Cook leads England to series success
Alastair Cook scored an immaculate century as England comfortably secured the NatWest Series with an eight-wicket victory over West Indies in the second one-day international at the Kia Oval.
After West Indies had posted a modest 238 for nine, the England captain shared an opening stand of 122 with Ian Bell, who made 53, before completing his fifth ODI ton off 114 balls.
Cook's hundred, which contained 13 fours and a maximum, was the sixth successive ton by an England opener in 50-over cricket, with the Essex left-hander having scored half of them.
The 27-year-old departed late on for 112, but Jonathan Trott finished unbeaten on 43 and Ravi Bopara weighed in with a run-a-ball 19 to see England home in 45 overs.
Chris Gayle marked his return to international cricket with a swashbuckling half-century and, although West Indies lost four wickets in 16 balls, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard led the recovery with a century partnership.
Pollard made 41 and Bravo finally departed for 77, but the tourists' total still appeared below par.
After an unchanged England won the toss, James Anderson and Steven Finn bowled three maidens in the first four overs as they both gained some movement off the seam.
But fit-again Gayle, replacing the demoted Dwayne Smith at the top of the order, tried his best to make Cook regret his decision, following up three successive fours with five sixes in 11 balls.
However, the Windies' encouraging start was blown apart by the loss of four wickets in a devastating 39-ball spell.
Graeme Swann had Gayle lbw before Stuart Broad removed Smith for a duck with his second delivery.
Things got worse for the tourists as Lendl Simmons was run out by Cook and Marlon Samuels holed out to Tim Bresnan in the deep off Broad.
Coming in at 79 for four, Bravo and Pollard, each given a life off Swann, assessed the situation perfectly until the latter holed out to Anderson off Bresnan.
The lure of playing big shots towards the end of the innings proved to be Bravo’s downfall as England bowled impressively at the death.
In reply, Cook and Bell hit the ground running, piercing the field with some lovely drives as England raced to fifty in nine overs.
The pair looked comfortable until Bell found Gayle at cover after being deceived by a Darren Sammy slower ball.
However, that didn’t stop England’s progress as Cook and Trott put on 81 for the third wicket.
When Cook, having hit Sammy for a maximum the ball before, skied his opposing skipper to Simmons at mid-on, England were already too far ahead of the rate.
Live Text Commentary
6:11pm - ENGLAND WIN BY EIGHT WICKETS - A very clinical performance from England against a below-par West Indies. The hosts add the NatWest Series to the Wisden Trophy.
6:10pm - Inexcusable from Narine, who bowls a no-ball with just 10 runs needed. Ravi Bopara, with a run-a-ball 18, is keeping Trott good company.
6:00pm - England coasting to victory here, 20 needed off 51 balls. Poor attempts of a Mexican wave by the crowd.
5:45pm - WICKET! Cook c Simmons b Sammy 112; 203/2 - Cook was just starting to enjoy himself by smashing Sammy back over his head for six. However, the bowler snared his second scalp as Lendl Simmons held on to a high catch running in from mid-on.
5:35pm - CENTURY! Cook (114b 12x4) Cook guides Sammy down to third man to complete his milestone, the sixth successive ton by an England opener in ODI cricket.
5:25pm - FIFTY PARTNERSHIP - It doesn't seem that long ago since Bell departed, but Trott and Cook have now added 50 off 71 deliveries.
5:20pm - Cook's got his eye on a century as he blazes two fours, over mid-on and high above the slips, to move on to 86. Trott gives himself some room and plays an exquisite drive through the covers.
5:10pm - Trott's cut towards Dwayne Smith on the point boundary brings warm applause from the crowd as England pass 150.
5:05pm - Best shows signs of frustration by threatening to throw the ball back towards Cook after the left-hander pushed forward. Still no sign of a Mexican wave.
4:55pm - The captains are playing between themselves now as Cook drives twice to Sammy, who makes sharp stops at cover. With ball in hand, Sammy is crunched to the midwicket boundary by Trott.
4:45pm - Jonathan Trott almost looped a leading edge back towards Sammy while Best, on at the other end, is still putting in the effort without reward.
4:35pm - WICKET! Bell c Gayle b Sammy 53; 122/1 Bell's immaculate innings comes to a tame end as he slaps a Darren Sammy slower ball straight to Chris Gayle at cover. Soft, very soft.
4:30pm - FIFTY! Bell (60b 7x4) - A flick off his hips brings Bell his half-century and, with 107 runs needed, he will be confident of completing his second successive one-day international ton.
