England vs West Indies highlights – Both England and West Indies were looking for crucial two points from this game as England had suffered a defeat against Pakistan in their second game and West Indies had their last game being rained off. So it was important that both the teams add two points to their tally and keep them in the top half of the table.
Since the conditions were overcast in the morning, the toss was extremely vital because whichever team would win the toss was going to bowl first and take advantage of the conditions. The hosts had the coin falling in their favour and they had no hesitation in opting to bowl first.
Here we have summarised the England vs West Indies highlights for you –
Chris Gayle’s early onslaught
The ball was swinging, but the English bowlers were still pretty reluctant to bowl full to Chris Gayle probably because of his hitting prowess. So they consistently dragged the length against him and he played some crisp hits through the leg side as well as straight down the ground.
But eventually, the veteran left-hander perished trying to play a shot too many as he was holed out at the deep square leg boundary by Jonny Bairstow. Plunkett’s extra bounce got him as the ball was still rising when he made contact with the ball and hence he ended up mistiming the shot.
Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer’s partnership
Once England got West Indies three down pretty cheaply, it seemed their fast bowlers might run through their middle order because the conditions were really suiting them. But two young guns of West Indies, Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer, made sure it didn’t happen as they built an 89-run partnership for the 4th wicket and took West Indies past the 150-run mark.
England vs West Indies Highlights
They would have liked to continue further though. Both of them would be disappointed at the time they got out. However in the duration, they stayed at the crease, their stroke-play was breathtaking.
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The West Indies collapse
The men in maroon were 5 down for 188 at one stage, but they ended up getting bowled for just 212. Jofra Archer and Mark Wood paired up to induce a massive collapse as they wiped out the lower middle order of West Indies in no time. Both Jofra and Wood finished with 3-wicket hauls.
Jason Roy and Eoin Morgan’s injury
Jason Roy and Eoin Morgan have played a key role in making sure England become the kind of force they have become in white ball cricket. Both of them sustained an injury during the West Indies’ innings. While Roy did some damage to his hamstring, Morgan rediscovered his back trouble that he has been suffering from for quite some time.
England vs West Indies Highlights
Both of them, once they went out of the ground, didn’t return to field again and Morgan in the post-match presentation said that he would be able to give an official update on the fitness status of himself and Roy only after 48 hours.
Joe Root’s century
Generally Joe Root bats at no. 3 for England, but because of the injury to Jason Roy, he got the opportunity to open the innings and he made it count as he showed his full range of shots. The conditions had eased out a little bit as well, so that helped him and the West Indies bowlers consistently bowled short to him which was not ideal for that surface as it was not a bouncy surface. Root saw off England’s chase and remained unbeaten on 100.