The rain gods finally took rest as the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 extravaganza witnessed some cricketing action. The England team kept their momentum by restricting the Windies to a total of 212 runs at The Rose Bowl in Southampton. The fast bowling pair of Mark Wood and Jofra Archer displayed sensational performance with the ball to rattle the Windies lower-order, after Joe Root, Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett bowled well early on. Most of the Windies batters did get some significant starts but all of them failed to convert them into bigger scores.
Woakes and Plunkett set the early tempo
England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and opted to bowl first because he reckoned that the pitch was under the covers for the last 24 hours and thus, it will be assisting conditions for his fast bowlers. Right-arm pacer Chris Woakes proved his skipper’s decision correct by knocking over Windies opener Evin Lewis’ stumps in just the third over of the innings and provided his team the early breakthrough.
The other opening batsman Chris Gayle then took apart the England new ball bowlers by smacking some crisp shots, but got out after falling in a trap set by Liam Plunkett in the 13th over for a 41-ball 36. Shai Hope also got dismissed in the very next over, leaving the Windies team in serious trouble at 55 for 3.
After these early jitters, the duo comprising of Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran joined hands to bail their team out of the troublesome situation. The duo of Hetmyer and Pooran added an excellent partnership of 89 runs for the fourth wicket. But then part-time off-spinner Joe Root brought his team back in the game by removing both Hetmyer and Jason Holder in successive overs. Pooran played an amazing inning of 63 runs off 78 balls that included of 3 fours and 1 six.
Wood and Archer combine together to trigger a late collapse
Big-hitting Windies all-rounder Andre Russell then arrived at the crease and smacked a couple of sixes and a four before holding out to Chris Woakes in the outfield. After Russell’s dismissal, the Windies team never really recovered and kept losing wickets at regular intervals and eventually got bowled out for 212 runs in 44.2 overs. For England, the pace bowling duo of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood bowled really well to finish with three wickets each.
Windies 212/10 in 44.2 overs (Nicholas Pooran-63, Shimron Hetmyer-39; Mark Wood 3/18, Jofra Archer 3/30) vs England.