ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

England vs West Indies - Match 19

Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton

Date & Time: 14 June 2019

England 213/2

RR: 6.42 | England beat West Indies by 8 wickets

commentary

So that is it from this game! A one-sided affair in which the English team has come out on top and now moved to second in the points table. We have two games for you on Saturday and let us hope both will be cracking contests. The first one is a clash between Sri Lanka and Australia which will begin at 1030 local (0930 GMT) at Kennington Oval, London. The second game between South Africa and Afghanistan in Cardiff will start at 1330 local (1230 GMT). Do join us for all the action. Till then, take care and goodbye!

England skipper, Eoin Morgan, starts by informing that he has a sore back at the moment and hopes it settles down before the next game. Further adds Roy has gone for a scan and his results should be out in the next 48 hours. Stresses everybody in their squad is vital and they do not want any injuries. Hopes that there is nothing serious. Mentions they had a very good day at the office. States the bowlers stuck to their plans and continued building pressure during the middle overs. Credits Root for how he played and says he is an integral part of the team. Admits Archer, like everybody in his bowling unit, is a pleasure to captain. Tells his plans have remained the same, the personnel have changed but the plans have always remained the same. Feels the players who are left out will play a crucial part at some point in time. Ends by saying they want to be in the best possible condition on Tuesday as they can't take the Afghanistan team lightly.

West Indies skipper, Jason Holder, says they did not have enough runs on the board and they lost wickets at crucial stages. States a couple of more partnerships would have been good for them. Further adds they did decently with the bat in Powerplay 1 but lost their way in the middle overs. Admits there were a few careless shots by their batsmen when they needed to dig deep and look to build partnerships. Reckons they were a touch down in pace and they did not get the short ball high enough but overall they did not have a lot to defend. Stresses they have a few days before their next game and they need to get fit for that. Ends by saying the past can't be controlled and they need to look ahead now and play good cricket.

Joe Root showed supreme form with the bat and he was handy with the ball as well. He hunted down two wickets and enjoyed a good day at work. After receiving his MAN OF THE MATCH award, Root says that he is really pleased and happy to be on the winning side. States it was a good toss to win as they got to make first use of a fresh pitch and then they did well to press home the advantage. Mentions it was just nice to get some time out in Powerplay 1 and it was good to find the gaps. Stresses there is not a lot of difference in batting at 3 and opening the innings. Further adds it was great to bat around Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes who played really well. Tells that you have to prepare for everything and then back yourself. Ends by saying he tried a few things with the ball and it's still work in progress. Ends by saying, he is finding different ways to contribute to the side.

For West Indies, their batting didn't put up much fight and they ended with a paltry total on the board. Defending such a total, the Windies would have hoped for some early wickets but that didn't happen as the pair of Joe and Jonny provided England with a rollicking start. Altogether it was a listless effort from them in all the facets of the game and they got thoroughly outplayed.

A thumping win for England! They have steamrolled West Indies by 8 wickets with 101 balls to spare. Injuries to Jason Roy and Eoin Morgan didn't bother them much as Joe Root stepped up to the plate and notched up his second century in this World Cup. First with Jonny Bairstow, he provided the chase with a solid beginning and then along with Chris Woakes, he raised a century stand to shut every door of hope for West Indies.

33.1
4
J Holder to Ben Stokes, FOUR! Stokes finishes the game off with a boundary! Takes full toll of the Free Hit. Holder bowls it very full on leg stump. Stokes whips it past mid on and the ball races away. He walks up to Root and hugs him. All smiles in the England camp as THEY WIN BY 8 WICKETS with 101 balls to spare!

FREE HIT TIME!

33.1
4
J Holder to Ben Stokes, NO BALL AND FOUR! Now it should be the last over of the game. Just the 4 needed now and Stokes has a Free Hit on the next ball to finish the game. Shortish and outside off, Stokes does not hit it right off the middle but gets it past mid off. The fielder does give it a chase but fails to stop the ball. Holder also has overstepped.

Jason Holder to bowl what could be the last over of the game!

32.6
0
O Thomas to Joe Root, On the pads, Root flicks it to the man at mid-wicket. 9 runs needed to seal this game now.
32.5
1
O Thomas to Ben Stokes, Short on middle, Stokes pulls it to deep mid-wicket and gets a single.
32.4
1
O Thomas to Joe Root, 100 for Joe Root. His second century in this World Cup! He becomes only the second Englishman to get 2 centuries in the same World Cup after Kevin Pietersen in 2007. This has been a gem of a knock from the Yorkshire man. He gets to 16th ODI hundred with a pull towards fine leg for a single. Joe has played that shot with so much comfort today. He was asked to open the innings due to an injury to Roy and he stepped up to deliver. Has oozed class throughout this innings.
32.3
1
O Thomas to Ben Stokes, Short on the body, Stokes pulls it to fine leg for a single.
32.2
0
O Thomas to Ben Stokes, Outside off on a length, Stokes taps it down to backward point.
32.1
1
O Thomas to Joe Root, Ahh... gets to 99. Has to wait for his century. Good length ball on off, Root pulls it wide of deep square leg but gets only a single.
31.6
0
S Gabriel to Ben Stokes, Back of a length ball outside off, Stokes lets it carry to the keeper.
31.6
0
S Gabriel to Ben Stokes, WIDE! It is down the leg side, Stokes looks to flick but misses. That extra brings up the 200 for England.

