West Indies vs England 2nd ODI: Root’s unbeaten 90 seals series for England

Root scored his 20th half-century in ODI cricket

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England batsman Joe Root scored an unbeaten 90 to guide his side to a four-wicket win over the West Indies in the second ODI in Antigua.

Electing to bat first, the West Indies found themselves in trouble early on as they were reduced to 46/3 in the 14th over.

Kraigg Brathwaite and Jason Mohammed steadied the ship with a 72-run partnership before Brathwaite was stumped by Jos Buttler off the bowling of Moeen Ali for 42.

Mohammed went on to make 50 off 73 balls, which included two boundaries and two sixes, before he was dismissed by Liam Plunkett.

Mohammed made a gutsy 50

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Following Mohammed’s dismissal, the West Indies began to lose wickets at regular intervals, but with the lower order making small contributions, the hosts managed to make 225 before being bowled out.

Plunkett was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Steven Finn and Adil Rashid snapped up two wickets apiece. Moeen and Ben Stokes, meanwhile, chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 226 to win, England lost their first wicket on the second ball of the innings as Sam Billings was sent packing by Shannon Gabriel for a golden duck.

Jason Roy and Root made up for the early loss of Billings with an 86-run partnership, during which Roy brought up his fifty, before he was caught by Carlos Brathwaite off the bowling of Ashley Nurse for 52, which came off 48 balls and included seven boundaries and a six.

Roy scored his ninth ODI fifty

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After Roy’s departure, England’s middle order completely collapsed as captain Eoin Morgan, Stokes, Buttler and Moeen all fell in quick succession.

Having gone from 87/2 to 124/6, England were in a spot of bother, but Root and Chris Woakes came to the rescue with an unbeaten 102-run stand, during which Woakes recorded his half-century.

Thanks to Root and Woakes’ superb performance in a high pressure situation, England reached their target with 10 balls to spare.

Root ended up making 90 off 127 balls, which included three boundaries, while Woakes remained undefeated on 68 off 83 deliveries, which included five boundaries and two sixes.

Woakes scored his second ODI fifty

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Nurse was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Devendra Bishoo took two and Gabriel claimed one.

West Indies skipper Jason Holder was gutted to have lost, and said: “Disappointing feeling to come so close, we fought really well but dropped some chances in the field. And we need some partnerships up front. You needed to graft to get some runs on this pitch. We’ve got to know when it is time to seize an opportunity. Tough to lose one of your main bowlers [Shannon Gabriel]. Hopefully we’ll get him fit.”

Morgan was delighted to have won the series, and said: “I sum that up as just a victory. We were a little sloppy in the field and the chase wasn’t ideal. That period where we lost wickets was a bit of a concern, but take your hat off [to Root and Woakes].”

Root was named Man of the Match, and said: “Jason set the tone, got us miles ahead of the rate. We had to stay calm, and accept the odd over with 1 or 2 off of it. Told Chris to take his time to get in, and let’s build something together. He played exceptionally well, and it’s a sign of a good team that we don’t rely on one or two players.”

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