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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Eng vs WI: England clinch dramatic win over West Indies

By Babu Ram-NEW DELHI: England clinched a dramatic win over West Indies by 18 runs in a well fought out World Cup Group B clash at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Thursday.

Scorecard Photos 

Chasing a moderate English score of 244 runs, West Indies got off to a flying start. However, England hit back to bowl out West Indies for 225 runs.

England bounced back after the Gayle storm that struck them for the first ten overs, they took wickets in regular intervals and they kept the quarter final hopes alive.

The spinners set it up for England, Tredwell took 4, Swann took 3 and they rattled the dodgy middle order of West Indies. Outstanding game this, the joy on the faces of the English players tell a thousand stories.

The wickets of Pollard and Sarwan were key, and once they went, it was a touch too much to ask from the West Indian tail. England have 7 points now and are below India in the points table.

Graeme Swann gave England the much needed beakthrough as he claimed Kieron Pollard plump leg before the wicket. Swann bowled a flatter delivery that spin into Pollard and kept low on the middle and leg stump, Pollard looked to work it to the on side, missed it and got rapped on the pads.

After playing a useful cameo, West Indies captain Darren Sammy fell to a short and wide Ravi Bopara delivery outside off as an under edge cannoned back into his off stump.

Earlier, England stumbled to 243 all out after none of their batsmen managed to score a half-century in their must-win match.

With their quarter-final hopes hanging in balance, skipper Andrew Strauss decided to bat first but the English batsmen squandered some good starts and folded in 48.4 overs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

England resisted the temptation to drop Matt Prior (21) down the order and sent him to open with Andrew Strauss (31).

The move seemed to have paid off until Andre Russell (4-49) struck to remove both in quick succession just when the partnership had started blooming.

None of these setbacks, however, seemed to affect next man in Jonathan Trott (47) who hit three boundaries off the first five balls he faced from Russell.

Trott looked in fantastic touch as boundaries continued to flow from his blade but Devendra Bishoo(3-34) could not be denied a memorable debut in one-day internationals.

The 25-year-old leg-spinner had his first victim in Trott who meekly chipped the ball to mid-wicket and Bishoo dealt a massive blow when he had Eoin Morgan (seven) caught behind, trying to play a cheeky reverse sweep.

Like all top order batsmen, Ian Bell (27) also got the start but could not convert it into anything significant, losing his stump to a Kemar Roach express delivery.

Down the order, Luke Wright (44) chipped in with a cameo but just when his team needed him to hang around, he fell to Bishoo.

England made three changes for the match they have to win to stay in the hunt for a quarter-final place.

They brought in Chris Tremlett, Wright and James Tredwell for James AndersonPaul Collingwoodand Ajmal Shahzad.

West Indies also made a couple of changes with a fit-again Chris Gayle replacing Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Bishoo coming in place of Nikita Miller.


England: Andrew Strauss (capt), Eoin Morgan, Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Matt Prior,Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Luke Wright, Chris Tremlett.

West Indies: Darren Sammy (capt), Chris Gayle, Devon SmithDarren BravoRamnaresh Sarwan, Kieron Pollard, Devon Thomas, Sulieman Benn, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Devendra Bishoo.

Umpires: Asoka de Silva (SRI) and Steve Davis (AUS)
TV umpire: Shavir Tarapore (IND)
Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (SRI)

Pitch conditions: One of the most bowler friendly surfaces in the tournament promises another low-scoring thriller after England's six-run win here against South Africa. With the wicket taking plenty of turn, pressure will be on lead spinners Graeme Swann and Sulieman Benn to deliver.

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