Well...well...well... Gabriel pulls out of his run up and looks to be in some pain. Don't know what exactly the issue is. The last thing West Indies want from this game is injury.

Ben Stokes is the new man in.

31.5
0
S Gabriel to C Woakes, OUT! Not that this wicket changes the result of the game but West Indies will take it. Saves them some blushes. Short ball on off, Woakes looks to pull but does not time it well. It flies towards deep square leg. For a moment it looks like it will fall short but substitute, Fabian Allen, comes in front and takes a very good catch by going down low. He does a fist pump looking at the crowd.
31.4
1
S Gabriel to Joe Root, Good length ball on off, Root pulls it to deep mid-wicket and gets a single. Onto 98 now.
31.3
2
S Gabriel to Joe Root, Full outside off, Root drives it square on the off side and gets a couple.
31.3
0
S Gabriel to Joe Root, WIDE! Down the leg side, Root looks to pull but misses. It has been wided.
31.2
2
S Gabriel to Joe Root, Outside off on a length, Root punches it through covers and gets a couple. That brings up the 100-run stand between the two. Also, Root is now 5 runs away from his ton.
31.1
0
S Gabriel to Joe Root, On the pads, Root flicks it to the man at mid-wicket.
30.6
0
O Thomas to C Woakes, Bouncer! It is on the body, Woakes sits under it.
30.5
0
O Thomas to C Woakes, Good length ball on off, Woakes looks to play it on the off side but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
30.5
0
O Thomas to C Woakes, WIDE! Bouncer bounces over the head of Woakes. He looks to pull but misses. Wide signalled.
30.4
0
O Thomas to C Woakes, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot but finds the fielder.
30.3
0
O Thomas to C Woakes, Outside off on a length, Chris looks to hit it but misses.
30.3
0
O Thomas to C Woakes, WIDE! It is down the leg side, Woakes looks to flick but misses. Wide signalled.
30.2
1
O Thomas to Joe Root, On middle and leg, Root flicks it to fine leg and gets a single. Moves to 93 now.
30.1
0
O Thomas to Joe Root, Full on middle and off, Root taps it back to the bowler.

Oshane Thomas to bowl now!

DRINKS! The result is probably a no-brainier at the moment. It is now more about - will Root get to his ton? Will Woakes get to his half ton? Will England win the match by 9 wickets? We'll find out shortly.

29.6
0
S Gabriel to C Woakes, Bouncer to end the over. It is on off, Woakes ducks under it.
29.5
0
S Gabriel to C Woakes, Outside off on a length, Woakes flat-bats it back to the bowler. The ball deflects off Gabriel's hand onto the stumps at the non-striker's end. No casualty as Root was in.
29.4
0
S Gabriel to C Woakes, On a length on off, Woakes gets an inside edge onto his pads.
29.3
0
S Gabriel to C Woakes, Good length ball on off, Woakes looks to defend but the ball nips back in and cuts him into half as it goes to the keeper.
29.2
3
S Gabriel to Joe Root, Full on middle and leg, Root drives it through mid on. Thomas gives it the chase and pulls it back before the ropes. Root goes back for the third.
29.1
1
S Gabriel to C Woakes, On middle and leg, Woakes flicks it to the on side and takes a single. It is followed by a huge cheer from the crowd.

Shannon Gabriel is back into the attack!

