Russell, Gabriel injured as Windies crushed

Open­er Joe Root scored a fine un­beat­en cen­tu­ry to steer Eng­land to a crush­ing eight-wick­et vic­to­ry over the West In­dies in their ICC 2019 World Cup match at Southamp­ton, a re­sult which makes the Windies' road to the last four very rocky from here.

Root hit 11 fours off 100 balls as Eng­land, chas­ing a mod­est 213 for vic­to­ry, got there with 17 overs to spare to pile on the pres­sure for Windies skip­per Ja­son Hold­er and his team, who will now have to win their re­main­ing five match­es to have a chance of get­ting to the play­off phase.

Shan­non Gabriel was the pick of the Windies bowlers with two wick­ets for 49 runs but was one of two bowlers who left the field with in­jury. All­rounder An­dre Rus­sell al­so limped off the field af­ter bowl­ing on­ly two overs and both may be ques­tion­able for the team's now cru­cial against Bangladesh on Mon­day.

Ear­li­er, how­ev­er, Eng­land pac­ers Mark Wood and Jofra Archer, who is of Bar­ba­di­an her­itage, ran through the West In­dies side. Wood fin­ished with three wick­ets for 18 runs, in­clud­ing the key wick­ets of Shai Hope (11) and Rus­sell (21), while Archer al­so bagged three low­er-or­der scalps to set up an easy run chase for the home side.

Man-of-the-Match Root al­so took the wick­ets of Shim­ron Het­my­er (39) and Hold­er (9) with his off-spin.

On­ly Nicholas Pooran of­fered any re­al re­sis­tance with a well played 63 off 78 balls but once his part­ner­ship with Het­my­er was bro­ken by Root the West In­dies ca­pit­u­lat­ed.

Vic­to­ry pushed Eng­land to sec­ond on the 10-team ta­ble with six points from four match­es, one be­hind lead­ers New Zealand, while the West In­dies fell to sixth with four points from as many match­es.

Sum­marised scores:

West In­dies 212 all out (Nicholas Pooran 63, Shim­ron Het­my­er 39, Chris Gayle 36; Mark Wood 3/18, Jofra Archer 3/30) v Eng­land 213-2 (Joe Root no, Jon­ny Bairstow 45, Chris Woakes 40; Shan­non Gabriel 2/49)

Re­sult: Eng­land won by 8 wick­ets

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