ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 36th match, Group B

England v West Indies

England won by 18 runs

Chris Gayle, the key man, opens alongside the in-form Devon Smith. Tim Bresnan with the ball

Welcome back, Gnasher here for what should be a fascinating run chase. Will it be England's last innings at the World Cup or will they live to fight another day (or at least wait to see what Bangladesh do against South Africa)?

0.1

Bresnan to Smith, no run, ooh, hint of movement back into Smith who plays off the back foot to point

Slip and a short midwicket are the catching men

0.2

Bresnan to Smith, 1 run, nicely driven off the back foot, cover gets a hand on it which means mid-off can come round and keep them to a single

0.3

Bresnan to Gayle, no run, good line, back of a length on off stump, defended into the covers

0.4

Bresnan to Gayle, 1 run, driven off the back foot into the off side...the fielders are deep so Gayle can just jog through

0.5

Bresnan to Smith, 1 run, hint of width and Smith cuts it down to third man...was in the air but nowhere near a fielder

0.6

Bresnan to Gayle, no run, here we go! Gayle down the pitch but then misses with his attempted heave through the leg side

End of over 1 (3 runs) West Indies 3/0 (241 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 4.91)
CH Gayle    1* (3b)      TT Bresnan    1-0-3-0
DS Smith    2* (3b)     

It's spin with the new ball. Here's Graeme Swann. This should be fun

1.1

Swann to Smith, no run, round the wicket, on off stump, defended to the covers

Swann has been all over Smith in previous meetings

1.2

Swann to Smith, 1 run, drifts onto leg stump and worked into a gap at square leg

Slip and a close short fine-leg catching

1.3

Swann to Gayle, 1 run, nicely bowled, but Swann is annoyed as a single is given away to cover with Gayle just dropping the ball and setting off

1.4

Swann to Smith, 2 runs, touch too full and Smith whips it away through midwicket

1.5

Swann to Smith, no run, wow, that's a ripper! Turn and huge bounce from outside off, Smith jerks his bat out of the line

1.6

Swann to Smith, no run, on off stump, comes forward and defends to cover

Some promising signs for Swann in that over. How many will Strauss give him?

End of over 2 (4 runs) West Indies 7/0 (237 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 3.50, RRR: 4.93)
DS Smith    5* (8b)      GP Swann    1-0-4-0
CH Gayle    2* (4b)      TT Bresnan    1-0-3-0

The batsmen have already called for a drink so a small delay

2.1

Bresnan to Gayle, FOUR, down the leg side, poor ball especially with fine leg up and it's whipped away off the hip by Gayle

2.2

Bresnan to Gayle, 2 runs, on leg stump, nicely timed off the pads but it's straighter through midwicket this time

2.3

Bresnan to Gayle, FOUR, on the charge! Gayle comes down the pitch and clubs this back over Bresnan's head straight down the ground

2.4

Bresnan to Gayle, no run, banged in short and it goes across Gayle who leaves it alone

2.5

Bresnan to Gayle, FOUR, through the off side this time, full and wide from Bresnan and Gayle leans on the drive...it's not all brute force

2.6

Bresnan to Gayle, FOUR, and another, this one flies off the edge down to third man as Gayle charges again...wasn't as convincing but a good result for West Indies

Expensive over and pressure already on England

End of over 3 (18 runs) West Indies 25/0 (219 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 8.33, RRR: 4.65)
CH Gayle    20* (10b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    2-0-21-0
DS Smith    5* (8b)      GP Swann    1-0-4-0

3.1

Swann to Smith, no run, round the wicket, straightens a touch on middle and it's defended

3.2

Swann to Smith, 4 leg byes, wrong line down the leg side, clips the pad and races towards fine leg

As Bangladesh did, West Indies getting well ahead of the rate early

3.3

Swann to Smith, no run, on off stump, comes forward and defends

3.4

Swann to Smith, 1 wide, pushed down the leg side

3.4

Swann to Smith, no run, that's nice, turn and extra bounce on off stump as Smith defends

3.5

Swann to Smith, 1 run, too straight, Smith works it off the back foot out to deep square

3.6

Swann to Gayle, 1 run, powerful drive down to long off

End of over 4 (7 runs) West Indies 32/0 (212 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 4.60)
CH Gayle    21* (11b 4x4)      GP Swann    2-0-7-0
DS Smith    6* (13b)      TT Bresnan    2-0-21-0

Opening with spin is a decent tactic, but not sure what the point of Tremlett is if you don't give him the new ball. Ah, well, excellent...here comes Tremlett

4.1

Tremlett to Gayle, no run, starts on leg stump and he's lucky to get away with it as Gayle clips straight to short fine-leg

4.2

Tremlett to Gayle, FOUR, splays his front out of the way then heaves through the leg side. Not timed but it reaches the boundary...Gayle can barely run

4.3

Tremlett to Gayle, SIX, down the pitch again, latches onto this one cleanly and sends it miles over mid-on...mighty blow. Who needs running?

4.4

Tremlett to Gayle, FOUR, and another, gives himself a touch of room to the leg side and lofts this straight down the ground...once bounce for four

What has Tremlett got? His natural length is hittable. He needs to get the short ball at shoulder height

4.5

Tremlett to Gayle, FOUR, switches to round the wicket but it doesn't work, back of a length again and Gayle dismissively swings it over midwicket

4.6

Tremlett to Gayle, no run, finally goes full at the stumps, comes out as a low full toss and is bunted straight to cover

Brutal over from Gayle, the game is already running away from England

End of over 5 (18 runs) West Indies 50/0 (194 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 10.00, RRR: 4.31)
CH Gayle    39* (17b 7x4 1x6)      CT Tremlett    1-0-18-0
DS Smith    6* (13b)      GP Swann    2-0-7-0

5.1

Swann to Smith, no run, turned off leg stump to short fine-leg

5.2

Swann to Smith, no run, on middle and off, defended to the off side

5.3

Swann to Smith, 2 runs, angled towards leg stump, turned through midwicket and a limping Gayle is able to complete a second

5.4

Swann to Smith, no run, defended with bat and pad together

5.5

Swann to Smith, 1 run, onto the back foot and works it through square leg...Smith playing the perfect role alongside Gayle

5.6

Swann to Gayle, no run, drifting in towards off and Gayle offers respect in the form of a defensive push into the covers

End of over 6 (3 runs) West Indies 53/0 (191 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 8.83, RRR: 4.34)
CH Gayle    39* (18b 7x4 1x6)      GP Swann    3-0-10-0
DS Smith    9* (18b)      CT Tremlett    1-0-18-0

