England vs W Indies
ENGLAND WIN BY 18 RUNS
Yet another thriller involving England at this World Cup leaves them in good shape to make the knockout phase. For them to miss out now, Bangladesh would have to triumph over South Africa on Saturday and West Indies beat India on Sunday. Even if that scenario was realised, the final qualification place would come down to net run-rate between England and India. What a finish - spinners Tredwell (4-48) and Swann (3-36) were the heroes, sharing seven wickets as England successfully defended 243 for an 18-run win. Russell, who had earlier taken 4-49 with the ball, looked to be leading West Indies home before his dismissal for 49 in Tredwell's final over prompted a late meltdown. Time for a lie down after that I think, but you can join us again tomorrow for commentary on Ireland v Netherlands from 0400h (GMT) and New Zealand v Sri Lanka from 0900h (GMT). Later.
Over 45 Bopara 0-0-0-1
225ao - WICKET! Benn is run out coming back for two - ENGLAND WIN BY 18 RUNS. Benn inside edged a drive past his leg-stump and immediately was keen on two. Trott collected cleanly at fine-leg and returned his throw over the stumps, allowing Prior to do the rest - Benn was well short of his ground. Amazing collapse, West Indies went from 222-6 to 225 all out in the space of 21 balls. England remain alive in the World Cup.
Over 44 Swann W-0-W-0-1-0
224-9 - WICKET! Sarwan is gone, inside edging onto his hip to Bell at short-leg. Easy catch, kudos to Strauss for the field placing. Sarwan was just trying to work a single off his hip. WICKET! Roach follows two balls later, miscuing an attempt to drive over the top and Tremlett coming round to his right from mid-off takes a diving catch. His long arms came in useful there, held it about an inch above the turf. West Indies' last man Bishoo (first-class average of 9.93, top score 39) joins Benn with 21 still needed. The batsmen crossed so Benn is on strike. Surrounded by close catches he blocks once and then drives into the covers for a single to leave the left-handed Bishoo one ball to negotiate. He does so successfully, getting right forward in defence and dropping it down just in front of silly pont. Swann finishes with 3-36, England are out of spin options. West Indies require 20 friom 36 balls.
Over 43 Bopara 0-0-0-1-0-0
223-7 - Swann has one over left but Bopara continues for the moment so England's premier spinner can have his go from his favoured end now Tredwell has bowled out. Sarwan is not tempted to go on the attack just yet, instead continuing his policy of taking the singles on offer, this time one to midwicket from the fourth ball of the over. Benn survives the final two deliveries, inside edged the first one and he drives along the ground to the fielder at mid-off. West Indies require 21 from 42 balls. Beyond tense.
Over 42 Tredwell 0-W-0-0-0-0
222-7 - WICKET! Tredwell, in his final over, keeps England alive with the wicket of Russell. Umpire Davis raises the finger to an lbw appeal, Russell went back and tried to work it into the leg-side - looked plumb and West Indies are out of reviews anyway. Russell goes for 49, terrific innings but West Indies still need 22 and Sarwan has only the tail for company. REVIEW! Benn pads up to his first ball right in front of off-stump. Umpire Davis turns down a prolonged appeal from England, who waste little time in asking for a review. The bounce has saved Benn, Hawkeye showing it was only just clipping the top of the stumps - the call remains with the on-field umpire. Benn decides to start using his bat and blocks out the remainder of the over. Tredwell finishes with figures of 4-48. West Indies require 22 from eight overs.
Over 41 Bopara 0-0-0-1lb-0-4
222-6 - Another bowling change, this time Bopara back on. Russell gets off strike with a leg-bye to remain on 49. Good stuff from Bopara, again getting the ball to curve in late as he has done throughout his spells. Sarwan edges a drive down to the third-man boundary to end the over. West Indies require 22 from nine overs.
Over 40 Tredwell 0-0-1-0-0-0
217-6 - Change of ends for Tredwell. He beats Russell in the flight and is then taken into the leg-side for a single by the same batsman. Russell, now on 49, is playing a gem for his side, West Indies were on the rack when he arrived at the crease.
Over 39 Bresnan 1lb-0-1-1-1-1
216-6 - Trott initially claimed the catch, but once it was sent upstairs he did appear to signal to umpire Davis he wasn't sure if he'd touched the rope with his shoulder (that is credible because he was looking the other way as rolled over). There is no way Russell could be given out based on the television pictures, so the correct decision has been reached. Bresnan back into the attack, England getting close to the last roll of the dice. West Indies require 28 runs from 11 overs.
