ST JOHN�S, March 6: Joe Root compiled a composed, unbeaten 90 while all-rounder Chris Woakes hit an undefeated 68 as England completed a four-wicket victory over the West Indies in the second one-day international.
Responding to the home side�s total of 225 all out off 47.5 overs after they chose to bat first, the tourists reached 226 for six off 48.2 overs to take an unbeatable 2-0 lead on yesterday with the final match to be played in Barbados next Thursday.
England, who won the first match at the same venue two days earlier by the relatively comfortable margin of 45 runs, were cantering towards the target on the back of opening batsman Jason Roy�s belligerent half-century at 108 for two in the 21st over.
But then the specialist spinners got the West Indies back into the match, triggering a slide which saw four England wickets tumbling for 16 runs.
Ashley Nurse returned his best-ever figures of three for 34 while Devendra Bishoo claimed two for 43.
West Indies: K Brathwaite st Buttler b Ali 42, E Lewis c Billings b Finn 8, K Powell c and b Finn 9, S Hope c Buttler b Stokes 16, J Mohammed c Rashid b Plunkett 50, J Carter c Rashid b Plunkett 39, J Holder c and b Rashid 15, C Brathwaite c Billings b Rashid 23, A Nurse b Plunkett 13, D Bishoo not out 0, S Gabriel run out 1. Extras: (b1, lb2, w6) 9. Total: (all out, 47.5 overs) 225. Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-21, 3-46, 4-118, 5-159, 6-173, 7-199, 8-219, 9-224, 10-225. Bowling: S Finn 8-1-38-2, C Woakes 8-1-26-0, L Plunkett 7.5-1-32-3, B Stokes 5-0-29-1, A Rashid 9-0-53-2, M Ali 10-0-44-1.
England: J Roy c C Brathwaite b Nurse 52, S Billings c Powell b Gabriel 0, J Root not out 90, E Morgan lbw b Nurse 7, B Stokes c Hope b Bishoo 1, J Buttler c Hope b Bishoo 0, M Ali b Nurse 3, C Woakes not out 68. Extras: (lb1, w4) 5. Total: (6 wkts, 48.2 overs) 226. Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-87, 3-108, 4-113, 5-117, 6-124. Bowling: S Gabriel 3-0-17-1, J Holder 10-0-46-0, C Brathwaite 4-0-38-0, D Bishoo 10-0-43-2, A Nurse 10-0-34-3, J Mohammed 4-0-15-0, K Brathwaite 5.2-0-22-0, J Carter 2-0-10-0. � AFP