Scorecard:

England: 161 for 6 (20 overs)

(Bopara 55 off 47 balls, Pietersen 31 off 19 balls, Bravo 2 for 30)

West Indies: 82 for 5 (8.2 overs)

(Sarwan 19 off 9 balls, Bravo 18 off 13 balls, Chanderpaul 17 off 10 balls, Swann, Andersen, Sidebottom, Broad and Rashid took a wicket each)

Pietersen and Bopara again got England to a stage where they could launch an attack and make a good score. West Indies did come back in at time to clip the run rate and somehow managed to not let them run away with the score. With rain predicted, it was going to be Duckworth Lewis and a shortened T20 is usually easy meat for the second team. Even today, West Indies were presented with a target of getting 80 of 9 overs. Pretty comfortable?

England tore into their batting and got them to 3 for 16 off 2.1 overs. But than was it, the number of overs were too less to get the team out, and West Indies just needed one pair of batsmen to get them there. And they got there in styel with 4 balls to spare. Hard Luck England!

By Vineet

One thought on “West Indies pip England to the post”
  1. The experienced duo of Ramnaresh Sarwan & Shivnarine Chanderpaul put up a fine show at the end of the day to help Windies reach the final four. And the output is West Indies into the Semi Finals of ICC World Cup Twenty20

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