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England survive wobble to seal series win

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England survived a mid-innings wobble to beat West Indies by four wickets in the second one-day international and win the series with a match to spare.

Liam Plunkett took 3-32 as West Indies, despite 50 from Jason Mohammed, were bowled out for 225 in 47.5 overs. Jason Roy (52) put England on top, but home spinners Ashley Nurse (3-34) and Devendra Bishoo (2-43) hit back. However, Joe Root (90) and Chris Woakes (68) put on an unbeaten 102 to see England home with 10 balls left.

Batsmen needed to play patiently on a slow wicket at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium – the same one used in the first match on Friday – but only new Test captain Root and all-rounder Woakes really mastered the conditions.

Root’s typically composed innings, which featured just three boundaries in 127 deliveries, and Woakes’ more adventurous 83-ball knock guided England to an 11th win out of their last 12 completed ODIs against West Indies.

Root was named Man-of-the-Match, but Woakes was perhaps equally deserving of the award having also recorded figures of 0-26 from eight accurate overs with the ball. Eoin Morgan’s team, who won the first match by 45 runs will seek to make it 3-0 in the final match in Barbados on Thursday. (BBC Sport)

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