28.6
1
C Gayle to C Woakes, Short on middle, Woakes milks it down to long on and gets a single. He will keep the strike. England need 27 runs more to win and Root is just 11 away from his second century of this World Cup.
28.5
1
C Gayle to Joe Root, Shorter on off, Root punches it towards cover for a single.
28.4
1
C Gayle to C Woakes, Flatter on off, Woakes strokes it to long on and gets a run.
28.3
0
C Gayle to C Woakes, Floated on the stumps, CW defends it off the front foot.
28.2
1
C Gayle to Joe Root, Follows it up with a single down to mid-wicket.
28.1
4
C Gayle to Joe Root, FOUR! Sliced away. Gayle bowls it short around off. The form that Root is in he won't miss out on those and he delightfully cuts it through point for a boundary.
27.6
4
C Brathwaite to C Woakes, FOUR! Finally Woakes manages to pull it wide of the boundary protectors on the on side. Back of a length ball on off, Chris pulls it wide of deep mid-wicket for a boundary.
27.5
0
C Brathwaite to C Woakes, Good length ball on off, Woakes taps it to the man at point.
27.4
1
C Brathwaite to Joe Root, Outside off on a length, Root strokes it to point and gets a run.
27.3
1
C Brathwaite to C Woakes, Short length ball on off, Woakes plays a good pull shot but there is a man at deep mid-wicket. Just a run.
27.2
1
C Brathwaite to Joe Root, Full on middle and leg, Root flicks it to the on side and gets a single.
27.1
0
C Brathwaite to Joe Root, Good length ball on off, Root plays it to the man at short mid-wicket.
26.6
0
C Gayle to C Woakes, Shorter on off, Woakes plays it to the man at short mid-wicket.
26.5
1
C Gayle to Joe Root, On middle and leg, Root guides it to long on and rotates the strike.
26.4
1
C Gayle to C Woakes, Floated on the pads, Woakes sweeps it again to deep square leg and gets a single this time.
26.3
2
C Gayle to C Woakes, Tossed up on the pads, Woakes sweeps it uppishly behind square leg and gets a couple.
26.2
1
C Gayle to Joe Root, Loopy ball on off, Root milks it to long on and gets a single.
26.1
0
C Gayle to Joe Root, Floated on off, Root strokes it to the man at short mid-wicket.
25.6
2
C Brathwaite to C Woakes, Once again an uppish pull but it is between long on and deep mid-wicket. Allen (sub) runs in from deep mid-wicket and stops it before the ropes with a dive. The batsmen take two.
25.5
0
C Brathwaite to C Woakes, Slower ball on the pads, Chris flicks it to the man at mid-wicket.
25.4
2
C Brathwaite to C Woakes, Uppish but safe. Good length ball on off, Woakes pulls it uppishly wide of deep mid-wicket and gets a couple.
25.3
1
C Brathwaite to Joe Root, Full on middle, Root plays a good looking push wide of mid on and gets a run.
25.2
1
C Brathwaite to C Woakes, Slower bouncer. Woakes pulls it to deep square and gets a single.
25.1
0
C Brathwaite to C Woakes, Full on off, Woakes pushes it to mid off.
24.6
1
C Gayle to C Woakes, Tossed up on middle and leg, Woakes nudges it to long on and keeps the strike.
24.5
1
C Gayle to Joe Root, Shorter on middle, Root strokes it to long on for another single.
24.4
1
C Gayle to C Woakes, Flatter on off, Woakes milks it to long on.
24.4
0
C Gayle to C Woakes, WIDE! Gayle sprays this down the leg side. Woakes looks to sweep it but cannot do so. Wide signalled.
24.3
0
C Gayle to C Woakes, Floated on off, Woakes blocks it.
24.2
0
C Gayle to C Woakes, NOT OUT! The impact is indeed outside off and West Indies lose their review. Tossed up around off, Woakes looks to defend it but misses and gets hit on the pads. The West Indian players appeal but it is turned down. Holder takes it upstairs and the Ball Tracker confirms that the impact was outside the off stump line.

A review by West Indies for an LBW! Woakes is the man in question. The impact seems to be outside off.

24.1
1
C Gayle to Joe Root, Gayle now to bowl with the cap on. He flights it on off, Root pushes it towards point and takes a single.
23.6
1
C Brathwaite to Joe Root, Outside off on a length, Root helps it down to third man and keeps the strike with one. Just 58 needed now off 156. If you are interested to know the required run rate then it is 2.23.
23.5
0
C Brathwaite to Joe Root, Outside off, Joe defends it with a straight bat.
23.4
1
C Brathwaite to C Woakes, Bouncer to follow the wide. Woakes easily pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
23.4
0
C Brathwaite to C Woakes, WIDE! Misses his mark with the slower one and sends it down the leg side. Woakes looks to flick but misses. Wide signalled.
23.3
1
C Brathwaite to Joe Root, Good length ball outside off, Root pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
23.2
1
C Brathwaite to C Woakes, Back of a length ball on the body, Woakes turns it to fine leg and gets a single.
23.1
0
C Brathwaite to C Woakes, Full on middle, Woakes flicks it to the man at short mid-wicket.
22.6
0
C Gayle to C Woakes, Very slow on the pads, Woakes looks to nudge it on the leg side but misses to get hit on the pads. A huge appeal from Holder but he is the only one doing so. In the meantime, the batters run a leg bye as the ball rolls towards square leg.
22.5
1
C Gayle to Joe Root, Another single as Root nudges it through square leg.
22.4
0
C Gayle to Joe Root, On the stumps, Root finds mid-wicket with the flick shot.
22.4
0
C Gayle to Joe Root, This is fired down the leg side, Root looks to sweep but misses. Wided.
22.3
0
C Gayle to Joe Root, Slower one on off, Root pushes it to mid-wicket.
22.2
1
C Gayle to C Woakes, On the pads again, Woakes works it through square leg for one.
22.1
0
C Gayle to C Woakes, A straighter line, Woakes works it to mid-wicket.
21.6
0
C Brathwaite to Joe Root, Good length ball on off, Root blocks it.
21.5
1
C Brathwaite to C Woakes, On the pads, Woakes flicks it to the on side for a single.
21.4
1
C Brathwaite to Joe Root, 50-run partnership comes up between the two. They have not let West Indies get back in this game. Back of a length ball on off, Root pulls it to deep mid-wicket and picks up a single.
21.3
4
C Brathwaite to Joe Root, FOUR! Back of a length ball, Root pulls it wide of deep mid-wicket. Pooran runs to his right and looks to save it with a dive but he misses and the ball goes away to the ropes.
21.2
0
C Brathwaite to Joe Root, On off stump line, Root plays a good solid front foot defense to it.
21.1
1
C Brathwaite to C Woakes, On the pads, Woakes flicks it to deep mid-wicket and gets an easy single.

