England vs West Indies, Eng vs WI Highlights: Joe Root (100*) and Ben Stokes (10*) took England over the line in their World Cup match against West Indies at the Rose Bowl in Southampton as the home team won by 8 wickets with 101 balls to spare. Root, promoted as makeshift opener, and Jonny Bairstow (45) got the England chase off to a flier. Batting first, West Indies were shot out for 212 by England. Chris Woakes (40) came to bat at No.3 and put up a steady partnership with Root. Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy walked off the field in the first innings with injuries and so a change in the batting order was made necessary today.
Evin Lewis (2) and Shai Hope (11) were snared early on in the Windies innings. Chris Gayle (36) got off to a good start but was caught behind. Pooran and Shimron Hetmeyer (39) put up a partnership after a flurry of early wickets, before Hetmeyer was caught and bowled by Joe Root. Root struck again soon after, catching Jason Holder (9) off his own bowling. Nicholas Pooran (63) was the top scorer for the West Indies, but their middle and lower order could not hold fort for long. Jofra Archer (3/30), Mark Wood (3/18) and Joe Root (2/27) were the main wreckers for England. The fickle English weather has been a constant concern in this World Cup but rain has stayed away for this match.
ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019The Rose Bowl, Southampton 20 June 2019
England 213/2 (33.1)
West Indies 212 (44.4)
Match Ended ( Day - Match 19 ) England beat West Indies by 8 wickets
World Cup 2019, England vs West Indies Highlights: In Malayalam
'Bowling still a work in progress,' says Root
"There is not a massive difference in opening and batting at number 3. It is good to have good players like Jonny, Roy, Morgan, Buttler and even Woakesy today with the way he batted. We prepared indoors two days for the short-pitched stuff. It is nice that the hard work paid off. I have been trying differing skills with my bowling, it is still a work in the progress," says Joe Root, the Man of the Match.
2/27 ✅— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 14, 2019
Unsurprisingly, Joe Root is today's Player of the Match 💪 pic.twitter.com/I0GCURRp28
Root show floors Windies
100* and 2/27 - those were the figures for Joe Root today. England have now won three of their four matches at this World Cup. This was a commanding victory for the home team.
All over. England win by 8 wickets
Stokes hits Holder for four and a no ball is signalled. England need 4 more to win. 102 balls left. This is getting over in a hurry now. And the next ball is slammed for four to the long on fence. Too easy! All over! England (Root 100*, Bairstow 45, Woakes 40) beat West Indies by 8 wickets.
Woakes is out
Woakes is caught in the deep. He is out for 40. Surprised many when he came out to bat at No.3 but safe to say that he's given a good display of his batting. Ben Stokes in at No.4.
100-run stand between Root and Woakes
100 runs between the pair of Root and Woakes comes up in 106 balls. This chase has bee so easy for England! Need 18 more runs. Have an eternity to get them.
No sixes in England's innings
Just an indication of how different the approaches have been of the two teams. England have not hit a single six so far. Clinical precision. West Indies had hit six sixes in their innings. Overreaching? Rash batting?
Joe Root has passed Alec Stewart as England's fifth highest run-scorer in international cricket with his knock today. Graham Gooch, at 4th in this list, not too far away either. He is the heart of this England team.
Just give England the trophy please! 🏆🥇🏆🥇🏆🥇🏆🥇🏆🥇🏆🥇— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) June 14, 2019
31 needed to win
31 needed to win from 21.5 overs for England. 31 off 21 balls would have been more interesting as a chase. Root is closing in on his second century of this World Cup. Gayle has been thrown the ball for a fifth over for him.
England have never ever had a more consistent player across the different formats than @root66 ... He is an fantastic player and one which all young players should be trying to copy .... #JustSaying #OnOn #CWC19— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 14, 2019
Joe Root has become the fourth England player in a World Cup match to make 50 runs opening the batting after taking 2 wickets whilst bowling. Botham, Vaughan and Moeen Ali are the others to have done this.
