England eased to a 4-0 victory in the Royal London ODI Series 2017 after Jonny Bairstow’s second century of the series saw the hosts defeating West Indies by 9 wickets in the fifth and final ODI at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Friday.
Except the second ODI at Nottingham which was rained out, the remaining four ODIs were won by England who went into the final ODI without Ben Stokes and Alex Hales following the duo’s suspension owing to a night brawl.
Asked to open the batting, Jonny Bairstow scored an unconquered 141 from 114 balls with 17 fours as England chased down a target of 289 with 12 overs to spare! Opener Jason Roy scored 96 from 70 balls in a 156-run stand with Jonny Bairstow in just 21.2 overs.
West Indies who batted first after losing the toss put up a decent total of 288 for 6 with wicket keeper Shai Hope scoring 72 from 95 balls. Almost all the West Indian batsmen got off to starts but couldn’t take their innings to a considerable distance. As a result, England managed to restrict them by taking wickets at regular intervals.
English opening bowler Jake Ball had an afternoon to forget after being taken for 94 runs in 10 overs despite bowling a maiden. In contrast to that, Moeen Ali conceded only 36 off his 10 overs while Adil Rashid gave away 42 off his 10 overs.
West Indies had started off in a great fashion with Chris Gayle plundering Jake Ball for 34 in six successive deliveries. However, Chris Gayle could only score 40 with five sixes before being dismissed by debutant Tom Curran.
While Jonny Bairstow got the Man of the Match, all-rounder Moeen Ali got the Player of the Series award.