Southampton: A stylish century from Ian Bell and a four-wicket burst from Tim Bresnan were the highlights as England beat West Indies by a mammoth 114 runs (Duckworth/Lewis method) to win the first One-Day International between the two teams in Southampton on Saturday.
Set 289 runs to win, West Indies were set a revised target of 287 from 48 overs after a rain stoppage, but finished on 172 all out with more than 14 overs left to play.
England, put into bat after losing the toss, made 288 for six, Bell leading the charge with a 117-ball 126.
Bell had not been a part of England's ODI team for a while, but was recalled after Kevin Pietersen recently retired from England's limited-overs teams. There was also a question mark over Bell's participation in the match after he required ten stitches on his chin following a freak injury during practice on the eve of the game.
Bell, opening the innings with Alistair Cook (0), faced 117 balls for his runs, hitting 12 boundaries and a six along the way. His 108-run partnership for the second wicket with Jonathan Trott (42) steadied the England innings after Cook's dismissal in the very first over.
Craig Kieswetter (38*) and Stuart Broad (22*) were the other key contributors. Their unbroken 43-run stand for the seventh wicket took England to a competitive score from a tricky 245 for six in the 45th over.
For West Indies, Marlon Samuels, the part-time off-spinner, was the most successful bowler with figures of two for 43 from his nine overs.
West Indies started their chase well, and though Lendl Simmons (15) fell early, Dwayne Smith and Denesh Ramdin kept West Indies ahead of the required rate with a second wicket partnership of 70 before Smith became Bresnan's first victim at the end of a 44-ball 56, studded with six fours and two sixes.
At the time, the score was 95 for two. But within no time, West Indies had sunk to 127 for five, with Ramdin, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard returning to the pavilion.
Rain put a halt to the proceedings at that stage. But once play resumed after the break of just over an hour, the rest of the West Indies batsmen capitulated without much of a fight. Samuels scored a run-a-ball 30, but no other visiting batsman could provide any resistance.
The West Indies innings came to an end in the 34th over, when Bresnan had last man Sunil Narine caught behind. Bresnan led the bowling attack with figures of four for 34, while Graeme Swann (2/21) and James Anderson (2/48) were the other major wicket-takers for England.
Bell was named the Man of the Match for his match-winning century.
The second game of the three-match series takes place at The Oval in London on June 19.