England Vs West Indies: Root’s all-round performance helped the hosts to an easy win
June 14, 2019
ICC CWC 2019 | England Vs West Indies | Match 19 | Post-match Analysis
Windies was totally outclassed by the hosts. The moment England won the toss, they haven’t put a foot wrong. Gayle did give them a threat in 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 kind of nose-dived as well 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.
After winning the toss, England forced Windies to bat first on a pitch which assists the bowlers. WI didn’t bat well as Evin Lewis got cleaned up, Chris Gayle caught top-edging a pull to the deep and Shai Hope trapped leg-before. By the 14th over, West Indies were 55 for 3, a point where their ‘natural game’ was the only option they could choose from. When offered, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran chose the other alternative.
Two return catches by Root left West Indies slipping from 144 for 3 to 156 for 5 – a position from where they never recovered. Hetmyer and Jason Holder were back in the dressing room.
England managed to overturn two decisions in their favour. Archer and Wood finished with three wickets apiece as West Indies folded up for 212.
while chasing 213, Jonny Bairstow and surprisingly Joe Root walked out to open. The opening partnership stood for 95 runs before the former getting out to Gabriel.
Even after Bairstow fell in the 15th over, playing an uppercut to third man, West Indies could never pull themselves back into the contest. Chris Woakes, promoted to No 3, made good use of the opportunity and spent over an hour in the middle, batting 54 deliveries for 40 runs, and adding a century stand with Root for the second wicket. He fell just 14 runs short of the winning target, becoming Gabriel’s second scalp but that was the last of West Indies’ success on the evening.
With two batsmen short and a reasonably low target to chase down, the platform was perfectly set for Root to carve in his natural game. It helped that despite the pace, West Indies couldn’t pose many questions to the batsmen. If anything, they only worsened matters for themselves by conceding 15 wides. In the penultimate over of the chase, Root brought up his second century of the world cup as the hosts won the game easily by 8 wickets.
Brief Scores: West Indies 212 in 44.4 overs (Nicholas Pooran 63, Shimron Hetmyer 39; Mark Wood 3-18, Jofra Archer 3-30) lost to England 212/3 in 33.1 overs (Joe Root 100*, Jonny Bairstow 45; Shannon Gabriel 2-49) by 8 wickets.