By Rob Barnett
Michael Lumb became the second England batsman to make a century on one-day international debut but it was not enough for victory in the first of three format games with West Indies.
The 34-year-old left-hander, filling in for the injured Alex Hales and rested regular openers Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, progressed serenely to three figures midway through England’s pursuit of 270 and therefore matched Dennis Amiss’ feat in 1972.
Lumb shared a first-wicket stand of 96 with fellow ODI debutant Moeen Ali, who fell to Dwayne Smith for 44 shortly before Luke Wright went cheaply to Darren Sammy. Ravi Rampaul eventually accounted for Lumb on 106, making Stuart Broad’s side 180 for three from 37 overs.
That proved to be the first of four wickets in six overs, two of which went to economical spinner Sunil Narine and included Joe Root for 37, leaving Ravi Bopara – playing his 100th ODI – and Tim Bresnan with too much to do as the Windies prevailed by 15 runs.
Contrasting hundred partnerships, both involving captain Dwayne Bravo, had lifted the hosts to an imposing 269 for six at Antigua’s Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
Recovering from 45 for four, Lendl Simmons and Bravo were pedestrian in raising a fifty stand but accelerated somewhat towards three figures. Bravo’s brutal alliance alongside Sammy was stark in contrast. The experienced sixth-wicket duo hit England’s attack to all parts while adding 116 in 10 overs.
The only bowlers to escape punishment were spinners James Tredwell, who was particularly impressive in returning 1-23 from 10 overs, and international debutant Moeen.
They had each struck once in leaving West Indies four down early on after Broad had chosen to bowl first in his maiden ODI as skipper. Bresnan made three breakthroughs, including Simmons for 65 and Sammy for a 36-ball 61, but Bravo was unbeaten on 87.
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9.49pm – Windies captain Dwayne Bravo is man of the match for his unbeaten 87 not out and 10 reasonable overs.
He said of his victors: “Congratulations to the entire team. Words can’t explain how they performed today.”
England skipper Stuart Broad said: “Up to 40 overs (of the chase) we were fantastic.”
On Michael Lumb’s ton, he added: “Lumby’s hundred on debut is a huge achievement for him and everyone is delighted for him.”
9.31pm – WEST INDIES WIN BY 15 RUNS! ENGLAND 254/6; Bopara 23, Bresnan 14 – Rampaul completes the job as the hosts draw first blood in the three ODIs. The next game is on Sunday at the same venue.
9.27pm – The captain steps up to the plate again to leave England needing 22 from the last over.
9.24pm – Aside from two leg-side wides, Rampaul otherwise holds his nerve and it’s 29 from 12.
9.18pm – A tight over from Dwayne Bravo leaves the equation 37 off 18. Some big hitting is needed from Bopara and Bresnan.
9.13pm – Bresnan tickles Narine for a fine leg-side four, leaving 42 wanted from 24.
9.08pm – With Ravi Bopara and Tim Bresnan at the crease, the former playing in his 100th ODI, England need 50 from 30 balls.
8.59pm – WICKET! Buttler c Holder b Dwayne Bravo 13; Eng 211/6 – Buttler miscues Dwayne Bravo’s slower ball for a catch at mid-off, meaning the tourists require 59 from seven overs.
8.53pm – WICKET! Root c Ramdin b Narine 37; Eng 205/5 – Root clips Rampaul to the square-leg rope via a Dwayne Smith misfield and Jos Buttler reverse-sweeps Narine for four, but Root goes for a conventional sweep and gloves to wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin.
8.42pm – WICKET! Stokes b Narine 5; Eng 192/4 – After Root deposits Rampaul for a one-bounce four over midwicket, Ben Stokes walks across his stumps and Narine clips his leg pole. The batting powerplay yields 21 for two.
8.30pm – WICKET! Lumb c Dwayne Bravo b Rampaul 106; Eng 180/3 – Rampaul surprises Lumb with a short slower ball and the batsman can onlyto cover. England need 90 from 13 overs.
8.21pm – England need 99 from the last 15 overs, at which point the batting powerplay is forced.
8.19pm – HUNDRED! Lumb (109b 7×4 2×6) – The left-hander nudges Sammy for a quick single to cover, becoming the second England batsman to make a century on ODI debut.
8.15pm – Slowing as he nears three figures, Lumb creeps to 99. Meanwhile, bowler Sammy is struggling with what appears to be a back problem.
8.06pm – Lumb moves tantalisingly on to 97 when drinks are taken.
