ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 36th match, Group B

England v West Indies

England won by 18 runs

1.1

Benn to Prior, no run, tossed up around off stump, Prior eases into defence

1.2

Benn to Prior, no run, hint of turn already and Prior is cagey in defence again, England are pinned down already

1.3

Benn to Prior, no run, ooh, this finds an edge as Prior tries to drive, squirts to point

1.4

Benn to Prior, FOUR, runs! Finally it's runs. Four of them. The outfield is quicker than Roach! Prior leant into a fluid drive and once it beat cover it was always four

1.5

Benn to Prior, no run, good recovery from Benn, just did Prior in the flight a touch and he lunged forward to block

1.6

Benn to Prior, no run, another careful, tentative prod to finish the over. So just one scoring shot in 12 deliveries

England 4/0   MJ Prior 4* (6b 1x4)

2.3

Roach to Prior, 1 run, precious run again, more certain than the last, as Prior clips to midwicket where Benn fields and makes a hash of the relay through by dropping the ball

2.5

Roach to Prior, no run, Roach is wearing his fastest wheels here, already touching 90mph. Good length and off-stump line and Prior stands tall to block

2.6

Roach to Prior, no run, fuller to finish, Prior is hanging back expecting another shot one. Pats to cover. Decent pace and carry in the pitch so far

England 7/0   MJ Prior 5* (9b 1x4)

3.3

Benn to Prior, no run, touch of spin here again and Prior leans forward to defend

3.4

Benn to Prior, FOUR, nicely done from Prior, leaning back and getting the fraction of width outside off he thrives on. Threaded wide of point and it sped to the rope

3.5

Benn to Prior, no run, firmly pushed back towards the bowler, Benn gets down 26ft to field

3.6

Benn to Prior, 2 runs, too short from Benn and it allows Prior to cut again, more careful shot this time and earns him a couple. Good over for England, they needed it

England 14/0   MJ Prior 11* (13b 2x4)

5.1

Benn to Prior, 1 run, Prior has shown good composure so far, not trying to overhit anything. Pushes down to long-off

5.3

Benn to Prior, 2 runs, neatly done by Prior once more, leaning forward to drive a fullish ball down the ground

5.4

Benn to Prior, no run, that's the first one that really has spun, surprised Prior who poked at it suspiciously

5.5

Benn to Prior, FOUR, full toss is punished! Carefully again but that makes it a decent start for England. Clipped around the corner and Benn looks unimpressed

5.6

Benn to Prior, 1 run, driven down the ground to finish a good over for England. Prior going well but this pitch, so far at least, looks very good for batting

England 27/0   MJ Prior 19* (18b 3x4)

6.1

Roach to Prior, 1 run, back of length but the line is just leg-sided enough for Prior to nurdle a single to fine leg

England 28/0   MJ Prior 20* (19b 3x4)

8.6

Sammy to Prior, 1 run, sharp single to finish the over, Prior clipped to mid-on and immediately hared off for one. But for the one short ball that was a good over from Sammy, sadly the short one went for six

England 48/0   MJ Prior 21* (20b 3x4)

9.1

Russell to Prior, OUT, Russell strikes! Emphatically! Full and sliding into Prior is exactly the place to bowl to him. He was hanging on the back foot and the ball had burst through and splattered middle stump before he'd even thought about defence

MJ Prior b Russell 21 (36m 21b 3x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

England 48/1   MJ Prior 21 (21b 3x4)

Photos

Mar 17, 2011

England celebrate a narrow win, England v West Indies, World Cup, Group B, March 17, 2011

England celebrate a narrow win

© Getty Images

Mar 17, 2011

The stunning victory completed when Sulieman Benn was run out to complete a collapse of four wickets for three runs, England v West Indies, World Cup, Group B, March 17, 2011

The stunning victory completed when Sulieman Benn was run out to complete a collapse of four wickets for three runs

© AFP

All photos for this match | Galleries

  • ESPN Cricinfo

World Cup Videos

... and that's that

... and that's that
13:40 | Apr 11, 2011
Inside ESPNcricinfo

Inside ESPNcricinfo
12:49 | Apr 10, 2011
 World Cup review

World Cup review
05:26 | Apr 8, 2011
Frozen Out

Frozen Out
46:34 | Apr 5, 2011