ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Date & Time: 14 June 2019
RR: 6.42 | England beat West Indies by 8 wickets
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.
FREE HIT TIME!
Jason Holder to bowl what could be the last over of the game!
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.
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.
Shannon Gabriel is back into the attack!
A review by West Indies for an LBW! Woakes is the man in question. The impact seems to be outside off.
Carlos Brathwaite is back on!
Jason Holder has decided to toss the ball to Chris Gayle. Can the big man do some magic with the ball?
Oshane Thomas is back for another burst.
Carlos Brathwaite is on now!
Shannon Gabriel has left the field. Not sure, if it's some injury or just a comfort break.
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.
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.
Shannon Gabriel comes on.
The physio is out in the middle having a concussion check on Jonny Bairstow. He looks fine and has replaced his helmet.
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.
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.
The skipper brings himself on. Jason Holder is into the attack. Just the one over for Russell then.
Change from both the ends now as Andre Russell is on!
Shannon Gabriel is on now! His skipper needs a wicket, can he deliver?
Oshane Thomas to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
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.