As we managed to sneak off a match under the watchful eyes of the rain gods, the home crowd was absolutely ecstatic to see a full-fledged match instead of the super soppers that accompanied the dreary skies.
Lucky in matters concerning the rain, and perhaps concerning anything encircling cricket, the English team once again displayed their hefty cricketing skills on the ground, outclassing the West Indians for a blazing victory.
After winning the toss, they put no foot wrong, bowling their lengths coupled with pace perfectly to trouble the Windies’ batsmen.
A crackling fire that had been started by Gayle was soon put off by Plunkett, and another threat in the form of a partnership was taken care of by a part-time bowler, Joe Root.
The hasty temperament of the batsmen got them out soon after hitting a couple of shots, and that blunder got West Indies bundled out for a petty score of 212.
With injury scares for Jason Roy and Morgan, Root was sent out on top of the order, and there he did what he is best at, scoring a fantastic ton to sail England’s ship smoothly to the shore.
At another juncture, we saw Woakes score a stable forty, shouldering his responsibility of batting at number 3. With this comfortable win, England showcased their squad’s all-round ability, proving that any player could step up to do the job for them in this World Cup.
West Indies, on the other hand, seemed clueless compared to their previous performances, and hopefully, the spark they have can be rekindled in their upcoming matches.