Root’s Unbeaten Ton Powers England to 8-Wicket Win vs West Indies
Joe Root scored an unbeaten century, his second of the ongoing ICC World Cup, to help England register an easy eight-wicket win over the West Indies in Southampton on Friday, 14 June.
After bowling the Windies out for 212 in 44.4 overs, England overhauled the target with remarkable ease, completing the win in 33.1 overs as opener Root remained unbeaten on 100, which came off 94 balls.
Root came in to open the batting with Jonny Bairstow (40) in place of Jason Roy, who had injured himself while fielding.
He added a 95-run stand with Bairstow to kickstart England’s chase and the duo looked in no pressure whatsoever in going about their business.
Despite the Windies bowlers trying to bounce them out, the England batsmen held their ground as they consistently scored the runs.
The Southampton pitch, which had bounce in it, also assisted the batsmen in playing their shots on top of the bounce.
Chris Woakes, who was upgraded to the number three spot in this match, also played well as he scored 40 off 54 balls.With 14 needed to win after the fall of Woakes, Ben Stokes and Root ensured England won the game with eight wickets to spare.
Earlier, England had won the toss and opted to field. Jofra Archer and Mark Wood took three wickets each as the duo rattled the Windies batting line-up.
West Indies kept losing wickets at regular intervals, with the exception of Nicholas Pooran, who put up a top score of 63. Others got starts but were unable to convert them into big scores.
This is the third loss for Windies in four games while the third win for England in as many games.