England beat West Indies by four wickets in second ODI

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March 06, 2017
England's Joe Root plays a shot during the second one day international cricket match against West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua, on March 5. (AP Photo)

ST JOHN'S (CMC):

England defeated West Indies by four wickets in the second One-Day International at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium here yesterday.

Chasing 226 to win, the English reached their target for the loss of five wickets.

Joe Root was the chief architect of the England victory with an unbeaten 90 while Chris Woakes was also unbeaten on 68. Ashley Nurse bagged 3 for 34.

Earlier, Jason Mohammed struck his second successive half-century but soft dismissals hurt West Indies as they collapsed for 225.

Opting to bat first at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, West Indies struggled from the outset and Mohammed with exactly 50, opener Kraigg Brathwaite with a pedantic 42 and Jonathan Carter, 39, were the only real bright spots.

West Indies seemed to be setting themselves up for a decent total at 159 for four in the 37th over but once again they flattered to deceive, losing their last six wickets for 66 runs in the space of 69 deliveries.

Fast bowler Liam Plunkett was once again among the wickets with three for 32 while fellow seamer Steven Finn (2-38) and leg-spinner Adil Rashid (2-53) picked up two wickets apiece.

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