2019 World Cup 19th Match: Root’s all-round performance helps England demolish the West Indies

Joe Root 100 not out England West Indies World Cup 19th Match Southampton cricket

Joe Root celebrates after scoring his 16th ODI century

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England batsman Joe Root scored a sensational hundred and took two wickets to lead his side to a convincing eight-wicket win over the West Indies in Southampton.

Opting to bowl first, England got the early breakthrough they were looking for as West Indies opener Evin Lewis was clean bowled by Chris Woakes for two runs.

Chris Gayle and Shai Hope made up for the loss of Lewis with a 50-run partnership before Gayle was caught by Jonny Bairstow off the bowling of Liam Plunkett for 36.

Hope went on to score 11 runs before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Mark Wood.

Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer stabilised the innings with an 89-run partnership before Hetmyer was caught and bowled by Root for 39.

West Indies captain Jason Holder, who made nine runs, suffered the same fate as Hetmyer in Root’s next over.

Andre Russell made a quickfire 21 before he was sent packing by Wood, while Pooran ended up scoring a career-best 63, which came off 78 balls and included three boundaries and a six, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Jofra Archer.

Archer took out Sheldon Cottrell the very next ball and also proceeded to remove Carlos Brathwaite for 14.

The West Indies were eventually bowled out for 212 when Shannon Gabriel was clean bowled by Wood for a duck.

Archer and Wood picked up three wickets apiece, while Root snapped up two, and Woakes and Plunkett chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 213 to win, England got off to a brilliant start as Root and Bairstow amassed a 95-run partnership before Bairstow was caught by Brathwaite at third man off the bowling of Gabriel for 45.

Root and Woakes kept the runs flowing with a 104-run stand before Woakes was dismissed by Gabriel for 40.

Root ended up guiding England to victory with 101 balls to spare as he scored an unbeaten 100, which came off 94 balls and included 11 boundaries.

Gabriel was the only bowler to take any wickets.

Root was named Man of the Match.

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