Another change of bowling. It was a short spell from Tremlett. Here comes James Tredwell. His last ODI was in Hobart in mid-January. No pressure

6.1

Tredwell to Smith, no run, starts full and squeezed to midwicket

6.2

Tredwell to Smith, 1 run, touch short, allows Smith to work it off the back foot

6.3

Tredwell to Gayle, no run, on middle and off, defended to the on side

6.4

Tredwell to Gayle, FOUR, now he brings out a slog sweep, picks it up from off stump and sends it whistle flat over midwicket

6.5

Tredwell to Gayle, OUT, gone! Has Tredwell done it? Gayle given lbw but he's reviewed it. No bat, this looks good. And the decision stays. Massive breakthrough for England. Gayle played forward and was struck below the knee roll. Replays said it was clipping the top of the stumps

CH Gayle lbw b Tredwell 43 (27m 21b 8x4 1x6) SR: 204.76

Amazingly, that's Tredwell's first ODI wicket

Darren Sammy has promoted himself to No. 3

6.6

Tredwell to Sammy, no run, more turn, Sammy comes onto the front foot and defends

End of over 7 (5 runs) West Indies 58/1 (186 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 8.28, RRR: 4.32)
DJG Sammy    0* (1b)      JC Tredwell    1-0-5-1
DS Smith    10* (20b)      GP Swann    3-0-10-0

7.1

Swann to Smith, no run, angling down the leg side

7.2

Swann to Smith, no run, worked into the leg side

7.3

Swann to Smith, no run, nicely bowled on off stump, comes forward and defends

7.4

Swann to Smith, no run, tossed up and driven back to the bowler

7.5

Swann to Smith, no run, driven into the packed off side field

7.6

Swann to Smith, no run, angled towards leg stump, Smith comes forward and there's half a shout...nowhere near, but an excellent maiden

End of over 8 (maiden) West Indies 58/1 (186 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 7.25, RRR: 4.42)
DS Smith    10* (26b)      GP Swann    4-1-10-0
DJG Sammy    0* (1b)      JC Tredwell    1-0-5-1

8.1

Tredwell to Sammy, no run, more turn, takes an inside edge as Sammy comes forward but no short leg

8.2

Tredwell to Sammy, no run, lunges forward again, takes the pad

8.3

Tredwell to Sammy, SIX, that's how to do it! Takes a stride down the pitch and a free swing of the arms lofts it handsomely over midwicket

8.4

Tredwell to Sammy, no run, quicker from Tredwell, outside off and Sammy defends...another inside edge towards the short leg area

Short leg now coming in

Ian Bell under the helmet

8.5

Tredwell to Sammy, 3 runs, full outside off this time and driven through the covers, good running from this pair

8.6

Tredwell to Smith, OUT, Is this another? Yes it is, Smith has been smartly stumped. Fired it quite full, it got in a tangle of bat and boot, the ball dribbles back to Prior who takes the bails off. The replay is good, but more drama. The third umpire presses the wrong button first! It's quickly changed and he's given out.

DS Smith st †Prior b Tredwell 10 (37m 27b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.03

England are back in this match thanks to James Tredwell. There's a sentence I didn't think I'd be writing

End of over 9 (9 runs) West Indies 67/2 (177 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 7.44, RRR: 4.31)
     JC Tredwell    2-0-14-2
DJG Sammy    9* (6b 1x6)      GP Swann    4-1-10-0

Darren Bravo is the new man. He's fine player. Won't be on strike straight away as England return to some pace with Tim Bresnan

9.1

Bresnan to Sammy, FOUR, goes over the top straight away, great response from Sammy who drives on the up and clears mid-off

9.2

Bresnan to Sammy, 2 runs, dropped in short and pulled away through midwicket this time, not quite timed and deep square can get around

Looking back on that stumping, Prior did really well to keep his composure after fumble a tough take

9.3

Bresnan to Sammy, FOUR, that's rubbish from Bresnan, wide outside off and it allows Sammy a free swing of the arms...another boundary through the off side

9.4

Bresnan to Sammy, 1 run, splices a pull but it falls into space on the leg side

9.5

Bresnan to Bravo, no run, that's better from Bresnan, on middle and off to the left hander...defended into the covers

9.6

Bresnan to Bravo, no run, defended to backward point

Well, it's been a frantic start to the chase. For now it's over to Sahil

End of over 10 (11 runs) West Indies 78/2 (166 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 7.80, RRR: 4.15)
DM Bravo    0* (2b)      TT Bresnan    3-0-32-0
DJG Sammy    20* (10b 2x4 1x6)      JC Tredwell    2-0-14-2

Good work Gnasher. Take a lie down, that was mental. Sammy is trying to keep the pace going with all kinds of swishing. Working so far too... The dangerman, Tredwell, to continue...

10.1

Tredwell to Sammy, SIX, wow, Sammy barely seemed to get much of this but it flew. Whipped the bottom hand through the ball and it whistled into the crowds over long-on

England have not taken the bowling Powerplay. Can't blame them!

10.2

Tredwell to Sammy, no run, rare moment of calm here as Sammy prods into the leg side

10.3

Tredwell to Sammy, no run, nicely done from Tredwell, arm ball, slid past the outside edge

10.4

Tredwell to Sammy, 1 run, this one is the offspinner that turns a touch, only into the middle of Sammy's bat and he hurries a single to mid-off

10.5

Tredwell to Bravo, no run, touch of flight and Bravo is more conventional so carefully defends. He can bat orthodoxly while his partners blaze

10.6

Tredwell to Bravo, no run, again careful but secure defence to end the over

End of over 11 (7 runs) West Indies 85/2 (159 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 7.72, RRR: 4.07)
DM Bravo    0* (4b)      JC Tredwell    3-0-21-2
DJG Sammy    27* (14b 2x4 2x6)      TT Bresnan    3-0-32-0

Right then, here is Tremlett for a take two. Always was going to be vulnerable to Gayle.

