Records tumble in West Indies/England ODI

The West Indies’ Chris Gayle.
Photo by Rajanish Kakade/ Associated Press

Records tumbled in the first One-Day International (ODI) between the West Indies and England at the Kensington Oval, Barbados last week.

A world record of 12 sixes by Windies opener Chris Gayle, and centuries by England’s opener Jason Roy and batsman Joe Root provided entertainment for the both British and local cricket fans.

A total of 724 runs were scored and England stole the show by getting its highest ever successful run chase in an ODI to take a six-wicket victory in the five-match series.

Gayle smashed 135 to lead the West Indies to 360 for eight off its 50 overs, but his work was undone by eight dropped chances, a tight stumping decision that went against his team and three great knocks by Roy 123, Root 102, and Eion Morgan 65.

England got off to a brilliant start as Roy tore the West Indies attack apart. He and Johnny Bristow punished the loose bowling to post an opening stand of 91 runs.

But the difference in the match was the partnership of 114 between Roy and Root for the second wicket. Roy scored 123 off 85 balls with 15 fours and three sixes.

Captain Morgan and Root put together a third-wicket stand of 116 runs after Roy left.

Earlier, West Indies won the toss and decided to take first strike and mounted its highest ever ODI total of 360 for eight with Gayle top-scoring on 135 after being dropped when he was one nine runs.

In the innings, West Indies created a world record by hitting the most sixes in an inning with 23.

This passed the 22 made by New Zealand against the West Indies in 2014 in New Zealand.

However, West Indies drew level in the second ODI of the five-match series at the same venue the day after, winning by 26 runs.

Fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, who was brought in for the second ODI ripped through the England batting, taking 5 for 48 to bowl out England for 263.

West Indies were sent in to bat after captain Eoin Morgan won the toss.

Shimron Hetmyer (104 not out) completed his fourth ODI century, with seven fours and four sixes.

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