Carlos Brathwaite is back on!

20.6
0
C Gayle to Joe Root, Gayle gets away with one! He bowls it short and down the leg side, Root pulls but straight to short fine leg. Just the single from Gayle's first.
20.5
0
C Gayle to Joe Root, On the pads again, this is worked to short fine leg.
20.4
0
C Gayle to Joe Root, On the pads, Root looks to work it on the leg side but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal from Gayle but nothing from the umpire.
20.3
1
C Gayle to C Woakes, Shorter and on middle, Woakes pushes it down to long on for one.
20.2
0
C Gayle to C Woakes, Works it with the turn but can't get it past mid-wicket.
20.1
0
C Gayle to C Woakes, Flatter and on off, Woakes guides it to backward point.

Jason Holder has decided to toss the ball to Chris Gayle. Can the big man do some magic with the ball?

19.6
4
O Thomas to Joe Root, FOUR! Pulled and pulled hard. Once again it is short and Root once again pulls it towards the cow corner and gets a boundary. West Indies need to understand that the short ball is not doing any damage to Root. 13 from this over, 23 in the last two, England are cruising!
19.5
2
O Thomas to Joe Root, Back of a length ball on off, Root pulls it wide of deep mid-wicket and gets a couple.
19.4
2
O Thomas to Joe Root, Very full outside off, Root creams it past point and gets a couple as the fielder from third man cleans it up.
19.3
1
O Thomas to C Woakes, Outside off, CW runs it down to third man for a single.
19.2
0
O Thomas to C Woakes, Good length ball outside off, Woakes chops it wide of point. Allen, the substitute fielder, dives to his right and stops the ball.
19.1
4
O Thomas to C Woakes, FOUR! Short, wide and punished. Good length ball outside off, Woakes pounces onto it and cuts it through point for a boundary.

Oshane Thomas is back for another burst.

18.6
0
C Brathwaite to Joe Root, A huge cheer from the ground as Chris Gayle stops the ball at mid-wicket. On the pads, Root flicks it to the Universe Boss.
18.5
4
C Brathwaite to Joe Root, FOUR! Good effort in the field from Bravo (sub) but cannot stop it from going to the fence. Full on off, Root drives it through mid off. Bravo gives it a chase and looks to pull it back before the boundary cushion but his legs touch the rope while the ball was in contact with his hands. The third umpire watches the replays and passes on the message to the onfield umpires.
18.4
2
C Brathwaite to Joe Root, Back of a length ball on the body, Root pulls it down to deep square leg and gets a couple.
18.3
0
C Brathwaite to Joe Root, Length ball on off, Joe taps it back to the bowler.
18.2
0
C Brathwaite to Joe Root, Good length ball on off, Root defends it towards mid on.
18.1
4
C Brathwaite to Joe Root, FOUR! Overpitched on off, Root is just too good to miss out on that. He drives it nonchalantly through mid off for a boundary.

Carlos Brathwaite is on now!

17.6
1
J Holder to Joe Root, FIFTY FOR JOE ROOT! His 32nd in ODI. He gets to the landmark with a flick down to deep mid-wicket for a single. It has been a top notch innings from the English Test skipper. Opened the innings today but never looked out of place. This is his 2nd ODI fifty in this World Cup along with a century.
17.5
1
J Holder to C Woakes, In the air..but safe. Back of a length ball on off, Woakes looks to pull but does not time it well. It falls wide and short of the man at deep mid-wicket and they take one.
17.4
0
J Holder to C Woakes, Back of a length, Woakes tucks it to mid-wicket.
17.3
0
J Holder to C Woakes, Full on off, Woakes defends it, shouts a loud wait to his partner.
17.2
1
J Holder to Joe Root, Good length ball on off, Root taps it down to third man and gets a single. 100 runs needed more.
17.1
0
J Holder to Joe Root, Back of a length ball on off, Root defends it to the man at cover.

