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World Cup PHOTOS: Root's century helps England rout Windies

Last updated on: June 14, 2019 22:19 IST
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Images from Friday's World Cup match between England and the West Indies, at Southampton.

Joe Root

IMAGE: Joe Root celebrates after completing his century. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

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


Chasing a modest 213 for victory, Root and Jonny Bairstow shared an opening partnership of 95. After Bairstow fell for 45, Root and Chris Woakes added 104 for the second wicket.

Woakes, promoted up the order due to injuries, departed for 40 but Root and Ben Stokes took the hosts and tournament favourites to their target with more than 16 overs to spare.

Joe Root

IMAGE: Joe Root hits a boundary. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

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

England fast bowlers Jofra Archer and Mark Wood took three wickets apiece as West Indies were dismissed for 212 in the 45th over, Nicholas Pooran top-scoring with 63.

The only downside for England were injuries to captain Eoin Morgan, who suffered a back spasm, and opening batsman Jason Roy who was forced to leave the field due to a hamstring problem.

Jofra Archer

IMAGE: England pacer Jofra Archer celebrates after dismissing the West Indies’ Sheldon Cottrell in Friday’s World Cup match in Southampton. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Earlier, Nicholas Pooran chose the biggest stage to strike his maiden ODI fifty, but the West Indies' big guns failed to fire as England’s pacers bounced out the Caribbeans for a paltry 212.

Young pacer Jofra Archer (3/30) had the West Indies batsmen dancing on the pitch, troubling them with the steep bounce after home skipper Eoin Morgan opted to field. 

The England pace battery, including Archer, Mark Wood (3/18), Chris Woakes (1/16), Liam Plunkket (1/30) delivered the goods for the home favourites, taking just 44.4 overs to bowl out the Caribbeans.

Nichols Pooran

IMAGE: Young Nicholas Pooran gutsy’s 63 off 78 balls enabled to West Indies post a respectable total. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Extravagance, when the situation demanded patience, resulted in Chris Gayle (36) and Andre Russell (21) throwing away their wickets.

Had it not been for some sensible batting by young Pooran (63) and Shimron Hetmyer (39), who added 89 runs for the fourth wicket, the West Indies would have struggled to cross the 200-run mark.

The ball was hurrying on to the batsmen and whether it was Shai Hope (11) or big-hitting Gayle, the Caribbeans found the going tough as timing the ball was a challenge. They had already lost Evin Lewis (0), bowled by Woakes off a yorker.

Mark Wood drops Chris Gayle

IMAGE: Mark Wood drops Chris Gayle. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Gayle, out of frustration, pulled one from Woakes, just managed an edge but escaped as Wood grassed a sitter. The marauding batter did hit a few big shots, including a massive straight six off Woakes, but did not last long, edging one straight to Jonny Bairstow off Plunkett.

Hope's torturous stay was ended by Wood when he had him trapped after reviewing the umpire's not out decision.

Pooran and Hetmyer then chose restrain over flamboyance, steadying the innings.

Shimron Hetmyer

IMAGE: Shimron Hetmyer does well to avoid a rising delivery from Jofra Archer. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

The duo did all the hard work, working the ball around to keep the scoreboard going in their partnership, which got broken when Joe Root had Hetmyer caught off his own bowling.

The part-time off-spinner struck in his next over too, dismissing the rival captain Jason Holder (9) in similar fashion.

In came Russell and the ball was soon flying into the stands. He twice dispatched leg-spinner Adil Rashid into the crowd after being dropped but was dismissed, attempting another big shot off Wood.

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