West Indies crushed in third ODI
BRISTOL, England (CMC):
A blistering 94 from Chris Gayle and a career-best spell from Miguel Cummins failed to top Moeen Ali's third one-day international hundred and Liam Plunkett's best ODI bowling that swept England to a 124-run victory over West Indies in the third ODI yesterday.
Gayle struck nine fours and six sixes from 78 balls to lead the Windies' batting, but the Caribbean side were dismissed for 245 in 39.1 overs, chasing 370 for victory, at the Gloucestershire County Ground.
Gayle dominated two half-century stands with Shai Hope and Jason Mohammed for the second and fourth wickets, respectively before he was run out going for a single in the 27th over with West Indies needing 194 from the remaining 139 balls.
None of the other batsmen could match the explosive batting of Gayle nor showed enough prolonged resistance to get the Windies anywhere close to their target.
The Caribbean side lost their last six wickets for 53 in the space of 55 deliveries with Plunkett starring for England with the ball, taking 5-52 from 8.1 overs, and Adil Rashid showing support with 3-34 from six overs.
The result meant that West Indies now trail 0-2 in the five-match series, following an eight-wicket defeat in the first ODI at Old Trafford and a no-result in the second ODI at Trent Bridge.
Joe Root hit 84 from 79 balls, Ben Stokes made 73 from 63 balls, Alex Hales added 36 and Chris Woakes got 34 to beef up the England batting.