ICC Cricket World Cup, 36th Match, Group B: England v West Indies at Chennai, Mar 17, 2011
ICC Cricket World Cup - 36th match, Group B
England won by 18 runs
Played at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai (neutral venue)
17 March 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)
0.1

Roach to Strauss, no run, short and wide outside off stump and it carries through nicely to Thomas. Strauss is relieved to flag one through early

0.2

Roach to Strauss, no run, good carry again here outside off, closer to Strauss this time as he left alone

0.3

Roach to Strauss, no run, back of a length on off stump this time, slowly raises through to Strauss who places a bat in the way

0.4

Roach to Strauss, no run, for dot balls in a row as Strauss lets another one go

0.5

Roach to Strauss, no run, full for the first time today, Roach has a very good yorker, pushed with a toe-end to mid-off

0.6

Roach to Strauss, no run, and the over ends as it begun, with Strauss leaving alone. Good start for West Indies then

England 0/0   AJ Strauss 0* (6b)
2.1

Roach to Strauss, no run, that's very close to cut but Strauss is strong on the shot. Unfortunately for him he remains on 0 after picking out point

2.2

Roach to Strauss, 1 run, close! Nervy moment for Strauss as he is rushed on a pull shot, trying to break the shackles but got it high on the bat and spooned it just over a backpedalling square leg

2.4

Roach to Strauss, 1 run, finally a more certain shot for Strauss as he glances into space

England 7/0   AJ Strauss 2* (9b)
3.1

Benn to Strauss, no run, slip and a leg slip for Benn. Finds turn here back into Strauss who defends

3.2

Benn to Strauss, 1 run, carefully swept down to deep square to give Prior the strike

England 8/0   AJ Strauss 3* (11b)
4.1

Roach to Strauss, no run, Roach is generating plenty from his whippy action and it's rushing Strauss in defence

4.2

Roach to Strauss, no run, fuller and the drive is woefully timed and dribbles to mid-off

4.3

Roach to Strauss, no run, Strauss is just trying to manufacture something here, giving himself a touch of room to drive. But at the moment Roach's pace is rushing him

4.4

Roach to Strauss, FOUR, ah, Strauss gets all of this! Half-volley length and banished wide of cover

4.5

Roach to Strauss, no run, Roach pulls back his length and Strauss can only defend as a result

4.6

Roach to Strauss, no run, stylish drive but bashed straight to mid-off

England 18/0   AJ Strauss 7* (17b 1x4)
5.2

Benn to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss hurtles down the wicket, steady as drunk, shaping to hack before pushing a nervy defence

England 20/0   AJ Strauss 8* (18b 1x4)
6.2

Roach to Strauss, no run, on the pads to Strauss, which Miller reckons is a no-go area, but Strauss picks out square leg

6.3

Roach to Strauss, FOUR, very nicely done here from the England captain. Couple of steps down the track and, as Miller would tell you, Strauss is violent off his pad, flicking to the midwicket boundary

6.4

Roach to Strauss, no run, again Roach ventures near the pads but Strauss picks out midwicket

6.5

Roach to Strauss, no run, heave and miss outside off! Strauss leant back and aimed something expansive, but only at thin air

6.6

Roach to Strauss, 1 run, after all that heaving Strauss is back to compact mode, flicking an off-stump delivery wide of midwicket

England 33/0   AJ Strauss 13* (23b 2x4)
7.1

Russell to Strauss, no run, ooh nervous start from the bowler, touch short and some width too but Strauss can't time his cut shot

7.2

Russell to Strauss, 2 runs, short again and Strauss wants a tilt at Russell I reckon, wheeling a pull shot to deep midwicket

7.3

Russell to Strauss, no run, yup, Strauss definitely wants a bit of this. Dancing down the wicket again to try and thwack this through the off side. Doesn't time it remotely

7.4

Russell to Strauss, no run, my my, Russell is not impressed and bangs in a sharp bouncer that has Strauss ducking in a hurry. Follows the delivery with a stare

7.5

Russell to Strauss, FOUR, no no, short is not the place for Strauss. He gets all of this pull shot and it speeds to the fine leg rope

7.6

Russell to Strauss, 1 run, another short one, Russell needs to find a way to calm into this contest, Strauss powers another pull shot but the sweeper tides up on the leg-side boundary

England 40/0   AJ Strauss 20* (29b 3x4)
8.1

Sammy to Strauss, no run, steady start from Sammy, that's what he's all about and Strauss has no pace to work with

8.2

Sammy to Strauss, SIX, short to Strauss at Sammy's pace won't end well for the bowler. Leans back and eases his arms through the ball, pings over the midwicket boundary and into the fence. Top shot!

8.3

Sammy to Strauss, no run, good change of pace in response, much slower, but fuller too and Strauss can't connect

8.4

Sammy to Strauss, no run, another cutter and Strauss, despite flicking his wrists at the ball, can't force it away

8.5

Sammy to Strauss, 1 run, width combined with no slip means Strauss can happily guide this through the vacant area for a gimme single

England 47/0   AJ Strauss 27* (34b 3x4 1x6)
10.1

Sammy to Strauss, no run, around the wicket, tucked into the leg side

10.2

Sammy to Strauss, 2 runs, hint of width and he cuts it away through point but there's a sweeper on the cover boundary

10.3

Sammy to Strauss, 1 run, back of a length, opens the face and guides to third man

England 63/1   AJ Strauss 30* (37b 3x4 1x6)
11.1

Russell to Strauss, 1 run, now Strauss drives strongly through the covers but it goes straight to the sweeper

11.5

Russell to Strauss, OUT, gone! Russell strikes again, the short ball gets Strauss. He went for the pull but got a top edge and Gayle make excellent ground running back from midwicket, taking the catch over his shoulder then holding on as he hit the deck

AJ Strauss c Gayle b Russell 31 (50m 39b 3x4 1x6) SR: 79.48

England 79/2   AJ Strauss 31 (39b 3x4 1x6)
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