international series.
This despite a whirlwind knock of 53 from Chris Gayle on his return to international cricket and a breath-taking 77 from Dwayne Bravo.
However England’s captain Alistair Cook with a century of 112 off 120 balls which included 13 fours and a six saw his team to victory at 239 for 2 with 5 overs to spare replying to the West Indies’ total of 238 for 9 from their 50 overs.
Ian Bell weighed in with a half century 53 while sharing in an opening partnership of 122 with Man of The Match Cook.
Captain Darren Sammy was the only successful bowler for the West Indies with 2 for 46.
Earlier Chris Gayle cracked a half century before he was controversially given out. He bladed 3 fours and five sixes on his way to 53 from 51 balls while putting on 63 for the first wicket with Lendl Simmons who fell for 12.
Dwayne Bravo also scored a half century propping up the middle order with 77 as both he and Kieron Pollard 41 added 100 runs in a 5th wicket stand.
Sammy made 21 as he and Marlon Samuels 13 were the only others to get into double figures.
Stuart Broad took 2 for 43 and James Anderson 2 for 38.
The third and final game will be played on Friday at Headingly following which the Windies will wrap up the tour with a t20 international on Sunday at Trent Bridge.