Over 38 Swann 0-6-0-0-0-1
211-6 - CONTROVERSY! Russell hits high in the air and Trott takes the catch tumbling backwards at wide long-on. Trott's shoulder is very close to the boundary marker but he immediately gets up claiming the catch. The third umpire (Simon Taufel) is asked to confirm he didn't touch the rope - replays are inconclusive, they don't settle the argument either way but Taufel tells his on-field colleagues to signal for six. Russell survives, England's World Cup hopes are now teetering on the brink.
Over 37 Tredwell 0-0-6-1-0-0
204-6 - Incredible shot from Russell, driving inside-out over cover for six - travelled flat, not much Tredwell can do about that. Russell follows up with a wild hack, the ball squirting into the leg-side for a single.
Over 36 Swann 1-1-0-3-0-0
197-6 - The ball was changed before the start of the last over, as per the ODI regulations. The spin twins resume with Swann now back into the attack with three overs left to bowl. Russell is in full control at the moment, steering down to third-man for three. West Indies require 47 runs off 14 overs.
Over 35 Tredwell 0-0-2-1-1-0
192-6 - Tredwell, who has four overs remaining after picking up 3-36 in his initial six-over spell, is back on. Bell in place under the helmet at short-leg. Sarwan waits until the last possible moment to cut for two and then turns the strike over with a single to long-on - he doesn't look in any trouble. Russell drops and runs into the off-side to steal a single - Bopara's throw at the non-striker's end is off target.
Over 34 Tremlett 1-0-0-1-2-2
188-6 - Russell just gets the bat down on a full delivery from Tremlett, the edge runs away to third-man for a single - would have been lbw if he'd missed. Russell is lucky again later in the over, a wild heave into the leg-side falls safely short of the fielders on the boundary for a couple.
Over 33 Wright 1-2-0-4-1-0
182-6 - Wright to continue. Russell deals with a short ball impressively, pulling for a couple and then drives an overpitched offering through the covers for four - he can definitely bat. At the final drinks break, West Indies require 62 runs from 17 overs.
Over 32 Tremlett 1-0-0-6-2-4
174-6 - Strauss sees it differently and opts for Tremlett. First sign that Russell is a more than useful batsman, pulling a short ball for six to midwicket. That one travelled 94 metres, right out of the screws. Russell then takes the ball from right in front of middle stump for a couple into the leg-side and finishes off the over with another boundary, helping a misdirected yorker down to fine-leg.
Over 31 Wright 0-1-0-1-4-1
161-6 - Sarwan leans into a cover drive, sending the ball racing away for his second boundary. Wright is also milked for a few singles, accurate but hasn't really threatened a wicket - I'd get Tredwell back on pronto.
Over 30 Swann 0-0-0-1-0-2
154-6 - The one thing in West Indies' favour from here is that the required-rate is not going to be a problem. They also still have the batting power play to use at some point. Sarwan pushes a single down the ground and Russell opens his account with a sweep for two, Tredwell pulling off a nice stop on the boundary to save a couple. No end to the man's talents.
"Shame on all these people saying England are unfit or under prepared, these players have been non-stop since they left for Australia, except for 3 days at home in February how can they expect to put in top of the notch performances being in aeroplanes, hotels and nets for 5 months, in 3 or 4 different time zones, yes the performances have been poor but what can you expect when they're nonstop for so long, Giles Clarke STOP THIS MADNESS AND HELP THIS TEAM!!"
"I would have thought most people would read between the lines of my comment alluding to the reason they are 'unfit/injured' is because of the poor over scheduling by the ECB!"
Over 29 Wright 0-0-0-1-0-0
151-6 - At least England are keeping alive their 100 percent record of participating in thrilling matches at this tournament - this is shaping up to be their sixth in a row. Just a single to midwicket for Sarwan from the over.
- 17th Mar 2011
- MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
- S J Davis and B N J Oxenford
w indies BATTING CARD
|Smith||st Prior b Tredwell||10|
|Gayle||lbw b Tredwell||43|
|Bravo||c Strauss b Tredwell||5|
|Sarwan||c Bell b Swann||31|
|Pollard||lbw b Swann||24|
|Russell||lbw b Tredwell||49|
|Total||All out, 44.4 Overs||225|