England vs W Indies
End of innings
The second fantastic match of the day at the World Twenty20. Chris Gayle and Johnson Charles played two really entertaining knocks earlier, and it looked as though England were going to sink to a massive defeat when Rampaul opened up with a double wicket maiden. But Hales and Bairstow, and then Hales and Morgan - particularly Morgan - somehow kept them in the chase. West Indies were generally very good in the field, however, and England simply couldn't get the runs. We hope you've enjoyed our commentary, and do join us again for more of the same tomorrow. Goodnight!
Over 20 - Eng 164/4 (Morgan 71, Buttler 1)
West Indies win! The Samuels gamble was the right one, as he keeps the batsmen to just seven runs, and has Hales stumped for good measure. That's England's first loss of the World Twenty20.
Over 19 - Eng 157/3 (Morgan 65, Hales 68).
Morgan has set up a massive final over here. He lifts Rampaul over long-off for his fourth six, and way, way over long-on for his fifth. The hundred partnership has come up from just 52 deliveries! England need 23 from six, and Morgan will have the strike! Who'll bowl the final over? ... It'll be Marlon Samuels!
Over 18 - Eng 141/3 (Hales 65, Morgan 52)
Morgan reaches a do-or-die fifty from just 25 deliveries, but Narine's wiles keep England to just seven from the over. They need 39 from 12 balls. To whom will Sammy turn in these last two overs? Rampaul will bowl the penultimate one ...
Over 17 - Eng 134/3 (Hales 62, Morgan 49)
Eoin Morgan certainly has some thick edges on that bat of his. One top edge flies down to third man, bouncing in front of the fielder, and another sails over fine leg for six! Morgan might've had six more as he planted a length ball over deep midwicket ... but an amazing piece of fielding from Andre Russell saves four runs! He leaps in the air and knocks the ball back into play, all in mid-air. Great stuff. Morgan responds with a shuffle and a scoop for four more to fine leg. England are still in this!
Over 16 - Eng 119/3 (Hales 61, Morgan 35)
England have still got a chance here. Morgan mows another boundary into the leg side, and then survives a tame, top-edged sweep over the keepers head as neither short third man nor short fine leg commit to the catch. Gayle is not pleased with their efforts, it's fair to say.
Over 15 - Eng 110/3 (Hales 59, Morgan 28)
Eoin Morgan still believes, and spanks Narine over long-off to move to 28 from just 15 deliveries. England need 70 from the last five overs. It's not impossible ...
Over 14 - Eng 96/3 (Hales 56, Morgan 18)
Gayle is having a ball out there! Morgan wanders out his crease and is warned by the bowler in comedic fashion, Gayle threatening to 'Mankad' him with a massive smile on his face. He's not smiling when Morgan hammers a low full toss over deep midwicket for his first six. Despite the boundary, the required rate is up to 14.
Over 13 - Eng 86/3 (Hales 54, Morgan 10)
Hales reaches a 36-ball fifty with a four and a six off Samuels, and England still have just about a glimmer of hope left as he and Morgan take 14 from Samuels' second over.
Over 12 - Eng 72/3 (Hales 41, Morgan 9)
Gayle is through another tight over in a flash. His changes of pace and stop-start delivery stride take the momentum out of Morgan and Hales' shot-making, and the required rate's now up to 13.5!
Over 11 - Eng 66/3 (Hales 37, Morgan 7)
Yet more spin from West Indies - this time Marlon Samuels. He should've had a wicket from his fourth ball, but again Ramdin can't take the ball cleanly and a potential leg-side stumping is missed. Morgan gets going with a flashed boundary down to third man, and 11 runs come from the over, but the required rate still goes up.
Over 10 - Eng 55/3 (Hales 35)
WICKET! Chris Gayle shuffles through an over of minimalist offspinners, and once again Hales and Bairstow struggle to get the ball off the square ... a clearly frustrated Bairstow tries to go down the ground, but Pollard charges around the boundary and holds a superb running catch. Wonderful fielding! Gayle clearly likes it, and immediately breaks into a 'Gangnam-style' celebration.
Over 9 - Eng 53/2 (Hales 34, Bairstow 17)
With Badree dealt with, England are now faced with the challenge of Sunil Narine. Hales certainly isn't entirely sure which way it's going to turn, playing no shot at one that rags back in to hit him on the thigh, and only four singles are found. The required rate shoots up to eleven and a half.
Over 8 - Eng 49/2 (Hales 32, Bairstow 15)
Hales moves into the 30s with a clean cut behind point, and then runs past a slider ... but Ramdin drops the ball and can't complete the stumping! West Indies needed that wicket. This partnership is now worth 49, and though it hasn't been the quickest it's kept England afloat. That completes a great spell from Badree, who's rushed through his four overs giving away just 20 runs.
Over 7 - Eng 42/2 (Hales 27, Bairstow 15)
Darren Sammy brings himself into the attack, and Hales helps himself to a pulled six over deep square as the West Indian captain loses his length. The previously-becalmed Bairstow plays a cheeky little Dilscoop for his second boundary, and England are looking a little healthier as 13 runs flow from the bat.
Over 6 - Eng 29/2 (Hales 18, Bairstow 11)
Great over from Badree, who'd never take a wicket in a Test match but is a very capable limited-overs spinner. Bairstow is repeatedly rushed in his strokes, the ball rushing on off the surface, and just four runs come from the over.
Over 5 - Eng 25/2 (Hales 17, Bairstow 8)
West Indies need to be careful here. They got off to a great start, but are giving away easy runs with some sloppy work in the field. Once again the fielder at short third man is caught sleeping as Hales cuts uppishly for four off Narine. Eight runs come from the over, although Bairstow seems keen to play the Charles role with 8 from15.
Over 4 - Eng 17/2 (Hales 11, Bairstow 6)
Badree can feel a little aggrieved by his fielders after this over, as men dive over the ball to concede boundaries through mid-off and third man. Both shots were well struck, but should have been stopped. You can, by the way, find me on Twitter when I'm not providing live commentary. Look for my handle - gomorezvidinha - and follow for cricket-related updates, among other things.
Over 3 - Eng 8/0 (Bairstow 6, Hales 2)
Rampaul's length is a little off at the start of his second over, and Bairstow finds a confidence-boosting boundary with a pull well in front of square. Rampaul, whose physique says 'sous-chef' more than it does 'international fast bowler' re-adjusts, bowling a little fuller, and immediately creates a chance. He finds the inside edge of Hales' bat, but the ball falls well short of Ramdin.
Over 2 - Eng 2/2 (Bairstow 1, Hales 1)
Samuel Badree starts with a tight over of legspin from the other end. He's something of a roller, and there's not much deviation off the pitch, but maintains a tight line to keep the nervous batsmen to two from the over.
- 27th Sep 2012
- West Indies won the toss and elected to bat.
- Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
- A Rauf and S J Davis
england BATTING CARD
|Kieswetter||c Pollard b R Rampaul||0|
|Hales||st Ramdin b Samuels||68|
|Wright||c Gayle b R Rampaul||0|
|Bairstow||c Pollard b Gayle||18|
|Extras||4w, 1b, 1lb||6|
|Total||20.0 Overs||164 - 4|