World Cup 2019: All-round Root leads England’s decimation of West Indies

first_imgJoe Root led the charge with the bat after Jofra Archer and Mark Wood picked 3 wickets apiece as England defeated West Indies by 8 wickets in Southampton on Friday to move to No.2 in the points table of 2019 Cricket World Cup.Chasing a below-par total of 213, England were forced to send Joe Root to open the innings in the absence of Jason Roy, who suffered a hamstring injury earlier in the day.Nonetheless, Root came with a brilliant show with the bat as the England Test captain brought up his second hundred of World Cup 2019. Root outpaced explosive opening batsman Jonny Bairstow in their 95-run stand.After Shannon Gabriel removed Bairstow, Root partnered with Chris Woakes who was promoted to No. 3 as captain Eoin Morgan also suffered a niggle during the West Indies innings. The England fans celebrate a mightily impressive performance from their team! Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 14, 2019Root and Woakes made light work of the West Indies pace attack that looked one-dimensional after the sun came out shining bright in Southampton. The duo added 104 for the 2nd wicket as England cruised to the target in just 33.1 overs.After England won the toss and decided to bowl, West Indies were dealt an immediate blow when Chris Woakes removed Evin Lewis. Chris Gayle was beginning to look dangerous but Liam Plunkett removed the Universe Boss as West Indies slipped to 54 for 2 off 13 overs.Shai Hope was done in by Mark Wood in the 14th over before Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer added 89 for the 4th wicket to bring West Indies back on track. With the likes of Jason Holder, Andre Russell and Carlos Brathwaite still to walk in, it looked like West Indies could still post a competitive total and make a match out of it.But poor shot-selection cost the West Indies dearly.advertisement Joe Root picked up the wickets of Shimron Hetmyer and Jason Holder (Reuters Photo)Hetmyer and Jason Holder within 2 overs of each other as Joe Root found success with the ball as well. The England Test captain was given an extended spell of 5 overs as he picked up 2 wickets with his part-time off-spin. Andre Russell tried one big shot too many and perished when he tried to take on Mark Wood. Jofra Archer returned to the attack to remove Pooran and Sheldon Cottrell in the 40th over and at 202 for 8, the West Indies innings was beyond repair.Archer and Wood polished off the last two wickets to finish with 3 wickets each.It was a disappointing performance by West Indies who had started strongly against Pakistan. Then they gave Australia a real scare before Steve Smith and Nathan Coulter-Nile bailed the defending champions out of trouble.England, the pre-tournament favourites, bounced back strongly after losing a high-scoring thriller to Pakistan.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Why India are outright favourites against PakistanAlso See:last_img read more