England tour of West Indies, Only T20I: West Indies v England at Port of Spain, Mar 15, 2009
West Indies won by 6 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)
15 March 2009 (20-over match)

1.55pm Here we go, out come the players and officials ... Ravi Bopara to take the first ball from Fidel Edwards. Steven Davies, No. 43 on his back, looks understandably a little nervous at the non-striker's end.

1.45pm The pitch looks slow and the boundaries aren't big ... it is likely to favour the slow men again and accuracy is the order of the day more than pace. For those asking about the weather, it's fine and we should have uninterrupted fireworks.

If you want some physical crash-bang-wallop before the batting variety, then check our this Scrum Seven which deals with on-field punch-ups ... some classics in there. And if you want to read the report from this afternoon's international at Twickenham, click here.

1.40pm West Indies win the toss ... Andrew Strauss calls incorrectly and finds his side stuck in. Ramdin explains that he fancies his chances of chasing, Strauss says he's not too bothered. As you expect he would. Tony Cozier, supervising the formalities, seems completely overwhelmed by the presence of a Miss Trinidad.

The big/odd news is that Matt Prior is out, seemingly to make room for Strauss, and that means Steven Davies gets his chance. He's so overcome his first two responses on being questioned contain the phrase "over the moon".

England 1 Steven Davies (wk), 2 Ravi Bopara, 3 Kevin Pietersen, 4 Owais Shah, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Andrew Strauss (capt), 7 Dimitri Mascarenhas, 8 Gareth Batty, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Amjad Khan, 11 James Anderson.

West Indies (forgive lack of first names for the moment) Fletcher, Simmons, Sarwan, Chanderpaul ,Bravo, Pollard, Ramdin (capt/wk), Sammy, Benn, Edwards, Baker.

1.30pm Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's live ball-by-ball commentary of England's one-off Twenty20 international against West Indies at Port-of-Spain. After their defeat in the Test series, England desperately hope to regain some lost momentum in tonight's fixture, although the format isn't exactly one that will harbour many fond memories. It was over 20 overs back in November, in Stanford 20/20 for 20, that England's winter arguably started to head down the pan. They were routed by ten wickets on that evening, and they have not won a single international fixture since...


Edwards to Bopara, FOUR, drifts to leg, helped fine with a wristy flick, and it's four all the way

Two slips and three saving one on the off, two on the leg side.


Edwards to Bopara, no run, full outside off, he tries a drive but gets a thick inside edge into his pad, the ball rolls to Edwards


Edwards to Bopara, 1 run, back of a length, turned off his hips into the leg side, Simmons trots across to field

Davies to face his first ball in the big time ...


Edwards to Davies, no run, super delivery, outside off, Davies half fences and he is well beaten

A tentative poke and that was a tough welcome.


Edwards to Davies, FOUR, overpitched and driven through cover, Simmons chases, dives, but can only follow the ball into the boundary marker

That'll calm the nerves.


Edwards to Davies, no run, he steps to leg and tries a wild flay through the off side, he moved too far and left himself with far too much to reach the ball which was outside off

End of over 1 (9 runs) England 9/0 (RR: 9.00)

    • SM Davies 4 (3b 1x4)
    • RS Bopara 5 (3b 1x4)
    • FH Edwards 1-0-9-0

Lionel Baker from the Brian Lara End.


Baker to Bopara, 1 run, on his toes and steered to deep backward point


Baker to Davies, 2 runs, driven with minimal footwork, it squirts slightly behind square and there's two to Chanderpaul in the deep

Good applause for the throw from the packed stand.


Baker to Davies, FOUR, lovely shot, stands tall and punches through the covers, the same place as his first boundary but this time he really middled it


Baker to Davies, 1 run, a shimmy to the off, works the ball with an open face to Chanderpaul at third man


Baker to Bopara, no run, expansive drive, a thick bottom edge to a slower one and Ramdin makes a tumbling stop to his right


Baker to Bopara, 1 run, pushed defensively to mid-on and a scrambled single, quick off the mark and there was nothing the close men could do

End of over 2 (9 runs) England 18/0 (RR: 9.00)

    • RS Bopara 7 (6b 1x4)
    • SM Davies 11 (6b 2x4)
    • LS Baker 1-0-9-0
    • FH Edwards 1-0-9-0

Edwards to Bopara, FOUR, whipped off middle and leg, all wrists and timing, through midwicket and the fielders were never going to overtake it


Edwards to Bopara, no run, thick edge, along the ground to Sarwan who dives to his right at first slip

Not a chance but he did well to cut it off.


