fuller ball, and he has whipped this through midwicket to seal the win. Root and Stokes give each other a hug, as they should. This has been an overall professional performance from the hosts, and that has certainly lifted the gloom from all the washouts over the last week or so at this World Cup!
5.25pm That's that from the Rose Bowl, Southampton for the moment. England remind everybody why they are arguably the top team to take the World Cup trophy next month with a thoroughly professional performance. The big thing was how the weather held up, and these teams will hope that continues into next week. Just to remind you that West Indies next play Bangladesh over at Taunton on Monday, while England host Afghanistan at Old Trafford the following day. The action continues with a double-header on ESPNcricinfo tomorrow -- it's Sri Lanka versus Australia at The Oval, while South Africa take on Afghanistan in Cardiff. Join us then for that one. For the moment, it's goodbye from scorers Venkat Raghav, Chandan Duorah, Saurabh Somani on the live report, George Dobell and Jarrod Kimber at the ground, and Andrew Miller and myself on comms. We had fun bringing this to you. Follow the game with ESPNcricinfo
Jason Holder tells Nasser: "I don't think we put enough runs on the board. We needed one or two more partnerships. The toss was very crucial, but we did a pretty decent job in the Powerplay. Our batsmen need to take a bit more ownership in the middle overs. One or two curious shots, and batters got out at crucial stages. it's happened twice in two games, and we really need to look at that. (On short bowling) We probably didn't read the pace of the pitch. Having said that, defending 213 wasn't easy. (Fitness) We've been carrying some niggles in recent weeks, and we need to take care of that. There's no point looking back. We can only control the future."
Eoin Morgan next: "It's the back. It's a bit sore at the moment. Jason Roy has potentially tweaked his hamstring. He's gone for a scan and we have to see it for the next 48 hours. I've had back spasms in the past and we have to see over the next 24-48 hours. Everybody in our squad is vital, and we don't want injuries. I think we had a really good day at the office today. The way the bowlers stuck to plans on that surface was outstanding. Continued to create chances through the middle overs. Joe (Root) has had an absolute day out. He's the glue that keeps the team together. (Joffra Archer) He is a pleasure to captain. He loves the challenge and to overcome it. Our plans have remained the same throughout, even though the personnel have changed. The guys are executing the plans better, and you need players that can play a part through the tournament. (On Afghanistan) They're a side we've actually struggled against in the past. We have to put in our research."
Joe Root is the Player of the Match. Tells Nasser Hussain: "It was a really good toss to have won today, and it was good to take the opportunity and use the conditions. Rest of the guys helped build big partnerships. (On opening) It's just nice to get some time in the park. Tried to hit the gaps, and it's not much difference between opening and lower down. The way Woakes also came in and batted was very good. We spent two days in the indoor nets and (played) plenty of short stuff there. You need to have the method and you need to back yourself to do it. We pride ourselves in having our basics covered. (On bowling) I've just been trying a few things. When you don't have the skills some of the other guys have, you try out a few things. (On the Botham celebration) Still a work in progress. Tried it a couple of days ago."
bernard fraser: "This WI team has no game plan...I am not a betting man but if I was I would bet that this WI side will not win any of their remaining games even against Afghanistan who by the way have the upper hand against them in recent times"
Amogh K: "Maybe I am a little late to send in my comment, but what happened to John Campbell, the opening batsman who was involved in a record-opening partnership with Hope? I don't see him in the squad, why?" --- Two words - Universe Boss
ken: "What, no rain? BTW do the spectators get full refunds is play is washed out completely?" --- Indeed they do, it's a full refund for anything less than 15 overs. It's still 50 percent if 15.1 overs are bowled
Edward Dixon: "Centuries and wickets - what about Paul Collingwood in 2005 or are you only counting WC matches?" --- Correct, this is World Cup matches only
5.14pm The injuries to Jason Roy and Eoin Morgan forced the rejig of the batting order, and boy did Joe Root make the most of that! A crunching hundred to lead the chase, which was set up thanks to some great work by the England bowlers. They won the toss, and they bowled well with the new ball and set the tone for this dominating performance. West Indies will have to return to the drawing board. Do they have a Plan B when the short ball doesn't work?
Joe Root and Moeen Ali are now the only English players to score centuries and take two or more wickets in a World Cup match
short, and he forces this off the front foot, past mid off. Pretty amazing shot, when you consider where he placed this one!
Target under 10, as Holder comes on
sam: "Watching WI play these days is a punishment. I feel bad for the people who spent the money to watch them get spanked. Sad state of affair for WI and Pakistan. " --- They haven't been good today, but they certainly sparkled early on in this World Cup. Would hope they can get that mojo going again
short, and he goes back and plays this towards square leg
length, played away towards the on side
short, fittingly so, and he runs this down towards fine leg. Hundred for Joe Root, and he takes his helmet off and flashes a satisfied grin as he soaks in the applause. Hundreds in World Cups against Sri Lanka, Pakistan and now West Indies. 16th overall
short, and he swings this down to fine leg to bring Root back on strike
Some questions about whether this will be the first World Cup chase without a six. Well, you know what? It will be the 46th such instance
length, and he plays it away towards point
short, and he has swung this away to the right of long leg. Wanted a second, but the return was fired in fast...
Hasan: "How good is this England side? Absolutely pummeled West Indies. With this being the only completed innings in this WC without a 6, and still, England scoring at 6.25 rpo. Unbelievable."
Final poll of the day, or so Saurabh
says hopes. Joe Root's ODI numbers are True, I don't know, or #FakeNews? Go and vote
short, and wide again, and Stokes leaves this. Was pretty close to a 15th wide, surely...
14 wides. Too many when you are looking to defend a paltry total
down the leg side, and called wide as Stokes walks across and tries to glance this down to fine leg but misses out
A wide slip and a gully in place
Now, Gabriel pulls up in his delivery stride. Seems to be feeling his groin/hamstring area
Ben Stokes walks in
Sumit Tyagi: "How many games have been chased down in a World Cup without hitting a six?" --- Interesting spot
dug in short, and he holes out to long leg! Woakes couldn't help himself as that was pitched short and asked for the pull. Top edge carries it just a little short of long leg, and substitute fielder Fabian Allen running in takes a good, low catch!
Cyprain: "WI bowlers bowling wides to prevent batsmen from reaching their personal landmarks........wise thinking" --- They've done it often enough to suggest just a poor radar
Varun: "Aggression is temporary..class is permanent..love you root " --- Hmmm, whom could that be a reference to?
short, and he has whipped this away towards deep midwicket
full, and he lays into another square drive. Won't go to the fence, but brings himself within three of his third World Cup century
short, down the leg side, and he looks to swing this away to fine leg. Half-appeal from Gabriel, but called a wide. They have lost their review too, remember...
Applause rings out for the 100-run partnership
just a tad short, and he goes back and punches this through the gap between cover and point
full, on the pads, and he flicks this away towards short midwicket
MGHabib: "@Hasan: Root leading run scorer out of 4 in 4 games, but one thing you got to remember - Eng had all 4 games played, no rain effect or No Result, whereas most other teams had at least one game No Result/ Rain, which affected other players in those team to score runs/ take wickets, but were deprived!!"
short again, and he ducks underneath this. Everybody expects a wide, but none called
shorter ball, and he plays it on to his pads in trying to run it down to third man. Drops harmlessly near point
short, and called a wide as it keeps rising past Woakes. Direction was fine, the length was too short!
Philip M McCart: "Re: "By and large, players don't consider personal landmarks as important as team wins, though" ... two words Boycott and Geoff ... I know, "By and Large"" --- The man. The institution
fuller, and he drives it to covers