World Cup: Root stars as England coast to win against West Indies

SOUTHAMPTON: Joe Root scored his second century of the World Cup as England beaten the West Indies by 8 wickets in Southampton on Friday with 16.5 overs to spare.


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

But by the point they came to bat the sun was out and match favourites England hardly looked troubled, with Root specifically timing the ball beautifully right through his 100 no longer out.

Test captain Root opened along Jonny Bairstow instead of the injured Jason Roy, who had limped off the field with a tight hamstring right through the West Indies innings.

Root, who made 107 in England's defeat in opposition to Pakistan, made batting look simple, scoring a run-a-ball 50 without having to take useless risks as he and Bairstow tamed the West Indies quicks.

Shannon Gabriel had Bairstow caught by Carlos Brathwaite for 45, leaving England 95/1, but Chris Woakes was briefly into his stride, drilling a four back previous Gabriel off his third ball.

With the top in sight, Woakes was brushed aside for 40, caught by Shimron Hetmyer off the bowling of Gabriel.

Root reached 3 figures off 93 balls with 11 fours and is now the match's top-scorer -- with a complete of 279 runs in four innings.

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

Despite occasional flurries, the Caribbean facet had been by no means able to mount a sustained attack on England's bowlers after Woakes and Jofra Archer conceded just 8 runs off the first 5 overs of the match.

Fuelled by 3 wickets each and every for Archer and Mark Wood, England brushed aside their warring parties with greater than 5 overs to spare.

Opener Chris Gayle, dropped early by Wood in the deep, in short threatened, hitting Woakes for 10 in two balls, but was caught by Bairstow on the square-leg boundary for 36 off the bowling of Liam Plunkett.

During the course of his innings Gayle, who has prior to now indicated this shall be his remaining World Cup, overtook Viv Richards as the main scorer in one-day internationals between England and the West Indies.

Two balls after his dismissal West Indies had been in deep trouble at 55/3 when Shai Hope was trapped in front of the wicket by Wood.

Nicholas Pooran and Hetmyer (39) mixed to put on 89 runs for the fourth wicket sooner than Root struck two times, retaining directly to catches off his personal bowling to take away Hetmyer and Jason Holder.

Andre Russell shone in short but was caught by Woakes off the bowling of Wood for 21 and the remaining four wickets tumbled for just 10 runs.

Morgan hobbled off the pitch in the 40th over, suffering to make his manner up the pavilion steps and it was later confirmed he had suffered a back spasm.

Wood finished with figures of 3-18, whilst Archer took 3-30.

England are now second in the World Cup table with 3 wins and one defeat, one point at the back of New Zealand, whilst the West Indies have received one, lost two and had one no lead to their four suits.
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