Edwards to Bopara, 1 run, defensive push back to Edwards who makes a sluggish attempt to field and that allows the single and mid-off has to scamper round


Edwards to Davies, no run, across his stumps again, but Davies can only defend as Edwards follows him


Edwards to Davies, 1 run, slower and fuller, rasping drive straight at Sammy at shortish extra cover, he did well to get his body behind it but the rebound allowed the single


Edwards to Bopara, 1 run, again Bopara whips the ball of his toes to deep backward square leg, but Ramdin has sussed that shot and plugged the gap

End of over 3 (7 runs) England 25/0 (RR: 8.33)

    • RS Bopara 13 (10b 2x4)
    • SM Davies 12 (8b 2x4)
    • FH Edwards 2-0-16-0
    • LS Baker 1-0-9-0

It's great to have a full house and some local atmosphere at last.


Baker to Bopara, OUT, his middle stump goes cartwheeling as Bopara takes a step down the track and looks to give himself some room to smack the ball over the off-side cordon ... and misses

RS Bopara b Baker 13 (13m 11b 2x4 0x6) SR: 118.18

Here's KP ... and will he show why he's worth US$1.5 million according to the IPL accountants? The umpire borrows his bat to hammer the middle stump back into the ground before we resume.


Baker to Pietersen, no run, full and accurate, slightly tucked up and he has to defend


Baker to Pietersen, 1 run, swished off his pads to deep midwicket, quickly picked up by Bravo and he prevents the second


Baker to Davies, no run, across and driven square on the off side but he can't find the gap


Baker to Davies, 1 run, this time he squeezes it finer, opening the face more, and Chanderpaul fields at third man


Baker to Pietersen, 1 run, he dances down the pitch, gets a thick leading edge into the off side, takes the single and would have easily beaten Pollard's throw even if it had hit

End of over 4 (3 runs) England 28/1 (RR: 7.00)

    • KP Pietersen 2 (3b)
    • SM Davies 13 (10b 2x4)
    • LS Baker 2-0-12-1
    • FH Edwards 2-0-16-0

Sammy replaces Edwards.


Sammy to Pietersen, no run, slower, he spots it but too late to play an attacking shot and he pushes gently back to the bowler


Sammy to Pietersen, no run, he positively charges towards the bowler, takes it on the pad and Sammy is quick to pick up in his follow through

The crowd loves KP being kept in check.


Sammy to Pietersen, 4 leg byes, they won't love that, Sammy drifts to leg and Pietersen's glance beats the man saving one on the 45


Sammy to Pietersen, 2 runs, checked shot through square leg, they take on the arm for the second and win ... Simmons hesitated before sending in his return and his captain is very unimpressed


Sammy to Pietersen, 1 run, driven hard to mid-off who is on the edge of the circle

The four earlier in the over was leg byes we are told ... so the score will be corrected.


Sammy to Davies, 1 leg bye, an ugly heave, he misses, the rebound off his pads squirts into the off side and he beats the shy at the stumps

End of over 5 (8 runs) England 36/1 (RR: 7.20)

    • SM Davies 13 (11b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 5 (8b)
    • DJG Sammy 1-0-3-0
    • LS Baker 2-0-12-1

Here is Bravo to replace Baker.


Bravo to Davies, no run, drives a square drive outside off and is beaten

Cheers and applause for that warm-up ball.


Bravo to Davies, FOUR, no cheers for that one, short and Davies pulls it over wide midwicket

Stunned silence and a few mutters.


Bravo to Davies, 1 run, steps to leg and slashes the ball first bounce to Chanderpaul at third man


Bravo to Pietersen, 1 wide, short and down leg - 83mph - and the umpire isn't fooled by Ramdin's appeal as Pietersen's swish misses


Bravo to Pietersen, 1 run, another short one, pulled without conviction to backward square leg


Bravo to Davies, no run, turned off leg stump to short fine leg, Edwards fields


Bravo to Davies, FOUR, half volley swung over wide midwicket, Pollard chases and skids as if on ice over the boundary ... more through it ... but the ball was always ahead of him

End of over 6 (11 runs) England 47/1 (RR: 7.83)

    • SM Davies 22 (16b 4x4)
    • KP Pietersen 6 (9b)
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-11-0
    • DJG Sammy 1-0-3-0

Another change ... and Sulieman Benn comes on to replace Sammy.


Benn to Pietersen, 2 runs, swept on the full ... paddled more round to fine leg


Benn to Pietersen, 1 run, slashing drive to deep extra cover, a fumbled pick up from Sammy but the return is good


Benn to Davies, no run, turns into Davies and he is too cramped to do much with it


Benn to Davies, FOUR, almost yorks himself, but a thick edge squirts past the keeper and four all the way


Benn to Davies, no run, again beaten, this time saved by his pad as he swishes to leg


Benn to Davies, 1 run, fullish, flicked off his toes to the man deep in the square

An excellent over despite what the scorebook might say.

