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Bell ton lifts England to 288 against West Indies

Ian Bell justified his elevation to the top of England's batting order on Saturday when he overcame a possible fractured jaw to score his second one-day century as the hosts amassed 288 for seven after being asked to bat first in game one of the three-match series against West Indies in Southampton.

cricket Updated: Jun 17, 2012 00:53 IST

Ian Bell marked his recall to England’s ODI side with an impressive hundred against the West Indies here on Saturday.

Bell, given the task of filling the opener’s spot vacated by Kevin Pietersen following his limited overs international retirement, responded with 126.

But with England looking on course for a score in excess of 300, West Indies managed to hold them to 288 for six.
In reply the visitors were 127 for the loss of five wickets in 23 overs, when play had to be stopped because of rain.
West Indies opener Chris Gayle’s return to international cricket was delayed after a foot injury ruled out the explosive batsman. Skipper Darren Sammy was hopeful the Jamaican will be fit for the second game on Tuesday.
Brief scores: Eng 288/6 (Bell 126, Trott 42; Samuels 2/43)

Dhoni in Nepal to promote cricket
Kathmandu: After paying a visit to soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday arrived here on a two-day visit to interact with Nepalese cricketers. He said that he would be happy to promote cricket which is a popular sport in the sub-continent.

Pakistan in control despite Sanga show
Colombo: Kumara Sangakkara’s 97 helped Sri Lanka post a competitive 243 for 8 after electing to bat against Pakistan in the fourth ODI here. For Pakistan off-spinners Mohammad Hafeez and Saeed Ajmal, and pacer Sohail Tanvir each bagged two wickets. Till the time of going to press the visitors were in control at 166 for 3 in 38 overs.
Brief scores: SL 243/8 (Sangakkara 97; Hafeez 2/37) vs Pak 166/3 in 38 overs (Ali 67*; Malinga 2/19).

First Published: Jun 16, 2012 21:46 IST