Shannon Gabriel has left the field. Not sure, if it's some injury or just a comfort break.

16.6
0
S Gabriel to C Woakes, Now attempts the pull to this short ball but once again misses.
16.5
0
S Gabriel to C Woakes, Shorter delivery on off, Woakes looks to play the upper cut but misses.
16.4
4
S Gabriel to C Woakes, FOUR! Hammered away! Good length ball on off, Woakes likes the length and hammers his pull through mid-wicket for a boundary.
16.3
1
S Gabriel to Joe Root, Length ball outside off, Root drives it square and the ball goes to the right of third man. They take another run.
16.2
0
S Gabriel to Joe Root, Now follows it up with a good solid push to point.
16.1
4
S Gabriel to Joe Root, FOUR! Handsome. Full on off, Root drives it magnificently through covers and gets a boundary. He makes it looks all so easy.
15.6
0
J Holder to C Woakes, Dot to end the over. Good length ball on off, Woakes defends it with a straight bat to see off the over.
15.5
2
J Holder to C Woakes, Full on off, Woakes drives it beautifully through covers and gets a couple.
15.4
0
J Holder to C Woakes, On off, Woakes defends it off the front foot.
15.3
0
J Holder to C Woakes, Good length ball on off, Woakes defends it.
15.2
1
J Holder to Joe Root, On the pads, Root flicks it towards mid-wicket and gets a single.
15.1
0
J Holder to Joe Root, The crowd is up in cheers as Chris Gayle dives and stops the ball. Good length ball on off, Root drives it to the left of Chris Gayle at cover. He dives there and stops it. Gayle, who is on the floor, raises both his hands to acknowledge the crowd. He's a character.
14.6
4
S Gabriel to C Woakes, FOUR! A lovely way to get off the mark! Full and on off, Woakes just uses the pace and times it back past the bowler. It was uppish but even before Gabriel could react, the ball went past him. 100 up for England.
14.6
0
S Gabriel to C Woakes, WIDE! Goes short, Woakes looks to pull but misses. The umpire feels it is too high and it has been wided.
14.5
0
S Gabriel to C Woakes, On off, it is kept out.

Drinks Break! Jonny Bairstow has departed but he has set the platform for this chase. With just 118 required and 9 wickets in hand England are surely on the front foot. Joe Root is still out there and looking good to get one more 50-plus score in this World Cup. Though this wicket has given them some hope, West Indies need a miracle to win this game from here on. And here is a surprise... CHRIS WOAKES comes out to bat. He's quite handy with the bat and England are just showing off their batting depth here.

14.4
0
S Gabriel to J Bairstow, OUT! In the air... taken! West Indies finally have a wicket. Bairstow misses out on a half ton. His idea was right but just could not execute it. He makes room expecting another short ball. Does get one. He tries to upper cut it over the third man fence but does not get the distance. Carlos Brathwaite there settles under it and takes it. End of an entertaining knock by Jonny. An amazing partnership with Root comes to an end. They have more-or-less done their job. 118 more needed.
14.3
4
S Gabriel to J Bairstow, FOUR! That has gone to the fence like a tracer bullet! Wow! What sound that made off the bat! Slightly short and Bairstow is waiting for it. He is quickly onto the back foot and then powers it through to the mid-wicket fence.
14.2
0
S Gabriel to J Bairstow, On a length this time and on the stumps, JB pushes it to mid on.
14.2
0
S Gabriel to J Bairstow, WIDE! Short and outside off, Bairstow looks to pull initially but then bails out as the ball is too high.
14.1
2
S Gabriel to J Bairstow, On the shorter side again and angling into the body. Bairstow mistimes his pull towards fine leg for two.
13.6
2
J Holder to Joe Root, Another bumper! Root gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through mid-wicket for two.
13.5
1
J Holder to J Bairstow, On the body of the batsman, Jonny works it through square leg and takes an easy one.
13.5
0
J Holder to J Bairstow, Slips this one down the leg side and it has been wided.
13.4
0
J Holder to J Bairstow, That has been crunched but straight to the fielder! Short and on middle, JB nails the pull but finds mid-wicket.
13.3
1
J Holder to Joe Root, A quick run as Root works it to mid on.
13.2
0
J Holder to Joe Root, Length again and on off, Root guides it to point.

