West Indies tour of England, 3rd ODI: England v West Indies at Birmingham, May 26, 2009
England won by 58 runs
26 May 2009 (50-over match)

Andrew Strauss takes strike, Ravi Bopara is his partner. Jerome Taylor has the ball, here we go

** 10.35am: West Indies have decided to field. They have made two changes: Runako Morton replaces Lendl Simmons, and Fiden Edwards takes Darren Sammy's place. England go in unchanged. It is a dry and sunny day at Edgbaston. All is set, we start in a few minutes

** 9.50am After a lovely weekend in many parts, there was overnight rain but the forecast is better and we should be on for a full day's play. Team and pitch news to follow for what is West Indies' last chance to salvage something from a wretched tour.

0.1

Taylor to Strauss, no run, starts round the wicket, with a yorker outside off, and defended properly

0.2

Taylor to Strauss, no run, two bounces through to the keeper, and at 86.6mph, wide outside off and left alone

We had a slight shower during the break

0.2

Taylor to Strauss, no run, wide outside off, Gayle lets this one go too

0.3

Taylor to Strauss, no run, short and wide, and Strauss cuts, but straight to point, on a bounce

0.4

Taylor to Strauss, no run, slower ball, 75mph, back of a length, outside off, and left alone

0.5

Taylor to Strauss, no run, another slower ball, virtually rolls along the ground through to the keeper, it was wide and didn't involve Strauss

0.6

Taylor to Strauss, no run, on target now, another cutter, and Strauss defends off the front foot

First rushes: this is a slow and low pitch, you feel that when a ball bowled at 86mph rolls through to the keepr

End of over 1 (maiden) England 0/0 (RR: 0.00)

    • AJ Strauss 0 (6b)
    • RS Bopara 0 (0b)
    • JE Taylor 1-1-0-0

Rampaul to start

1.1

Rampaul to Bopara, 5 wides, starts down the leg side, it takes Bopara's thigh, and goes for clear. But is given as wides, there was a clear noise as it passed him

1.1

Rampaul to Bopara, no run, length ball, just outside off, and driven to mid-off

1.2

Rampaul to Bopara, no run, back of a length, outside off, and Bopara lets it go through, this one carries waist high to keeper

1.3

Rampaul to Bopara, FOUR, superb shot, length ball on the off stump, and he flicks it from there, just wide of midwicket, and the timing is too goo, no power in it

1.4

Rampaul to Bopara, no run, pulls the length back, outside off, and Bopara defends off the back foot

1.5

Rampaul to Bopara, 1 run, short, just outside off, and Bopara pushes off the back foot, towards midwicket, and runs through for a quick single

1.6

Rampaul to Strauss, 1 run, length ball, on middle stump, angling towards off, Strauss goes back and turns it towards midwicket for one

End of over 2 (11 runs) England 11/0 (RR: 5.50)

    • AJ Strauss 1 (7b)
    • RS Bopara 5 (5b 1x4)
    • R Rampaul 1-0-11-0
    • JE Taylor 1-1-0-0
2.1

Taylor to Strauss, no run, Taylor bowls a cutter again, 7fmph, shot outside off, beats Strauss's pull and bounces twice again

2.2

Taylor to Strauss, no run, bowls normal pace now, short still, and beats Strauss's pull for the pace

2.3

Taylor to Strauss, 1 run, short and wide, normal pace, and Strauss walks towards the line of the ball, and drops it towards point and runs one

2.4

Taylor to Bopara, 3 runs, picked from in front of stumps again, just back of a length, and he turns it towards deep backward square, can't bowl middle and leg to Bopara

2.5

Taylor to Strauss, 1 run, another slower ball, Strauss shapes for the pull and he has to wait and recover and help it towards deep fine leg

2.6

Taylor to Bopara, no run, full, a hit of swing, starting middle, moving towards off, and Bopara plays it down to mid-on

End of over 3 (5 runs) England 16/0 (RR: 5.33)

    • RS Bopara 8 (7b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 3 (11b)
    • JE Taylor 2-1-5-0
    • R Rampaul 1-0-11-0
3.1

Rampaul to Strauss, no run, angled across Strauss, and he lets this one go

3.2

Rampaul to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss looks for the pull, but perhaps it is not short enough, lucky the bottom edge doesn't go onto the stumps, will get a single

second slip comes, out, goes to short midwicket

3.3

Rampaul to Bopara, no run, length ball, outside off, Bopara comes on to the front foot and defends

3.4

Rampaul to Bopara, no run, that would have been a freak dismissal, Bopara sees a ball on the leg stump, looks for an easy four, but misses, and the ball almost rolls onto the stumps off the thigh pad. Actually Rampaul is luckier here, this should have been four

3.5

Rampaul to Bopara, no run, back of a length, on the middle stump, and defended off the back foot

3.6

Rampaul to Bopara, no run, length ball, outside off, and left alone

End of over 4 (1 run) England 17/0 (RR: 4.25)

    • RS Bopara 8 (11b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 4 (13b)
    • R Rampaul 2-0-12-0
    • JE Taylor 2-1-5-0
4.1

Taylor to Strauss, no run, on the middle stump, on a length, and played towards midwicket

4.2

Taylor to Strauss, no run, short, outside off, played towards point

4.3

Taylor to Strauss, 1 run, short and wide, goes back, and steers it down to third man

4.4

Taylor to Bopara, no run, back of a length, turned away wristily towards midwicket, from the off stump

4.5

Taylor to Bopara, 1 run, driven on the up, from just outside off, wide of mid-off, wide enough to get a single

4.6

Taylor to Strauss, no run, finally Strauss gets the pull right, but can't beat Dwayne Bravo at square leg

End of over 5 (2 runs) England 19/0 (RR: 3.80)

    • AJ Strauss 5 (17b)
    • RS Bopara 9 (13b 1x4)
    • JE Taylor 3-1-7-0
    • R Rampaul 2-0-12-0
5.1

Rampaul to Bopara, 2 runs, tries another slower ball, on the middle stump, and easily turned away wide of square leg for two

5.2

Rampaul to Bopara, FOUR, sloppy work from Edwards at mid-off, length ball, driven on the up by Bopara, should have been one to wide of mid-off, but Edwards dives late, and lets it go through

5.3

Rampaul to Bopara, no run, back of a length, outside off, and pushed into the covers

5.4

Rampaul to Bopara, no run, lucky this time, straying down the pads, but Bopara turns it straight to square leg

5.5

Rampaul to Bopara, no run, back of a length, wide outside off, and he square-drives, to cover

5.6

Rampaul to Bopara, no run, length ball, outside off, stops a bit, and played towards cover

End of over 6 (6 runs) England 25/0 (RR: 4.16)

    • RS Bopara 15 (19b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 5 (17b)
    • R Rampaul 3-0-18-0
    • JE Taylor 3-1-7-0
6.1

