Cook upstages Gayle

LONDON — England captain Alastair Cook led his side to a series-clinching eight-wicket win over the West Indies in the second one-day international with an impressive hundred at The Oval here on Tuesday.

By (AFP)

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Published: Thu 21 Jun 2012, 12:36 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 12:07 AM

England, set 239, finished on 239 for two with five overs left after Cook made 112 and shared stands of 122 and 81 with Ian Bell (53) and Jonathan Trott (43 not out) respectively.

Victory gave England an unassailable 2-0 lead in this three-match series and was their sixth successive victory at this level after a 4-0 clean sweep of Pakistan in the UAE in February. Significantly it was also the sixth straight ODI match where an England opener had made a hundred, with three of those belonging to Cook.

Left-hander Cook and Ian Bell — who made 126 in England’s 114-run win in the first one-day international at Southampton on Saturday — were rarely troubled.

But just when it looked the pair would not be parted, Bell chipped a slower ball from West Indies captain Darren Sammy to Chris Gayle in the covers. Cook had just hit Sammy for the only six of his innings when next ball he too holed out off the medium-pacer to end a 120-ball stay featuring 13 fours.

It was the 27-year-old Cook’s fifth century in 47 matches at this level and fourth as captain. Earlier, Dwayne Bravo’s 77 had been the cornerstone of West Indies’ 238 for nine, an innings where Gayle marked his return to international cricket with a rapid fifty.

But opener Gayle’s exit sparked a match-turning collapse that saw four wickets lost for 16 runs. Although Bravo and Kieron Pollard (41) shared a fifth-wicket stand of exactly 100, West Indies’ total was soon made to look inadequate.

Gayle’s 53 took just 51 balls, with five sixes and three fours, in what was the Jamaica left-hander’s first international match in 15 months after a dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board.


  • West Indies

L. Simmons run out (Cook) 12

C. Gayle lbw b Swann 53

D. Smith c Kieswetter b Broad 0

M. Samuels c Bresnan b Broad 13

D. Bravo c Bopara b Anderson 77

K. Pollard c Anderson b Bresnan 41

D. Sammy c Morgan b Finn 21

D. Ramdin c Kieswetter b Anderson 2

T. Best not out 7

S. Narine run out (Kieswetter) 2

R. Rampaul not out 1

Extras (lb3, w5, nb1) 9

  • Total (9 wkts, 50 overs) 238
  • Fall of wickets: 1-63 (Gayle), 2-63 (Bravo), 3-79 (Simmons), 4-79 (Samuels), 5-179 (Pollard), 6-220 (Sammy), 7-223 (Ramdin), 8-232 (Bravo), 9-237 (Narine)
  • Bowling: Anderson 10-2-38-2 (1w); Finn 10-1-48-1 (3w); Bresnan 10-1-54-1 (1w); Swann 10-1-49-1; Broad 9-0-43-2 (1nb); Bopara 1-0-3-0
  • England

A. Cook c Simmons b Sammy 112

I. Bell c Gayle b Sammy 53

J. Trott not out 43

R. Bopara not out 19

Extras (lb3, w8, nb1) 12

  • Total (2 wkts, 45 overs) 239
  • Fall of wickets: 1-122 (Bell), 2-203 (Cook)
  • Did not bat: E Morgan, C Kieswetter, T Bresnan, S Broad, G Swann, S Finn, J Anderson
  • Bowling: Rampaul 7-0-29-0; Best 7-1-40-0 (5w); Bravo 4-0-24-0 (1w); Narine 10-1-54-0 (1nb, 1w); Samuels 1-0-11-0; Sammy 10-0-46-2; Smith 3-0-22-0 (1w); Pollard 3-0-10-0
  • Result: England won by 8 wkts
  • Series: England lead 3-match series 2-0
  • Remaining Fixture
  • Previous Result

Jun 22: 3rd ODI, Leeds

Jun 16: 1st ODI, Southampton: England won by 114 runs (D/L method)

  • Toss: England
  • Umpires: Tony Hill (NZL) and 
Rob Bailey (ENG)
  • TV umpire: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI)
  • Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

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