England won their must-win game against the West Indies to remain alive in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 at Chennai. The side won a close game by 18 runs thanks to 4/48 spell from James Trewell, who won the man of the match award as well.
Chasing 244 for a win, West Indies were off to a flying start when they got to 58 in the seventh over for no loss. Chris Gayle was the wrecker in chief but once he departed, there was no slowing down. Darren Sammy came in and slapped a 29-ball 41 which meant that the side was looking good at 91/2 in the 13th over.
A couple of quick wickets put the spanner in the works and not before long the side had lost half its side for 118. Kieron Pollard made 24, but good out to leave the side 94 short of the win with four wickets remaining.
Andre Russell then joined Ramnaresh Sarwan and was involved in a near match-winning stand of 72 runs. However, once Russell left for a well-made 49, the rest of the side capitulated to fall short of the target.
England made first use of the wicket and one thought that the manner in which they batted, they should have got to a much bigger score than they eventually did. There was a 48-run stand for the first wicket between Andrew Strauss and Matt Prior but even after the latter’s dismissal, Jonathon Trott did enough to get the English side into a strong position.
Trott smashed six boundaries in a space of nine balls and despite Strauss’ quick wicket soon after, the side was 79/2 in the 12th over and looking good for a 275-plus score.
Unfortunately for the English side, as has often been the case with them in this World Cup, the middle-order caved in like an old building. There was a 27 from Ian Bell but once Trott went for 47, there were no contributions from the likes of Morgan and Bopara and the side were staring at another low total at 151/6.
New-comer James Tredwell then held out along with Luke Wright to get the team to 191 while there was some lusty hitting by Tim Bresnan in the end, which ensured that the side would get closer to 250. England were bowled out for 243, but what was criminal about it was that they did not bat their entire 50 overs.
This win means that England now have seven points from their engagement of six games and should qualify unless a motley of results go against them. This will include Bangladesh beating South Africa and West Indies defeating India, which will then mean that India and England will be tied at seven points each and will go down to the net run-rate.
On the other hand, West Indies now have six points from five games and have one left against India. If they win that game, they will be through to the quarter-finals. However, a loss in that match will mean that they will tie with Bangladesh on points. Fortunately for the West Indian side, they have had some really big wins and that will mean that their net run-rate is far superior to Bangladesh’s.
Either way, it seems curtains for Bangladesh.