England dismiss Windies cheaply but count cost of injuries

Tanya Simon
June 15, 2019

Make no mistake, this was a pivotal match for an England team who could not have afforded a second defeat in their first four matches and still lived up to expectations as firm World Cup favourites.

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

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.

Fuelled by three wickets each for Archer and Mark Wood, England dismissed their opponents with more than five overs to spare.

Woakes, promoted to number three, batted positively, however, and he and Root peppered the boundaries in a second-wicket stand of 104.

Once Pooran had become the first of two wickets for Archer in successive balls - umpire Kumar Dharmasena had his second not out decision of the innings overturned when Jos Buttler detected a thin edge - there really was no way back for West Indies.

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England saw skipper Morgan (back spasm) and in-form batsman Roy limp off during West Indies' innings but their re-jigged batting order encountered few alarms in a routine chase. Jason Roy had a stiff hammy.

It left England vulnerable but there was no need for alarm because they had been superb with the ball and were helped by West Indies having one of those days when they resemble a shambles rather than a highly talented team on the up. The two dropped outfield catches weren't too damaging for England.

Earlier, England contained the West Indies well but at a cost, with Roy and captain Eoin Morgan limping off the pitch.

That work ethic also applied to Root's bowling practice, which saw him develop a new delivery - a split finger arm ball - which deceived West Indies captain Jason Holder. But he was out for 36 from 41 balls setting the bilateral run record at 1,632 when he pulled Liam Plunkett into the deep and Jonny Bairstow took a running catch.

Nicholas Pooran showed the lone resistance for West Indies, with a half century off 78 balls. After a promising start with an emphatic win over Pakistan, the Windies have now lost two and had to share the points with South Africa in a washout here earlier this week.

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