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Electing to Bowl after Winning the toss, England cruised to 8-wickets victory over West Indies in Southampton. Three-wicket hauls from Mark Wood and Jofra Archer restricted West Indies for just 212. Later, Joe Root’s unbeaten 100 meant England had no problem in chasing the target of 213.Chris Woakes got the breakthrough for England, as his delivery went through Evin Lewis’s defence and struck the middle stump. Woakes also scored 40 runs, after coming on to bat at number 3.

Nicolas Pooran was the highest run-scorer for West Indies with 67.

Johnny Bairstow and Joe Root added 95 for the first wicket before Bairstow departure on 45. Joe Root’s second century of the world cup was enough to hand England their fourth win of the tournament.

However, injury to captain Eoin Morgan and Jason Roy might’ve handed England some tough decisions to make for the upcoming games.

Captain Eoin Morgan spoke after the game about his injury and Joe Root’s presence in the squad. Morgan said, “My back’s is a bit sore, I hope it settles down over the next few days. I think it’s a spasm. I’ve had them in the past it’s a matter of giving it 48 hours, sometimes they settle down quickly at other times they take a bit longer. Jason may have tweaked his hamstring. He’s sore and will go for a scan. As a whole we were brilliant. Joe’s had an absolute day out. He holds it all together. He’s our glue.”

Joe Root was awarded Man of the Match for his unbeaten hundred.

“It’s nice for this hundred to mean something and get a win for us. It was a good toss to win.  It was really important that we took advantage of that and we followed through when we got the opportunity to bat when it got a bit better. Nice to get some time in the Powerplay. Not much difference between [opening and] batting at three. So good to bat when you’ve got Jonny, Stokesy, Jos around you. We’ve done plenty of short stuff in the indoor centre for two days, we backed ourselves to deliver under pressure,” said a delighted Root.

England is second on the points table with 6 points from 4 games, one point behind table-toppers New Zealand. Next, up for England are minnows Afghanistan while West Indies battle Bangladesh.

 

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