Taylor to Strauss, 1 wide, slower ball, misses the line, and wide down the leg side. This was bowled from at least 23 yards, from where the umpire stands

6.1

Taylor to Strauss, 1 run, short, outside off, and helped away to third man for one

6.2

Taylor to Bopara, no run, slower ball, really slow, 72mph, from 23 yards again, full, outside off, and Bopara is early into the drive, and checks it at the last moment

6.3

Taylor to Bopara, 1 leg bye, angled into the pads, Bopara misses out, gets one leg bye

6.4

Taylor to Strauss, 1 run, another slower ball, Strauss has to create his own pace, and force it down to third man

6.5

Taylor to Bopara, no run, another slower ball, it's short outside off, and Bopara mis-times a cut

6.6

Taylor to Bopara, 1 run, normal pace this time, that's been his variation today, outside off, on a length, Bopara drops it towards cover, runs right away, and pulls out a dive to make the single

End of over 7 (5 runs) England 30/0 (RR: 4.28)

    • RS Bopara 16 (23b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 7 (19b)
    • JE Taylor 4-1-11-0
    • R Rampaul 3-0-18-0
7.1

Rampaul to Bopara, no run, short, just outside off, pushed off the back foot, towards cover

7.2

Rampaul to Bopara, no run, length ball, just outside off, and played with a closed face, towards mid-on

7.3

Rampaul to Bopara, 3 runs, wrong line again, on middle and leg, and he turns it away towards deep backwards square, Taylor does the cutting, but goes for a relay throw, and they get the third run during that throw

7.4

Rampaul to Strauss, no run, tries a bouncer, on the leg and middle line, beats the hook

7.5

Rampaul to Strauss, FOUR, Strauss gets the timing right this time, picks up a slower, delivery, which is wide, waits for it, and slaps it through cover

7.6

Rampaul to Strauss, FOUR, short, not always the pulling length, Strauss, though, sees it early, rocks back, and pulls it through square leg, top shot

End of over 8 (11 runs) England 41/0 (RR: 5.12)

    • AJ Strauss 15 (22b 2x4)
    • RS Bopara 19 (26b 2x4)
    • R Rampaul 4-0-29-0
    • JE Taylor 4-1-11-0
8.1

Taylor to Bopara, 1 no ball, no-ball, short, outside off, and pushed towards cover - he has been bowling from 23 yards too, this time went for less than 22

8.1

Taylor to Bopara, no run, stands deep in the crease, looking for a slog perhaps, Taylor bowls a yorker, fast, 89.4mph, can't do much with it

8.2

Taylor to Bopara, 1 run, angled into the pads, stops a bit on Bopara, instead of square leg, he goes towards midwicket, and gets one

8.3

Taylor to Strauss, 1 run, back of a length, taken from in front of middle stump, and turned towards deep backward square leg

8.4

Taylor to Bopara, no run, back to bowling the offcutter, pitches on a length, outside off, coming in, defended off the front foot

8.5

Taylor to Bopara, no run, another slower ball, full, played towards mid-on, Strauss wants the single, but is sent back, would have been close had Benn collected it cleanly

8.6

Taylor to Bopara, FOUR, short, poor bowl, and pulled away from off stump, this one sat up for him, and asked him to hit it

End of over 9 (7 runs) England 48/0 (RR: 5.33)

    • RS Bopara 24 (32b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 16 (23b 2x4)
    • JE Taylor 5-1-18-0
    • R Rampaul 4-0-29-0

Paul Clarke is not impressed with the slow pitch. "A slow low pitch you say ? Wow, amazing, that makes a change. I think I'll do some ironing instead. Cricket seems determined to destroy itself with "slow and low" being the name of the game the world over. "Take the pace off the ball". Why not just be honest and say "Lets suck the excitement out of the game"? After 40 years watching and loving the game, I think it can do without my support any more."

Fidel Edwards to come on for the first time. A slip and a short midwicket

9.1

Edwards to Strauss, no run, starts off with a yorker, angling across Strauss, he tries to run it down but misses

9.2

Edwards to Strauss, no run, pitched up, wide, angling across, Strauss goes for the big drive, misses

9.3

Edwards to Strauss, no run, dropped, length ball, outside off, sliced towards point, Pollard dives full length to his left, gets his hands to it but can't hold on

9.4

Edwards to Strauss, no run, wide outside off, and misses out on the drive again

9.5

Edwards to Strauss, 2 runs, wide outside off, forced down to third man, Jerome Taylor is square, cuts it off well, but a slight fumble allows them to come back for two

9.6

Edwards to Strauss, no run, back of a length, pitches off, angles away, defended off the back foot

End of Powerplay 1, England will not mind 50 for no loss on a slow and low pitch

End of over 10 (2 runs) England 50/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • AJ Strauss 18 (29b 2x4)
    • RS Bopara 24 (32b 3x4)
    • FH Edwards 1-0-2-0
    • JE Taylor 5-1-18-0

West Indies have taken the bowling Powerplay. Taylor to continue

10.1

Taylor to Bopara, no run, back of a length, outside off, and defended off the back foot

10.2

Taylor to Bopara, no run, back of a length again, Bopara looks to force it through the off side, but hits straight towards point

10.3

Taylor to Bopara, no run, slower ball, fulltoss, outside off, hit straight towards cover, missed out Bopara will feel

10.4

Taylor to Bopara, 1 run, length ball, too straight, and turned away towards square-leg boundary

10.5

Taylor to Strauss, 1 run, length ball, on the middle stump, Strauss walks across and turns it away towards deep backward square leg

10.6

Taylor to Bopara, 1 run, angled into the pads again, stops a touch, but he has no problem turning it around the corner for one

Ed Dixon has an alternative view of the slow and low pitches. "If slow and low helps us win the ashes this summer, then I'm perfectly happy for the groundsmen to prepare pitches specially made from 4 inch thick moss and for the rules to be changed to allow one side to use a particularly ripe tomato instead of a ball..."

End of over 11 (3 runs) England 53/0 (RR: 4.81)

    • RS Bopara 26 (37b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 19 (30b 2x4)
    • JE Taylor 6-1-21-0
    • FH Edwards 1-0-2-0
11.1

Edwards to Bopara, FOUR, top shot, moves across his stumps, takes a low fulltoss, and flicks it to deep midwicket, high risk shot, but well executed

11.2

Edwards to Bopara, no run, back of a length, outside off, and defended off the front foot

11.3

Edwards to Bopara, no run, length ball, outside off, and driven down the ground, straight to mid-off

11.4

Edwards to Bopara, 1 run, back of a length, outside off, and pushed off the front foot, wide of mid-off

11.5

Edwards to Strauss, no run, movement, finally, starts off, and nips away, the first play and miss owing to movement

11.6

Edwards to Strauss, 1 run, short, angling across, pulled to wide of mid-on

Big Al, much like me, concurs with Paul Clarke: "Well said Paul Clarke! I've just finished painting and that is drying quicker than this wicket is playing. Think I'll have an afternoon at the dentist."

