West Indies off to a winning start in ODI series against England

The West Indies cricketers have taken a 1-0 lead in the three match One Day International series against England.

The West Indies earned the result after a Man of the Match performance by skipper Dwayne Bravo guided the team to a 15-run triumph at the Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua.

After losing the toss and being asked to bat, the Windies slumped to 45 for 4 after 15 overs before half centuries by Bravo, Darren Sammy and Lendl Simmons steered them to a competitive 269 for 6 from their 50 overs.

Bravo led the way with an unbeaten 87 from 91 balls while sharing in a 5th wicket partnership worth 108 and runs with Simmons who made 65.

  

Bravo, who later returned to take a wicket, also put on 116 runs for the 6th wicket with sammy who smashed a quick-fire 61 from just 36 deliveries.

Dwayne Smith made 24, Kieran Powell 5 and Kirk Edwards 10 as off-spinners, Joe Root, James Tredwell and debutant Moeen Ali, suffocated the West Indies top-order.

west indiesTim Bresnan finished the day as the leading England bowler with 3 wickets.

England in reply was restricted to 254 for 6 despite Michael Lumb, who made 106, becoming the first England batsman in 40 years to make a century on his ODI debut.

Moeen Ali was the leading scorer with 44 against Sunil Narine who led the Windies attack with 2 for 36.

There was also a wicket each for Ravi Rampaul, Dwayne Smith, and Darren Sammy.

Final scores West Indies 269 for 6, England 254 for 6.

  

The second and penultimate match in the series takes place on Sunday at the same venue.

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