Picking a one-dimensional bowling attack is hurting West Indies here. It's always handy to have variations in your bowling. The sameness of pace has allowed both the openers to settle in. Remember, when England were under the pump during the partnership between Hetmyer and Pooran, they used Joe Root to break that stand. Jason Holder also needs to come up with something different. Maybe, toss the ball to Chris Gayle.

13.1
0
J Holder to Joe Root, Back of a length on middle, Root works it to mid-wicket.
12.6
1
S Gabriel to Joe Root, Another piece of excellent running between the two. Not just the classy shots, the running between the wickets have also added pressure on the West Indian players. Back of a length ball on off, Root taps it down to backward point and takes off for a quick single. The fielder has a shy at the keeper's end but misses. The ball goes behind towards the fielder at mid-wicket who was around the edge of the circle but Root had got too far in front so they cannot take the second.
12.5
1
S Gabriel to J Bairstow, Good length ball on middle, Bairstow flicks it to deep square leg and gets to the other end.
12.4
0
S Gabriel to J Bairstow, Shorter delivery around off, Bairstow sways away from it.
12.3
0
S Gabriel to J Bairstow, Good length ball on off, Bairstow punches it to cover.
12.2
0
S Gabriel to J Bairstow, Full on off, Bairstow defends it towards mid off and shouts a loud wait on to his partner.
12.1
1
S Gabriel to Joe Root, Root flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single.

Shannon Gabriel comes on.

11.6
0
J Holder to J Bairstow, Good length ball on off, Jonny defends it to see off the over. 11 runs off this Holder over.
11.5
4
J Holder to J Bairstow, FOUR! Nothing going West Indies way. Short ball on off, Bairstow initially looks to pull but then decides to pull away from it. He though is too late and ends up top edging it. Luckily it goes safely down to fine leg for a boundary.
11.4
4
J Holder to J Bairstow, FOUR! Poor from the West Indian skipper. It is on the pads, Bairstow just helps it fine down the leg side for a boundary.
11.3
2
J Holder to J Bairstow, Another piece of good running from the openers. Good length ball on middle and leg, Bairstow turns it towards backward square leg. They run the first one hard and call for two. They get it with relative ease.
11.2
0
J Holder to Joe Root, On the pads, Root looks to flick it but it rolls off his pads towards the on side and they take a run. Leg bye signaled.
11.1
0
J Holder to Joe Root, Good length ball on off, Root pushes it to cover.

The physio is out in the middle having a concussion check on Jonny Bairstow. He looks fine and has replaced his helmet.

10.6
0
A Russell to J Bairstow, Ouch! That must have jarred him. Russell bangs it in short, he puts in a lot of effort on this one as he falls after bowling it. Bairstow looks to get away from the line but the ball hits him right on his helmet.
10.5
1
A Russell to Joe Root, Another very well controlled pull shot from Root. It is towards deep square leg and he gets to the other end.
10.4
1
A Russell to J Bairstow, Back of a length delivery on off, Jonny pulls it to deep square leg and gets an easy single.
10.3
0
A Russell to J Bairstow, Looks to play the upper cut once again but misses it this time.
10.2
4
A Russell to J Bairstow, FOUR! Cleverly played. Bairstow was expecting this back of a length ball to bounce higher and he was planning to leave it but the ball does not bounce much and he just lofts it over the slips with his upper cut for a boundary.
10.1
0
A Russell to J Bairstow, Short ball outside off, Jonny lets it carry to the keeper.
10.1
0
A Russell to J Bairstow, WIDE! Russell sprays it down the leg side. Bairstow leaves it alone and it has been wided by the umpire.

Powerplay 2 time! A maximum of 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle. Andre Russell comes on to bowl. Change of ends for him.

9.6
0
J Holder to Joe Root, Inside edge has saved Root there. Fuller on off, the ball nips back in. Root looks to defend but fortunately for him gets an inside edge onto his pads. Solid start for the skipper. Just 1 off his first. England are 62/0 at the end of Powerplay 1. They need another 151 runs off 40 overs.
9.5
1
J Holder to J Bairstow, Good length ball on the pads, Bairstow flicks it to deep square leg and gets a single.
9.4
0
J Holder to J Bairstow, Play and a miss. Slightly shorter than the previous one, Bairstow goes for the big pull but misses. There was a little inswing once the ball went past the bat.

Such is England's batting talent. Their two crucial batsmen got injured but it has not mattered much to them. They have shown that the Plan B was ready for such scenarios and Joe Root has stepped up to deliver as an opener. The English team is in cruise control at the moment against some listless bowling from West Indies.

9.3
0
J Holder to J Bairstow, Good length ball on top of off, Bairstow tucks it to mid on.
9.2
0
J Holder to J Bairstow, Length ball on off, Bairstow defends it with a straight bat.
9.1
0
J Holder to J Bairstow, Good length ball around off, Bairstow looks to pull but misses and gets hit on the thigh pad.

