West Indies bats first against England in opening ODI

England's Johnny Bairstow celebrates after reaching a century during the first One Day International match between England and West Indies at Old Trafford in Manchester Tuesday Sept. 19

England's Johnny Bairstow celebrates after reaching a century during the first One Day International match between England and West Indies at Old Trafford in Manchester Tuesday Sept. 19

England take on West Indies in first ODI of the five-match series in Manchester on Tuesday.

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.

Earlier, the toss was delayed because of incessant rains which left the outfield wet. September 30 is the cutoff date for automatic qualification for the world cup and things are looking dim for West Indies.

But Holder, who won the toss, at least gave his bowlers some sort of a target to defend in a 33-ball innings featuring five fours.

The tourists' line-up was also as anticipated, with Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels both back after their breaks from ODI cricket.

But Moeen Ali ended a first-wicket stand worth 45 when, with just hid third ball, Evin Lewis (11) powerfully pulled a long hop to Alex Hales at square leg.

A protracted dispute with Cricket West Indies chiefs kept the 37-year-old on the sidelines of the global game for more than two years. Their form was questionable during the recent three-match test series with England, a battle that saw England prevail over the West Indies 2-1.The Caribbean outfit was only operating at their best in the lone Twenty 20 match, which it won convincingly.

Hope was superbly caught one-handed by man-of-the-match Bairstow on the mid-wicket boundary off of the bowling of Stokes, who finished with figures of three for 43.

The 26-year-old Brathwaite says its a luxury he is happy to have, "They are all seasoned T20 players and its just for me as a captain to go out there and tell them that whatever they do on the field, they have my full support and whether we win, lose or draw we will re-assess as a team and see how we can continue to improve".

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