A century from England captain Eoin Morgan set adult a 45-run win over West Indies in a initial one-day general in Antigua.
Morgan’s 107 from 116 balls and fifties from Ben Stokes and Sam Billings took England to 296-6 from 50 overs, after Jason Roy and Joe Root fell early.
West Indies slipped from 36-0 to 39-3 in their follow and came adult brief notwithstanding Jason Mohammed’s 72.
Liam Plunkett took 4-40, his best ODI figures, and Chris Woakes 4-47.
It was a glorious opening by a tourists after losing a toss and being asked to bat initial on a representation that was primarily delayed with sleet loitering a start by 30 minutes.
The second diversion in a three-match array is during a same venue during 13:30 GMT on Sunday.
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Morgan’s place in a England limited-overs group was questioned after he opted out of a one-day array in Bangladesh in Oct given of certainty concerns, though he has batted impressively given resuming a captaincy.
He averaged 57.67 in a 3 games opposite India in January, scoring 102 in a second match, and brought adult his 10th ODI hundred here, a totalled commencement a predecessor to an aggressive finish with wickets in palm in a final 10 overs.
Coming to a wicket with England 29-2 in a eighth over, Morgan’s knowledge – he came into a diversion with 173 ODI caps, 16 some-more than a whole West Indies XI – came to a front as he built alongside Billings (52 off 56 balls) and after Stokes (55 off 61).
He was forsaken on 4 by Kieran Powell during trip off Carlos Brathwaite’s initial delivery, and was limited to 9 off his initial 30 balls before accelerating.
Morgan punished spinners Ashley Nurse and Devendra Bishoo when they forsaken short, with a lift a essential shot via his innings.
Being strike on a helmet by a Shannon Gabriel bouncer did not interrupt him, nonetheless wicketkeeper Shai Hope offering him another life with a missed stumping on 69.
After Bishoo private Stokes following a partnership of 110, Morgan went to his hundred with a 6 over midwicket off Brathwaite, who should have had his wicket when England were 38-2.
Brathwaite eventually ran out Morgan subsidy adult in a final over as England combined accurately 100 in a final 10 overs of their innings.
Plunkett and Woakes do a damage
With large names such as Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard selecting to play in a Pakistan Super League rather than this series, a hosts were anticipating their firepower could recompense for a miss of experience.
One-day wins are critical for West Indies, who, notwithstanding being World T20 champions, are ranked usually ninth in a 50-over format. They need to be eighth or aloft by a finish of Sep to safeguard they will take partial in a 2019 World Cup in England. Any reduce and they will have to take their chances in a subordinate tournament.
The follow faltered as Evin Lewis pulled Woakes to Billings, Plunkett prompted Powell into a heading corner and Kraigg Brathwaite looped a bluff lift off Woakes to Adil Rashid during mid-on within 14 balls.
When Rashid discharged Hope to leave West Indies 108-4 in a 25th over, their chances seemed intensely slim, though a initial ODI fifty from Mohammed and an aggressive 52 off 47 from Jonathan Carter regenerated hopes in a partnership of 82.
An glorious locate diving brazen from Roy saw Carter tumble to Plunkett, who afterwards prompted Jason Holder to corner to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.
Mohammed seemed to be struggling with cramp late in his innings and was eventually run out when bowler Steven Finn kicked a round onto a stumps as a all-rounder attempted a discerning single.
At 210-7 after 42 overs a diversion was adult and, notwithstanding some late blows from Nurse and Bishoo, Woakes and Plunkett wrapped adult a gentle win.
Million dollar male Stokes shows value again
Stokes’ prior knowledge of England’s opponents was a unpleasant one as he was strike for 4 unbroken sixes by Carlos Brathwaite in a final over of final year’s World T20 final.
The talismanic all-rounder was in a news in a run-up to this array when he became a many costly unfamiliar signing in Indian Premier League story as Rising Pune Supergiants bought him for £1.7m. He has also been named England’s Test vice-captain.
Stokes showed his augmenting majority by personification a studious innings alongside Morgan from 129-4 after 26 overs. Although he launched 3 sixes late in his knock, he did not strike a singular 4 though still scored during roughly a run a ball.
The 25-year-old did not play in a West Indies innings, though Morgan after reliable he is not carrying an injury.
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West Indies did make a quarrel of it though a tip sequence did not click and put vigour on a center order.
Kudos to England, they played well. They kept their composure, never mislaid their concentration and are a deserved winners.
What they pronounced – England bowling ‘outstanding’
England captain Eoin Morgan told TMS: “We’ve put in a unequivocally convincing performance, carrying mislaid a toss and carrying to bat initial on a wicket that was very, unequivocally tacky.
“Posting scarcely 300 on a wicket like that, we suspicion was a unequivocally good score.
“I suspicion a bowling opening that corroborated that adult was outstanding, in totally opposite conditions than we’re used to.
“I’m gay to measure a hundred. Runs that minister towards a win meant that most more. The one we scored in India, where we lost, this outweighs it by a mile.”
West Indies captain Jason Holder, vocalization to Sky Sports: “I feel there were utterly a few soothing dismissals. All the chances – we could be a lot better.
“If we tie adult in a few areas, extent the extras, reason the chances, I’m not too worried.
“We can see a lot of guarantee here. It’s a matter of us putting together a clever diversion and going brazen full of confidence.”