Ali smashes ton as England bt West Indies

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Moeen Ali crashed England's second-fastest one-day worldwide hundred in the third Royal London Series match against West Indies in Bristol.

Ali, who arrived with England 210-5 and wobbling at the County Ground, devastated the West Indian bowling with the second fastest ODI century by an Englishman.

Moeen played himself in before unleashing in a stand of 117 with Chris Woakes.

West Indies reached the first three World Cup finals, all staged in England, winning the inaugural edition in 1975 and repeating that achievement in 1979 before suffering a shock defeat by India at Lord's in the climax of the 1983 edition.

Ali's 102 off 57 balls came at a phenomenal strike-rate of 178.94 and included an incredible run of free-hitting as he blasted from 50 to 100 in an astonishing 12 balls.

Fellow paceman Holder took two for 81 in 10.

Earlier, England powered their way to a seven-wicket victory in Manchester after current Test 'keeper Jonny Bairstow made the most of his opportunity in colours with a run-a-ball ton at the top of the order.

The biggest concern for West Indies ahead the 3rd ODI was the injury scare for their swashbuckling opener Chris Gayle.

Stokes holed out on the cover boundary off Rovman Powell having hit two of his three sixes in succession off Ashley Nurse.

He hoisted Cummins for six on his way to a 41-ball fifty also featuring five fours.

Root broke Graham Gooch's record (1277) for the most worldwide runs in an English summer during another classy knock, putting on 132 for the fourth wicket with Stokes.

A third six from the left-hander took him to a 38-ball half-century, but Plunkett had Shai Hope (20) caught behind and Marlon Samuels (11) went the same way when he was harshly adjudged to have feathered through to Buttler on review.

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