Jan 22, 2020-Wednesday
Metro cities - Delhi, Mumbai,
Other cities - Noida,
Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Bhopal
, Chandigarh , Dehradun,
Toss won by England (Match Ended)
So that is it from this game! A one-sided one in which the English have come out on top. We have two games for you on Saturday though and let us hope we have two crackers. The first one is a clash between Sri Lanka and Australia which will begin at 1030 local (0930 GMT). It will be followed by South Africa and Afghanistan which will start at 1330 local (1230 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!
England skipper, Eoin Morgan, says it is his back and it is sore at the moment and he hopes it settles down before the next game. Further adds Roy has gone for a scan and his results should be out in the next 48 hours. Stresses everybody in their squad is vital and they do not want any injuries and he hopes it is nothing series. Mentions they had a very good day at the office. Tells the bowlers stuck to their plans and continued building pressure during the middle overs. Credits Root for how he played and says he is an integral part of the team. Admits Archer, like everybody in his bowling unit is a pleasure to captain. Tells his plans have remained the same, the personnel have changed but the plans have remained the same. States the players who are left out will play a crucial part at sometime. Ends by saying they want to be in the best possible condition on Tuesday as they can't take the Afghanistan team lightly.
West Indies skipper, Jason Holder, says they did not have enough runs on the board and they lost wickets at crucial stages. States a couple of more partnerships would have been good for them. Further adds they did decently with the bat in Powerplay 1 but lost their way in the middle overs. Admits there were a few careless shots by their batsmen when they needed to dig deep and look to build partnerships. Reckons they were a touch down in pace and they did not get the short ball high enough but overall they did not have a lot to defend. Stresses they have a few days before their next game and they need to get fit for that. Ends by saying the past can't be controlled and they need to look ahead now and play good cricket.
Joe Root showed supreme form with the bat and he was handy with the ball as well. He hunted down two wickets and enjoyed a good day at work. After receiving his MAN OF THE MATCH award, Root says that he is really pleased and happy to be on the winning side. States it was a good toss to win as they got to make first use of a fresh pitch and then they did well to press home the advantage. Mentions it was just nice to get some time out in Powerplay 1 and it was good to find the gaps. Stresses there is not a lot of difference in batting at 3 and opening the innings. Further adds it was great to bat around Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes who played really well. Tells that you have to prepare for everything and then back yourself. Ends by saying he tried a few things with the ball and it's still work in progress. Ends by saying, he is finding different ways to contribute to the side.
For West Indies, their batting didn't put up much fight and they ended with a paltry total on the board. Defending such totals, the Windies would have hoped for some early wickets but that didn't happen as the pair of Joe and Jonny provided England with a rollicking start. Altogether it was a listless effort from them in all the facets of the game and they got thoroughly outplayed.
A thumping win for England! They have steamrolled West Indies by 8 wickets and 101 balls to spare. Injuries to Jason Roy and Eoin Morgan didn't bother them much as Joe Root stepped up to the plate and notched up his second century in this World Cup. First with Jonny Bairstow, he provided the chase with a solid beginning and then along with Chris Woakes, he raised a century stand to shut every door of hope for West Indies.
FOUR! Stokes finishes the game off with a boundary! Takes full toll of the Free Hit. Holder bowls it very full on leg stump. Stokes whips it past mid on and the ball races away. He walks up to Root and hugs him. All smiles in the England camp as THEY WIN BY 8 WICKETS and 101 balls to spare!
FREE HIT TIME!
NO BALL AND FOUR! Now it should be the last over of the game. Just the 4 needed now and Stokes has a Free Hit on the next ball to finish the game. Shortish and outside off, Stokes does not hit it right off the middle but gets it past mid off. The fielder does give it a chase but fails to stop the ball. Holder also has overstepped.
Jason Holder to bowl what could be the last over of the game!
On the pads, Root flicks it to the man at mid-wicket. 9 runs needed to seal this game now.
Short on middle, Stokes pulls it to deep mid-wicket and gets a single.