Sixth One-Day International

West Indies v England

Richard Hobson

At Gros Islet, St Lucia, May 2, 2004. West Indies won by four wickets. Toss: West Indies.

For the second day running, and on the same pitch at the handsome Beausejour Stadium, West Indies sailed past a target of 280-plus with time to kill, giving them a 2-1 lead in the series with one to play. This time, their batting was most incendiary in the early stages: Chanderpaul and Powell blazed to 110 for one in the first 15 overs. Both fell soon afterwards, mistiming pulls against long-hops, to give England a sniff, but Sarwan and Lara stabilised the innings without fluster. Lara, on his 35th birthday, completed his fifty with successive fours driven against Gough, only to top-edge an attempted hook. With just 37 required from the last ten overs, however, Bravo and Jacobs could proceed without risk. Again, England had faltered in the last ten overs after laying a solid base. They took some comfort from an accomplished maiden international fifty by Strauss and a fluent one from Vaughan, narrowly run out by a direct hit by Powell from behind square.

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