End of over 7 (8 runs) England 55/1 (RR: 7.85)

    • SM Davies 27 (20b 5x4)
    • KP Pietersen 9 (11b)
    • SJ Benn 1-0-8-0
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-11-0

Music and dancing in the stands ... much more like Caribbean cricket than most of what we have witnessed so far on this tour. Perhaps it's because it's a traditional ground and not one of the soulless efforts produced at the behest of the ICC.


Bravo to Davies, OUT, bowled round his legs, but he moved so far across that it was his offstump he lost as he swung into the on side

SM Davies b Bravo 27 (31m 21b 5x4 0x6) SR: 128.57

In comes Shah. Even he should manage to last through a Twenty20 innings without cramping.


Bravo to Shah, no run, lovely slower ball, Shah checks, and Bravo speeds up in his follow through to field


Bravo to Shah, no run, back and defended


Bravo to Shah, no run, beaten as he swishes to leg, taken on the pad, Bravo appeals but nobody else interested


Bravo to Shah, 5 wides, a bouncer that really takes off, Shah ducks, Ramdin leaps but it's too high for him and that's four ... wides to add to the insult

A shame there as Bravo had really got them under the thumbscrews so far in that over and the short one wasn't really needed.


Bravo to Shah, 1 run, clipped wide of a diving Sarwan at short midwicket, long-on mops up


Bravo to Pietersen, 1 run, heaved into the on side and an easy single to midwicket

End of over 8 (7 runs) England 62/2 (RR: 7.75)

    • KP Pietersen 10 (12b)
    • OA Shah 1 (4b)
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-18-1
    • SJ Benn 1-0-8-0

Benn to Pietersen, no run, undone with knobs on ... outside off and Pietersen looks a novice as he swings and misses


Benn to Pietersen, 1 run, single to Pollard at long-on

Pietersen limping after the heave and a miss ... he flexes his right leg.


Benn to Shah, 1 run, driven up the ground


Benn to Pietersen, 1 run, flicked off his toes to deep backward square leg


Benn to Shah, 1 run, extravagant off drive, low and head over the ball, deep cover fields


Benn to Pietersen, OUT, looks to force into the on side and is hit on the pad, Benn roars an appeal and after a long delay umpire Norman Malcolm gives him ... Pietersen moved a long way across his stumps and he can't have much complaint about that

KP Pietersen lbw b Benn 12 (23m 16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

However ...what do we know. Hawkeye says it was missing leg!

End of over 9 (4 runs) England 66/3 (RR: 7.33)

    • OA Shah 3 (6b)
    • SJ Benn 2-0-12-1
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-18-1

Paul Collingwood comes to the middle from the dugout.


Bravo to Shah, 1 run, driven back at the non striker, mid-on has to move to his left and that allows the single


Bravo to Collingwood, no run, driven to Bravo's right, he drops a hand down with agility to prevent the run and the crowd love that


Bravo to Collingwood, 1 run, pushed into the off side, they take on Sammy, a great pick-up and throw would have left Collingwood waiting on the third umpire


Bravo to Shah, no run, languid drive back to Bravo on the bounce


Bravo to Shah, 1 leg bye, shorter and quicker, dropped into the leg side off his thigh pad


Bravo to Collingwood, FOUR, worked with wristwork over midwicket from outside off, the kind of shot that would have been roundly condemned a generation ago but which is so much a part of the game now

End of over 10 (7 runs) England 73/3 (RR: 7.30)

    • PD Collingwood 5 (3b 1x4)
    • OA Shah 4 (9b)
    • DJ Bravo 3-0-24-1
    • SJ Benn 2-0-12-1

Benn to Shah, 1 run, back and pushed into the off side and again the throw would have left Shah short ... Bravo did everything right except hit


Benn to Collingwood, 1 run, full toss placed to deep midwicket, Simmons' throw stops the second


Benn to Shah, 5 wides, speared down the leg side, beats batsman as he tries to sweep and keeper and that's four wides


Benn to Shah, 1 run, wild drive, a thick inside edge to short fine leg and Edwards can't prevent the run


Benn to Collingwood, 1 run, clipped to deepish midwicket


Benn to Shah, OUT, faster and flatter, Shah tries to drive over long-on but Pollard, a yard inside the rope, takes it with ease at head height

OA Shah c Pollard b Benn 6 (14m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Shah never got out of first gear, and he struggled to get that far. Not an innings he will remember with much pride.

Here's Andrew Strauss ... not really a Twenty20 superstar but he is captain and so he plays.


Benn to Collingwood, no run, that looked close, a limp push which beats the bat, he was only half forward, and the leg bye results as the ball dribbles into the off side while Benn again bellows an appeal

And that one Hawkeye says was hitting! Nought and two for umpire Norman Malcolm, at least according to technology.

