Despite the fact that it rained, the match had not lost its charm. The first ODI between England and West Indies was reduced to 42 overs per side because of the wet outfield. Yes this is also a reason for Duckworth and Lewis to make their entry into the scenario. West Indies not only lost the match by seven wickets, they lost their free ride to the World Cup in 2019. They have to fight it out to earn their place in the tournament by taking on Zimbabwe probably. They have to face the other ten teams who are aching to take part in the prestigious tournament. No one said it’s easy.
Sri Lanka was also watching this match with bathed breath hoping West Indies will lose. And they did lose, ensuring that Sri Lanka got in. This is the best news that Sri Lanka have received after being totally thrashed by India in their own home backyard. Yup they are relieved with this piece of news.
West Indies top order batsmen did not do too bad if you ask me. It just wasn’t enough. They brought 204 on the board at the end of 42 overs. England did better, that’s all. They reached the target in less than 31 overs. Jonny Bairstow hit his hundred and not without the drama. Joe Root gave him company with 54 runs off 53 deliveries. The West Indian Bowlers need to do better.Today’s lineup
What do you think? Chris Woakes and Shai Hope deserve a place too for sure. But who gets the kick?
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