Jonny Bairstow scored his first ODI century as England beat West Indies by seven wickets at Old Trafford.
The Yorkshire man retained his spot as opening partner for Alex Hales and struck a wonderful 100 not out as the Three Lions comfortably chased down a target of 205 with the game reduced to 42 overs due to a wet outfield.
BAAAAANG!! ENGLAND WIN BY 7 WICKETS!!!! pic.twitter.com/FiyIc1pKMv— England Cricket (@englandcricket) September 19, 2017
Bairstow was ably supported by county team-mate Joe Root (54) as the hosts backed up an impressive bowling performance as West Indies could only post 204/9, with Ben Stokes taking 3/43 including the wicket of his old foe Marlon Samuels.
The result means England lead the Royal London series 1-0 after the first of five matches, with the second fixture to be played at Trent Bridge on Thursday.
Story of the West Indies innings
Stokes took 3/43 as England restricted the tourists, with this catch by Jonny Bairstow the pick of the bunch
Catch of the day
Joe Root dropped Chris Gayle early on but made amends with this sensational catch to dismiss the West Indies opener
Story of the evening
Jonny Bairstow's 100 not out allowed England to cruise to victory
Moment of the Day
Bairstow scrambled a three to reach his century - and celebrated in style
Shot of the day
Windies opener Gayle started imperiously and wowed the crowd with a huge six onto the players' balcony
Stats of the Day
Jonny Bairstow is the fifth England player to score an ODI century in 2017.
England have won all of their last six ODIs against West Indies and 13 of the last 14 contests between the sides.
The best Tweets
What a start to the series! Proper work from the team. Massive congratulations to @jbairstow21 tonight, proper knock.— Jason Roy (@JasonRoy20) September 19, 2017
It seems a long time ago since I made my debut but when you get a chance you try and take it. We've got a serious belief that we didn't do ourselves justice in the Champions Trophy and we want to put that right going forward
Jonny Bairstow has waited patiently for his chance in the team and looks set to keep his place for a while after a fabulous maiden ODI century.