Bell fashions England victory

Jun 17, 2012, 09:13 IST | AFP

Ian Bell marked his return to England's one-day side with a stylish century as they beat West Indies by 114 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method in their first one-day international here on Saturday.

Man-of-the-match Bell, given the task of filling the opener’s spot vacated by Kevin Pietersen following the South Africa-born batsman’s retirement from white ball internationals, responded with 126 in an England total of 288 for six made after the hosts lost the toss.

Dwayne Smith looked to be making up for the absence of big-hitting opener Chris Gayle whose much anticipated international return after 15 months out following a spat with West Indies cricket chiefs was delayed by a shin injury. 

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