11.1

Tremlett to Sammy, 1 run, back of a length to Sammy who swings hard at it without finding dreamy timing

11.2

Tremlett to Bravo, no run, flash and a miss outside off stump. Probably deserved to be smacked for four but it bounced over Bravo's cut

11.3

Tremlett to Bravo, no run, Tremlett lands his first full ball of the innings and Bravo pops it back to him in defence

11.4

Tremlett to Bravo, no run, good delivery here, fullish and heading for off stump. Carefully pushed to mid-off

11.5

Tremlett to Bravo, FOUR, oof, take that! Just back of a length, Bravo leant back and whipped a pull shot that rocketed through midwicket for four

11.6

Tremlett to Bravo, 1 run, flash outside off finds an edge that flies catchable height through a vacant gully area

End of over 12 (6 runs) West Indies 91/2 (153 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 7.58, RRR: 4.02)
DM Bravo    5* (9b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    2-0-24-0
DJG Sammy    28* (15b 2x4 2x6)      JC Tredwell    3-0-21-2

12.1

Tredwell to Bravo, no run, definite spin again for Tredwell and has Bravo groping for it outside off

12.2

Tredwell to Bravo, no run, Tredwell starts slightly straighter and Bravo blocks respectfully

12.3

Tredwell to Bravo, no run, driven hard but straight to mid-off

12.4

Tredwell to Bravo, no run, forward defence, but the flashing backlift makes it exciting

12.5

Tredwell to Bravo, no run, again the high backlift comes down in defence

12.6

Tredwell to Bravo, OUT, Tredwell has three, England are scrapping. Tredwell could be an England matchwinner!? Fancy that! Bravo leant forward to defend, enough turn kissed the outside edge and crept through to Strauss who stayed low to scoop it inches off the turf

DM Bravo c Strauss b Tredwell 5 (15m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

End of over 13 (wicket maiden) West Indies 91/3 (153 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 4.13)
     JC Tredwell    4-1-21-3
DJG Sammy    28* (15b 2x4 2x6)      CT Tremlett    2-0-24-0

Here's Devon Thomas, another change from West Indies. Keeping their last two recognised batsmen - Pollard and Sarwan - in the tank. Here's Tremlett...

13.1

Tremlett to Sammy, no run, much better from Tremlett, hammering down a short ball that skips past a ducking Sammy

13.2

Tremlett to Sammy, no run, good delivery once more, short and has Sammy hopping. But that's his short-ball quota for the over done so we know what's coming

13.3

Tremlett to Sammy, no run, haha, Thomas might well have denied his captain a boundary here! It was a half-volley that Sammy thwacked straight back into his team-mate's boot

13.4

Tremlett to Sammy, 1 wide, slower ball is misdirected, bobbling down the leg side. Prior fumbles his take and the ball dribbles towards the helmet. It would have been five runs if it hit and Sammy is jumping up and down with excitement!

13.4

Tremlett to Sammy, 1 run, much better length and line, full outside off and Sammy, in a rare moment of calm, prods a single

13.5

Tremlett to Thomas, 1 run, slip in place for Thomas and Tremlett finds an outside edge but it's a thick one and dribbles wide of point

13.6

Tremlett to Sammy, 1 run, Sammy keeps the strike by working this around the corner. It's Tredwell of bust for England it seems!

End of over 14 (4 runs) West Indies 95/3 (149 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 6.78, RRR: 4.13)
DJG Sammy    30* (20b 2x4 2x6)      CT Tremlett    3-0-28-0
DC Thomas    1* (1b)      JC Tredwell    4-1-21-3

14.1

Tredwell to Sammy, SIX, Tredwell floats one up in Sammy's half and he swings his big arms through the line and sends it sailing into the crowds! Such a simple game

14.2

Tredwell to Sammy, no run, quicker ball is a good response and Sammy clunks down a defensive prod

14.3

Tredwell to Sammy, 1 run, ooh, this sticks in the pitch a touch and Sammy scoops it past the bowler

14.4

Tredwell to Thomas, no run, good work from Tredwell here, tossing it up outside off, generating spin and Thomas defends to leg

14.5

Tredwell to Thomas, no run, Sammy wants a single but there isn't one here as Thomas defends to the off side

14.6

Tredwell to Thomas, FOUR, wow, maybe this is why he's been promoted! Thomas stretches across to the off side and whips his wrists at the ball, pings off the bat, wide of long-on and races away for four. What placement!

End of over 15 (11 runs) West Indies 106/3 (138 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 7.06, RRR: 3.94)
DC Thomas    5* (4b 1x4)      JC Tredwell    5-1-32-3
DJG Sammy    37* (23b 2x4 3x6)      CT Tremlett    3-0-28-0

Strauss has had enough of Tremlett so here is Ravi Bopara.

15.1

Bopara to Sammy, 1 run, bustling start on a length, Sammy gets deep into his crease and shoves it down the ground

15.2

Bopara to Thomas, 1 run, despite a big dive, Morgan can't cut it off at short midwicket so Thomas has a single

15.3

Bopara to Sammy, 1 run, not a great delivery here, short and wide, crashed out to deep point

15.4

Bopara to Thomas, no run, this time Morgan does collect as Thomas flicks to leg

15.5

Bopara to Thomas, no run, touch of indrift here finds an inside edge as Thomas aims a drive

15.6

Bopara to Thomas, no run, punched to point to end what's been an oddly quiet over

End of over 16 (3 runs) West Indies 109/3 (135 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 6.81, RRR: 3.97)
DC Thomas    6* (8b 1x4)      RS Bopara    1-0-3-0
DJG Sammy    39* (25b 2x4 3x6)      JC Tredwell    5-1-32-3

16.1

Tredwell to Sammy, no run, Tredwell around the wicket to Sammy, who leans forward to defend

16.2

Tredwell to Sammy, 1 run, this would have been a wide if Sammy didn't help it to fine leg

16.3

Tredwell to Thomas, no run, big turn here, touch of bounce too and Thomas taps it to midwicket

16.4

Tredwell to Thomas, 1 wide, the spin here takes it down the leg side for a wide

16.4

Tredwell to Thomas, 1 run, little bit too short and wide, allows Thomas to punch a drive through cover

16.5

Tredwell to Sammy, 1 run, short again, sat up asking for trouble, Sammy banged it hard but to deep cover

16.6

Tredwell to Thomas, no run, good ball to end the over, forcing quiet defence outside off. Reckon with these two right handers in that might be Tredwell's spell

End of over 17 (4 runs) West Indies 113/3 (131 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 6.64, RRR: 3.96)
DC Thomas    7* (11b 1x4)      JC Tredwell    6-1-36-3
DJG Sammy    41* (28b 2x4 3x6)      RS Bopara    1-0-3-0

17.1

Bopara to Sammy, OUT, another one falls, this game is brewing into another classic! Sammy's slogging finally gets the better of him but what a little cameo that's been! It was outside off, just kept a little low, found the inside edge and dragged onto the stumps

DJG Sammy b Bopara 41 (45m 29b 2x4 3x6) SR: 141.37

17.2

Bopara to Sarwan, no run, finally Sarwan is in, good steadying influence I reckon, gets an inside edge here back to Bopara

17.3

Bopara to Sarwan, no run, Sarwan tries to squeeze a cut shot away but there is no room for it

17.4

Bopara to Sarwan, no run, ooh, Bopara slides in an indrifting yorker that Sarwan digs out at the final moment

17.5

Bopara to Sarwan, 1 run, neatly steered past a diving point

17.6

Bopara to Thomas, no run, back of a length and Thomas defends carefully. The required run rate is a doddle but after Pollard what is there?

