In a historic encounter at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, West Indies clinched a sensational four-wicket victory over England in the first ODI. Skipper Shai Hope emerged as the hero, slamming his 16th ODI century and leading the Caribbean side to their highest-ever ODI score at the iconic Antigua venue.
Record-breaking Run Chase
In all cricket update, Facing a challenging target of 326, West Indies achieved a remarkable victory with seven deliveries to spare. The successful run chase stands as the second-highest in West Indies’ men’s ODI history, falling just five runs short of their 2019 triumph against Ireland in Malahide. The win serves as a significant confidence boost for West Indies, especially after failing to qualify for the recent ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India.
England’s openers, Phil Salt and Will Jacks, set a strong foundation with a 77-run opening partnership. However, disciplined bowling from the West Indies bowlers limited England’s progress. Despite counterattacks from Harry Brook (71) and a late partnership between Sam Curran (38) and Brydon Carse (31*), England posted a total of 325.
Facing adversity, West Indies’ openers Alick Athanaze (66) and Brandon King (35) laid the groundwork for a successful chase. However, it was Shai Hope’s explosive innings of 109* from just 83 deliveries, including seven sixes, that turned the tide in favor of the hosts. Romario Shepherd’s late hitting further solidified West Indies’ victory, delighting the Antiguan crowd.
Bowlers Shine in Victory
West Indies’ bowlers played a crucial role in restricting England, with Gudakesh Motie, Oshane Thomas, and Romario Shepherd claiming two wickets each. Spinner Rehan Ahmed (2/40) and pacer Gus Atkinson (2/63) stood out for England in a challenging defense.
Shai Hope’s outstanding century earned him the ‘Player of the Match’ award, reflecting his pivotal role in West Indies’ historic triumph. With a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, West Indies aims to build on this victory as they co-host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup alongside the USA next year.
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