Meanwhile, Chris Gayle's bowling has served up some entertainment for this crowd today.
Gayle and Root have been two of the more economical bowlers today. Gayle is bowling his 3rd over with his cap on. Always expect him to serve up a surprise.
50 stand for the second wicket up between Root and Woakes. The Windies bowling has been so toothless today that Gayle's off spin is pleasing on they eye. Gayle stuck his tongue out at Root there! Root breaks out laughing.
Carlos Brathwaite is serving up half-volleys to the batsmen. Root gratefully accepts that. England are doing this in a hurry!
Chris Gayle is into the attack. Root did the trick for England, could Gayle enjoy similar luck? Bowling with the shades on, of course.
Woakes not holding back
Woakes is not holding back on his shots. Not as portrait-like as Joe Root, but Woakes is looking like a decent No.3. Root, at the other end, is inching close to his 50. WIll be the third time he has crossed the mark in this World Cup.
Bairstow is caught at third man. Brathwaite the catcher, Gabriel the bowler. First wicket! The partnership has finally been broken.
England 95/0 after 14.3 ovs
Russell has left the field
Bairstow hits Holder for two consecutive fours in the 12th over. He has caught up with Root's score again. The two openers are racing to their individual fifties. That's the more interesting contest at the moment, given that West Indies look like they have just failed to turn up for the fight today.
Bairstow is struck on the helmet
That's a sight you won't see too often. Both batsman and bowler are on the ground. A Russell bouncer hit Bairstow on the helmet, who takes a fall. And Russell also takes a fall, because, well, Russell. Bairstow recovers earlier, almost apologizes to Russell for getting hit. England 63 for no loss after 10 overs
Holder brings himself on
Holder is the fifth seamer for West Indies for today. He needs to come up with something special here. England are in complete control of this match right now.
England lording the chase
Root has moved to 35. After a very brisk start, Bairstow has taken the back seat in this partnership. The approach from Root seems to be simple. Wait for the loose ball and then punish it.
Gabriel vs Root
Another interesting subplot on show in this match as well. When these two teams met for a Test series in February this year, Gabriel said something to Root which was not audible to television viewers but according to Sky Sports the England captain was heard replying to the bowler: "Don't use it as an insult. There's nothing wrong with being gay".
West Indies need to go to Plan B
There's no moisture and movement in the air on offer for the bowlers any more. Root and Bairstow, Root in particular, are finding the boundaries with too much ease. When England were bowling with the new ball this morning, 55% of their deliveries were on a good length; so far for the West Indies, that figure is just 18%.
Root and World Cup matches against West Indies
There's something about Root and World Cup matches between England and West Indies. He's doing a fine job with the bat at the moment though.
Timed to the cover fence
Top class timing and placement from Root. Textbook stuff! Went down on his knee and presented the bat face to the ball. Held his position for a while Poetry in motion! Root has dealt with the short ball so well too. In ODIs, he scores at 6.14 rpo against short-pitched deliveries, at a brilliant average of 80.75.
Root finds the fence again
After being the quieter partner for the first three overs or so, Root is starting to look more confident of himself. Finding the gaps with clinical precision.
Root gets in on the act
Root pulls for his first four. Both openers have now found the fence at least once. England will be satisfied with this start. Oshane Thomas yet to find the ideal line to bowl to these two.
Both the openers for today, Root and Bairstow, play for Yorkshire. The last time a pair from the same county opened the innings for England in a World Cup match was back in 1975, when Dennis Amiss and John Jameson opened vs New Zealand at Trent Bridge on 11 June 1975.
First four of the innings
Bairstow slashes Thomas on the off side for the first four of the innings. Hits the fifth ball of the over high up in the air but third man cannot get round to it.
England 3/0 after the first over
Cottrell ends the first over with a wicked bouncer! That reared up and was directed straight at Root's helmet. Root did well to keep his eye on the ball till the very end and get his bat to it. This could be a tasty new ball spell.
Oshane Thomas bowling the second over.