Michael Lumb’s debut century goes in vain as West Indies beat England in the first ODI at Antigua by 15 runs
After winning the toss and electing to bowl first The Three Lions started brightly as the Windes had slumped to 4/45 inside the 16 over.
But from that position of strength the visitors let their advantage slip as skipper Dwayne Bravo (87*) put together a more than hundred partnership with Lendl Simmons (65) and then along with Darren Sammy (61) for the fifth and sixth wicket to give England bowlers a nightmare as the score was pushed up to 6/269 in 50 overs. In fact, the sixth wicket partnership went at 11 runs per over as the pair of Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy amassed 116 runs in little over 10 overs.
It was Darren Sammy’s 50 run blitz off just 33 deliveries that gave the hosts’ innings a much needed impetus. During his brief stay at the wicket Sammy smashed five fours and four as the West Indies Test and T20 captain took England bowlers to task smashing them all round the park.
After miserable winter Ashes series in Australia and the rift in the England team which saw them drop Kevin Pietersen in a messy aftermath, England were in search of a much needed a win and it looked likely for most of the 50-overs during the second innings as opener Michael Lumb (106), on debut, along with another debutant Mooen Ali (44) got England off to a flying start with 96-run stand for the first wicket.
It was a an impressive beginning of England’s 270-run chase but Lumb’s brilliant innings, before he was caught by Bravo off Ravi Rampaul’s bowling, was not backed up by his team-mates as England’s middle order crumbled like nine pins.
Fellow debutant Moeen Ali, however, did manage a classy 44 but when Lumb was dismissed in the 37th over at 3/180, England still needed 90 from 13.
Sunil Narine then came in to the act as England only managed 62 runs from their last ten overs, as Tim Bresnan and Ravi Bopara were simply not good enough against wily Trinidadian. As a result, England fell 15 runs short of target and are now trailing the three-match ODI series 1-0.
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