AgencySouthampton: Joe Root hit his second century of the tournament after England pace battery tormented the West Indies batsmen to set up a thumping eight-wicket win in their World Cup match here Friday. West Indies got a taste of their own medicine — they had troubled the Pakistanis with bouncers in their only win thus far — as the England pace battery unleashed fiery spells to bundle them out for 212 in 44.4 overs. England overhauled the target with remarkable ease, completing the win in 33.1 overs as Root remained unbeaten on 100, which came off 94 balls. In his 16th ODI hundred, Root found the boundary rope 11 times. West Indies owed their total to Nicholas Pooran (63), who chose the biggest stage to strike his maiden ODI fifty, and Shimron Hetmyer’s (39) sensible batting on a pitch which had no demons. They added 89 runs for the fourth wicket but West Indies’ big guns failed to fire.
Extravagance, when the situation demanded patience, resulted in Chris Gayle (36) and Andre Russell (21) throwing their wickets away. The T20 style batting in the longer format cost their side dear. Young pacer Archer (3/30) had the West Indies batsmen dancing on the pitch, troubling them with the steep bounce. Archer, Mark Wood (3/18), Chris Woakes (1/16) and Liam Plunkket (1/30) delivered the goods for the home favourites after home skipper Eoin Morgan opted to field. For defending 212, West Indies needed early wickets but openers Root and Jonny Bairstow (45) punctured all their hopes with a commanding 91-run stand. It seemed the two batsmen were competing to hit most the elegant shots one can hit. Their cover and straight drives were like unrestrained stream of a river. Left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell did ask a few tough questions to the English duo but Root and Bairstow were up for the task. Bairstow departed when his square cut off Shannon Gabriel landed straight into the big hands of Carlos Brathwaite.
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