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World Cup: Root stars as England coast to win against West Indies

SOUTHAMPTON: Joe Root scored his 2nd century of the World Cup as England crushed the West Indies by 8 wickets in Southampton on Friday with 16.5 overs to spare.


The host nation received the toss and made probably the most of beneficial bowling stipulations on an afternoon when the rain in spite of everything relented, bowling the West Indies out for 212.

But by the time they came to bat the solar was once out and match favourites England hardly ever appeared stricken, with Root specifically timing the ball fantastically all over his 100 now not out.

Test captain Root opened alongside Jonny Bairstow instead of the injured Jason Roy, who had limped off the sphere with a decent hamstring all over the West Indies innings.

Root, who made 107 in England's defeat against Pakistan, made batting look easy, scoring a run-a-ball 50 without having to take useless risks as he and Bairstow tamed the West Indies quicks.

Shannon Gabriel had Bairstow caught by Carlos Brathwaite for 45, leaving England 95/1, but Chris Woakes was once briefly into his stride, drilling a 4 again past Gabriel off his third ball.

With the top in sight, Woakes was once brushed aside for 40, caught by Shimron Hetmyer off the bowling of Gabriel.

Root reached 3 figures off 93 balls with 11 fours and is now the match's top-scorer -- with a total of 279 runs in 4 innings.

Earlier, England contained the West Indies neatly but at a value, with Roy and captain Eoin Morgan limping off the pitch.

Despite occasional flurries, the Caribbean aspect have been never ready to mount a sustained assault on England's bowlers after Woakes and Jofra Archer conceded simply 8 runs off the primary five overs of the match.

Fuelled by 3 wickets each and every for Archer and Mark Wood, England brushed aside their combatants with more than five overs to spare.

Opener Chris Gayle, dropped early by Wood within the deep, briefly threatened, hitting Woakes for 10 in two balls, but was once caught by Bairstow on the square-leg boundary for 36 off the bowling of Liam Plunkett.

During the course of his innings Gayle, who has prior to now indicated this can be his final World Cup, overtook Viv Richards as the main scorer in one-day internationals between England and the West Indies.

Two balls after his dismissal West Indies have been in serious trouble at 55/3 when Shai Hope was once trapped in front of the wicket by Wood.

Nicholas Pooran and Hetmyer (39) combined to position on 89 runs for the fourth wicket earlier than Root struck two times, protecting on to catches off his own bowling to take away Hetmyer and Jason Holder.

Andre Russell shone briefly but was once caught by Woakes off the bowling of Wood for 21 and the final 4 wickets tumbled for simply 10 runs.

Morgan hobbled off the pitch within the 40th over, struggling to make his means up the pavilion steps and it was once later confirmed he had suffered a again spasm.

Wood completed with figures of 3-18, whilst Archer took 3-30.

England are now 2nd within the World Cup table with 3 wins and one defeat, one point in the back of New Zealand, whilst the West Indies have received one, misplaced two and had one no lead to their 4 fits.

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