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    Match in focus: Moeen Ali smashes England to victory

    Sensational 53-ball century sets up victory by 124 runs over West Indies in Bristol

    A sensational 53-ball century from Moeen Ali powered England to a 124-run victory and 2-0 lead in the Royal London ODI series against West Indies in Bristol.

    The all-rounder struck the second fastest ODI hundred from an English player and took just 12 balls to move from 50 to 100 before being dismissed for 102 from 57 deliveries.

    Half-centuries from Joe Root (84) and Ben Stokes (73) helped England to post an imposing score of 369/9 from their 50 overs.

    Liam Plunkett starred with the ball and finished with his first five-wicket haul in ODIs as the Windies were bowled out for 245 despite an impressive 94 from star man Chris Gayle.

    The result means England take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series with two matches left to be played next week at the Oval and Ageas Bowl. 

    Team News and Toss

    England named an unchanged team from the first two matches of the series following the abandoned fixture at Trent Bridge on Thursday, with Chris Gayle returning at the top of the order for the Windies.

    Jason Holder won the toss and the tourists elected to bowl first. 

    Story of the morning

    England made a strong start as Root and Stokes both scored half-centuries 

    Stokes smashes Nurse for six

    England man hits second six of the over

    Moment of the day

    Ali struck an astonishing 53-ball century, which he fittingly sealed with a huge six

    Ali smashes six to reach 100

    England batsman reaches century from 56 balls

    Shot of the day

    This was just one of eight maximums struck by Ali, who scored his second fifty in just 12 balls

    Ali blasts Cummins for six to bring up 50

    Massive shot from the England man to reach half-century

    Story of the afternoon 

    Gayle responded with some huge hitting of his own 

    Gayle blasts Ali into the press box

    Windies' main man with huge straight drive

    Play of the day

    But the West Indies danger batsman was dismissed for 94 after excellent fielding from Adil Rashid

    Gayle wicket - run out (Rashid)

    West Indies 176/4 as danger batsman is dismissed for 94

    Stats of the Day

    Moeen Ali hit the second-fastest ODI century ever for England and needed just 12 balls for his second fifty.

    Joe Root has now scored more runs in an English international summer than anyone, surpassing Graham Gooch in 1990.

    He Said

    Everything seemed to come off today, it was nice to get in and play a few shots. I enjoy the responsibility in that situation, as well as having the licence to play a few shots. I feel very confident in my game but the main thing is winning the series

    Moeen Ali

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    Player of the Day

    No doubt about this one. Moeen Ali continued a phenomenal summer by scoring the fastest ever ODI century in England.





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