The skipper brings himself on. Jason Holder is into the attack. Just the one over for Russell then.

8.6
1
S Gabriel to J Bairstow, Another good pull shot but this time the man is a bit squarer at deep mid-wicket so just a single. West Indies desperately need a wicket. These two are strolling at the moment.
8.6
0
S Gabriel to J Bairstow, WIDE! Once again Shannon misses his line and bowls it down the leg side. Hope does well diving to his left and stopping the ball.
8.5
1
S Gabriel to Joe Root, Now flicks it past the man at mid-wicket and to the man in the deep for a single.
8.4
0
S Gabriel to Joe Root, On middle and leg, Root flicks it to the man at mid-wicket.
8.4
0
S Gabriel to Joe Root, WIDE! Now bowls it down the leg side, Root looks to pull it but misses.
8.3
0
S Gabriel to Joe Root, Slightly fuller on middle, Root taps it down to backward point.
8.2
4
S Gabriel to Joe Root, FOUR! Up and over. Good length ball on off, Root has no qualms and pulls it over backward square leg with comfort. There is no one in the deep, so no risk and he gets a boundary.
8.1
0
S Gabriel to Joe Root, Good length ball on off, Root defends it to cover.
7.6
0
A Russell to J Bairstow, Bouncer to finish the over. It is away from the body so Bairstow let's it carry to the keeper. 7 off Russell's first. England need 160 off 252 balls.
7.5
0
A Russell to J Bairstow, Good length ball on off, Jonny defends it with a straight bat.
7.4
0
A Russell to J Bairstow, This time Bairstow sways away from the ball and the ball goes to the keeper.
7.3
0
A Russell to J Bairstow, Ouch!! Back of a length ball on the body, Bairstow sways away from it but the ball hits him on his body.
7.2
3
A Russell to Joe Root, Another nice shot. Length ball outside off, Root cuts it through cover-point. Cottrell runs from third man and stops the ball from going to the fence. The batsmen take three.
7.1
4
A Russell to Joe Root, FOUR! Fifty comes up for England with that glorious boundary. Russell bowls it full first up on off, Root loves it there and drives it through cover-point for a boundary.

Change from both the ends now as Andre Russell is on!

6.6
1
S Gabriel to Joe Root, Outside off on a length, Root punches it towards cover and takes a single.
6.6
0
S Gabriel to Joe Root, Bouncer gone wrong! It is over Root's head and the umpire signals it as a wide for height.
6.5
0
S Gabriel to Joe Root, Bouncer! It skids off the surface. Root looks to pull but gets an edge on it which deflects onto his helmet.
6.4
0
S Gabriel to Joe Root, Follows it up with a solid tap back to the bowler.
6.3
2
S Gabriel to Joe Root, Another good looking shot this. Length ball outside off, Root cuts it past point and runs the first one hard. The outfield is still damp so as the fielder from third man mops it up, Root comes back for the second. Good running this.
6.2
0
S Gabriel to Joe Root, On off now, Root defends it off the back foot.
6.1
2
S Gabriel to Joe Root, Starts with a back of a length ball, Root pulls it past square leg and gets a couple.

Shannon Gabriel is on now! His skipper needs a wicket, can he deliver?

