England v West Indies delayed at Old Trafford

Ross Houston
September 19, 2017

After two inspections, the umpires chose to let the first of five ODIs go ahead but reduced the game to 42 overs for each side because of the time lost.

Windies must win the upcoming series either 5-0 or 4-0 with a tie or no-result if it wants to gain direct entry into the 2019 ICC World Cup in England.

England will go in as favourites against West Indies as both teams will lock horns in a five-match One-Day Internationals (ODIs).

In a match reduced to 42 overs per side, West Indies slumped to 160 for seven and were in danger of being dismissed for a lower score than the 176 the World Twenty20 champions managed in their T20 victory against England in Durham on Saturday.

Root made up for that error, however, by taking a blinding running catch in the deep to oust Gayle in the ninth over - albeit only after the opener had creamed Chris Woakes for one six and David Willey for two. Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels are back for West Indies and their return would be a major boost to the side. Jonny Bairstow, the English wicket-keeper will play with the first squad along with Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid, Jake Ball and Liam Plunkett, Alex Hales.

Stokes then got the better of longstanding antagonist Samuels when the batsman was caught behind down the legside on review for a subdued 17 off 46 balls. There is no doubt that the shorter the format, the more unsafe West Indies become.

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