End of over 12 (6 runs) England 59/0 (RR: 4.91)

    • AJ Strauss 20 (32b 2x4)
    • RS Bopara 31 (41b 4x4)
    • FH Edwards 2-0-8-0
    • JE Taylor 6-1-21-0

Dwayne Bravo to bowl; with all those slower balls he should like this wicket

12.1

Bravo to Strauss, 1 run, back of a length, angling across, and Strauss runs it down to third man

12.2

Bravo to Bopara, FOUR, shot, it's short and wide all right, but Bopara has to thread a small gap between point and square-cover, which he does with precision

12.3

Bravo to Bopara, 1 run, short and wide again, but this is slower, and he has to wait, still he can't go square, has to do with a single to sweeper-cover

12.4

Bravo to Strauss, 1 run, short again, on the stumps, and turned away into the leg side for one

12.5

Bravo to Bopara, 1 run, back of a length, angling in towards the middle stump, and helped away towards fine leg

12.6

Bravo to Strauss, no run, fuller, wide, Strauss takes a step down the wicket, and drives, but can't beat point

End of over 13 (8 runs) England 67/0 (RR: 5.15)

    • AJ Strauss 22 (35b 2x4)
    • RS Bopara 37 (44b 5x4)
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-8-0
    • FH Edwards 2-0-8-0
13.1

Edwards to Bopara, FOUR, short and wide, and Bopara punches it through the covers, it's an easy four on offer

13.2

Edwards to Bopara, FOUR, another four, full and wide, Bopara comes right forward, drives powerfully, cover dives, gets a hand to it, but can't prevent four

13.3

Edwards to Bopara, no run, fulltoss, on the off stump, played down the ground, Edwards gets a hand down to it

13.4

Edwards to Bopara, no run, tries a bouncer, very short, gets it to rise head high though, Bopara tries to hook, but misses

13.5

Edwards to Bopara, no run, another short ball, Bopara pulls, but is too early, and gets a bottom edge into his pads

13.6

Edwards to Bopara, 1 run, slower ball, wide and on a length, Bopara stretches and plays it for one into the covers

End of over 14 (9 runs) England 76/0 (RR: 5.42)

    • RS Bopara 46 (50b 7x4)
    • AJ Strauss 22 (35b 2x4)
    • FH Edwards 3-0-17-0
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-8-0
14.1

Bravo to Bopara, no run, length ball, on the off stump, and played straight to cover

14.2

Bravo to Bopara, 2 runs, superb shot, short and wide, but he has to wait for it, and still he can play in front of square, but he does that well, wide of sweeper-cover, gets two

14.3

Bravo to Bopara, 1 run, length ball, on the off stump, and he drops and runs

14.4

Bravo to Strauss, 1 wide, slower ball, misdirected, down the leg side

14.4

Bravo to Strauss, no run, wide outside off, length ball, Strauss drives, but is early into the shot and gets a bottom edge

round the wicket to Strauss

14.5

Bravo to Strauss, 1 run, over-pitched, on off stump, and driven away into the covers

14.6

Bravo to Bopara, OUT, he misses the 50, lack of pace does him in, it's back of a length, outside off, moving in, he is too early into his forward defensive, gets a bottom edge onto the pad, and the ball rolls through to the stumps

RS Bopara b Bravo 49 (54b 7x4 0x6) SR: 90.74

End of bowling Powerplay, and they'll take drinks

Julian Evitts responds to Ed Dixon: "Ed Dixon is jesting, but he's not correct to suggest that slow low pitches would help England win the Ashes. As well as being more exciting, we need fast bouncy pitches to help Anderson, Broad and Flintoff. Decent bounce will help Swann too."

Stuart has had enough of this cribbing about the wicket: "If the pitch is so slow, low and cramping the batting, why are England merrily skipping along at 5 an over? Enough negativity, sit back, enjoy the match!"

But England have poor bowling to thank for the run-rate here. Too short and too straight. But point taken

End of over 15 (5 runs) England 81/1 (RR: 5.40)

    • AJ Strauss 23 (37b 2x4)
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-13-1
    • FH Edwards 3-0-17-0
15.1

Edwards to Strauss, no run, full and wide, driven straight to extra cover in circle

15.2

Edwards to Strauss, 1 run, back of a length, on the stumps, and turns it around the corner

Matt Prior on strike for the first time

15.3

Edwards to Prior, no run, back of a length, outside off, and plays it with an open face towards point

15.4

Edwards to Prior, no run, goes wide of the crease, back of a length, angling in towards the off stump, defended off the back foot

15.5

Edwards to Prior, FOUR, cut away superbly, short, wide and asking for it, Prior accepts the gift even though he is new to the wicket

15.6

Edwards to Prior, 2 runs, short and wide again, doesn't come on that well, he waits and punches it off the back foot, wide of cover

End of over 16 (7 runs) England 88/1 (RR: 5.50)

    • MJ Prior 6 (4b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 24 (39b 2x4)
    • FH Edwards 4-0-24-0
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-13-1
16.1

Bravo to Strauss, no run, beats him outside off, from round the wicket, Strauss plays for the one angling in, this one holds its line a touch, and beats the outside edge

16.2

Bravo to Strauss, no run, length ball, outside off, and drags it towards mid-on

16.3

Bravo to Strauss, 1 run, slower ball, angling into the pads, walks across, and gets it down to fine leg

16.4

Bravo to Prior, 1 run, angled into the pads, and easy single for Prior

16.5

Bravo to Strauss, 2 runs, back of a length, runs it towards third man, and gets two because the fielder is placed too square

16.6

Bravo to Strauss, 1 run, back of a length, walks across, and works it into the leg side for one

End of over 17 (5 runs) England 93/1 (RR: 5.47)

    • AJ Strauss 28 (44b 2x4)
    • MJ Prior 7 (5b 1x4)
    • DJ Bravo 3-0-18-1
    • FH Edwards 4-0-24-0
17.1

Edwards to Strauss, 1 run, sharp, back of a length again, but on the pads, easy single for Strauss

It looks a bit overcast and windy down there

17.2

Edwards to Prior, 1 run, wide again, back of a length, Prior slashes, gets a thick outside edge, down to third man

17.3

Edwards to Strauss, 1 run, length ball, on the middle stump, Strauss goes across, and turns it into the on side

17.4

Edwards to Prior, 1 run, good running, back of a length, on the stumps, tucks him up, but he drops and runs, Strauss is alert too

17.5

Edwards to Strauss, 2 runs, edged wide of slip, length ball, angling across, he slashes at it and gets a thick enough edge, but they run fast, put Simmons under pressure at third man, and come back for two

17.6

Edwards to Strauss, no run, angling across him, and pushed straight to cover

End of over 18 (6 runs) England 99/1 (RR: 5.50)