End of over 18 (1 run) West Indies 114/4 (130 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 6.33, RRR: 4.06)
DC Thomas    7* (12b 1x4)      RS Bopara    2-0-4-1
RR Sarwan    1* (4b)      JC Tredwell    6-1-36-3

Strauss reckons this is a good time to get a Powerplay out the way. And Bresnan is back for it.

18.1

Bresnan to Sarwan, 1 run, ooh, dragged this far wide of the stumps as Sarwan aims an expansive cut

18.2

Bresnan to Thomas, 2 runs, very nicely done from Thomas, cutting with a straighter bat wide of third man to scoot back for two

18.3

Bresnan to Thomas, no run, that's the place to bowl it for Bresnan. Length to Thomas is fine. Blocked

18.4

Bresnan to Thomas, no run, once more Bresnan finds those infamous 'good areas' and there is nowhere for Thomas to go

18.5

Bresnan to Thomas, 1 leg bye, overpitched and with some swing heading down the leg side, flicked off an inside edge into the leg side

18.6

Bresnan to Sarwan, no run, solid and sturdy defence to a good ball. How absurdly conventional

End of over 19 (4 runs) West Indies 118/4 (126 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 6.21, RRR: 4.06)
RR Sarwan    2* (6b)      TT Bresnan    4-0-35-0
DC Thomas    9* (16b 1x4)      RS Bopara    2-0-4-1

Bopara will continue in the Powerplay. Strauss taking a while to set his field.

19.1

Bopara to Thomas, no run, that will do nicely for Bopara, on a length around off stump and Thomas punches to mid-off with the straightest of blades

19.2

Bopara to Thomas, no run, Thomas picks out mid-on this time with a back-foot punch

19.3

Bopara to Thomas, no run, fuller this time, straighter too. Driven back to the bowler who skips across to field

19.4

Bopara to Thomas, OUT, Bopara has done it again! It's that inside edge again! Poor shot really but the pressure paid. Just aimed to glide it down to third man but the inside edge shoved it onto the stumps. Don't take your eyes off England! Here comes Pollard, and it's still a Powerplay!

DC Thomas b Bopara 9 (30m 20b 1x4 0x6) SR: 45.00

Well, this partnership could just be the match.

19.5

Bopara to Pollard, no run, full and straight from Bopara, good nerve there. If he showed it when he batted England wouldn't be scrapping. Pollard puts his enormous blade into line

19.6

Bopara to Pollard, no run, huge appeal from Bopara to finish a wicket maiden over. Just struck Pollard outside the line though

Well, I'm off in search of tea. Here is Gnasher

End of over 20 (wicket maiden) West Indies 118/5 (126 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 5.90, RRR: 4.20)
KA Pollard    0* (2b)      RS Bopara    3-1-4-2
RR Sarwan    2* (6b)      TT Bresnan    4-0-35-0

Thanks Sahil. What a match. Bonkers stuff

20.1

Bresnan to Sarwan, no run, on off stump, plays back and defends

20.2

Bresnan to Sarwan, no run, angling towards the pads, flicked out to midwicket

20.3

Bresnan to Sarwan, no run, back of a length outside off and defended to cover

20.4

Bresnan to Sarwan, no run, stays deep in the crease and defends

20.5

Bresnan to Sarwan, no run, jags back into Sarwan who plays it down into the leg side

20.6

Bresnan to Sarwan, no run, good line, fuller on off stump and Sarwan is solidly behind it...tidy maiden from Bresnan but run rate isn't an issue

End of over 21 (maiden) West Indies 118/5 (126 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 5.61, RRR: 4.34)
RR Sarwan    2* (12b)      TT Bresnan    5-1-35-0
KA Pollard    0* (2b)      RS Bopara    3-1-4-2

21.1

Bopara to Pollard, no run, well bowled, hint of movement which squares up Pollard and finds a leading edge into the covers

21.2

Bopara to Pollard, no run, tight stuff, on middle and off, not much bounce and Pollard is almost caught on the back foot

21.3

Bopara to Pollard, no run, late movement into Pollard, chops it down towards third man...there's appeal for lbw as they feel it's pad before bat. They consider a review but decide not to bother. Hit outside off.

21.4

Bopara to Pollard, no run, whipped off middle stump to midwicket

21.5

Bopara to Pollard, no run, touch short and it's driven to backward point

21.6

Bopara to Pollard, no run, tries to bring out a thumping drive but completely mistimes it and the ball bounces back towards Bopara...another maiden, three in a row

End of over 22 (maiden) West Indies 118/5 (126 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 5.36, RRR: 4.50)
KA Pollard    0* (8b)      RS Bopara    4-2-4-2
RR Sarwan    2* (12b)      TT Bresnan    5-1-35-0

22.1

Bresnan to Sarwan, no run, good line on off stump, Sarwan plays into the off side

Sarwan's presence vital for West Indies. A calm head.

22.2

Bresnan to Sarwan, 1 run, a little too straight and it allows a single to midwicket...the first run in 21 deliveries

22.3

Bresnan to Pollard, 2 runs, goes for the yorker but it's well play as Pollard whips it along the ground through midwicket

22.4

Bresnan to Pollard, no run, good bouncer, rises past Pollard's chest as he drops his hands

22.5

Bresnan to Pollard, FOUR, there he goes, that's Pollard as he clubs a good length over mid-on...England have a few words to the batsman who chirps back. Great stuff.

