West Indies move into Super Eight

West Indies move into Super Eight

West Indies move into Super Eight

England cricketer Michael Lumb plays a shot off West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle during their ICC T20 2010 World Cup match at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Monday.AFP

Chasing a mammoth 192 for victory, West Indies got lucky when a heavy downpour, that took away over an hour of the match, led to their target being revised to 60 in six overs on Monday.

The hosts, who were 30 for no loss when rain interrupted play, chased down the score after minor hiccups, leaving England dejected and frustrated.

Put in to bat, Eoin Morgan's breezy 35-ball 55 laid the foundation of England's score. They piled up a challenging 191 for five, thanks to Morgan's 95-run partnership with Luke Wright, who scored 45 off 27 balls.

Chasing 192 to win, West Indies were 30 for no loss in 2.2 overs with captain Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul at the crease when play stopped due to heavy rain.
Requiring another 30 runs from 3.2 overs after resumption, West Indies lost Gayle (25). Kieron Pollard also departed without scoring anything with Graeme Swann (2/24) scalping both the wickets.

Opener Chanderpaul (15 not out) and Andre Fletcher (12 not out), however, ensured that the hosts made it to the Super Eight stage.

Earlier, England were off to a brilliant start with first three overs of the match yielding 30 runs.

They suffered the first loss when Gayle removed Michael Lumb, who made 28 off 18 balls with the help of four fours, in the fourth over.

Kevin Pietersen then joined Craig Kieswetter and added 30 runs for the second wicket before a Nikita Miller delivery found Kieswetter's leg in front of the wickets.
Kieswetter had struck a huge six off the second delivery of the over but Miller took his revenge by removing the batsman with the very next ball.

Captain Paul Collingwood (6) was the next man to go as Darren Sammy bowled him in the 10th over and then the pacer struck again by removing Pietersen with the last ball of the over.
Pietersen, who made a 20-ball 24, had to return to the dugout after an ambitious shot found Ramnaresh Sarwan near the midwicket boundary.

Morgan then got the company of Wright and the duo guided England to a good total. In the 18th over, bowled by Ravi Rampaul, the duo took 27 runs with the help of three sixes and a four.

Later Pollard took a diving catch off Bravo's last over to remove Morgan. Tim Bresnan (0) remained unbeaten along with Wright.

For West Indies, Sammy took two wickets for 22 runs while Gayle, Miller and Bravo scalped one each.

But the fantastic batting effort counted for nothing in the end as rain dashed England's hopes. They will now have to beat minnows Ireland in their second and final Group D match to make the Super Eight stage.

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