West Indies in Super Eights as rain mars England hopes

West Indies in Super Eights as rain mars England hopes

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, 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 n.o.) and Andre Fletcher (12 n.o.), however, ensured that the hosts made it to the Super Eight stage.

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