England on Friday thrashed West Indies by eight wickets in the ongoing cricket World Cup competition with Joe Root scoring a top class century. England achieved the winning target with nearly 17 overs to spare.
Batting first, West Indies saw their batting collapse their side were all out for 212 in 44.4 overs. Nicholas Pooran was the top scorer for his team with 63 runs before he was bowled off Jofra Archer’s bowling.
English batsmen made a solid start as they put up first runs with a run rate of over 6 runs. Jonny Bairstow was the first to depart at 95 in the 15th over after scoring 45 runs. England’s second wicket to fall was of Chris Woakes, who was out at 40. The team’s total was 199 for 2 and England needed 14 more runs in 18.1 overs. Root, who was batting at 98, completed his century without much difficulties and remained not out at 100.
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan told BBC, “Joe Root is England’s best ever consistent player, he makes it look so easy whatever the format. The West Indies bowled poorly, you just sit on the back foot against this team, you don’t have to do a great deal with your feet.
“He has three World Cup centuries, that tells you the kind of player England have. He looks driven to make sure this team go all the way. They have an incredible chance to win that trophy.”
Root said, “It’s obviously nice for this hundred to mean something and for us to win. It was a great toss to win and important we followed through on that. You pride yourself on working it out as a batsman, building big partnerships either when setting or closing down a chase like we did today.”
England play Afghanistan in their next match, while West Indies face Bangladesh. India’s next match is against arch-rival Pakistan on 16 June in Manchester.