    • AJ Strauss 32 (48b 2x4)
    • MJ Prior 9 (7b 1x4)
    • FH Edwards 5-0-30-0
    • DJ Bravo 3-0-18-1

no spin still, Bravo to continue

18.1

Bravo to Prior, no run, length ball, on the stumps, hit straight to mid-on

18.2

Bravo to Prior, no run, looks to run it down to third man, is early in the shot, gets a bottom edge, but is lucky

18.3

Bravo to Prior, 1 bye, almost a run-out, Prior is beaten by the slower ball, it bounces in front of Ramdin, they run off the misfield, but the ball hasn't gone too far, Strauss was a goner if he had hit

18.4

Bravo to Strauss, 1 run, full, on the stumps, turned to wide of midwicket

18.5

Bravo to Prior, 1 run, length ball, into the stumps, helped into the leg side

keeper comes up

18.6

Bravo to Strauss, 1 run, back of a length, outside off, pushed into the covers

Ed Dixon sends in a clarification on an earlier comment: "Perhaps I should clarify, I wasn't suggesting that lemon meringue pitches and a tomato will help England win the Ashes, but if we did win as a result of them, then I wouldn't mind!"

End of over 19 (4 runs) England 103/1 (RR: 5.42)

    • AJ Strauss 34 (50b 2x4)
    • MJ Prior 10 (11b 1x4)
    • DJ Bravo 4-0-21-1
    • FH Edwards 5-0-30-0

Benn to bowl now. Takes off one of his two sweaters, almost takes off everything

19.1

Benn to Strauss, 1 run, superb fielding by Bravo at point, full and wide, driven wide of point, but Bravo dives and saves, Strauss is caught off guard, is late in running, and just makes it

a slip for Prior

19.2

Benn to Prior, 1 run, thrown up, swept from outside off for one

19.3

Benn to Strauss, no run, pushed through, Strauss looks to cut, but it is too full, and he is duly beaten

19.4

Benn to Strauss, FOUR, Andrew Strauss reverse-sweeps! Is this Andrew Flower, the coach? from outside off, he fetches a full delivery, and beats short third man

19.5

Benn to Strauss, 1 run, angled into the pads, turned away to square leg

19.6

Benn to Prior, no run, back of a length, helped away towards short third man, Sarwan is alert

End of over 20 (7 runs) England 110/1 (RR: 5.50)

    • MJ Prior 11 (13b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 40 (54b 3x4)
    • SJ Benn 1-0-7-0
    • DJ Bravo 4-0-21-1
20.1

Bravo to Strauss, FOUR, too short, 80mph, on the off stump, Strauss has plenty of time to pull it to deep midwicket.
"There's been a fair amount of rubbish thrown in by WI," says Mike Atherton. "That's an underestimate," says David Gower

20.2

Bravo to Strauss, 1 run, full, on the stumps, driven to long-on for one

20.3

Bravo to Prior, no run, full again, on the middle stump, Prior comes down to front foot, and flicks it towards short midwicket

20.4

Bravo to Prior, no run, slower ball again, outside off, and defended into covers

20.5

Bravo to Prior, 3 runs, another slower ball, too wide, Prior waits for this for a long time, and cuts it wide of third man, Morton runs across from sweeper-cover, and dives and cuts the boundary

20.6

Bravo to Strauss, 1 run, back of a length, outside off, and runs it down to third man

End of over 21 (9 runs) England 119/1 (RR: 5.66)

    • AJ Strauss 46 (57b 4x4)
    • MJ Prior 14 (16b 1x4)
    • DJ Bravo 5-0-30-1
    • SJ Benn 1-0-7-0
21.1

Benn to Strauss, no run, throws it up, Strauss waits for it and defends

21.2

Benn to Strauss, no run, full and flat, squeezes it under his bat

21.3

Benn to Strauss, no run, superb cricket, sees Strauss come down, fires it down the leg side, Strauss was gone for all money, no chance of getting bat to it, but he thrusts his pad onto it. Saved, he wants a single too, but the umpire is sharp in calling it a dead ball

21.4

Benn to Strauss, no run, reverse-swept from in front of leg stump, straight to short third

21.5

Benn to Strauss, 1 run, full, and driven to long-on

21.6

Benn to Prior, no run, arm ball, on the stumps, played into the on side

End of over 22 (1 run) England 120/1 (RR: 5.45)

    • MJ Prior 14 (17b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 47 (62b 4x4)
    • SJ Benn 2-0-8-0
    • DJ Bravo 5-0-30-1

Gayle to bowl

22.1

Gayle to Strauss, 1 run, full, on leg stump, turned towards deep midwicket

Big Al has clearly not gone to the dentist yet: "Why don't we want slow wickets? No good for fast bowlers, no good for genuine spin bowlers, no good for real stokemakers. What's left? Sloggers, nerdlers and boring military medium pace. If that's your bag, you're welcome. The dentist awaits!"

22.2

Gayle to Prior, no run, flighted, really slow, and played towards midwicket

22.3

Gayle to Prior, 2 runs, full, on the stumps, and swept away into the gap for two

22.4

Gayle to Prior, no run, big shout for lbw, slower through the air, beats Prior on the sweep, was hitting the stump, but the point of impact was just outside off

22.5

Gayle to Prior, 1 run, fulltoss, and played down to long-on

22.6

Gayle to Strauss, 1 run, full, on the stumps, and swept to deep backward square

End of over 23 (5 runs) England 125/1 (RR: 5.43)

    • AJ Strauss 49 (64b 4x4)
    • MJ Prior 17 (21b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 1-0-5-0
    • SJ Benn 2-0-8-0
23.1

Benn to Strauss, 3 runs, flat, angled in, would have been wide had he not guided it to fine of fine leg, he gets three for it, and gets to his fifty

23.2

Benn to Prior, 1 run, length ball, on off stump, pushed towards long-off

23.3

Benn to Strauss, OUT, strange stumping, beats him with a straighter ball outside off, extra bounce, Ramdin takes a lot of time to bring it back and remove the bail, but Strauss's foot is stuck on the line, he didn't seem to know he had dragged it onto the line, good bowling to start it off though

AJ Strauss st †Ramdin b Benn 52 (66b 4x4 0x6) SR: 78.78

Owais Shah new man in

Meanwhile Neil Smith responds to Ed Dixon's suggestion: "Should we replace the overripe tomato with an orange? it would probably hold together better and will compliment the lemon meringue better i believe."