4:21pm - CENTURY PARTNERSHIP - Spinner Marlon Samuels is greeted into the attack by a sweetly-timed pull shot from Cook that races to the rope.
4:20pm - FIFTY! Cook (51b 7x4) - The England skipper takes a single into the leg side to go to an elegant half-century. England coasting.
4:10pm - Cook injects some impetus back into England's innings with a cut to the point boundary followed by a slog-sweep over midwicket off the uninspiring Sunil Narine. Maybe he wants to get home in time for tonight's Euro 2012 football?
4.00pm - Even the West Indies fans scattered around the ground have gone quiet. Who will turn the game back in their favour?
3:54pm - West Indies look a bit flat and desperately need a breakthrough. All too easy for England at the moment.
3:40pm - FIFTY PARTNERSHIP - England's openers looking very comfortable now, Cook taking the score past 50 with two lovely drives off Rampaul. Best has not helped things, leaking extras like water.
3:30pm - Cook and Bell look to have an excellent understanding between the wickets, rotating the strike perfectly against Rampaul and Best.
3:10pm - Tino Best is steaming in, but he has been despatched to the cover and midwicket boundaries by Cook and Bell.
3:00pm - Alastair Cook and Ian Bell make their way out to the middle. Ravi Rampaul has the new tic-tac in his hand! Play!
West Indies innings
2:30pm - Bresnan's last over goes for just a single as West Indies set England 239 to win the second ODI and the series.
2:26pm - WICKET! Narine run out Kieswetter 2; 237/9 - Another full delivery missed by Best, who goes through for a hesitant run only to see Kieswetter run out his partner.
2:24pm - Best is swinging like a sixties disco, but to no avail. Bresnan providing a perfect example of death bowling.
2:23pm - Anderson is unsuccessful with a review to overturn an lbw decision after Sunil Narine was given not out. Bresnan to bowl the final over.
2:16pm - WICKET! - Bravo c Bopara b Anderson 77; 232/7 - Bravo! England get their man as the right-hander skies Anderson high into the air, leaving the backtracking Ravi Bopara to hold on to a fine catch at extra-cover. The crowd appreciate Bravo's effort, but can the Windies get another 18 to reach 250?
2:08pm - WICKET! - Ramdin c Kieswetter b Anderson 2; 223/7 - Nothing for Denesh Ramdin to write on a sheet of A4 today! He's gone caught behind thrashing at a wide one. Here's Tino!
2:03pm - WICKET! - Sammy c Morgan b Finn 21; 220/6 - Sammy should keep going aerial! Instead, he's just guided a Finn slower ball straight to Morgan at point.
2:00pm - Sammy once again shows his ability to clear the ropes in the latter stages, top-edging a sharp Swann full toss high over the fine-leg boundary.
1:52pm - Bravo pulls Swann over long-on, his second six, as West Indies surpass 200 with seven overs left.
1:40pm - WICKET! - Pollard c Anderson b Bresnan 41; 179/5 - Dear, oh dear! The century stand must have gone to Pollard's head as he pulls Bresnan down Anderson's throat coming in from the midwicket boundary. Soft dismissal. Enter Darren Sammy for a late onslaught.
1:39pm - CENTURY PARTNERSHIP! - Bravo and Pollard have played brilliantly here, milking the England bowlers at times. The milestone came in 117 deliveries. Top stuff.
1:37pm - FIFTY! - Bravo (61b 6x4 1x6) - Bravo whips Bresnan in to the leg side for his half-century.
1:30pm - Here comes the beamer! Broad surprises Bravo with a high full toss, which is deemed a no-ball, that knocks the bat out of his hands. "Sorry mate," Broad says whilst picking up Bravo's bat.
1:14pm - FIFTY PARTNERSHIP - Pollard brings up a vital half-century stand with Bravo, off 82 deliveries, by lifting Swann into the stands. However, he is lucky to remain at the crease as Kieswetter misses a simple stumping chance next ball. Could be a costly miss if Pollard explodes in the latter stages of the innings.
1:27pm - Bravo and Pollard start to up the tempo as we head into the final 12 overs, hitting three fours and a six in the last two overs to take West Indies past 150.
12:56pm - DROPPED CATCH - Bravo is given a life on 18 as Eoin Morgan, running in from the long-off boundary, can't hold on at full stretch. Difficult chance.
12:52pm - Bresnan, who took a number of batterings from Gayle this morning, feeds Bravo with a full delivery that is walloped over mid-off for a welcome maximum.
