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2019 World Cup: Joe Root hits ton as England's dominant run continues with 8-wicket win over West Indies

The sun appeared after a week of gloom and shined on England, giving the World Cup hosts perfect batting conditions to chase down a meager West Indies target and clinch an eight-wicket win with almost 17 overs to spare on Friday.Joe Root was able to get on the front foot to nullify any threat of an expected barrage from the West Indies pace attack and scored an unbeaten century to guide England to 213-2 in reply to 212.

Root also took two wickets both caught-and-bowled and Barbados-born Jofra Archer took 3-30 after England skipper Eoin Morgan won the toss and gave his bowlers advantage of the early cold, overcast conditions by sending West Indies in to bat.For a change there were no rain interruptions after bad weather that plagued the tournament earlier in the week, causing two games to be abandoned without a ball bowled and the West Indies' match against South Africa to be washed out after 7.3 overs.

While the weather report was OK, the news wasn't entirely good for England. Morgan hobbled off in the 40th over after experiencing muscle spasms in his back. And big-hitting opener Jason Roy strained his left hamstring while fielding in the eighth over and didn't re-enter the game.
Roy wouldn't have been allowed to bat any higher than No. 7 as a result, anyway, and that gave Chris Woakes a chance to bat up the order in the reshuffle.Root scored 100 off 94 balls, his second hundred of the tournament, to become the leading scorer in the World Cup so far. He shared a 95-run opening stand with Jonny Bairstow (45) and combined with Woakes (40) in a 104-run second-wicket partnership.Woakes (1-16 off five overs) was in the thick of it early against the West Indies, removing Evin Lewis (2) in the third over of the day as the ball seamed around in the moist air. 

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