One slip in

23.4

Benn to Shah, no run, bowls full, on the stumps, and defended back to the bowler

23.5

Benn to Shah, 1 run, full again, on the stumps, and played down to long-on, easy single to get off the mark

23.6

Benn to Prior, no run, thrown up, outside off, defended towards cover

End of over 24 (5 runs) England 130/2 (RR: 5.41)

    • MJ Prior 18 (23b 1x4)
    • OA Shah 1 (2b)
    • SJ Benn 3-0-13-1
    • CH Gayle 1-0-5-0

no slip for Shah now

24.1

Gayle to Shah, no run, over-pitched outside off, and driven straight to extra cover

24.2

Gayle to Shah, 1 run, another full ball outside off, and he drives it wristily through covers

24.3

Gayle to Prior, no run, very slow, back of a length, on the stumps, and played straight to short midwicket

24.4

Gayle to Prior, 3 runs, short and wide, and threaded through point and short third man

24.5

Gayle to Shah, 1 run, full, outside off, and defended with an open face

24.6

Gayle to Prior, 1 run, short and wide, goes back, and cuts it to sweeper-cover

End of over 25 (6 runs) England 136/2 (RR: 5.44)

    • MJ Prior 22 (26b 1x4)
    • OA Shah 3 (5b)
    • CH Gayle 2-0-11-0
    • SJ Benn 3-0-13-1
25.1

Benn to Prior, no run, flat, wide, goes for the cut, but this is too full and fast, gets a thick edge, but it doesn't carry to short third man

25.2

Benn to Prior, 2 runs, paddled from in front of stumps, to fine of deep fine leg, and gets two

25.3

Benn to Prior, 1 run, another premeditated paddle, it's a fulltoss, and misses out, will get only one

25.4

Benn to Shah, no run, full, on the stumps, wristy drive to short extra

25.5

Benn to Shah, no run, yorker, on the off stump, defended

25.6

Benn to Shah, 1 run, length ball, on off stump, played for one with an open face

End of over 26 (4 runs) England 140/2 (RR: 5.38)

    • OA Shah 4 (8b)
    • MJ Prior 25 (29b 1x4)
    • SJ Benn 4-0-17-1
    • CH Gayle 2-0-11-0
26.1

Gayle to Shah, 1 run, flighted, slow, slight turn, Shah takes a single down to long-on

26.2

Gayle to Prior, 1 run, flighted again, on the stumps, another single to long-on

26.3

Gayle to Shah, 1 run, wide of off stump, and hit to sweeper-cover

26.4

Gayle to Prior, 1 run, slightly short, straighter one, cut away to sweeper-cover

26.5

Gayle to Shah, no run, full, leading edge, goes to short third

26.6

Gayle to Shah, FOUR, deft, effective, it's a faster, fuller one, he waits for it, opens the face, and finds the gap between point and short third, the pace from Gayle does the rest

End of over 27 (8 runs) England 148/2 (RR: 5.48)

    • OA Shah 10 (12b 1x4)
    • MJ Prior 27 (31b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 3-0-19-0
    • SJ Benn 4-0-17-1
27.1

Benn to Prior, 1 run, fulltoss, on the stumps, and played to long-on

27.2

Benn to Shah, 1 run, wide outside off, driven along the ground to sweeper-cover, exaggerated use of bottom hand

27.3

Benn to Prior, 1 leg bye, looks to sweep, misses, gets a leg-bye

27.4

Benn to Shah, no run, full and flat, and beats his open face

27.5

Benn to Shah, 2 runs, thrown up outside off, again that bottom-handed, wrsity drive, gets a thick edge to third man, short third is in the circle

27.6

Benn to Shah, no run, thrown up on the stumps, defended back to him

End of over 28 (5 runs) England 153/2 (RR: 5.46)

    • OA Shah 13 (16b 1x4)
    • MJ Prior 28 (33b 1x4)
    • SJ Benn 5-0-21-1
    • CH Gayle 3-0-19-0
28.1

Gayle to Prior, 1 run, slow, back of a length, and pushed down to long-on

28.2

Gayle to Shah, 1 run, outside off, and played with an open face

28.3

Gayle to Prior, 1 run, short outside off, played down to sweeper-cover

28.4

Gayle to Shah, 1 run, short and wide again, easy single to sweeper-cover

28.5

Gayle to Prior, no run, thrown up this time, and defended back to the bowler

28.6

Gayle to Prior, 1 run, another flighted delivery, on the stumps, takes a single down to long-on

End of over 29 (5 runs) England 158/2 (RR: 5.44)

    • MJ Prior 31 (37b 1x4)
    • OA Shah 15 (18b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 4-0-24-0
    • SJ Benn 5-0-21-1

We have been discussing slow and low pitches between overs. David pitches in: "I feel that some good Italian marble and diamond balls would liven it all up. Certainly give the batsmen the hurry up and Murali couldn't even turn it.......Though lemon meringue and orange something does sound tasty, thank goodness its lunch time........"

29.1

Benn to Prior, 2 runs, thrown up outside off, driven to wide of sweeper-cover, and they run fast for two

29.2

Benn to Prior, no run, flat and fast, 72mph, and defended towards cover

29.3

Benn to Prior, 1 run, angled into the pads, turned away towards deep fine leg, they try for two, but Fidel is quick

29.4

Benn to Shah, 1 run, full, on the stumps, and an easy single down to long-on

29.5

Benn to Prior, 1 run, short, on off stump, played down to long-off, for want of room

29.6

Benn to Shah, 1 run, full, on off stump, another trademark bottom-hand drive, all along the ground

End of over 30 (6 runs) England 164/2 (RR: 5.46)

    • OA Shah 17 (20b 1x4)
    • MJ Prior 35 (41b 1x4)
    • SJ Benn 6-0-27-1
    • CH Gayle 4-0-24-0

Gayle goes round the wicket

30.1

Gayle to Shah, 1 run, full, on the leg stump, and an easy single to long-on

30.2

Gayle to Prior, 1 run, slow, on the stumps, played towards square leg

30.3

Gayle to Shah, no run, slower still, plays it this time to midwicket, dot ball

30.4

Gayle to Shah, 1 run, back of a length, played wide of midwicket

30.5

Gayle to Prior, 3 runs, reverse-sweep, Gayle sees it, goes outside leg, he still fetches it, and connects properly. Morton does a good job running across from sweeper-cover, and diving to save the boundary

30.6

Gayle to Shah, 1 run, back of a length, on the stumps, and a single to square leg

End of over 31 (7 runs) England 171/2 (RR: 5.51)

    • OA Shah 20 (24b 1x4)
    • MJ Prior 39 (43b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 5-0-31-0
    • SJ Benn 6-0-27-1
31.1

Benn to Shah, 1 run, overpitched, on the stumps, easy single down to long-on

31.2

Benn to Prior, 1 run, flighted, on the pads, turned away down to fine leg

31.3

Benn to Shah, 1 run, short, wide, pushed away off the back foot

31.4

Benn to Prior, 1 run, flighted, on the stumps, helped away for one wide of midwicket

31.5

Benn to Shah, 1 run, length ball, on off stump, and they drop and run, the off-side fielders are all on the circle

31.6

Benn to Prior, FOUR, good shot, thrown up outside off, opens the face, square-drives, beats square-cover, point and sweeper-cover, top placement

End of over 32 (9 runs) England 180/2 (RR: 5.62)

