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Chasing 226 runs to win the second One-Day International (ODI) against West Indies, England from a position of worry were able to muster up a win for themselves and gain an much needed confidence in their abilities after an torrid India tour. This win gives the visitors an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the three-ODI series. It was the belligerent display by Jason Roy that bonded with the cool-headedness of Joe Root and tidiness on part of Chris Woakes that overcame West Indies’ late scare with the ball, that saw home England winning the tie by 4 wickets. Full Cricket Scorecard: West Indies vs England, 2nd ODI at Antigua

Opening the innings for England in absence of Alex Hales, Sam Billings departed for a 2-ball duck becoming Shannon Gabriel’s only victim in the match. Coming in at No.3 Test skipper Root, along with partner Roy, weathered out the tough time in the middle before bringing the attack to the West Indies bowlers. Roy, who was lucky to survive on scores of 1 and 6, went to smack bowlers all-across the ground. He in particular took a liking to Gabriel. One of highlights of his knock was a golf-shot like bat swing that scorched the ball over the cover boundary. Root, on the other hand, started slowly but gained momentum quickly.

Roy reached his ninth ODI half-century in no time, taking just 45 balls that included 7 fours and a six. His stay in middle was cut short after he holed out to Carlos Brathwaite at midwicket off Ashley Nurse for 52. Skipper Eoin Morgan, too fell to the trickery of Ashley Nurse, getting leg-before for 7. On the other hand, Root carried his merry ways and achieved his 28th ODI half-century of 63 balls.

Soon, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, were back in the dressing room after they fell to the skill-fulness of Devendra Bishoo. Both Stokes (1) and Buttler (0), tried to cut the ball only to give the wicketkeeper’ a simple caught behind. New man Moeen Ali, too fell into Nurse’s trap, who cleaned him up with a drifter for 3. England in no time lost 4 crucial wicket for adding just 16 on the board, with Root still stranded at one end.

Root, and all-rounder Chris Woakes absorbed everything the West Indies presented to them. Woakes, in particular took the risky route, while Root took the more grounded approach to batting. The pair notched up their 50- run stand in style as Woakes connected an over pitched delivery past the boundary line. Woakes, got to his fifty without any trouble in 65-balls.

With West Indies’ bowling looking tired and weakened, Woakes (68*) and Root (90*) milked away runs to help their side to a memorable 4 wicket win. Nurse remained the pick of the bowlers for West Indies, picking 3 for 34, while Bishoo came second best with 2 for 43.

Earlier, in the day, West Indies were helped by Jason Mohammed, Kraigg Brathwaite and Jonathan Carter to a below par score of 225. Mohammed notched up his second ODI fifty, while both Kraigg (42) and Carter (39) missed out on theirs. For, England it was Liam Plunkett, who stood out with figures of 3 for 32, while Steven Finn and Adil Rashid grabbed 2 wickets apiece.

West Indies and England went for an unchanged side from the first ODI after the home side won the toss and opted to bat first.

Brief scores:

West Indies 225 all out in 47.5 overs (Jason Mohammed 50, Kraigg Brathwaite 42; Liam Plukett 3 for 32, Steven Finn 2 for 38) lost to England 226 for 6 in 48.2 overs (Joe Root 90*, Chris Woakes 68*; Ashley Nurse 3 for 34, Devendra Bishoo 2 for 43) by 4 wickets.

Full Cricket Scorecard: West Indies vs England, 2nd ODI at Antigua

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