Player of the Match
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Best performances - Batsmen

JE Root
JE Root
100(94) 11x4 - 0x6
Control %91%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 30 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
8 2 19 8 27 11 6 19
N Pooran
63(78) 3x4 - 1x6
Control %72%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 13 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
6 4 10 8 11 6 0 18

Best performances - Bowlers

MA Wood
MA Wood
O6.4
M0
R18
W3
Eco2.70
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JC Archer
O9
M1
R30
W3
Eco3.33
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Scorer: Chandan Duorah | Commentator: Debayan Sen (@debayansen)

5.25pm That's that from the Rose Bowl, Southampton for the moment. England remind everybody why they are arguably the top team to take the World Cup trophy next month with a thoroughly professional performance. The big thing was how the weather held up, and these teams will hope that continues into next week. Just to remind you that West Indies next play Bangladesh over at Taunton on Monday, while England host Afghanistan at Old Trafford the following day. The action continues with a double-header on ESPNcricinfo tomorrow -- it's Sri Lanka versus Australia at The Oval, while South Africa take on Afghanistan in Cardiff. Join us then for that one. For the moment, it's goodbye from scorers Venkat Raghav, Chandan Duorah, Saurabh Somani on the live report, George Dobell and Jarrod Kimber at the ground, and Andrew Miller and myself on comms. We had fun bringing this to you. Follow the game with ESPNcricinfo

Jason Holder tells Nasser: "I don't think we put enough runs on the board. We needed one or two more partnerships. The toss was very crucial, but we did a pretty decent job in the Powerplay. Our batsmen need to take a bit more ownership in the middle overs. One or two curious shots, and batters got out at crucial stages. it's happened twice in two games, and we really need to look at that. (On short bowling) We probably didn't read the pace of the pitch. Having said that, defending 213 wasn't easy. (Fitness) We've been carrying some niggles in recent weeks, and we need to take care of that. There's no point looking back. We can only control the future."

Eoin Morgan next: "It's the back. It's a bit sore at the moment. Jason Roy has potentially tweaked his hamstring. He's gone for a scan and we have to see it for the next 48 hours. I've had back spasms in the past and we have to see over the next 24-48 hours. Everybody in our squad is vital, and we don't want injuries. I think we had a really good day at the office today. The way the bowlers stuck to plans on that surface was outstanding. Continued to create chances through the middle overs. Joe (Root) has had an absolute day out. He's the glue that keeps the team together. (Joffra Archer) He is a pleasure to captain. He loves the challenge and to overcome it. Our plans have remained the same throughout, even though the personnel have changed. The guys are executing the plans better, and you need players that can play a part through the tournament. (On Afghanistan) They're a side we've actually struggled against in the past. We have to put in our research."

Joe Root is the Player of the Match. Tells Nasser Hussain: "It was a really good toss to have won today, and it was good to take the opportunity and use the conditions. Rest of the guys helped build big partnerships. (On opening) It's just nice to get some time in the park. Tried to hit the gaps, and it's not much difference between opening and lower down. The way Woakes also came in and batted was very good. We spent two days in the indoor nets and (played) plenty of short stuff there. You need to have the method and you need to back yourself to do it. We pride ourselves in having our basics covered. (On bowling) I've just been trying a few things. When you don't have the skills some of the other guys have, you try out a few things. (On the Botham celebration) Still a work in progress. Tried it a couple of days ago."

bernard fraser: "This WI team has no game plan...I am not a betting man but if I was I would bet that this WI side will not win any of their remaining games even against Afghanistan who by the way have the upper hand against them in recent times"

Amogh K: "Maybe I am a little late to send in my comment, but what happened to John Campbell, the opening batsman who was involved in a record-opening partnership with Hope? I don't see him in the squad, why?" --- Two words - Universe Boss

ken: "What, no rain? BTW do the spectators get full refunds is play is washed out completely?" --- Indeed they do, it's a full refund for anything less than 15 overs. It's still 50 percent if 15.1 overs are bowled

Edward Dixon: "Centuries and wickets - what about Paul Collingwood in 2005 or are you only counting WC matches?" --- Correct, this is World Cup matches only

5.14pm The injuries to Jason Roy and Eoin Morgan forced the rejig of the batting order, and boy did Joe Root make the most of that! A crunching hundred to lead the chase, which was set up thanks to some great work by the England bowlers. They won the toss, and they bowled well with the new ball and set the tone for this dominating performance. West Indies will have to return to the drawing board. Do they have a Plan B when the short ball doesn't work?

33.1
4
Holder to Stokes, FOUR runs, fuller ball, and he has whipped this through midwicket to seal the win. Root and Stokes give each other a hug, as they should. This has been an overall professional performance from the hosts, and that has certainly lifted the gloom from all the washouts over the last week or so at this World Cup!

Joe Root and Moeen Ali are now the only English players to score centuries and take two or more wickets in a World Cup match

33.1
5nb
Holder to Stokes, (no ball) FOUR runs, short, and he forces this off the front foot, past mid off. Pretty amazing shot, when you consider where he placed this one!

Target under 10, as Holder comes on

sam: "Watching WI play these days is a punishment. I feel bad for the people who spent the money to watch them get spanked. Sad state of affair for WI and Pakistan. " --- They haven't been good today, but they certainly sparkled early on in this World Cup. Would hope they can get that mojo going again

END OF OVER:
33 | 4 Runs | ENG: 204/2 (9 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.18, RRR: 0.52)

  • Joe Root100 (94b)
  • Ben Stokes2 (4b)
  • Oshane Thomas6-0-43-0
  • Shannon Gabriel7-0-49-2
32.6
0
Thomas to Root, no run, short, and he goes back and plays this towards square leg
32.5
1
Thomas to Stokes, 1 run, length, played away towards the on side
32.4
1
Thomas to Root, 1 run, short, fittingly so, and he runs this down towards fine leg. Hundred for Joe Root, and he takes his helmet off and flashes a satisfied grin as he soaks in the applause. Hundreds in World Cups against Sri Lanka, Pakistan and now West Indies. 16th overall
32.3
1
Thomas to Stokes, 1 run, short, and he swings this down to fine leg to bring Root back on strike

Some questions about whether this will be the first World Cup chase without a six. Well, you know what? It will be the 46th such instance

England 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st95JM BairstowJE Root
2nd104CR WoakesJE Root
3rd14JE RootBA Stokes