England bowl out West Indies for 212

Moeen Ali was a surprise omission from the England side against Bangladesh on Saturday

Moeen Ali was a surprise omission from the England side against Bangladesh on Saturday

England and West Indies will carry their intense rivalry from the Caribbean into the Rose Bowl, Southampton with Barbados-born pace sensation Jofra Archer adding spice to the World Cup contest.

England's third victory in four matches lifted them to second in the 10-team standings while West Indies are sixth following their second loss.

Instead they know, after this thumping eight-wicket win sealed with fully 101 balls to spare, that victories over Afghanistan and Sri Lanka next week - and let's hope the Manchester and Leeds weather plays ball - will see them nearly in the last four.

Roy pulled up sharply while chasing a ball and subsequently left the field with what the England management described as "tightness to his left hamstring". Big-hitting opener Jason Roy strained his left hamstring in the eighth over and didn't return to the field.

Like Roy, Morgan's participation in the second innings remains unclear, but it seems likely that Chris Woakes will have to bat at number five, with Liam Plunkett perhaps as high as number six as England reply to West Indies' 212 all out. They will be looking to accumulate another 2 points here against West Indies (because the teams need all the points they can get thanks to the weather) but will be wary of the threats they possess.

Time after time West Indies gave away wickets by trying to clear the unfashionably long Southampton boundaries and then, with so little to defend, they looked uninterested, to the consternation of a steaming Sir Curtly Ambrose in the BBC commentary box. He took the first wicket in the third over and had Gayle dropped by Wood at third man when the West Indies star was on 15.

Joe Root picked up his first two wickets in one-day worldwide cricket since January 2018, both caught-and-bowled, and Barbados-born paceman Jofra Archer (3-30) picked up his first wickets against West Indies.

Hope was out two balls later, forcing the West Indies to rally around an 89-run fourth-wicket stand between Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer (39).

Root was a force with the ball, too, catching Shimron Hetmyer and Jason Holder off his own bowling as the two-time winners - who have now lost six World Cup matches in a row against England - tumbled from 144-3.

Once Pooran had become the first of two wickets for Archer in successive balls - umpire Kumar Dharmasena had his second not out decision of the innings overturned when Jos Buttler detected a thin edge - there really was no way back for West Indies.

Andre Russell was on three when he was dropped in the outfield by Chris Woakes.

They will struggle to make the last four now.

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