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   SJ Benn 1-0-4-0

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

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   SJ Benn 2-0-11-0

5.1

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

5.2

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

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   SJ Benn 3-0-20-0

12.1

Benn to Bell, 1 run, on leg stump, worked backward of square on the leg side

12.2

Benn to Trott, 1 run, tossed up and worked down to long on

12.3

Benn to Bell, 1 run, onto the front foot, drives down to long off this time

12.4

Benn to Trott, 1 run, pushed towards leg stump which allows an easy tuck into the leg side

12.5

Benn to Bell, 1 run, opens the face into the off side, well judged single by the Warwickshire team-mates

12.6

Benn to Trott, 1 run, on the back foot, pushed into the covers and this single is a little tighter but a fumble makes it comfortable

England 85/2   SJ Benn 4-0-26-0

14.1

Benn to Trott, FOUR, now he brings out the reverse and gets it fine through third man...top batting from Trott

14.2

Benn to Trott, 1 run, smart stuff, follows the boundary with a gentle nudge down to long on

14.3

Benn to Bell, no run, on off stump, pushed into the off side

14.4

Benn to Bell, no run, driven to short cover

14.5

Benn to Bell, no run, quicker ball, touch shorter and Bell forces into the off side

14.6

Benn to Bell, 1 run, on the back foot and driven down the ground

England 94/2   SJ Benn 5-0-32-0

31.1

Benn to Wright, no run, round the wicket, dragged a little short but Wright picks out backward point

31.2

Benn to Wright, no run, fuller at middle and leg, pushed into the off side

31.3

Benn to Wright, 1 run, tossed up nicely, Wright onto the front foot and pushes into the covers

31.4

Benn to Bopara, 1 run, onto the back foot and placed wide of backward point

31.5

Benn to Wright, no run, on off stump, defended into the off side

31.6

Benn to Wright, no run, good line, nothing on offer for Wright as he defends

England 151/5   SJ Benn 6-0-34-0

33.1

Benn to Wright, 1 run, full and driven down to long off

33.2

Benn to Tredwell, no run, on off stump, worked to midwicket

33.3

Benn to Tredwell, 2 leg byes, drifts onto leg stump, tucked past short fine-leg

33.4

Benn to Tredwell, no run, pushed back to the bowler

33.5

Benn to Tredwell, no run, plenty of turn outside off as Tredwell shoulders arms

33.6

Benn to Tredwell, no run, worked into the leg side

England 155/6   SJ Benn 7-0-35-0

35.1

Benn to Tredwell, no run, outside off, defended to the off side

35.2

Benn to Tredwell, no run, defended again

35.3

Benn to Tredwell, 1 wide, quick ball down the leg side as Tredwell misses a sweep

35.3

Benn to Tredwell, no run, full outside off and left alone

35.4

Benn to Tredwell, 5 wides, fired down the leg side again and this time the keeper misses it as well

35.4

Benn to Tredwell, 1 run, worked from outside down to long on

35.5

Benn to Wright, 1 run, round the wicket, driven with a straight bat down to long on

35.6

Benn to Tredwell, no run, onto the front foot and defends...useful over for England because of the wides

England 171/6   SJ Benn 8-0-43-0

37.1

Benn to Tredwell, 1 run, worked down the ground again, taken from outside off stump

37.2

Benn to Wright, 2 runs, driven nicely through the covers and the sweeper has to run around to keep them to a couple

37.3

Benn to Wright, no run, hint of turn as Wright comes onto the front foot and plays to the off side

37.4

Benn to Wright, 1 run, full this time and Wright drives it down to long on fairly firmly

37.5

Benn to Tredwell, 1 run, clever batting as Tredwell picks up another run into the square-leg area

37.6

Benn to Wright, 1 run, pushed square into the off side and another well taken run

England 183/6   SJ Benn 9-0-49-0

45.1

Benn to Bresnan, 1 run, fired in quick around off stump and Bresnan's toe-end cut dribbles away to point

45.2

Benn to Swann, 1 run, Swann this time picks off a single, pushing down the ground

45.3

Benn to Bresnan, no run, good work from Benn, no width on offer and Bresnan can only prod a defence

45.4

Benn to Bresnan, no run, full toss but Bresnan is too conventional to muscle this away, instead he straight-bats to mid-off

45.5

Benn to Bresnan, 1 run, poked towards midwicket, just a single

45.6

Benn to Swann, FOUR, good beans from Swann, backing himself to land this. Comes down the track, gives himself room, makes it into a full toss that he drives all along the ground wide of cover for four. Not a great spell for Benn that 0-60

England 228/8   SJ Benn 10-0-56-0

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

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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

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