22.6

Bresnan to Pollard, no run, good comeback from Bresnan, full on off stump and it's worked into the leg side

End of over 23 (7 runs) West Indies 125/5 (119 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 5.43, RRR: 4.40)
KA Pollard    6* (12b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    6-1-42-0
RR Sarwan    3* (14b)      RS Bopara    4-2-4-2

23.1

Bopara to Sarwan, no run, full at the stumps, driven out to cover

23.2

Bopara to Sarwan, no run, there's that dangerous shot, trying to guide it down to third man but he safely finds backward point rather than the stumps

23.3

Bopara to Sarwan, no run, on off stump, defended into the covers

23.4

Bopara to Sarwan, no run, chopped away into the off side and bounces to backward point

23.5

Bopara to Sarwan, no run, full again and driven straight to mid-off

23.6

Bopara to Sarwan, FOUR, rare loose ball from Bopara and it's cut away through backward point...just dragged it a little too short and wide

End of over 24 (4 runs) West Indies 129/5 (115 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 5.37, RRR: 4.42)
RR Sarwan    7* (20b 1x4)      RS Bopara    5-2-8-2
KA Pollard    6* (12b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    6-1-42-0

Andrew Strauss is bringing back the main man...it's Graeme Swann. Short leg in place

24.1

Swann to Pollard, no run, ooh, turn and Pollard is taken on pads as he plays back

24.2

Swann to Pollard, SIX, didn't take long, no ground is big enough to stop him, and he launches this from off stump high over midwicket

Deep breath, Graeme

24.3

Swann to Pollard, 2 runs, shorter, flatter and neatly turned out to deep square-leg

24.4

Swann to Pollard, 1 run, dropped! Ravi has missed it, is that the crucial moment? Pollard went for a huge swing over the leg side, got a leading edge high into the off side. Bopara turned and chased but couldn't take it over his shoulder

That was exactly what Swann wanted...Bopara's fielding lets him down again

24.5

Swann to Sarwan, no run, worked into the leg side

24.6

Swann to Sarwan, no run, defended back to the bowler

End of over 25 (9 runs) West Indies 138/5 (106 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 5.52, RRR: 4.24)
RR Sarwan    7* (22b 1x4)      GP Swann    5-1-19-0
KA Pollard    15* (16b 1x4 1x6)      RS Bopara    5-2-8-2

Bopara has a chance to redeem himself

25.1

Bopara to Pollard, 1 run, drilled towards mid-off who is fairly deep...not without good reason

25.2

Bopara to Sarwan, 1 run, worked off the stumps into the leg side...Sarwan runs hard but it stays at one

25.3

Bopara to Pollard, no run, nearly a run out! Pushed into the off side, Pollard sets off but there was never a run and he has to quickly turn to get back

25.4

Bopara to Pollard, no run, worked into the leg side

25.5

Bopara to Pollard, no run, opens the face to backward point

25.6

Bopara to Pollard, SIX, dismissive from Pollard...a straight thump down the ground, nothing more

End of over 26 (8 runs) West Indies 146/5 (98 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 5.61, RRR: 4.08)
KA Pollard    22* (21b 1x4 2x6)      RS Bopara    6-2-16-2
RR Sarwan    8* (23b 1x4)      GP Swann    5-1-19-0

Another change of bowling. Can Strauss pull another rabbit out of the hat? It's Luke Wright. He bowled one over in the World T20 and took a wicket. That would do now for England

26.1

Wright to Sarwan, no run, worked out to midwicket

26.2

Wright to Sarwan, 1 run, pushed towards the pads and that's an easy pick-off to deep square

26.3

Wright to Pollard, no run, blimey, nearly another! Pollard goes for the pull and almost bottom-edges into the stumps

26.4

Wright to Pollard, no run, big appeal from Wright as he takes Pollard on the pads but it's going down

26.5

Wright to Pollard, no run, big appeal again...almost identical to ball before as Pollard tries to work to leg

26.6

Wright to Pollard, 2 runs, tucked off the stumps down towards long leg who is very wide and it means a couple

End of over 27 (3 runs) West Indies 149/5 (95 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 5.51, RRR: 4.13)
KA Pollard    24* (25b 1x4 2x6)      LJ Wright    1-0-3-0
RR Sarwan    9* (25b 1x4)      RS Bopara    6-2-16-2

Graeme Swann changes ends to replace Bopara. Short leg still in place

27.1

Swann to Sarwan, no run, outside off, pushed to Swann

27.2

Swann to Sarwan, 1 run, touch short and Sarwan waits on the back foot then places it out to deep cover

27.3

Swann to Pollard, no run, well bowled, tossed up but didn't turn as much...Pollard defends off the back foot

27.4

Swann to Pollard, OUT, gone! Swann has done it. Pollard goes lbw. He played back and was beaten by the turn. He was given out on the field but reviewed it. Replays showed it was clipping leg comfortably

KA Pollard lbw b Swann 24 (33m 27b 1x4 2x6) SR: 88.88

Massive moment in this match. England clinging to their World Cup hopes

Andre Russell showed he could bowl. Now we'll see what his batting is like

27.5

Swann to Russell, no run, onto the front foot and defends

27.6

Swann to Russell, no run, solid behind that as it turns and he defends with bat and pad together

End of over 28 (1 run) West Indies 150/6 (94 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 5.35, RRR: 4.27)
AD Russell    0* (2b)      GP Swann    6-1-20-1
RR Sarwan    10* (27b 1x4)      LJ Wright    1-0-3-0

28.1

Wright to Sarwan, no run, good straight delivery which Sarwan defends

28.2

Wright to Sarwan, no run, takes the pad into the leg side

28.3

Wright to Sarwan, no run, back of a length, opens the face to point

28.4

Wright to Sarwan, 1 run, flicked neatly out to deep midwicket

28.5

Wright to Russell, no run, solidly behind the line to defend into the off side

28.6

Wright to Russell, no run, defended square to point

End of over 29 (1 run) West Indies 151/6 (93 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 5.20, RRR: 4.42)
AD Russell    0* (4b)      LJ Wright    2-0-4-0
RR Sarwan    11* (31b 1x4)      GP Swann    6-1-20-1

29.1

Swann to Sarwan, no run, outside off and left alone

29.2

Swann to Sarwan, no run, ooh, that turns and finds the inside edge but goes along the ground to short leg

29.3

Swann to Sarwan, no run, comes forward and defends to the off side

West Indies can afford to play out Swann

29.4

Swann to Sarwan, 1 run, pushed down to long on

29.5

Swann to Russell, no run, more turn and this one only lands a little in front short leg after taking the edge

29.6

Swann to Russell, 2 runs, connects well with this sweeps, flies away square but Tredwell makes good ground to save the boundary

What will happen next in this match? To tell you, it's Sahil

End of over 30 (3 runs) West Indies 154/6 (90 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 5.13, RRR: 4.50)
AD Russell    2* (6b)      GP Swann    7-1-23-1
RR Sarwan    12* (35b 1x4)      LJ Wright    2-0-4-0

Right, just another quiet 10-over stretch.

