Joe Root took two wickets as Nicholas Pooran held firm for West Indies in the ICC Cricket World Cup clash in Southampton. (Image credit: Getty Images)
England has chosen to bowl against West Indies in Southampton. Eoin Morgan's side are unchanged while the West Indies has welcomed back Andre Russell and Shannon Gabriel. The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is already been dominated by one factor: Rain. Looking at the number of games that have been washed out, the rain is currently leading the points table with the rest of the teams playing catch-up. Heading into the match in Southampton, England will not only be praying that the rain stays away but they will also be hoping to get rid of the Gayle-storm. In the previous series between the two sides, Gayle blasted 39 sixes against England and his big scores posed plenty of problems to an England side in the series which ended 2-2. (LIVE SCORECARD)
21:43 hrs IST: RESULT: England beat West Indies by 8 wickets (Joe Root 100, Mark Wood 3/18)
21:38 hrs IST: Joe Root slams 16th ODI hundred. He is in prime form. In the tournament so far, he has smashed a hundred and fifty already. He is showing why cricketing fraternity around the globe keep him in 'FAB FOUR'. After 33 overs, it's 204/2.
21:35 hrs IST: 200-up for England in 32 overs!
21:30 hrs IST: WICKET! Chris Woakes departs for 40! A good innings comes to an end.
21:26 hrs IST: 31 overs are done and England are nearing to the target. It's 193/1.
21:17 hrs IST: Just 4 from it. After 30 overs, it's 190/1.
21:14 hrs IST: A four and four singles. England scores 8 from 29th over. It's 186/1.
21:11 hrs IST: Just 35 needed now. This has been one of the best performances you will see from England side. They have been able to dominate the game from the first ball itself. After 28 overs, it's 178/1.
21:07 hrs IST: Gayle continues to bowl in right areas. 5 came from his third over. After 27 overs, it's 171/1.
21:04 hrs IST: 6 runs from it. After 26 overs, it's 166/1.
21:00 hrs IST: Ones and twos, and England are nearing West Indies total. Just 53 more need in 25 overs. It's 160/1.
20:56 hrs IST: Less than 60 needed now. After 24 overs, it's 155/1.
20:52 hrs IST: 150-up for England in 23 overs!
20:47 hrs IST: West Indies seems to have no answers for England. They seem to be all over the place as the host near the set total. After 22 overs, it's 146/1.
20:44 hrs IST: Chris Henry Gayle into the attack and on song straight away. After 21 overs, it's 139/1.
20:41 hrs IST: Some delighful shots from duo's bat. If one need to sum England's batting in two words, can say, 'Pure Class'. After 20 overs, it's 138/1.
20:34 hrs IST: Add another 10 runs to England's total. The Englishmen are showing their class against West Indies. After 19 overs, it's 125/1.
20:26 hrs IST: Joe Root slams 32nd half-century! What a day he is having. Two wickets and now registers 50. After 18 overs, it's 115/1.
20:24 hrs IST: Another good over for England. 9 came from it with both batsman hitting a boundary each. After 17 overs, it's 112/1.
20:19 hrs IST: Just three came from it. After 16 overs, it's 103/1.
20:14 hrs IST: Interesting call by England management. They have sent Chris Woakes ahead of regular batsmen. After 15 overs, it's 100 for loss of one wicket.
20:09 hrs IST: WICKET! Finally some respite in West Indies camp. Shannon bowls a short of a length delivery and Jonny Bairstow couldn't keep it down. Departs for 45.
20:07 hrs IST: More runs from opening duo's willow. After 14 overs, it's 88/0.
20:00 hrs IST: West Indies need to pick a wicket or two if they are fancying their chances in the game. For now, it's all England. After 13 overs, 83 for no loss.
19:56 hrs IST: Good over for England. 11 came from it. After 12 overs, it's 80/0.
19:48 hrs IST: England has been on song in chase. After 11 overs, it's 69/0.
19:42 hrs IST: Just one run from it. After 10 overs, it's 62/0.
19:37 hrs IST: England is steady in the chase with Joe root being the aggressor, and Bairstow playing anchor's role. After 9 overs, it's 61/0.
19:33 hrs IST: 7 came from Russell's first over. After 8 overs, it's 53/0.
19:30 hrs IST: 50-run stand between Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow in 7.1 overs.
