England stay alive beating West Indies

England stay alive beating West Indies

Tags: World Cup 2011, England v West Indies 36th Match at Chennai - Mar 17, 2011, England, West Indies, James Cullum Tredwell

Published on: Apr 13, 2011

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England have survived an exit from the World Cup for now by beating West Indies in an intensely fought match at Chennai.

England have survived an exit from the World Cup for now by beating West Indies in an intensely fought match at Chennai. Batting first after winning the toss, England were in disarray at 134 for 5 in the 28th over but somehow could manage to put up 243 before getting bowled out in 48.4 overs. None of the batsmen got to a half century for England. The top scorer was the consistent Jonathan Trott who made 47 from 38 balls and later in the innings, Luke Wright produced a vital knock of 44. For the West Indies, debutant leg spinner Devendra Bishoo captured 3 for 34 in 10 overs while Andre Russell did most of the damage taking 4 for 49 in 8 overs.

West Indies went hard at the target with Chris Gayle pounding 43 from 21 balls before getting lbw to James Tredwell who bowled England back in the game along with fellow off spinner Graeme Swann. The two off spinners took wickets at crucial intervals of play but West Indies were still getting closer and closer to the target due to the big shots played by most of their batsmen. Skipper Darren Sammy came in at no.3 to hit 41 from 29 balls but like his other teammates did not last long enough to secure the game.

West Indies were out of the contest at 150 for 6 in the 28th over before Andre Russell played a heroic knock of 49 from 46 balls before getting a poor lbw decision which left his side at 222 for 7. West Indies added only three more runs before getting bowled out in 44.4 overs. The killer blow to the match was when Sarwan was caught bat pad off a bouncing off break from Swann with just another 21 runs to win. The Man of the Match award went to James Tredwell who picked up 4 for 48 in 10 overs.

- BV Swagath

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