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Morgan bats England to victory

Morgan scored a match-winning ton in the first ODI.

By Aditya Pratap Arya -

Eoin Morgan was in good touch throughout the Indian limited-over series and he took the same form into the One-Day International series against West Indies, where he scored a match-winning century in the opening match of series.

Morgan led from the front during his 107-run knock, which helped his team to post 296/6 on the board. This score proved enough for his team as they bowled out West Indies for 251and took 1-0 lead with 45 run win.

He felt it hard to middle the ball in the early stage of his knock. “I felt like I was batting with a stump for a while, it was that hard to get yourself in. But everybody felt the same,” he said after his 10th ODI ton.

He added “Sam [Billings], at the very beginning, it took him a while to get going and then he managed to get it up to a run-a-ball. So reinforcing that at the top of the order was important for guys coming in. Ben Stokes came in and did the exact same thing.”

Apart from Morgan, Billings and Stokes also contributed with the bat as both batsmen scored crucial fifties. While in the bowling department, Woakes and Plunkett bundled Windies innings as both registered four-fer.

“I think what's pleased me most is everything we talked about pre- this series, we've produced. That was a very convincing performance with the ball and the bat, and in the field, I thought we saved a lot of runs. It's set a benchmark and a high one for the series. Hopefully, we'll continue on the upward curve,” Ireland born cricketer said.

Earlier for West Indies, only Jason Mohammed and Jonathan Carter responded by scoring fifties after an early wobble in the chase. Despite this loss, Captain Jason Holder found some positives ahead of the remaining matches, who said “We didn't really get off to a good start when we batted. We lost three wickets for three runs. We were able to rebuild nicely in the middle and I just felt at the end we weren't able to keep our wickets intact.”

“Through our batting, I think there were quite a few soft dismissals so if we can correct that and take all our chances, we'll be a lot better off. We dropped a crucial chance off Eoin Morgan up front and he was then able to dig in and build a really nice partnership. [But] I'm not too worried - I think if we tighten up in a few areas [we'll be fine]. It's no time to be demoralized. We can see a lot of promise here,” he concluded.

The second match of this series will take place on March 5 in Antigua.

Aditya Pratap Arya

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