The rain gods finally took rest as the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 extravaganza witnessed some uninterrupted cricketing action. In the 19th match of the showpiece event, hosts England registered a clinical 8-wicket victory over the Windies team at The Rose Bowl in Southampton. The England pace bowling duo of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood recorded amazing performances with the ball to bundle out the Windies aggressive batting line-up for a pretty modest total. In the second innings, Joe Root anchored the chase amazingly well and compiled a sensational unbeaten century knock to steer England towards a remarkable win.
Wood and Archer's brilliant spells rattles Windies for 212
After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, the Windies team got off to a poor start as their opening batsman Evin Lewis got out cheaply in just the third over of the innings. The duo of Chris Gayle and Shai Hope tried to lead their team towards to some respite but both of them failed and got out very soon. After these wickets, the pair of Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas combined together to resurrect the Windies innings with an excellent partnership of 89 runs.
Joe Root with his part-time offies, then brought his team back in the game by picking the scalps of Hetmyer and Jason Holder in successive overs. The pace bowling duo of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood did the rest of the job as Windies lost their last seven wickets for just 68 runs before eventually getting bundled out for 212 in 44.4 overs. Pooran top-scored for Windies with an impressive innings of 63 runs. For England, Archer and Wood bowled really well to pick up three wickets each.
Root stands tall to rack up second hundred
Chasing a target of 213 runs, the two England openers, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow got their team off to a positive start at the top. Root was forced to play as a make-shift opener as Jason Roy and Eoin Morgan had injured themselves while fielding during the first innings. The pair of Bairstow and Root batted quite explosively and showed great composure to stitch a phenomenal partnership of 95 runs. However, Bairstow who was looking in a god touch once again failed to convert his start into a bigger innings.
Even after Bairstow’s dismissal, Root continued to play his natural game and notched up a fine half-century in the 18th over. He then resumed the chasing process along with all-rounder Chris Woakes. Both of them jointly compiled a remarkable stand of 104 runs before Woakes got out for a vital 54-ball 40 in the 32nd over.
However, he had done his work before leaving the crease and then Root brought up a staggering hundred to guide England to a comfortable win with more than 16 overs to spare. Root stood tall till the end to lead the chase, playing a brilliant innings of 100 runs off 94 balls that included of 11 boundaries.
Windies: 212/10 in 44.4 overs (Nicholas Pooran-63; Mark Wood 3/18, Jofra Archer 3/30)
England: 213/2 in 33.1 overs (Joe Root-100*, Jonny Bairstow-45; Shannon Gabriel 2/49)
Result: England won the match by 8 wickets.
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