Eng vs WI: England win by 18 runs, stay alive in World Cup

first_imgOffie James Tredwell scalped four as England beat West Indies by 18 runs during their World Cup Group B match at the MA Chiadmbaram Stadium in Chepauk, Chennai on Thursday. ScoreThe win has kept alive their hopes of making it to the quarterfinal of the mega event.Chasing 244, West Indies were bowled out for 225 with 32 balls remaining.Earlier, West Indies openers Devon Smith and Chris Gayle went on charge right away. Gayle was especially brutal on Chris Tremlett hitting fours and six off him at will.No doubt the pacers were hit across the park, but not the spinners as off-spinner James Tredwell, playing in place of paceman James Anderson, hit back to claim Gayle with an LBW. The Windies utilised their review and ended up wasting it. Gayle scored 43 off 21 balls decorating his innings with eight fours and one six. England lost their first wicket on 58/1 in the 7th over.Another wicket and West Indies run rate came down considerably. And again it was Tredwell who came up with a fine piece of bowling to dismiss the other opener Devon Smith with keeper Matt Prior performing the final honours with his stumping. West Indies used up their second review, but the decision remaind and they lost their second wicket on 67.But Tredwell was hungry for more and he went ahead and had Darren Bravo on 5. A slight edge was nicely taken by skipper Andrew Strauss a few inches off the turf. West Indies fell to 91/3 on the last ball of the 13th over. advertisementPost Tredwell’s assaults, Ravi Bopara claimed the oppostion captain Darreny Sammy on 41 to reduce West Indies to 113/4. But there was moer to come as Bopara claimed big-hitter Devon Thomas on 10 in his next over and West Indies were reeling on 118/5.Finally, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Kieron Pollard tried to attempt a revival. But after putting 32 runs for he sixth wicket, Pollard fell to Graeme Swann turned adjudged LBW by the umpire. Pollard scored 24 and West Indies fell to 150/6.Post Pollard’s fall Sarwan tried to forge a partnership with Andre Russell, more famous for his exploits with the ball. They rotated the strike well and even sent the loose ones past teh boundary. Once such ball off Graeme Swann was packed off by Russell towards the fence but Trott caught the ball mid-way only to fall inches away from the rope. Television replays showed that he had touched the rope and a six was awarded to Russell.Finally, it was Tredwell who accounted for Russell trapping him leg-before and thereby breaking his 72-run seventh wicket partnership with Sarwan. Russell scored 49 off 46 balls hitting two fours and three sixes on the way. West Indies were 222/7 post his dismissal.Soon Sarwan too fell with Swann claiming his wicket on 31. And West Indies were reduced to 223/8 in 43.3 overs. A ball later Swann claimed tail-ender Kemar Roach on a zero to signal the Windies fall.From here on it was easy for the England team as they wrapped up the innings getting West Indies out on 225.England inningsWest Indies paceman Andre Russell claimed four wickets as England were all out for 243. Electing to bat after winning the toss, England batsmen failed to bat for 50 overs as the Windies bowlers struck at regular intervals.On the first ball of the ninth over West Indies pacer Andre Russell struck a lethal blow to send opener Matt Prior home. The good lenght ball that curved in slightly crashed into his stumps to dismiss him on 21. England lost their first wicket on 48/1.There was more in store as Russell struck again to despatch skipper Andrew Strauss in the 12th over. The short ball lured him for a pull but the top edge sent him as Chris Gayle took a fine catch at mid-wicket. He fell for 39 and England fell to 79/2.Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell then helped England cross the 100-run mark before, leg spinner Devendra Bishoo playing in place of left-arm spinner Nikita Miller, broke their stand. He accounted for Trott on 47 and England lost their third wicket on 121/3 on the last ball of the 22nd over.England needed win to remain in contention for quarters but West Indies were in no mood to give them an easy go. Soon Windies paceman Kemar Roach bowled Ian Bell on 27 to reduce England to 134/4.The spinner-pacer combination was working well for the West Indies as soon Bishoo calimed Eoin Morgan and minutes later Ravi Bopara fell to Russell. England were then reduced to 151/6 in 32.2 overs.James Tredwell departed trying to raise the scoring rate. He was run out on 9 and England lost their seventh wicket on 192/7 in the 40th over.advertisementThe tail did a bit of wagging for England as their bottom three batsmen helped the team put 243 on board before being bowled out in the 49th over.England have five points from five matches with wins over South Africa and the Netherlands and a high-scoring tie against India, but will be eliminated in the first round if they lose to the West Indies.last_img

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