After Sri Lanka, now West Indies has struck its World Cup 2019 deal. With the latest defeat to England at Old Trafford, the Caribbean nation lost direct entry to the world tournament. It was Jonny Bairstow who struck his maiden ODI ton to wreak West Indies for a seven-wicket win. West Indies scored 204 runs after winning the toss. The inning faced an intense attack from England. In 42 overs, the team lost 9 wickets. The match was shortened being delayed by rain. West Indies started with Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis batting for 45 runs in the opening stretch. There were boundaries off Gayle's bat after being dropped in an early over. He scored 32 off 27 balls until Root took the catch in the over from Chris Woakes.
The opening show was the only momentum in the inning. Gradually runs became a rarity with the middle order playing dot balls to uphold their wickets. In this stretch, there were neither runs nor wickets for the team. It was Ben Stokes who broke into the lineup taking down Shai Hope. He scored 37 off 57 balls, while Marlon Samuels scored 17 off 46 balls. The other contributions are from Jason Mohammed and Rovman Powell lower down the line. The best was from Jason Holder, knocking 41 off 33 balls remaining unbeaten. Stokes took down 3 wickets for 43 runs.
While England strangulated West Indies' batting in the first inning, it blasted its bowling in the second. The second wicket partnership between Bairstow and Joe Root is the foundation of the victory. The players scored 125 runs together with Root plundering 54 runs in the stretch. Bairstow remained unbeaten with his century knock. Ben Stokes scored 23 off 10 balls, with a strong strike at the end, reaching the victory mark. England won the match in 30 overs. Kesrick Williams had two wickets in the inning.
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