    • MJ Prior 45 (46b 2x4)
    • OA Shah 23 (27b 1x4)
    • SJ Benn 7-0-36-1
    • CH Gayle 5-0-31-0

Kieron Pollard to bowl, medium-pace he will bowl, Ramdin will stand up

32.1

Pollard to Shah, 1 run, short and wide, slow, and played towards sweeper-cover

32.2

Pollard to Prior, 1 run, short and wide again, and cut away straight to sweeper-cover

32.3

Pollard to Shah, no run, short and wide again, Shah looks to go in front of square this time, drives on the up, but Gayle is sharp at short cover

32.4

Pollard to Shah, no run, rolls his fingers around this one, on the off stump, on a length, and he defends it

32.5

Pollard to Shah, no run, back of a length, just outside off, and he can't squeeze it through the off-side field

32.6

Pollard to Shah, 1 run, on the pads, and an easy single this time

End of over 33 (3 runs) England 183/2 (RR: 5.54)

    • OA Shah 25 (32b 1x4)
    • MJ Prior 46 (47b 2x4)
    • KA Pollard 1-0-3-0
    • SJ Benn 7-0-36-1

Benn continues

33.1

Benn to Shah, 1 run, thrown up outside off, and driven into the covers

33.2

Benn to Prior, 1 bye, beats him, flatter ball this time, a hint of turn, one of the very few that have turned, surprises Ramdin too, who lets through a bye

33.3

Benn to Shah, no run, almost played on, thrown up outside off, arm ball, Shah goes for his bottom-handed drive, gets a bottom edge

33.4

Benn to Shah, 1 run, angling into the pads, and an easy single to midwicket

33.5

Benn to Prior, 1 run, full, on the pads, and turned away to deep fine leg

33.6

Benn to Shah, no run, on the pads, but can't beat short midwicket this time

time for the mandatory change of ball

End of over 34 (4 runs) England 187/2 (RR: 5.50)

    • OA Shah 27 (36b 1x4)
    • MJ Prior 47 (49b 2x4)
    • SJ Benn 8-0-39-1
    • KA Pollard 1-0-3-0
34.1

Pollard to Prior, no run, back of a length, outside off, and pushed straight to point

34.2

Pollard to Prior, 2 runs, short again, into the pads, played to square of fine leg and will come back for two easily

34.3

Pollard to Prior, no run, played straight to point, wants to test how good Benn is there. He is good enough to prevent him from going for one

34.4

Pollard to Prior, 1 run, fifty for Prior, this has been quite an easy innings, just like this one was, dropped it to wide of cover and came through

34.5

Pollard to Shah, 1 run, wide and helped away for an easy single to third man

34.6

Pollard to Prior, no run, short, on the stumps, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 35 (4 runs) England 191/2 (RR: 5.45)

    • MJ Prior 50 (54b 2x4)
    • OA Shah 28 (37b 1x4)
    • KA Pollard 2-0-7-0
    • SJ Benn 8-0-39-1
35.1

Benn to Shah, 1 run, thrown up, on the off stump, and played towards sweeper-cover

35.2

Benn to Prior, no run, arm ball, on the stumps, defended off the back foot

35.3

Benn to Prior, no run, thrown up, yorker almost, Prior looks to turn it to leg, but ends up playing back to bowler

35.4

Benn to Prior, 1 run, flat, on off stump, played down to long-off

35.5

Benn to Shah, no run, arm ball again, on the off stump, played back to the bowler

35.6

Benn to Shah, FOUR, mis-field at backward point ruins a pretty good over, this was a length ball, push-driven square, but Sarwan lets it go through

England have made good progress on a slow pitch, batting Powerplay yet to come. Time for drinks

End of over 36 (6 runs) England 197/2 (RR: 5.47)

    • OA Shah 33 (40b 2x4)
    • MJ Prior 51 (57b 2x4)
    • SJ Benn 9-0-45-1
    • KA Pollard 2-0-7-0

Pollard to continue after the drinks break

36.1

Pollard to Prior, no run, slower ball, on the pads, beats his attempt to play it down to fine leg

36.2

Pollard to Prior, 1 run, back of a length, into the pads, one to deep fine leg

36.3

Pollard to Shah, 1 run, poor work from Been, played with an open face towards point, Benn takes a step in, but doesn't bend low enough. Why is this giant fielding at point anyway

36.4

Pollard to Prior, 1 run, angled into the pads, turned down to fine leg for the 200th run of the innings

36.5

Pollard to Shah, 1 run, length ball, on the ground, driven down to long-on

36.6

Pollard to Prior, no run, back of a length, on the off stump, comes on too slowly, defended back to the bowler

End of over 37 (4 runs) England 201/2 (RR: 5.43)

    • MJ Prior 53 (61b 2x4)
    • OA Shah 35 (42b 2x4)
    • KA Pollard 3-0-11-0
    • SJ Benn 9-0-45-1

Batting Powerplay. Business is about to pick up. They saw Gayle coming to bowl, and asked the umpire to make the helicopter motion. Gayle calls for Edwards now

37.1

Edwards to Shah, 2 runs, fine-leg is up, starts off with a yorker-gone-wrong on the leg stump, beats fine leg, but the deep backward square keeps them down to two

37.2

Edwards to Shah, 1 run, fulltoss, the bottom hand comes off, and he gets a single to wide of long-on

mid-off is up, long-on is out, fine-leg still in. Third man and sweeper-cover out

37.3

Edwards to Prior, 1 wide, fulltoss, outside leg, wide

37.3

Edwards to Prior, 1 run, length ball, on the stumps, Sarwan at midwicket does well to dive and save four

37.4

Edwards to Shah, FOUR, Sarwan can't stop this one, bowls short with a field-set for full and straight bowling, Shah smashes it across the line, Sarwan dives from midwicket, gets a hand to it, but it still goes for four

It hit Sarwan in the wrist, and now like Chanderpaul he is going off too

37.5

Edwards to Shah, FOUR, super shot, in-swinging, full, Shah presents the full face of the bat, times it superbly, finds the gap between mid-on and extra cover, no followthrough

37.6

Edwards to Shah, no run, finally gets the yorker right, dug out, and played towards point

End of over 38 (13 runs) England 214/2 (RR: 5.63)

    • OA Shah 46 (47b 4x4)
    • MJ Prior 54 (62b 2x4)
    • FH Edwards 6-0-43-0
    • KA Pollard 3-0-11-0

No. 38 was the most expensive over of the innings

Pollard to continue, even into the Powerplay

38.1

Pollard to Prior, 1 wide, slower ball, and way down the leg side

38.1

Pollard to Prior, FOUR, slower ball, Prior steps out, waits for the offcutter, goes through with his shot, straight and in the air, well connected, hits the ropes on half-volley

38.2

Pollard to Prior, 2 runs, angling into the stumps, and chipped away to wide of midwicket

38.3

Pollard to Prior, no run, looks to make room (all deep fielders are in the on side), it's short and on the stumps, but can't free his arms, played back to the bowler

