SOUTHAMPTON, England – West Indies failed in their bid to end their English summer on a high when they suffered a heavy nine-wicket drubbing in the final One-Day International of the five-match series today.
Defending 288 at the Ageas Bowl, West Indies were put to the sword by Jonny Bairstow who belted an unbeaten 141 and fellow opener Jason Roy, who hammered 96, as the hosts marched to their target off 38 overs to complete a 4-0 series win.
The pair put on 156 for the first wicket before Test captain Joe Root, who ended unbeaten on 46, added a further 138 in an unbroken second-wicket stand with Bairstow to see England to their 16th win over the Windies in their last 22 ODI meetings.
Stroke-maker Shai Hope had earlier gathered a stylish 72 as West Indies rallied to 288 for six off their 50 overs after they were sent in.
Talismanic opener Chris Gayle slammed an aggressive 40 while debutant Sunil Ambris struck 38 not out and Kyle Hope, 33.
Veteran Marlon Samuels got a laborious 32 to end a wretched tour, while tail-ender Ashley Nurse produced a cameo unbeaten 31 and stand-in captain Jason Mohammed, 25.
The left-handed Gayle provided the early fireworks with a four and five sixes off 29 balls as he added 52 for the first wicket with Kyle Hope.
Gayle struck three back-to-back sixes off hapless pacer Jake Ball in the fifth over that cost 20 runs before attempting another big hit off debutant seamer Tom Curran and perishing to a great catch by Liam Plunkett running back at mid-off in the eighth over.
The Windies momentum then slowed even though the Hope brothers put on 34 for the second wicket and Shai and Samuels added 57 for the third wicket.
Kyle faced 38 balls and counted three fours before driving a return catch to pacer Plunkett in the 15th over and Samuels consumed 60 balls and struck a single four before missing a charge at off-spinner Moeen Ali and going stumped in the 32nd over at 143 for three.
With the innings badly in need of energy, Shai and Mohammed combined in an important 52-run, fourth wicket stand off 50 deliveries to lift the Windies.
Shai stroked four boundaries and a six – an imperious pull over mid-wicket off Ball – in a polished 95-ball innings while Mohammed hit a four and a six off 30 balls before picking out Joe Root at long-off off leg-spinner Adil Rashid in the 40th over.
Shai raised his fourth ODI half-century in the 39th over with the second of three successive boundaries off Curran but with the charge on, was caught by Sam Billings on the deep cover boundary in the 44th over, as he aimed for his second six.
At 221 for five in the 44th over, the innings was in danger of stalling but Ambris and Nurse then provided an important late flourish to get the Windies up to a decent total.
Ambris stroked four fours in a busy 27-ball knock, adding 32 for the sixth wicket with Rovman Powell (11) before putting on a further 35 with Nurse in an unbroken seventh-wicket partnership.
Nurse was belligerent in his 12-ball cameo, striking three fours and two sixes.
Their good work went to waste, however, as West Indies bowlers leaked 71 runs from the first 10 overs, with Roy and Bairstow cashing in.
Roy belted 11 fours and a six off 70 deliveries, missing out on his fourth ODI hundred when he was lbw in the 22nd over to a full-length delivery from fast bowler Miguel Cummins.
Bairstow, though, made no such mistake, following up his maiden hundred in the first game at Old Trafford with another three-figure knock.
All told, he faced 114 balls and gathered 17 boundaries – reaching his first fifty off 48 balls before reaching his century off another 42 deliveries.
Root, who counted two fours and a six in a busy 44-ball innings, ended the game in style when he cleared the ropes back overhead with off-spinner Samuels.
Afterwards, Mohammed identified the bowling as under-par in the game.
“In the bowling department it went wrong, we never had them under pressure. The bowlers we have are wicket-takers but it just wasn’t happening in this game. Not much we could have done, we didn’t find consistent areas at any point in time. In the middle part of the innings there was a lot of dot balls which is something we have to work on. With some of the senior guys back, hopefully we can get the combination right and qualify for the World Cup,” he said.
C Gayle c Plunkett b Curran 40
K Hope c & b Plunkett 33
+S Hope c Billings b Ball 72
M Samuels st Buttler b Ali 32
*J Mohammed c Root b Rashid 25
S Ambris not out 38
R Powell b Plunkett 11
A Nurse not out 31
Extras (w6) 6
TOTAL (6 wkts, 50 overs) 288
Did not bat: A Joseph, J Taylor, M Cummins
Fall of wickets: 1-52, 2-86, 3-143, 4-195, 5-221, 6-253.
Bowling: Ball 10-1-94-1, Curran 10-1-62-1, Plunkett 10-0-54-2, Rashid 10-1-42-1, Moeen Ali 10-0-36-1.
J Roy lbw b Cummins 96
J Bairstow not out 141
J Root not out 46
Extras (lb2, w9) 11
TOTAL (1 wkt, 38 overs) 294
Did not bat: *E Morgan, +J Buttler, S Billings, M Ali, T Curran, A Rashid, L Plunkett, J Ball.
Fall of wickets: 1-156.
Bowling: Taylor 8-0-52-0, Joseph 7-0-54-0, Cummins 8-0-70-1, Nurse 8-0-56-0, Samuels 4-0-41-0, Powell 3-0-19-0.
Result: England won by nine wickets.
Series: England won five-match series 4-0.
Man-of-the-Match: Jonny Bairstow.
Man-of-the-Series: Moeen Ali.
Umpires: Simon Fry, Michael Gough; TV – Rod Tucket.