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WC 19: Joe Root’s All-round Brilliance Thrashes West Indies

England registered a convincing eight-wicket win over West Indies in their fourth game of the ICC World Cup 2019 and grabbed another 2 valuable points where Joe Root’s century made the winning foundation.

Having won the toss, England opted to field first. Eoin Morgan’s decision became fruitful as England totally used the weather and pitch condition. It was Chris Woakes who handed over the first breakthrough to his team. His fuller length delivery bowled Evin Lewis for 2. On the other hand, Chris Gayle chose Jofra Archer to hit a couple of big shots.

Gayle got on early life while batting on 15 as Wood dropped the catch. But he failed to convert that in a big score as he fell for 36 off Liam Plunkett, giving a catch to Jonny Bairstow at deep square leg. After his dismissal, Mark Wood trapped Sai Hope before the stumps in the following over.

However, England also faced a problem when their in-form opener Jason Roy walked off the field due to a hamstring injury and James Vince replaced him. By that time, Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer tried to resurrect the innings. They both added 89 runs before Joe Root successfully broke the partnership by taking an easy return catch.

In his next over, Root cleaned up Jason Holder in a similar delivery for 9. Later, Andre Russell gave some much-needed momentum to their innings as he smashed two big sixes off Adil Rashid. Pooran scored his half-century at that time but their stable knock didn’t last for a long time as Russell fell for a short ball off Mark Wood and gave a catch to Chris Woakes at deep mid-wicket.

After that, it was just a matter of time for England to bundled out their opponent. Jofra Archer and Mark Wood cleared the tail and bundled them within 212 in 44.4 overs, taking 3 wickets each.

While chasing, in absence of regular opener Jason Roy, Jow Root opened the innings with Jonny Bairstow and got off to a flying start. All the bowlers- be it, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas or Shannon Gabriel failed to restrict the openers. They punished all the bowlers by hitting boundaries.

Both of them added 95 runs in 14.4 overs before Gabriel dismissed Bairstow for 45 who missed the short ball and ended up giving the catch to Carlos Brathwaite at third man. With much surprise, Chris Woakes came to bat at no.3 who played a stable knock and supported well to his well-set partner Joe Root.

Both Root and Woakes played sensible knock and added 104 runs before Woakes departed for 40 who also mistimed a short ball of Gabriel while substitute fielder Fabian Allen made no mistake and took a good catch at the deep.

Root, however, scored his second century in the 32nd over in the tournament with 11 boundaries while Ben Stokes hit a boundary off Holder and handed over the easy win to his side.

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