19:25 hrs IST: Shannon Gabriel into the attack for the first time today, and has been welcomed with a delighful shot through cover region. After 7 overs, it's 46/0.
19:21 hrs IST: The required run rate has now come down to below 4 runs an over. Bairstow and Root are stamping their authority in chase. The partnership is now notched up to 40 runs in 6 overs.
19:18 hrs IST: The fifth over started off with a boundary and two runs, but followed with four dot balls. After 5 overs, it's 30/0.
19:14 hrs IST: Joe Root emulates Jonny Bairstow and opens his arms. 7 came from it. It's 24/0 after 4 overs.
19:10 hrs IST: Big over for England. 8 came from it. After 3 overs, it's 17 for no loss.
19:04 hrs IST: Jonny Bairstow hits the first boundary in chase. After 2 overs, it's 9/0.
19:02 hrs IST: Cautious start by England. Just three from the first over.
19:00 hrs IST: And the chase begins. Jonny Bairstow has been joined with a new opening partner as Jason Roy got injured in the first innings. For England, 212 should turn out to be a walk in the park.
18:23 hrs IST: BOWLED! Mark Wood picks the last wicket of West Indies innings, ENGLAND needs 213 runs to win
18:20 hrs IST: Shannon Gabriel comes out in the middle and a WICKET MAIDEN by Jofra Archer
18:15 hrs IST: Jofra Archer picks his third wicket in Carlos Brathwaite, WI 211/9 after 43.4 overs
18:10 hrs IST: After 42 overs, West Indies are 204/8 with Brathwaite and Oshane at crease
18:00 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant review from England. Short ball angled in and Pooran looks to drop his wrists, the ball kisses the glove and there is a spike mark. Pooran falls for 63. Next ball, Archer traps Sheldon Cottrell LBW for 0. West Indies are 202/8 in 39.5 overs.
17:55 hrs IST: Uh oh, more trouble for England. Morgan is suffering from a injury and with Jason Roy already pulling a hamstring, England's injury woes mount. Remember, Roy cannot bat before seven.
17:49 hrs IST: Jofra Archer and Mark Wood are bowling brilliantly and West Indies are 192/6 after 38 overs. All hopes on Pooran and Brathwaite.
17:42 hrs IST: WICKET! That is the big one and England don't make any mistake. Wood bangs the short ball in and Andre Russell miscues it to midwicket and the catch is taken. West Indies are 188/6 in 36.3 overs.
17:32 hrs IST: CATCH DROPPED! This could be massive for England as Woakes drops Andre Russell off Rashid. He miscued the lofted shot to midwicket and Woakes put him down. He ends the over with two sixes in three balls and West Indies are 175/5 after 35 overs.
17:29 hrs IST: MAIDEN FIFTY! Nicholas Pooran hits a good fifty and he holds the key for West Indies along with Andre Russell and Carlos Brathwaite.
17:28 hrs IST: Andre Russell nearly chops on as West Indies are 158/5 after 33 overs.
17:22 hrs IST: WICKET! Another caught and bowled! Root on a roll. Quick ball bowled with an upright seam on leg stump, Jason Holder looks to nudge it to the leg side and the leading edge settles in his hands. After 32 overs, West Indies are 156/5.
17:17 hrs IST: Another tight over from Adil Rashid and after 31 overs, West Indies are 147/4.
17:14 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant catch from Joe Root and the partnership is broken. Flighted ball on off stump, Hetmyer hits it to the left of Root who stretches and takes the catch. Hetmyer gone for 39 and West Indies are 145/4 after 30 overs.
17:08 hrs IST: Joe Root is into the attack now but West Indies make good progress. After 28 overs, West Indies are 139/3.
17:03 hrs IST: The partnership is nearing 100 and West Indies are 137/3 after 27 overs. England need a wicket quickly.
17:00 hrs IST: Hetmyer clobbers two fours off Ben Stokes and both batsmen are making a move on. After 26 overs, West Indies are 128/3.
16:56 hrs IST: Pooran blasts a six off Rashid as the legspinner continues to leak runs. After 25 overs, West Indies are 118/3.
16:50 hrs IST: Hetmyer and Pooran are building a solid partnership as West Indies make steady progress. After 23 overs, they are 103/3.
16:45 hrs IST: Adil Rashid starts well by conceding four runs but Ben Stokes' over is spoiled when Pooran hits a short ball to the fine leg fence. After 22 overs, West Indies are 94/3.
