While England outplayed West Indies to register an eight-wicket win at The Rose Bowl in Southampton in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on Friday, they had multiple injury scares as skipper Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy left the field during the West Indies batting.
Roy, who scored a century in England’s win against Bangladesh, pulled up with an injury in the eighth over and had to leave the field. Morgan hobbled off the pitch in the 40th over, struggling to make his way up the pavilion steps.
Had back spasm which hasn’t settled down yet says Eoin Morgan
Morgan had suffered a back spasm and was unable to bat for 28 minutes at the start of England’s innings because he was off the field for that time. “I’m a bit stiff and sore, had a bit of a back spasm which hasn’t settled down yet,” Eoin Morgan said after England sealed their third win of World Cup 2019.
“I get them two or three times a year and unfortunately it’s come now, hopefully it settles down in the next 48 hours.”
Joe Root starred with the bat and ball while Jofra Archer and Mark Wood scalped three wickets each to set up England’s win. Root scored his second century of the World Cup as England crushed the West Indies, with 16.5 overs to spare. The host nation won 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.
While 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.