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Root leads England to crushing win over West Indies

  • Published at 03:29 pm June 14th, 2019
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England's Joe Root plays a shot during their World Cup match against the West Indies in Southampton Friday Reuters

Jofra Archer and Mark Wood took three wickets apiece as England bowled the Windies out for a modest 212 after winning the toss, and Joe Root's 100 not out took the host and tournament favorite to their target with more than 16 overs to spare

Joe Root's classy unbeaten century led England to a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over West Indies in a one-sided Cricket World Cup match in Southampton Friday.

Jofra Archer and Mark Wood took three wickets apiece as England bowled the Windies out for a modest 212 after winning the toss, and Root's 100 not out took the host and tournament favorite to their target with more than 16 overs to spare.

England's third win in four matches lifted them to second in the 10-team standing while West Indies are sixth following their second loss.

England made a fast start when Chris Woakes dismissed Evin Lewis for two before Wood dropped destructive West Indies opener Chris Gayle.

The error did not prove too costly, however, as Gayle fell to Liam Plunkett for 36 and Shai Hope was trapped lbw by Wood for 11 to leave West Indies in trouble at 55/3.

Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer shared a fluent fourth-wicket partnership of 89, but Hetmyer was caught and bowled by Root for 39 and the part-time spinner soon dismissed Windies captain Jason Holder in identical fashion.

Pooran was caught by wicket-keeper Jos Buttler off Archer and the West Indies-born pace bowler also sent back Carlos Brathwaite and Sheldon Cottrell before Wood bowled Shannon Gabriel to end the innings.

The only downside for England were injuries to captain Eoin Morgan and opening batsman Jason Roy which forced them to leave the field and forced changes in the batting order.

Root moved up to open with Jonny Bairstow and the pair shared a fluent partnership of 95 which ended when Bairstow, on 45, sliced Gabriel to third man.

Woakes, promoted to No 3, batted positively, however, and he and Root peppered the boundaries in a second-wicket stand of 104.

Woakes was caught in the deep for 40 but Root completed his second century of the tournament and his 16th in ODIs before Ben Stokes ended the match with another four.

Morgan was struck down by a back spasm and Roy sustained a hamstring injury which will be assessed ahead of England's next game against Afghanistan Tuesday.

MATCH 19

WEST INDIES INNINGS    R    B

Gayle c Bairstow b Plunkett    36    41

Lewis b Woakes        2    8

Hope lbw b Wood        11    30

Pooran c Buttler b Archer    63    78

Hetmyer c & b Root        39    48

Holder c & b Root        9    10

Russell c Woakes b Wood    21    16

Brathwaite c Buttler b Archer    14    22

Cottrell lbw b Archer        0    1

Thomas not out        0    11

Gabriel b Wood        0    3

Extras (lb 5, w 12)        17 

Total (44.4 Overs)        212 all out 

Fall Of Wickets

1-4 (Lewis), 2-54 (Gayle), 3-55 (Hope), 4-144 (Hetmyer), 5-156 (Holder), 6-188 (Russell), 7-202 (Pooran), 8-202 (Cottrell), 9-211 (Brathwaite), 10-212 (Gabriel)

Bowling

Woakes 5-2-16-1, Archer 9-1-30-3, Plunkett 5-0-30-1, Wood 6.4-0-18-3, Stokes 4-0-25-0, Rashid 10-0-61-0, Root 5-0-27-2

ENGLAND INNINGS            R    B

Bairstow c Brathwaite b Gabriel    45    46

Root not out                100    94

Woakes c sub (Allen) b Gabriel    40    54

Stokes not out                10    6

Extras (lb 2, nb 1, w 15)        18 

Total (33.1 Overs)            213/2 

Fall Of Wickets

1-95 (Bairstow), 2-199 (Woakes)

Bowling

Cottrell 3-0-17-0, Thomas 6-0-43-0, Gabriel 7-0-49-2, Russell 2-0-14-0, Holder 5.1-0-31-0, Brathwaite 5-0-35-0, Gayle 5-0-22-0

England won by eight wickets

MoM: Joe Root