Moeen shines again as England clinch series vs. Windies

Moeen shines again as England clinch series vs. Windies

England beat West Indies by six runs on the DLS scoring method to take an unassailable 3-0 series lead after rain curtailed what promised to be a thrilling finish to the fourth one-day global at The Oval on Wednesday.

Playing after the duel distraction of the current saga surrounding absent all-rounder Ben Stokes and the morning's eagerly-anticipated Ashes squad announcement, sixth-wicket pair Moeen Ali [48] and Bangladesh-bound Jos Buttler [43] - the latter of whom was overlooked for a seat on the plane to Australia after the uncapped Surrey wicket-keeper Ben Foakes was selected as competition for Jonny Bairstow - counter-attacked perfectly with a decisive unbroken partnership that produced 77 runs in just eight overs.

Eoin Morgan's team looked dead and buried in their pursuit of 357 when they were reduced to 181 for five in the 28th over of their reply. England, 2-0 up, can clinch the five-match series with victory at The Oval.

Antiguan fast bowler Alzarri Joseph claimed a first five-wicket ODI haul and finished with career-best figures of 5-56.

Veteran West Indies opener Chris Gayle, long renowned as one of the most destructive batsmen in white-ball cricket, then showed he'd lost none of his six-hitting ability by carrying the boundary six times in an innings of 94 before the Jamaica left-hander, who turned 38 last week, was run out.

He was later taken to hospital for an X-ray.

He was eventually stretchered off to standing ovation, having made the highest ever score in a one-day worldwide for someone retiring hurt.

After losing Samuels in quick succession, visitors rebuilt their innings with Jason Mohammed and Lewis and edged past 50-run mark in the tenth over.

As well as Moeen played, it was impossible not to feel sympathy for Lewis, whose sensational 130-ball innings underpinned what appeared to a daunting West Indies total, albeit on a fine surface.

Jason Mohammed came to the crease and a period of consolidation was broken, when Gayle hit Ali's uncomplicated off-spin for three successive sixes in the 23rd over.

Chris Woakes took 3-71 and West Indies was 33-3 after 6.1 overs with those early strikes.

West Indies have made one change to the side that battled valiantly at Bristol until being derailed by Moeen Ali's pyrotechnics.



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