12:45pm - Pollard releases some pressure with a chip to the midwicket boundary, bringing up West Indies' first four in seven overs. In the next set of six, Bravo finds the ropes in identical fashion to take his side to within one of three figures in the 29th over.
12:40pm - With West Indies in the process of rebuilding, the usually attacking Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard are having to dig in, the former taking nine balls to get off the mark.
12:20pm - WICKET! - Samuels c Bresnan b Broad 13; 78/4 - England hit back in style. Samuels attempts to go aerial off the economical Broad, only to see his ambitious pull shot snaffled up by Bresnan a couple of steps in from the midwicket boundary.
12:15pm - WICKET! - Simmons run out Cook 12; 78/3 - Simmons' painful innings, which lasted 50 balls, comes to an end as Cook's direct hit from mid-off crashes into the stumps with the batsman well short of his ground.
12:05pm - In-form Marlon Samuels gets in his stride early on, crashing Broad through the covers four balls in.
11:55am - WICKET! - Smith c Kieswetter b Broad 0; West Indies 63/2 - The Windies lose their second wicket on 63 as Stuart Broad, with his second ball, induces an edge from Dwayne Smith that Craig Kieswetter safely takes.
11:45am - WICKET! - Gayle lbw Swann 53; West Indies 63/1 - Swann makes the important breakthrough as he traps Gayle in front and, despite reviewing the decision, the left-hander's fireworks are over.
11:35am - FIFTY - Gayle (41b 3x4 5x6) Gayle tucks one into the leg side to bring up his half-century. Alastair Cook introduces Graeme Swann into the attack.
11:29am - FIFTY PARTNERSHIP - The Jamaican left-hander had the press box ducking for cover then as his fifth six in 11 balls, straight back over Anderson's head, brought up the West Indies 50. Simmons, on the other hand, has eight of them.
11:25am - Gayle is at his destructive best now. He welcomes Tim Bresnan into the attack with two consecutive maximums back over the Yorkshireman's head before despatching another into the Bedser Stand.
11:20am - That’s outta here! Gayle rocks back to pull an Anderson short ball into the scoreboard situated 20 rows back from the midwicket boundary.
11:10am - After a tentative start, Gayle starts to free his arms with three successive fours off Finn. The left-hander flicks to the square-leg boundary, flashes a wide one over the slips and then clears mid-on.
11:00am - Anderson, getting a hint of movement away from the right-hander, produces his second successive maiden and Finn follows suit as the few empty seats begin to fill here in the capital.
10:50am - A watchful Lendl Simmons plays out a maiden from James Anderson's opening over and, after Chris Gayle gets off the mark first ball with a push to mid-off, Simmons crashes Steven Finn through the covers for the first boundary of the day.
10:45am - Cook leads his team, wearing black armbands, out onto the field, closely followed by Windies openers Gayle and Lendl Simmons.
10:40am - There will now be a minute’s silence in memory of Maynard, which will be signalled by the ringing of the ground’s bell.
10:30am - West Indies will be relying on Gayle to get their innings off to a flying start as they attempt to take the three-match series into a decider.
England team: Alastair Cook (captain), Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan, Craig Kieswetter (wicketkeeper), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, James Anderson.
West Indies team: Dwayne Smith, Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Denesh Ramdin (wicketkeeper), Darren Sammy (captain), Tino Best, Ravi Rampaul, Sunil Narine.
10:15am - ENGLAND WIN TOSS AND FIELD - Alastair Cook has won the toss and unchanged England will field first. Darren Sammy has confirmed Gayle will start instead of Bravo and Tino Best, who impressed in the final Investec Test at Edgbaston, comes in for Russell.
10:05am - West Indies will be hoping destructive opening batsman Chris Gayle is fit enough to continue his international career after he was denied the chance of a return on Saturday due to a shin injury. Andre Russell will also need to prove his fitness on a shoulder problem, while Darren Bravo has returned home with a groin strain.
9:55am - England will be looking to wrap up the NatWest Series today following their convincing 114-run victory at the Ageas Bowl on Saturday. Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes comes into the squad in place of Jade Dernbach, who has been granted compassionate leave.
9:45am - Good morning and welcome to ecb.co.uk’s coverage of the second NatWest one-day international between England and West Indies at the Kia Oval. The ground, which looks in immaculate condition, is bathed in sunshine, but there is a sombre atmosphere following the tragic death of Surrey and England Lions batsman Tom Maynard yesterday.