16:37 hrs IST: Ben Stokes is into the attack and he starts well. After 20 overs, West Indies are 82/3.
16:33 hrs IST: Plunkett recovers from that poor over and concedes just four runs. West Indies are 79/3 after 19 overs.
16:28 hrs IST: Another tight over from Mark Wood and after 18 overs, West Indies are 75/3
16:24 hrs IST: Pooran and Hetmyer blast boundaries off Plunkett as West Indies aim to rebuild. After 17 overs, West Indies are 73/3.
16:18 hrs IST: Edged but safe! Pooran edges Wood to the slip region where it lands just in front. After 16 overs, West Indies are 61/3.
16:13 hrs IST: Liam Plunkett delivers a tight over as West Indies look to rebuild. After 15 overs, West Indies are 60/3.
16:08 hrs IST: Two runs and a wicket in 14th over. It's 56 for 3 after 14 overs.
16:03 hrs IST: Trapped right in front. Shai Hope tried to play it between square leg and mid-wicket fielder, but missed it completely. West Indies lose thier third wicket in no time. Departs for 11.
16:01 hrs IST: Shai Hope finally opens his arms and hits his first boundary. 50 up for West Indies. However, Gayle, who was looking good for his 36 is dismissed. Liam bowled a short of a length delivery and he couldn't keep it down. After 13 overs, it's 54/2.
15:54 hrs IST: Mark wood gave away just one run. After 12 overs, it's 47/1.
15:51 hrs IST: Five came from Liam's first over. West Indies seems to be building slowly. It's 46 for the loss of one wicket after 11 overs.
15:48 hrs IST: The first 10 overs were slightly tilted in favour of the host, with the team managing to pick the first blood in form of Evin Lewis. Gayle has scored 90 per cent of runs. After 10 overs, it's 41/1.
15:44 hrs IST: The only good thing which surrounds West Indies righ now is Chris Gayle. He has been able to time the ball beautifully. 12 came from Woakes' fifth over. After 9 overs, it's 38/1.
15:38 hrs IST: Five from Archer's fourth over. England are keeping it tight and Hope seems to be struggling. After 8 overs, it's 26/1.
15:33 hrs IST: Oh dear! Liam drops Universe Boss aka Chris Gayle on 15. Just two from the seventh over. West Indies are 21/1 after 7 overs.
15:27 hrs IST: Superb stuff from Gayle. He blasts two boundaries and West Indies are 19/1 after six overs. The Universe Boss holds the key now.
15:25 hrs IST: Another superb over from Woakes. He has figures of 3-2-2-1. West Indies are making slow progress and are facing trial by fire.
15:19 hrs IST: FOUR! Lucky boundary for Gayle. Full ball and close to the off stump, Gayle is late on the stroke and the inside edge goes down to the third man fence.
15:15 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant stuff from Woakes. Full length ball and it swings back in, Evin Lewis is late in getting the bat down and is cleaned up comprehensively. After three overs, West Indies are 4/1.
15:10 hrs IST: Jofra Archer vs Chris Gayle Round 1: Plenty of bounce and movement. Gayle survives and after two overs, West Indies are 2/0.
15:04 hrs IST: Brilliant over from Chris Woakes. Movement and extra bounce from the deck and Chris Gayle is squared up. Begins with a MAIDEN! After the first over, West Indies are 0/0.
14:40 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs of both the sides
West Indies (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(w), Nicholas Pooran, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder(c), Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel, Oshane Thomas
England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Jos Buttler(w), Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
14:35 hrs IST: England have chosen to bowl against West Indies. Eoin Morgan's side are unchanged. Andre Russell and Shannon Gabriel are back for the Windies.
14:30 hrs IST: It is cloudy but the pitch has been under covers for the last couple of days. The pitch is hard and the grass has been cut well. The hardness in the wicket will give some extra bounce.
14: 18 hrs IST: England may have a superior head-to-head record but in major moments, West Indies have dominated England. The 1979 World Cup, 2004 Champions Trophy and 2016 World T20 finals are all proof that on the big stage, England have always finished second-best to the West Indies.
14:09 hrs IST: A warm welcome to the match between England and West Indies from Southampton. First things first: The weather is fine. Precipitation chances are one percent. Yayyyy. We will have a full match today.