30.1

Wright to Sarwan, no run, Wright skids one in quickly for Sarwan to shuffle a defence

30.2

Wright to Sarwan, 1 run, Sarwan's calmness could be pivotal here. Stands tall to punch a drive to deep cover

30.3

Wright to Russell, no run, good lengths from Wright again, he's been impressive in both departments. Oddly

30.4

Wright to Russell, 1 run, ooh, that bottom-edge drag-on almost proved fatal again, poor shot really. Bounced over Prior and bobbled of for one

30.5

Wright to Sarwan, FOUR, ah serene stuff from Sarwan. So easy, driving through the line to bring up West Indies' first boundary in six overs

30.6

Wright to Sarwan, 1 run, nudges a single into the leg side to keep the strike. At this stage England were 149-5

End of over 31 (7 runs) West Indies 161/6 (83 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.19, RRR: 4.36)
RR Sarwan    18* (39b 2x4)      LJ Wright    3-0-11-0
AD Russell    3* (8b)      GP Swann    7-1-23-1

Big change here, it's Tremlett. He's had a horrible day so far.

31.1

Tremlett to Sarwan, 1 run, starts shortish, but the line at least is good and Sarwan turns a single to midwicket

31.2

Tremlett to Russell, no run, shortish once more from Tremlett and Russell stands tall to drop a defence by his feet

31.3

Tremlett to Russell, no run, this is a touch fuller from Tremlett, searching for the top of off. Russell defends comfortably

31.4

Tremlett to Russell, SIX, how about that! Tremlett on a length always ends violently. Russell just leant back, swung across the line and clubbed it miles!

31.5

Tremlett to Russell, 2 runs, he's confident after that blow and wristily flicks out to deep square. Very unhappy returns for him

31.6

Tremlett to Russell, FOUR, poor delivery, full and speared down the leg side. Russell suddenly looks a proper batsman and clipped around the corner to send it skimming to the fine leg boundary. The match swinging back in West Indies' favour now

End of over 32 (13 runs) West Indies 174/6 (70 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.43, RRR: 3.88)
AD Russell    15* (13b 1x4 1x6)      CT Tremlett    4-0-41-0
RR Sarwan    19* (40b 2x4)      LJ Wright    3-0-11-0

32.1

Wright to Sarwan, 1 leg bye, Sarwan remains quietly assured, clipping around the corner

32.2

Wright to Russell, 2 runs, Russell swishes a pull shot and he's apparently a schoolboy champion 100m runner, so beating him on the second is unlikely

32.3

Wright to Russell, no run, Wright straightens up his line and Russell is respectful and convention in defence

32.4

Wright to Russell, FOUR, what a day Russell is having! Tailender he is not! This is a creaming drive, punched high and wide of mid-off. He's still holding the pose as it crashes into the boundary boards

32.5

Wright to Russell, 1 run, West Indies must be favourites now, squeezes off the outside edge to deep point

32.6

Wright to Sarwan, no run, very conventional drive finds cover

That reverse swing Anderson found around this time against South Africa proved pivotal in that game. England might have to turn back to their spinners now.

End of over 33 (8 runs) West Indies 182/6 (62 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.51, RRR: 3.64)
RR Sarwan    19* (42b 2x4)      LJ Wright    4-0-18-0
AD Russell    22* (17b 2x4 1x6)      CT Tremlett    4-0-41-0

Gosh. This is brave? Maybe. Daft, I suspect so. Tremlett will continue... He doesn't look particularly confident.

33.1

Tremlett to Russell, 1 run, good start here, finds a fullish length and it just nips away a touch. Tremlett appealed but it was actually edged onto pad

There is a hint of reverse. That's why he's bowling I guess.

33.2

Tremlett to Sarwan, no run, won't be any swing from there. But at least for Tremlett it's not a boundary. Short and rising to Sarwan who defends easily

33.3

Tremlett to Sarwan, no run, fuller this time and driven back towards Tremlett. Who fields before crumpling over for no good reason

33.4

Tremlett to Sarwan, 1 run, another good delivery heading for off stump is steered to point. Russell is through for the single in a flash

So Russell faces Tremlett, this is should be interesting...

33.5

Tremlett to Russell, 2 runs, ooh, almost more damage for Tremlett as Russell swatted a short ball powerfully towards the midwicket rope

33.6

Tremlett to Russell, 2 runs, Russell expansive again but didn't get all of this, aimed to try and smash it over midwicket but the lack of timing sent it one-bounce to the fielder on the boundary. Russell looks in mighty fine order, could be a matchwinner unless England strike soon. Time for Swann surely?

End of over 34 (6 runs) West Indies 188/6 (56 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.52, RRR: 3.50)
AD Russell    27* (20b 2x4 1x6)      CT Tremlett    5-0-47-0
RR Sarwan    20* (45b 2x4)      LJ Wright    4-0-18-0

Not Swann, but spin in the form of James Tredwell. How does Russell play spin?

34.1

Tredwell to Sarwan, no run, won't find out yet because Sarwan is solid and quiet in defence

34.2

Tredwell to Sarwan, no run, touch of spin here from outside off, nothing to trouble Sarwan though

34.3

Tredwell to Sarwan, 2 runs, short enough for Sarwan to land a cut shot, chopping down to deep point to steal a couple. He's played so well today

34.4

Tredwell to Sarwan, 1 run, good cricket from Sarwan, blocking to long-on. That brings Russell on strike. Gets a word of advice from Sarwan

34.5

Tredwell to Russell, 1 run, very calm and careful block to cover and Russell has a single in a hurry

34.6

Tredwell to Sarwan, no run, Sarwan wanted a single here as he clipped to midwicket. Russell just slipped so it prevented a single

End of over 35 (4 runs) West Indies 192/6 (52 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.48, RRR: 3.46)
RR Sarwan    23* (50b 2x4)      JC Tredwell    7-1-40-3
AD Russell    28* (21b 2x4 1x6)      CT Tremlett    5-0-47-0

Okay, huge spell this. Swann is back, has Russell in his sights. Slip in place.