38.4

Pollard to Prior, 1 run, slower off cutter again, slogged away towards midwicket, can't get the gap between deep midwicket and long-on

38.5

Pollard to Shah, 1 run, another slower ball, on the pads, nurdled into the leg side for one

38.6

Pollard to Prior, 2 runs, on the stumps, pushes on the run, deliberately doesn't hit it powerfully, by the time Bravo comes in from deep midwicket, they run two

End of over 39 (11 runs) England 225/2 (RR: 5.76)

    • MJ Prior 63 (67b 3x4)
    • OA Shah 47 (48b 4x4)
    • KA Pollard 4-0-22-0
    • FH Edwards 6-0-43-0

Bravo will bowl now

39.1

Bravo to Shah, 1 run, half-volley outside off, driven with open face towards sweeper-cover

39.2

Bravo to Prior, no run, slower ball again, hit hard but straight to mid-off

39.3

Bravo to Prior, 1 run, low fulltoss, on the stumps, played into the on side for one

39.4

Bravo to Shah, SIX, that has to be a >b>drop, Shah drags it from outside, almost a top-spin forehand, Sammy at deep midwicket runs it, and finds out he has been lobbed. First six of the innings, fifty for Shah

39.5

Bravo to Shah, 1 run, back of a length, played towards point

39.6

Bravo to Prior, FOUR, shot, that's the T20 spirit, goes outside off, gets on a knee, and scoops it over short fine

End of over 40 (13 runs) England 238/2 (RR: 5.95)

    • MJ Prior 68 (70b 4x4)
    • OA Shah 55 (51b 4x4 1x6)
    • DJ Bravo 6-0-43-1
    • KA Pollard 4-0-22-0
40.1

Pollard to Shah, 1 run, angling into the pads, a single to short fine leg

40.2

Pollard to Prior, 2 runs, full, on the off stump, and driven wide of mid-on for two

40.3

Pollard to Prior, FOUR, short and wide, with a leg-side field, Prior doesn't let temptation come in the way of connecting this, clearing cover easily and calmly

40.4

Pollard to Prior, 1 run, yorker, on the leg stump, dug out to maybe three feet from the stumps, and they go through for one

40.5

Pollard to Shah, 2 runs, slower ball, fulltoss on the pads, easy two between long-on and deep midwicket

40.6

Pollard to Shah, 1 run, over-pitched, outside off, played down the ground, long-on is back

End of over 41 (11 runs) England 249/2 (RR: 6.07)

    • OA Shah 59 (54b 4x4 1x6)
    • MJ Prior 75 (73b 5x4)
    • KA Pollard 5-0-33-0
    • DJ Bravo 6-0-43-1

Last over of Powerplay. Benn will bowl it

Shah is not ready for the first one and pulls out. Benn bowls anyway, misses leg stump, wouldn't have mattered anyway

41.1

Benn to Shah, 1 run, arm ball, on the stumps, looks to go extra cover, but there is no spin and is cramped, gets a single to cover though

41.2

Benn to Prior, 1 run, flatter, on the stumps, played down to mid-off

41.3

Benn to Shah, 2 runs, lofted down the ground, straight, too straight for long-on, but Sammy does a good job, putting in the dive

41.4

Benn to Shah, 1 run, full, on the stumps, played down to long-off

41.5

Benn to Prior, 1 leg bye, slow, very slow, thrown higher too, Prior misses the slog sweep, but gets a leg-bye

41.6

Benn to Shah, 1 run, full, outside off, and a single down to long-off

Fifty-five off the batting Powerplay, and that after this last over, only seven came off which

End of over 42 (7 runs) England 256/2 (RR: 6.09)

    • OA Shah 64 (58b 4x4 1x6)
    • MJ Prior 76 (75b 5x4)
    • SJ Benn 10-0-51-1
    • KA Pollard 5-0-33-0
42.1

Pollard to Shah, no run, full, on the stumps, played back to the bowler

42.2

Pollard to Shah, 1 run, length ball, outside off, drives, get a thick edge towards third man

42.3

Pollard to Prior, 1 run, makes room, bowler goes wide, prior stretches, but he is too far to make proper contact

42.4

Pollard to Shah, 2 runs, length ball, outside off, played with soft hands, wide of long-off, gets two

42.5

Pollard to Shah, 1 run, slower ball, outside off, and he gets a single to sweeper-cover

42.6

Pollard to Prior, 1 run, looks to make room, Pollard follows him this time, gets a single down to long-on

End of over 43 (6 runs) England 262/2 (RR: 6.09)

    • MJ Prior 78 (77b 5x4)
    • OA Shah 68 (62b 4x4 1x6)
    • KA Pollard 6-0-39-0
    • SJ Benn 10-0-51-1

Taylor come back. He has four overs left. if he does well, he can bowl Nos 44, 46, 48, and 50

43.1

Taylor to Prior, 1 run, back of a length, adding into the pads, and they rush through for one to square leg

43.2

Taylor to Shah, 1 run, length ball, on leg stump, played down the ground for one

43.3

Taylor to Prior, 4 leg byes, slower ball, back off a length, but into the pads, the offcut beats the bat, but he gets four leg-byes

43.4

Taylor to Prior, 2 runs, full, on the pads, played to wide of long-on for two

43.5

Taylor to Prior, (no ball) 1 run, no-ball, free-hit time, full, angling in, and they get a tight single to square leg

free-hit coming up

43.5

Taylor to Shah, SIX, length ball, outside off, Shah stands tall, drags it from outside off, and lofts it over cow's corner

43.6

Taylor to Shah, OUT, slog-sweep off a fast bowler, and he doesn't quite get enough on it, it was wide outside off, so he had to drag it, and perhaps that's why didn't get enough to clear deep midwicket. There was a century in sight, but well played Owais

OA Shah c Morton b Taylor 75 (65b 4x4 2x6) SR: 115.38

End of over 44 (16 runs) England 278/3 (RR: 6.31)

    • MJ Prior 82 (81b 5x4)
    • JE Taylor 7-1-33-1
    • KA Pollard 6-0-39-0

Mascarenhas is the new man in

44.1

Pollard to Prior, 1 run, length ball, slow, steps down to play it to long-off

44.2

Pollard to Mascarenhas, OUT, gone first ball, carries with him the IPL golden-duck flu, length ball, on off stump, is way too early into the shot, and an easy catch for Pollard, maybe he was surprised by the slowness of the pitch, but after 40 overs of watching should have known better

AD Mascarenhas c & b Pollard 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Collingwood, who turns 33 today, takes strike

44.3

Pollard to Collingwood, 1 run, and plays a knee-high fulltoss into the on side for an easy single

44.4

Pollard to Prior, no run, steps out, Pollard bowls the offcutter, and follows him too

44.5

Pollard to Prior, 1 run, angled into the pads, played to just wide of short fine leg