7.51am – Lumb strikes three fours in as many overs in the third man region to race towards 90 and keep England needing around a run a ball to win. The 31st over starts with the tourists’ 150 arriving and ends with a fifty partnership for Lumb and Root.
7.42pm – CHANCE! – Lumb plays Sammy to midwicket, who throws at the non-striker’s stumps and would have run out Root with a direct hit.
7.37pm – Joe Root, who registered a ton in Tuesday’s warm-up game, joins Lumb in the middle and England progress to 116 for two from 25 overs.
7.25pm – WICKET! Wright c Dwayne Bravo b Sammy 1; Eng 106/2 – Luke Wright, who faced nine deliveries, tamely pulls to midwicket as a second scalp goes in four overs.
7.14pm – WICKET! Moeen c Narine b Smith 44; Eng 96/1 – The left-hander gets a leading edge and holes out to long-on, ending an excellent opening stand of 96. Lumb under-edges the next ball for four to raise England’s hundred.
7.12pm – FIFTY! Lumb (58b 3×4 2×6) – Lumb becomes the 20th England batsman to make a half-century in his first ODI.
7.07pm – Narine and Darren Sammy string together three tight overs to check England’s momentum. The tourists are still comfortably ahead of where West Indies were at this stage.
6.52pm – DROPPED CHANCE! – Moeen, on 36, cuts Bravo aerially towards point where Dwayne Smith dives to his left but cannot hold a tough opportunity. At the end of the over England are 81 without loss from 15.
6.46pm – Lumb near enough repeats the shot that brought him a maximum off Bravo, this time getting it finer for four.
6.32pm – REVIEW! – Lumb is given out lbw to Rampaul, but immediately reviews knowing he inside-edged onto his back pad. He therefore survives and England keep their review. The tourists reach 53 for none after the compulsory powerplay and Lumb then upper-cuts Dwayne Bravo for a six that landed on the rope.
6.28pm – Lumb and Moeen raise a fifty partnership in the over that Sunil Narine’s spin is introduced.
6.16pm – Lumb, who has played and missed a bit, connects emphatically with a Holder ball for six over long-on. He then takes Rampaul for consecutive leg-side fours.
6.08pm – Moeen picks up a trio of fours, advancing to hit Rampaul aerially through cover before straight-driving and pulling Holder. That’s an impressive statement in his first senior international knock.
5.51pm – REVIEW! – Jason Holder opens the bowling to Michael Lumb, who is being partnered by fellow one-day international debutant Moeen Ali, and is struck high on the front pad. West Indies use their sole review but the ball was going over the stumps so Lumb survives. Ravi Rampaul also starts with a tight over.
West Indies Innings
5.07pm – WICKET & END OF INNINGS! Sammy c Broad b Bresnan 61; WEST INDIES 269/6; Bravo 87 – Sammy chips to cover at the end of an over worth 14. He and Bravo have batted brilliantly in a partnership of 116 that has transformed the hosts’ innings.
5.05pm – FIFTY! Sammy (33b 4×4 4×6) – The burly right-hander belts Bresnan into the stands to bring up his milestone.
5.02pm – CENTURY PARTNERSHIP! – Jordan concedes 21 from the innings’ penultimate over, including a Bravo six over point from a no-ball. This rapid stand has realised three figures in just 56 deliveries.
4.50pm – After two fours – the latter from Sammy’s inside-edge taking the Windies to 200 – come in a Bresnan over worth 16, Sammy smacks Root for two straightish maximums in a set of six costing 23.
4.38pm – FIFTY! Bravo (74b 3×4 0x6) – A captain’s half-century arrives via two through midwicket off Root. Bravo deservedly gets warm applause for his milestone.
4.35pm – With minimum of effort Sammy smites Jordan for six over long-on, which upsets the seamer’s rhythm as he bowls three consecutive off-side wides later in the over.
4.28pm – Darren Sammy announces himself by whacking Broad for four past mid-on before Bravo flicks to the fine-leg boundary later in the over, which is followed by a tight one from Root.
4.14pm – WICKET! Simmons c Moeen b Bresnan 65; WI 153/5 – From the penultimate ball of the powerplay Simmons slices Bresnan tamely towards cover and Moeen moves from extra-cover to take a comfortable catch. The fifth-wicket stand was worth 108 and the powerplay 41.
4.09pm – CENTURY PARTNERSHIP! – Simmons uppishly cuts Broad to the boundary to register an alliance with Bravo in the second half of which the Windies have significantly accelerated.
