Published: Mon, March 06, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

West Indies bowled out for 225 in 2nd ODI

West Indies bowled out for 225 in 2nd ODI

That set in motion the collapse that saw England slip from 87-2 to 124-6.

Although not captain in the shorter formats, Root's calmness under pressure, taking responsibility to lead England to victory bodes well for his Test captaincy which will begin in July against South Africa. So, too, did Chris Woakes, whose unbeaten 68 represented only his second half-century in 50-over cricket.

The pair impressed but cut it close as they patiently guided England to victory with 10 balls left.

Root said: "I wanted to stay calm".

Morgan (107), dropped on just four, was patient and resourceful to help eke out a total of 296 for six - which proved beyond the hosts on a slow surface. If a couple of us could bat for 10 overs, we knew we would win the game. Looking at their bowling attack, it is a very good one and to get up to the score we did was very good.

The West Indies started their chase cautiously with Evin Lewis and Kraigg Braithwaite putting on 36 for the first wicket.

That saw the Middlesex fast bowler become the third quickest England bowler to reach 100 ODI wickets - he took 65 matches - behind only Darren Gough and Stuart Broad. But while it no doubt induced palpitations in Pune, the Indian Premier League's new £1.7million man returned unscathed.

Root's typically composed innings, which featured just three boundaries in 127 balls, and Woakes' more adventurous knock guided England to an 11th win out of their last 12 completed ODIs against West Indies. Hope's dismissal in the 25th over slashing a wide delivery to backward point brought Jason Mohammed and Jonathan Carter together.

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Ali and Rashid then turned the screws.

It looked exactly like that early on when Shannon Gabriel took two early wickets.

Then Brathwaite fell to a catch on the long-on boundary by Sam Billings, with the innings ending in anti-climax as the last three wickets fell for six runs.

Jason Roy (52) put England on top but home spinners Ashley Nurse (3-34) and Devendra Bishoo (2-43) hit back.

That 86-run stand between Root and Roy whittled down the required runs to 139. There were three wickets from Liam Plunkett, to go with his four from the first game, and two apiece for Steven Finn and Adil Rashid.

Yes, this was a wearing pitch but some of the shot selection was shocking.

But despite the early setback, England - and Jason Roy, in particular - were not perturbed, with Roy (52) racing through to a 45-ball fifty, though he was perhaps a little fortunate to survive a caught behind review when on only one. On the other hand, Root carried his merry ways and achieved his 28th ODI half-century of 63 balls.

Shai Hope (31) and Jason Mohammed (72) tried to resurrect the innings with a 69-run stand for the fourth wicket.

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