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Root reigns, England register big win in Rose Bowl

Joe Root smashed less than run-a-ball century as England comfortably chase down West Indies to register third world cup win.



Joe Root smashed 100 runs off 94 balls to chase down West Indies in only 34 overs. Photo: Getty

England beat West Indies by eight wickets to register their third win of World Cup 2019.

The host nation won the toss and made the most of favorable bowling conditions on a day when the rain finally relented, bowling the West Indies out for 212.

But by the time they came to bat the sun was out and tournament favorites England rarely looked troubled, with 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

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. Root, who made 107 in England’s defeat against Pakistan, made batting look easy, scoring a run-a-ball 50 without having to take unnecessary risks as he and Bairstow tamed the West Indies quick’s.

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 (63) and Shimron Hetmyer (39) threatened to take the game away but Joe Root broke the vital fourth-wicket stand. Windies then slumped to 144 for four to 212 all-out.

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.

The tournament hosts were unchanged from the team that beat Bangladesh in their last outing but West Indies made three changes.

Evin Lewis and Andre Russell return from injury for the Caribbean side while fast bowler Shannon Gabriel makes his first appearance of the World Cup. Darren Bravo, Ashley Nurse and Kemar Roach miss out.

“The wicket has been under covers for the last 24 hours and we predict there might be a bit of moisture in early on, so hopefully we can take advantage of that,” said Morgan.

West Indies captain Jason Holder said he would also have chosen to bowl first had he won the toss “It’s an opportunity for our guys to get some runs,” he said. “I would’ve liked to bowl first on a fresh wicket.”

Three of the past four matches at the World Cup in England and Wales have been wrecked by rain, with teams forced to share a point apiece. Organizers will be desperate for the tournament to regain momentum with some big matches coming up, including India v Pakistan at Old Trafford on Sunday.

England have two wins and one defeat while the West Indies have a win, a defeat and a no result so far.
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 are now second in the World Cup table with three wins and one defeat, one point behind New Zealand, while the West Indies have won one, lost two and had one no result in their four matches.

All 10 teams play each other in the round-robin phase to determine the four semi-finalists.

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