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Root, Woakes guides England to series win despite West Indies fightback

Joe Root (left) and Chris Woakes celebrating the win in Antigua
Joe Root (left) and Chris Woakes celebrating the win in Antigua

England 226-6 (Root 90no) beat
West Indies 225 (Mohammed 50) by four wickets
Second One-Day International in Antigua

Joe Root and Chris Woakes shared an unbeaten 102-run stand for the seventh wicket to help England chase down 226 runs against England with four wickets in hand in the second One-Day International in Antigua to claim the series 2-0.

West Indies decided to bat first on winning the toss. Evin Leiws (8) started the innings with a couple of boundaries in the first over but was caught in the covers two overs later off Steven Finn (2-38), who also had Kieran Powell (9) caught and bowled.

Ben Stokes (1-29) joined the action after having Shai Hope (16) caught behind following which Kraigg Brathwaite (42) and Jason Mohammed (50) tried to resurrect the innings with a 72-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Mohammed continued scoring the occasional boundaries as West Indies reached 98 for three at halfway mark and also brought their 50-run stand off 67 deliveries. In the 29th over, Brathwaite had a reprieve when he was dropped at midwicket by Stokes.

However, Moeen Ali (1-44) ensured there was not much damage done, having Brathwaite stumped in the 30th over. Mohammed reached his fifty with a six off 71 deliveries but was dismissed soon after when he holed out to mid on to give Liam Plunkett (3-32) a wicket.

Jonathan Carter (39) looked good for his 36-ball knock which had two boundaries and a six in it while Carlos Brathwaite (23) showed some fight at the end but West Indies could manage only 225 runs in 47.5 overs before they were bowled out.

Finn, Plunkett and Adil Rashid (2-53) shared seven wickets between them.

Sam Billings (0) fell in the second ball of the chase when he nicked a Shannon Gabriel (1-17) delivery and in the next over Jason Roy (52) was dropped despite a brilliant effort from Carlos (0-38). Roy also survived a LBW review from West Indies in the same over.

Both Roy and Root (90 not out) decided to counterattack the West Indian attack as they smashed nine boundaries and a six combined to take the total to 69 for one in the first powerplay.

Roy completed a 44-ball fifty but was caught at long on in the 15th over bowled by Ashley Nurse (3-34). With Nurse and Devendra Bishoo (2-43) bowling in tandem, England also lost Eoin Morgan (7), Stokes (1), Jos Buttler (0) and Ali (3) in quick succession and were reduced to 124 for six. During that phase, Root also completed a well compiled fifty at the other end.

Root and Woakes (68 not out) weathered the West Indies bowling attack initially and when the target came under 60, Woakes smashed his first six in the 38th over. Their 50-run stand came off 75 deliveries.

Woakes was dropped at long on by Rovman Powell in the 40th over by the end of which England needed 37 runs. The all-rounder soon reached his fifty and was dropped for the second time by Jason Holder (0-46) at mid on.

With a six in the 48th over, Woakes brought the target down to one run which they completed in the 49th over. The win has given England 2-0 lead in the three-match series with Root taking the player of the match award.

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