35.1

Swann to Russell, 1 run, oops, starts with a filthy full toss. Luckily for the bowler the swatted-sweep finds deep square

35.2

Swann to Sarwan, 1 run, with a flick of the wrists Sarwan sends the around the corner to fine leg. Much as they want it, the batsmen can't find two

35.3

Swann to Russell, no run, short leg in for Russell as well now. Quicker ball is blocked carefully

35.4

Swann to Russell, 3 runs, good nerve from Russell, steering this quicker ball down to third man

35.5

Swann to Sarwan, no run, Sarwan stretches across to the off side to prod this to leg very safely

35.6

Swann to Sarwan, no run, tossed up a touch and Swann is rewarded with turn and bounce but soft hands prevented problems

End of over 36 (5 runs) West Indies 197/6 (47 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.47, RRR: 3.35)
RR Sarwan    24* (53b 2x4)      GP Swann    8-1-28-1
AD Russell    32* (24b 2x4 1x6)      JC Tredwell    7-1-40-3

36.1

Tredwell to Russell, no run, Tredwell lands a good length and line but Russell is secure in defence

36.2

Tredwell to Russell, no run, punched back to the bowler carefully

36.3

Tredwell to Russell, SIX, what a shot that is! This deserves to be a matchwinning innings, inside-out cover drive against the spin. Flew to to the boundary flat, and all the way!

36.4

Tredwell to Russell, 1 run, ah, first really silly shot from him. Just hacked at it and it dribbled off the bottom edge

36.5

Tredwell to Sarwan, no run, carefully and securely pushed back towards the bowler

36.6

Tredwell to Sarwan, no run, well, but for the one astounding shot that was a good over

End of over 37 (7 runs) West Indies 204/6 (40 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.51, RRR: 3.07)
RR Sarwan    24* (55b 2x4)      JC Tredwell    8-1-47-3
AD Russell    39* (28b 2x4 2x6)      GP Swann    8-1-28-1

England have just been unable to resist the big-hitters. O'Brien did it to them, Shafiul happily slapped them to defeat and Russell is doing the same now. Swann needs to strike now, he's around the wicket.

37.1

Swann to Russell, no run, good flight and line outside off, Russell is confidently forward in defence

37.2

Swann to Russell, SIX, Swann has done it!? Has he? This is mighty close! Russell aimed a huge swipe out to long-on, Trott backpedalled to hold an excellent catch on the boundary rope, but as he tumbled Trott might just have touched the rope. Six or out!? England's World Cup depends on this. No clear angle on it. Could be a shadow? Trott claimed it, this is so difficult to tell. SIX GIVEN. That could be it!

Not sure England can pick themselves back up from that.

37.3

Swann to Russell, no run, full toss here is driven firmly, but straight to cover

37.4

Swann to Russell, no run, since that shot Russell is quieter, carefully and studiously behind it

37.5

Swann to Russell, no run, another very careful dot ball pushed to midwicket. What a moment that was

37.6

Swann to Russell, 1 run, swept confidently away to deep square. England look dejected now

End of over 38 (7 runs) West Indies 211/6 (33 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.55, RRR: 2.75)
AD Russell    46* (34b 2x4 3x6)      GP Swann    9-1-35-1
RR Sarwan    24* (55b 2x4)      JC Tredwell    8-1-47-3

Bresnan needs to do a Broad here if England are to stay alive.

38.1

Bresnan to Russell, 1 leg bye, nothing for him here, on a length and down the leg side. Bobbled off a pad around the corner

38.2

Bresnan to Sarwan, no run, Sarwan has played such a steady hand throughout this tension-filled chase

38.3

Bresnan to Sarwan, 1 run, this time he nudges a single around the corner

38.4

Bresnan to Russell, 1 run, Bresnan finds the edge but it flies down to third man, definite spring has gone from England

38.5

Bresnan to Sarwan, 1 run, Sarwan again is ice-cool, flipping this around the corner to change the strike back to Russell

38.6

Bresnan to Russell, 1 run, good delivery, full and straight, but Russell's bat is equally straight in defence

End of over 39 (5 runs) West Indies 216/6 (28 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.53, RRR: 2.54)
AD Russell    48* (37b 2x4 3x6)      TT Bresnan    7-1-46-0
RR Sarwan    26* (58b 2x4)      GP Swann    9-1-35-1

It's not Swann, Tredwell has the task of pulling four wickets out the hat.

39.1

Tredwell to Russell, no run, steady from him, tossing up around off stump. Russell solid in defence

39.2

Tredwell to Russell, no run, ooh, beaten outside off stump. Russell aims a cut but it slips past him

39.3

Tredwell to Russell, 1 run, this is flicked off the pads to deep square, takes Russell one way from fifty

39.4

Tredwell to Sarwan, no run, cool and careful defence to a fullish ball

39.5

Tredwell to Sarwan, no run, driven firmly but straight to cover

39.6

Tredwell to Sarwan, no run, no need for Sarwan to rush and he prods a defence

Well, for what could be the last few overs of England's campaign, here's Gnasher.

End of over 40 (1 run) West Indies 217/6 (27 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.42, RRR: 2.70)
RR Sarwan    26* (61b 2x4)      JC Tredwell    9-1-48-3
AD Russell    49* (40b 2x4 3x6)      TT Bresnan    7-1-46-0

Any more twists in this one? Bopara back into the attack

40.1

Bopara to Russell, no run, starts well with a hint a movement back into Russell who defends

Russell has been outstanding

40.2

Bopara to Russell, no run, opens the face and backward point makes a good save

40.3

Bopara to Russell, no run, worked out to midwicket

40.4

Bopara to Russell, 1 leg bye, takes the pad, half an appeal from Bopara, dribbles down to third man

40.5

Bopara to Sarwan, no run, turned out to midwicket

40.6

Bopara to Sarwan, FOUR, so close! Somehow Sarwan gets this very fine down to third man, it looked as though he took it right off the stumps

Have England got anything left to give? It's almost gone from them now

End of over 41 (5 runs) West Indies 222/6 (22 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.41, RRR: 2.44)
RR Sarwan    30* (63b 3x4)      RS Bopara    7-2-20-2
AD Russell    49* (44b 2x4 3x6)      JC Tredwell    9-1-48-3

James Tredwell for his last over

41.1

Tredwell to Russell, no run, round the wicket, on off stump and defedned

41.2

Tredwell to Russell, OUT, gone! Tredwell strikes and there are no reviews left. Tredwell was round the wicket, Russell played played back and was given lbw, he doesn't look pleased but he can only walk off for 49

AD Russell lbw b Tredwell 49 (59m 46b 2x4 3x6) SR: 106.52

My oh my. Here we go again

41.3

Tredwell to Benn, no run, not given lbw, England review this time. Benn propping forward. What a moment. Inside edge is first question...it's mighty close. We are still waiting for the pitch map. Umpire wants to check the edge again. And after all that it's umpire's call on height. Just clipping the bails.

