Root and Woakes hold on to pull off series clinching win

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Root and Woakes hold on to pull off series-clinching win

Joe Root and Chris Woakes fashioned an undefeated 102 run partnership to stem a middle order collapse and seal the three-match series with their second ODI victory in as many matches at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.

West Indies had their chances but never took advantage of the situations presented.

Batting first after winning the toss the home side lost Evin Lewis early, in the third over he tried to turn a Steven Finn delivery to the leg side got a leading edge and was caught by Sam Billings in the cover area. Kieran Powell continues to make a mess of his comeback, having struck two boundaries he went for a pull off a short ball from Finn only to get a top edge and present the bowler with a simple return catch. Shai Hope chased a wide ball from Ben Stokes and feathered a catch to Josh Butler.

At 46/3 the Windies were in need of resuscitation Kraigg Brathwaite and Jason Mohammed added 72, then Brathwaite after surviving a confident lbw appeal charged Moeen Ali without fully accounting for the turn was beaten and easily stumped by Butler.

The opener was attempting to raise his rate of scoring and paid the price falling for 42 from 70 balls.

Jonathan Carter joined Mohammed who notched his second fifty of the series the pair added 41 then right after a drinks break he lost focus and chipped a simple catch to Adil Rashid off the bowling Liam Plunkett. Carter was starting to look threatening after hoisting Moeen into the stands, but he also played across the line got a leading edge and skied a catch to Rashid off Plunkett.

At 173/6 with only eleven overs to go a lot rested on the shoulders of the much ballyhooed WI power hitters. Skipper Jason Holder could only manage 15 Carlos Brathwaite did a little better scoring 23 and Ashley Nurse adding 13 as the Caribbean side was dismissed for 225 in 47.5 overs.

There is no doubt that far too many soft dismissals caused WI to post a below par total.

England lost Billings in the first over caught at second slip by Powell off Shannon Gabriel.

JJ Roy and Root enjoyed a 86 run partnership, Roy found success in aggression smashing seven fours and one six in a 48 ball 52 before trying to hit another six this time into the wind off Nurse. Carlos Brathwaite stood close to the ropes to accept the catch as the ball died in the wind.

With the score at 87/2 in fifteen overs, the visitors were well poised for an easy victory.

Then Nurse struck in the 21st over trapping skipper Eoin Morgan leg before with an arm ball.

In the next three overs, Stokes Butler and Ali would fall as four wickets fell sixteen runs in four overs.

At 124/6 with half the overs gone England had to batten down the hatches to keep West Indies from evening up the series.

They needed help from West Indies and they got what they needed both Root and Woakes were dropped twice, also Gabriel the WI best fast bowler left the field with a side strain after only three overs, Carlos Brathwaite was horrible giving up 38 runs in only four overs.

All things considered, credit must be given to the two batsmen for taking England to victory with ten balls to spare.

Nurse was the best spinner on show grabbing three wickets for 334 runs in ten overs Bishoo improved his performance taking two for 43 in his ten overs.

The series now moves to Barbados for the third and final One-Day International.

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