5.6
1
O Thomas to Joe Root, Good length ball outside off, Root taps it down to third man and keeps the strike with a single.
5.5
0
O Thomas to Joe Root, Outside off on a length, Root looks to drive but gets a bottom edge on it which goes to point.
5.4
4
O Thomas to Joe Root, FOUR! Root is oozing class at the moment. Full outside off, Root gets on his front foot and plays a handsome cover drive for a boundary.
5.3
0
O Thomas to Joe Root, Outside off, Root plays it to the man at point.
5.2
1
O Thomas to J Bairstow, Now an inside edge. Length ball outside off, Jonny looks to cut but gets an inside edge which goes past the stumps towards the fine leg region for a single.
5.1
4
O Thomas to J Bairstow, FOUR! SHOT! Full on middle, Bairstow plays a picture-perfect straight drive past mid on for a boundary. Bairstow holds the pose for the cameras. Reminiscent of the great Sachin Tendulkar's straight drive.
4.6
0
S Cottrell to Joe Root, Bouncer! It is on off, Root looks to pull but misses. Someone was appealing, don't know who it was and what he was appealing for...
4.5
0
S Cottrell to Joe Root, Hits the deck hard on a length, Root defends it calmly off his back foot.
4.4
0
S Cottrell to Joe Root, Once again the length is the same, this time Root cuts it but to the man at point.
4.3
0
S Cottrell to Joe Root, Good length ball on off, Root defends it off the back foot.
4.2
2
S Cottrell to Joe Root, Comes around the wicket and bowls it on a length, Root cuts it through point. Thomas runs to his right from third man and stops the ball from going to the fence with a dive. The batsmen take two.
4.1
4
S Cottrell to Joe Root, FOUR! Classic Joe Root. Full outside off, Root gets on his front foot and plays a textbook cover drive for a boundary.
3.6
0
O Thomas to J Bairstow, Good shot but straight to the man at mid off. Full on off, Bairstow plays a good looking drive but gets no run. 4 overs gone, England are 24/0.
3.5
1
O Thomas to Joe Root, The length is the same but it on off this time, Root taps it towards cover and takes a quick single.
3.4
2
O Thomas to Joe Root, Full on the pads, Root turns it behind square on the leg side and gets a couple.
3.3
0
O Thomas to Joe Root, Full on off, Root follows the boundary with a good solid front foot defense.
3.2
4
O Thomas to Joe Root, FOUR! Too good! Just too good. Thomas lands it on a length around off, Root pulls it with ease through backward square leg for a boundary. That shot had class written all over it.
3.1
0
O Thomas to Joe Root,Good length ball on off, Root defends it astutely.
2.6
0
S Cottrell to J Bairstow, Good length ball on off, Bairstow defends it to see off the over. 8 runs off the over. England off to a solid start here.
2.6
0
S Cottrell to J Bairstow, WIDE! Cottrell misses his line with the bouncer and bowls it down the leg side. Bairstow ducks under it. The umpire signals it as a wide.
2.5
0
S Cottrell to J Bairstow, Good comeback. Bowls a very good yorker on off, Jonny does well to block it.
2.4
4
S Cottrell to J Bairstow, FOUR! That was four the moment Bairstow hit it. Full outside off. It is slightly overpitched, Bairstow takes it with both hands and drives it through covers for a boundary.
2.3
0
S Cottrell to J Bairstow, Good length ball on off and middle, Bairstow pushes it to the man at cover.
2.2
2
S Cottrell to J Bairstow, On middle and leg, Jonny flicks it through mid-wicket and gets a couple.
2.1
1
S Cottrell to Joe Root, Root is off the mark. Full on off, Root pushes it towards cover and takes a quick single. His first run as an opener for England in ODIs.
1.6
0
O Thomas to J Bairstow, Back of a length ball on off, Bairstow blocks it.
1.5
2
O Thomas to J Bairstow, In the air... but safe. The ploy is clear, they are going to bowl short. It is on that very length outside off, Bairstow looks to upper cut it but it goes off the upper half of his bat. The ball goes to the right of third man and the batsmen take two.
1.4
0
O Thomas to J Bairstow, Good fielding. Back of a length ball outside off, Bairstow punches it to the right of point. The fielder there dives and saves runs for his side.
1.3
4
O Thomas to J Bairstow, FOUR! First one of the innings and it has come right off the meat. Thomas bowls it on a length outside off. He offers a nice amount of room and Bairstow pounces onto it. Jonny slaps it through covers for a boundary.
1.2
0
O Thomas to J Bairstow, Good length ball on off, Bairstow looks to flick it but it comes off the inner half of his bat and goes onto his body.
1.1
0
O Thomas to J Bairstow, Thomas starts with a back of a length ball on off, Bairstow gets on top of the bounce and taps it down to the ground.

Oshane Thomas to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.

0.6
0
S Cottrell to Joe Root, A very well bowled bouncer to end the over. It is close to the body, Root jumps and does well to keep it down. Not a big chase so they can take their time. 3 off the first over.
0.5
0
S Cottrell to Joe Root, Cottrell once again hits the deck hard on a length. Root defends it to cover.
0.4
0
S Cottrell to Joe Root, Back of a length ball on off, Root blocks it strongly to start his innings.
0.3
3
S Cottrell to J Bairstow, The chase is off the mark. Full outside off, Bairstow drives it through point. Pooran chases it and pulls it back before the ropes. The batsmen meanwhile comeback for the third.
0.2
0
S Cottrell to J Bairstow, Now Cottrell bowls it full outside off. No swing on offer on this one. Jonny leaves it alone.
0.1
0
S Cottrell to J Bairstow, Cottrell starts with a bouncer. It is on the leg side, Bairstow ducks under it. There were some doubts whether it is a wide or not but the umpire is happy.

We are back for the chase! The West Indies players are in a huddle before they take their positions in the field. Jason Roy is injured and also he cannot bat before number 7. So Jonny Bairstow walks out with a new partner in Joe Root. Both are from Yorkshire so understanding should not be an issue. This is the first time that Root is opening for England in ODIs. Sheldon Cottrell to operate with the first new ball.