44.6

Pollard to Collingwood, FOUR, shapes for the scoop, Pollard bowls short and wide, he still gets enough bat to clear short fine leg

End of over 45 (7 runs) England 285/4 (RR: 6.33)

    • PD Collingwood 5 (2b 1x4)
    • MJ Prior 84 (84b 5x4)
    • KA Pollard 7-0-46-1
    • JE Taylor 7-1-33-1
45.1

Taylor to Prior, 3 runs, length ball, outside off, scoop shot again, clears short fine, but hasn't connected well enough for four

fine leg goes back

45.2

Taylor to Collingwood, 1 run, back of a length, outside, played to wide of mid-off

45.3

Taylor to Prior, OUT, Prior slogs, misses, and Taylor hits. Simple dismissal. Full and straight, and another England batsman misses out on a hundred. In fact he gets out on the Aussie devil's number

MJ Prior b Taylor 87 (86b 5x4 0x6) SR: 101.16

A quiz question from Paul Wilkinson: "Who was the last Englishman to score a 1 day hundred and when, if ever have England score 2 hundreds in a 1 day match?" Guess the last one was KP. Don't know when they manged two in one.

Morgan new man in

45.4

Taylor to Morgan, 1 run, slower ball, offcutter, across him, plays down to third man

45.5

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, full, outside off, inside edge, onto the pad, no run

45.6

Taylor to Collingwood, 1 run, back of a length, turned towards square leg, a fumble from Bravo turns a tight single into an easy one

End of over 46 (6 runs) England 291/5 (RR: 6.32)

    • PD Collingwood 7 (5b 1x4)
    • EJG Morgan 1 (1b)
    • JE Taylor 8-1-39-2
    • KA Pollard 7-0-46-1
46.1

Pollard to Collingwood, no run, looks to make room, Pollard follows him, can't get the big shot

third man up, long-on goes back

46.2

Pollard to Collingwood, 2 runs, steps out, gets enough bat to clear the in-field, and also finds the gap between long-on and midwicket

46.3

Pollard to Collingwood, 1 run, steps out again, gets a low fulltoss, turns it straight towards midwicket

46.4

Pollard to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan dances down too, bowls the slower offcutter, he runs it down to third man for one

46.5

Pollard to Collingwood, 2 runs, steps out and drives powerfully down to long-off, and they take two having hit it straight to Benn

46.6

Pollard to Collingwood, 1 run, shapes up for a scoop, but tries a reverse-sweep, but this is full and straight delivery, he can get only one to point

End of over 47 (7 runs) England 298/5 (RR: 6.34)

    • PD Collingwood 13 (10b 1x4)
    • EJG Morgan 2 (2b)
    • KA Pollard 8-0-53-1
    • JE Taylor 8-1-39-2
47.1

Taylor to Collingwood, FOUR, 300 up, with an easy pull off a short delivery, places it perfectly with deep backward square and midwicket

47.2

Taylor to Collingwood, SIX, short again, Collingwood pulls off the front foot, but gets the sweet part of the bat, clears the longest part of the field, square leg

highest total by England against WI

47.3

Taylor to Collingwood, no run, full and wide, Collingwood slogs, and misses

47.4

Taylor to Collingwood, OUT, finally Taylor goes full and straight, Collingwood makes room, tries a hard hit, misses, the leg stump is out of the ground. Makes you wonder why he has been trying those limp bouncers

PD Collingwood b Taylor 23 (14b 2x4 1x6) SR: 164.28

Bresnan in

47.5

Taylor to Bresnan, no run, good yorker first up, although he is making room, he can't get a run off it

47.6

Taylor to Bresnan, 1 run, back of a length, outside off, takes a single to third man

End of over 48 (11 runs) England 309/6 (RR: 6.43)

    • TT Bresnan 1 (2b)
    • EJG Morgan 2 (2b)
    • JE Taylor 9-1-50-3
    • KA Pollard 8-0-53-1

Pollard continuing, Edwards has six left, Rampaul has six

48.1

Pollard to Bresnan, FOUR, and Pollard starts off with a fulltoss on the pads, fine leg inside the circle, Bresnan doesn't look the gift horse in the mouth and gets four

48.2

Pollard to Bresnan, no run, length ball, outside off, flashes and misses

48.3

Pollard to Bresnan, FOUR, another fulltoss, lofts it towards deep midwicket, Chanderpaul is not all the way back to the boundary, and is lobbed by this one

48.4

Pollard to Bresnan, no run, back of a length, on the stumps, and played back to the bowler

48.5

Pollard to Bresnan, OUT, slower ball, Bresnan is early into this lofted shot, and holes out to long-on, the offcutter does the trick

TT Bresnan c Rampaul b Pollard 9 (7b 2x4 0x6) SR: 128.57

48.6

Pollard to Morgan, 2 runs, length ball, on the stumps, walks across and hits it to wide of deep midwicket, gets two

End of over 49 (10 runs) England 319/7 (RR: 6.51)

    • EJG Morgan 4 (3b)
    • SCJ Broad 0 (0b)
    • KA Pollard 9-0-63-2
    • JE Taylor 9-1-50-3

Taylor to bowl the last over. Broad to face

49.1

Taylor to Broad, 1 run, full and straight, plays towards extra cover, gets one, brings Morgan on strike

49.2

Taylor to Morgan, 1 run, tries the scoop, Taylor bowls the slower ball, offcutter, ends up playing it into his chin, gets one for it

49.3

Taylor to Broad, 3 runs, back of a length, outside leg, fine leg is up, gets enough bat for it to run for three

49.4

Taylor to Morgan, 1 run, full and straight, can't get under it, just one to long-off

49.5

Taylor to Broad, no run, slower bouncer, totally deceives Broad, who finally tries to upper-cut, but is early into it

last ball coming up

49.6

Taylor to Broad, 1 wide, no I was wrong this is a wide, bowled from 23 yards again, slower one, but much too wide of off stump

49.6

Taylor to Broad, 2 runs, the legal last ball, slower again, chipped over extra cover, will get two to sweeper-cover

So England, put in, on a sluggish wicket, have managed their sixth-highest total ever, and their best against West Indies. Gayle will rue the poor bowling, England were never under pressure. They ran superbly between the wickets, and capitalised on the ordinary bowling.

Back to Paul's quiz question. My KP mislead didn't work, almost everybody got it right: Andrew Strauss was the last Englishman to score an ODI century. Last two Englishmen to score centuries in the same ODI: people who got it wrong went back, way back, to Trescothick and Hussain against India in the 2002 Natwest final. They even thought Strauss and Solanki against SA. But the correct answer, which most got right, is those legendary big-hitters, Bell and Cook, against India at Rose Bowl in 2007. See you in a while, with West Indies' reply

End of over 50 (9 runs) England 328/7

    • SCJ Broad 6 (4b)
    • EJG Morgan 6 (5b)
    • JE Taylor 10-1-59-3
    • KA Pollard 9-0-63-2
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