Phew, what a moment...that took an age but correct decision

41.4

Tredwell to Benn, no run, lunges forward and defends again...bat this time

41.5

Tredwell to Benn, no run, half a stride and defended, but not with confidence

41.6

Tredwell to Benn, no run, nicely bowled on middle and off, defended to the off side

A fine over for Tredwell to finish with...a superb comeback into the side after so much time on the bench

End of over 42 (wicket maiden) West Indies 222/7 (22 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.28, RRR: 2.75)
SJ Benn    0* (4b)      JC Tredwell    10-2-48-4
RR Sarwan    30* (63b 3x4)      RS Bopara    7-2-20-2

Here's a gamble as Bopara continues...Swann's one over being saved

42.1

Bopara to Sarwan, no run, pushed into the off side

42.2

Bopara to Sarwan, no run, driven firmly back to the bowler

42.3

Bopara to Sarwan, no run, forced off the back foot into the covers

42.4

Bopara to Sarwan, 1 run, nicely whipped down to deep square-leg...two balls for Benn to survive

42.5

Bopara to Benn, no run, gee, finds the inside edge which cannons into the pads and away from the stumps

42.6

Bopara to Benn, no run, full at the stumps, driven down to mid-off

End of over 43 (1 run) West Indies 223/7 (21 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.18, RRR: 3.00)
SJ Benn    0* (6b)      RS Bopara    8-2-21-2
RR Sarwan    31* (67b 3x4)      JC Tredwell    10-2-48-4

Here's Swann...one over to go

43.1

Swann to Sarwan, OUT, gone! Would you believe it. Swann has struck. Extra bounce, Sarwan went to turn it on the leg side and gets an inside onto the thigh pad which loops gently to Ian Bell at short leg. You couldn't write these scripts

RR Sarwan c Bell b Swann 31 (114m 68b 3x4 0x6) SR: 45.58

It's down to the bowlers now...here's Kemar Roach

Slip and short leg in

43.2

Swann to Roach, no run, pushes into the off side

43.3

Swann to Roach, OUT, gone! And another! He tries to go down the ground, but doesn't connect and lofts it towards mid-off where Tremlett makes good ground to his right and takes a smart, low catch

KAJ Roach c Tremlett b Swann 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Five matches and five thrillers. Make that six out of six now whatever happens here. England have had an epic World Cup and we aren't out of the group stage yet

The debutant in at No. 11, Devendra Bishoo...what drama, what tension. But it's Benn on strike with three round the bat

43.4

Swann to Benn, no run, pushed into the off side

Mid-off drops back to the rope

43.5

Swann to Benn, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, driven towards cover who is quite deep and allows a single

One ball for Bishoo...he bowled superbly earlier today

Swann's last ball...four men round the bat

43.6

Swann to Bishoo, no run, round the wicket, leans forward and defends down just in front of Bopara at silly point

Another wonderful effort from Swann, has he done enough for England?

End of over 44 (1 run) West Indies 224/9 (20 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 5.09, RRR: 3.33)
D Bishoo    0* (1b)      GP Swann    10-1-36-3
SJ Benn    1* (8b)      RS Bopara    8-2-21-2

Bopara continues...big faith from Strauss

44.1

Bopara to Benn, no run, takes the pad out to midwicket

44.2

Bopara to Benn, no run, pushed firmly down the pitch, Bopara dives in his follow through and gets a hand on it

44.3

Bopara to Benn, no run, driven firmly but straight to mid-off and too hard for a single

44.4

Bopara to Benn, 1 run, OUT, gone! England have done it. A run out to win the match. It was a wide ball, Benn got a bottom edge down which scoot down to fine leg...Trott was quickly in and picked it, then hurled it back to Prior with a brilliant throw. That allowed Prior to demolish the stumps and England are still alive at this World Cup. Breathless. Bonkers. But brilliant fun to watch.

SJ Benn run out 2 (19m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

Well, more amazing scenes involving England at this World Cup. But their fate is out of their hands. Now they wait to see what happens when Bangladesh play South Africa on Saturday in Mirpur. A win for the home side will leave England needing India to beat West Indies on Sunday. Got all that? Once he's had time to collect his thoughts, Andrew Miller will provide the bulletin of another mind-boggling day. For now though, that's just about all from us today. But don't forget about the day's other big news - Shoaib Akhtar's retirement. Tomorrow's matches are Ireland v Netherlands and New Zealand against Sri Lanka. Do join us for all the action. From Andrew McGlashan and Sahil Dutta is goodbye as we head off to find (another) stiff drink.

Man of the Match goes to James Tredwell. First match of the World Cup, what a performance. "To get the nod was great and it was unbelievable. Hopefully when you get a chance you take and I did that today."

Presentation time. Darren Sammy "One of the guys who made a start needed to take us through. We have a few positives to take, Bishoo bowled well, but at the end of the day we lost. I was happy chasing 244 after the start they had." Some suggestion Thomas came out so high up because Sarwan was in the washroom!

Andrew Strauss "It's been pretty hard work all the way through the group stages. We should have got 260-270 but we fought brilliantly with the ball." When asked if it's fun leading England at the moment he said: "Not really!"

"We've pulled out results when we've needed them. We are still waiting on other results, but hopefully we've done enough to go through. It shows the spirit in the side, great credit to James Tredwell and Luke Wright who have been waiting in the wings. We have to be more clinical, but for the time being tonight we'll enjoy this victory."

Moments after that finish, Graeme Swann compared the raw emotion of that victory to winning the Ashes. That's some claim, but it really was all or nothing for England. However, this was also a match littered with some pretty average cricket. West Indies have lost by 18 runs with 32 balls remaining. That's not clever. They now face a crucial match against India to reach the quarter-finals.

England won by 18 runs. However, in the immediate aftermath of all that we must say they haven't qualified yet. That, though, can wait a moment. England looked gone while Russell was there, but then came a collapse of 4 for 3 in 20 balls.

Stuart Broad sums it up quite well on Twitter: "WOOOWWW another great game! U can always back a lower order batter for a run out!! 3 games to win a WC!" First, though, England need a favour from South Africa to beat Bangladesh, but if that goes wrong there is one final chance when India meet West Indies in the final group game. So they'll be some nervous days in the team hotel to come.

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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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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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