4pm – FIFTY! Simmons (81b 4×4 0x6) – Having driven Moeen past mid-off for four, the right-hander delicately sweeps the spinner for two to raise a patient half-century in an over that yields 10 runs. In the next over Simmons and Bravo profit from width outside off stump with a four each off Jordan.
3.47pm – Simmons flicks Bresnan to the fine-leg rope soon before the batting powerplay is enforced. With Simmons and Bravo set, the Windies need to exploit this.
3.35pm – Much like buses, two boundaries come in quick succession as Simmons cuts Moeen through backward point. The next over sees Simmons and Bravo share a pedestrian fifty partnership that has spanned 16 overs. In the next, West Indies reach three figures.
3.24pm – Excitement in Antigua! Bravo cover-drives Jordan for the first boundary in almost 13 overs shortly before the hosts reach 87 for four with 20 to go.
3.15pm – The stranglehold remains in place thanks to a combination of a close field and economical bowling from Tredwell, who has got through nine overs, and Jordan.
3pm – Bresnan and Tredwell continue to keep it tight in the middle overs. Jordan the gets his first bowl today – in place of Bresnan.
2.46pm – Following Bresnan’s maiden to home captain Dwayne Bravo, Simmons raises West Indies’ fifty with a single in the 19th over. Slow scoring is often the norm in the Caribbean, but England are restricting their opponents well here.
2.33pm – WICKET! Bravo lbw Moeen 2; WI 45/4 – It gets better for England as Moeen traps left-handed Bravo in front. The batsman reviewed but the ball was heading for middle and leg when it struck him on the front foot. In the next over Simmons cuts Tredwell for four.
2.27pm – Tredwell delivers a maiden to Lendl Simmons and Moeen Ali’s first international over is a tidy one with just two runs to Darren Bravo coming off it.
2.16pm – WICKET! Edwards b Bresnan 10; WI 40/3 – It’s two wickets in as many overs when Edwards plays on to a full delivery via his pad. This is a dream start for England.
2.11pm – WICKET! Smith c Buttler b Tredwell 24; WI 38/2 – A double bowling change works for England when Smith inside-edges James Tredwell onto his pad and the ball loops towards a vacant short-leg region where wicketkeeper Jos Buttler snaffles the chance. It was initially given not-out but the tourists review and replays show a clear edge.
2.07pm – Bresnan replaces Broad and is soon driven for four past mid-on by Kirk Edwards in the last over of the powerplay, after which West Indies are 36 for one.
1.57pm – Smith pulls Broad past short fine-leg to the boundary for the Windies’ first runs in 22 balls. Later in the over he edges another four between the slips and gully.
1.52pm – WICKET! Powell c Jordan b Root 5; WI 19/1 – The pressure tells as the left-hander drives on the up and Chris Jordan, fielding at short extra-cover, dives low to his right to hold a stunning one-handed catch. That was quite brilliant from Jordan, who could have chosen to play for West Indies instead of England. Root completes a wicket-maiden.
1.47pm – Broad and Root keep the Windies in check, the latter with a maiden to Powell. Broad follows up with a runless over of his own.
1.38pm – Stuart Broad takes the second over and Smith, often a big hitter, elegantly pushes the paceman through extra-cover for four. Root continues and, after Tim Bresnan’s misfield at point spurns a chance to run out Powell at the non-striker’s end, Smith launches the bowler for a mighty straight six.
1.30pm – Part-time spinner Joe Root surprisingly opens the bowling, with Dwayne Smith facing and Kieran Powell at the other end. The over costs just two.
1.22pm – While waiting for the action to start, why not read and watch Broad’s thoughts ahead of the series?
1.17pm – West Indies, who are missing Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard through injury, line up as follows: Dwayne Smith, Kieran Powell, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Bravo (captain), Denesh Ramdin, Darren Sammy, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Ravi Rampaul.
1.04pm – ENGLAND WIN THE TOSS AND BOWL – Stuart Broad, England’s Twenty20 skipper who is captain for the first time in an ODI today, calls correctly. Lumb and Moeen are in for Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan, who respectively have thigh and knee problems.
12.50pm – Michael Lumb and Moeen Ali have been handed their ODI caps, meaning they will make their format debuts today.
12.40pm – The toss is coming up in 20 minutes and the game is due to start at 1.30pm. Stay here for match previews and news from the middle.
12.30pm – Hello and welcome to ecb.co.uk’s live text commentary on the opening one-day international of three between West Indies and England at Antigua’s Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.