Joe Root’s unbeaten 90, rightly complemented by half-centuries by Jason Roy and Chris Woakes help England defeat the West Indies by four wickets. They now have an undefeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
England's disciplined bowling restricts West Indies to 225
West Indian batsmen failed to convert promising starts into something substantial as the hosts were bowled out for 225. Seven of the top nine entered double digits but none of them could go on to make a big score, with Jason Mohammed's 73-ball 50 being the top score.
Steven Finn (2-38) who was included in the squad delivered with the new ball picking Evin Lewis and Kieran Powell. Having been put under pressure in his opening over, Finn tightened up and was rewarded as he went on to dismiss Lewis and Kieran Powell inside the first seven overs to become the third fastest England bowler to 100 ODI wickets.
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After a good partnership between Braithwaite and Jason Mohammad, the batting lost momentum as Liam Plunkett(3-32) and Adil Rashid(2-52) did the damage at the back end of the innings to restrict West Indies to a sub-par total.
Root, Roy & Woakes seal the series for England
Before Root and Woakes came together for the match-winning partnership, England lost Sam Billings early on the second ball of their innings to a ripper from Gabriel. But Jason Roy, who made 52 from 46 balls, and Root put on 87 for the second wicket. Following the dismissal of Roy, England’s middle order collapsed resurfacing their weakness on turning pitches.
England lost 5 for 37 at the hands of the West Indian spinners Ashley Nurse and Devendra Bishoo.
Chasing a below-par 226 to win, it required an unbeaten partnership of 102 between Root and Chris Woakes, who finished 68 not out, for England to avoid an embarrassing defeat after the terrible performance by the middle order batsman. Woakes scored fifty off just 65 balls taking pressure off Root which helped him to continue playing at his own tempo keeping the required rate in check.
West Indies: 225 all out in 47.5 overs (Jason Mohammed 50, Kraigg Brathwaite 42, Liam Plunkett 3-32, Steven Finn 2-38)
England: 226/6 in 48.2 overs (Joe Root 90*, Chris Woakes 68*, Jason Roy 52; Ashley Nurse 3-34, Devendra Bishoo 2-43)
Man of the Match: – Joe Root (for his crucial unbeaten 90*)