CWC 2019 Recap: England brush aside West Indies at the cost of Roy's hamstring
A Cricket World series, CWC 2019 Recap looks at all the high-octane encounters from the last year's ODI World Cup: from Jofra Archer's bouncers to Rohit Sharma's hundreds and from Mitchell Starc's yorkers to Virat Kohli's antics.
England 213 - 2 (Joe Root 100*, Jonny Bairstow 45, Chris Woakes 40; Shannon Gabriel 2-49)
West Indies 212 (Nicholas Pooran 63; Jofra Archer 3-30, Mark Wood 3-18, Joe Root 2-27)
Result - England won by 8 wickets
In the 19th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, after England won the toss and put West Indies into bat, Gayle was a threat during his 41-ball 36 which also included a drop by Mark Wood at deep third man. But once Gayle fell prey to the short ball, West Indies nose-dived, barring the Hetmyer-Pooran partnership.
The southpaws built a healthy partnership before Root had Hetmyer caught and bowled off an innocuous offie. Holder and Russell also fell by the wayside playing loose shots. And Archer delivered the final touches by removing the tail.
England though on the field had scares in the form of injuries to Roy (hamstring) and Morgan (stiff back). Both of who walked off during the course of the action. That prompted the management to send Root at the top of the order and he responded with a classy ton. The short balls never flustered him and he looked in cruise control throughout the innings.
When Chris Woakes was asked to bat at three and made a vital 40 once the Bairstow-Root combo laid the platform, you knew that England was doing quite well.
While Morgan was back to fitness, Roy missed a couple of crucial matches before bouncing back in style against India.
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