End of over 11 (9 runs) England 82/4 (RR: 7.45)

    • PD Collingwood 7 (6b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 0 (0b)
    • SJ Benn 3-0-21-2
    • DJ Bravo 3-0-24-1

Bravo to Strauss, 1 run, reaches to drive, a thickish edge to third man


Bravo to Collingwood, 1 run, short, Collingwood on his toes, drops the ball into the off side and Sammy overruns the ball as he races in


Bravo to Strauss, 1 wide, down leg and Strauss almost sniffily allows it to pass without playing at it


Bravo to Strauss, 1 run, down the pitch, pushes into off side between point and cover


Bravo to Collingwood, 1 run, turned off his hips, Chanderpaul at fine leg fields

He's been good down there all day, solid and firing in decent returns to deter second runs.


Bravo to Strauss, 1 run, a step to off and flicked behind square on the leg side, Edwards trots in from the boundary edge to field


Bravo to Collingwood, FOUR, full toss well outside leg stump, Collingwood quick to help it on its way to fine leg ... with the man up on the 45 that was four all the way

It's overcast but we should be OK for the rest of the game, and the crowd are certainly having fun, with music and no shortage of alcohol!

End of over 12 (10 runs) England 92/4 (RR: 7.66)

    • PD Collingwood 13 (9b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 3 (3b)
    • DJ Bravo 4-0-34-1
    • SJ Benn 3-0-21-2

Sammy to Strauss, no run, slower ball, defended, but Sammy quick to field to his left


Sammy to Strauss, 1 run, a big, booming leading edge towards long-off, it bounces on the 30-yard fielding line and so is quite safe


Sammy to Collingwood, 1 run, full toss driven hard to long-off where Bravo fields


Sammy to Strauss, 1 run, fluent cover drive to Simmons who is sweeping


Sammy to Collingwood, OUT, swing to leg from outside off stump, Collingwood hits that miles in the air ... Simmons moves into position ten yards inside the midwicket boundary and has to wait an eternity before pouching it, to roars from the packed stands

PD Collingwood c Simmons b Sammy 14 (17m 11b 2x4 0x6) SR: 127.27

Simmons made that look easy but it was anything but.


Sammy to Strauss, 1 run, slower ball, Strauss waits and steers very deliberately to third man

End of over 13 (4 runs) England 96/5 (RR: 7.38)

    • AJ Strauss 6 (7b)
    • AD Mascarenhas 0 (0b)
    • DJG Sammy 2-0-7-1
    • DJ Bravo 4-0-34-1

Pollard into the attack.


Pollard to Strauss, no run, back and cuts but into the ground and Sammy fields with ease


Pollard to Strauss, no run, Strauss steps out to meet it but cramps himself and he can only pat the ball back to the bowler


Pollard to Strauss, no run, outside off, a swing to leg and a miss

He's not a natural hitter and it shows ... but he's trying.


Pollard to Strauss, 1 run, two steps and driven hard to long-off

And now the dangerous Dimitri Mascarenhas gets on strike.


Pollard to Mascarenhas, no run, back and a slightly rushed push towards mid-off but Pollard steps across to gather it


Pollard to Mascarenhas, no run, turned to wide midwicket, again too cramped to do much more

Super over, only one run, and England have hit the doldrums.

End of over 14 (1 run) England 97/5 (RR: 6.92)

    • AD Mascarenhas 0 (2b)
    • AJ Strauss 7 (11b)
    • KA Pollard 1-0-1-0
    • DJG Sammy 2-0-7-1

Sammy to Strauss, no run, driven on the bounce to Sammy ... roars as some of the crowd think that's a return catch


Sammy to Strauss, 1 run, opens the face and runs down to third man


Sammy to Mascarenhas, OUT, daft running and, as far as England are concerned, the wrong man has been run-out. Mascarenhas pushed square on the off side, started for the run, checked, and from then on it was going to end in tears ... Mascarenhas was not even in the frame as the ball was returned to Sammy

AD Mascarenhas run out 0 (6m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Sammy to Strauss, 1 run, slower and placed towards backward point


Sammy to Batty, 1 run, full and on off stump, jabbed drive to mid-on


Sammy to Strauss, 1 run, driven on the walk to midwicket where Chanderpaul fields on the edge of the circle

They need ten an over from here on in even to reach 150.

End of over 15 (4 runs) England 101/6 (RR: 6.73)

    • AJ Strauss 10 (15b)
    • GJ Batty 1 (1b)
    • DJG Sammy 3-0-11-1
    • KA Pollard 1-0-1-0

Pollard to Strauss, 2 runs, driven between mid-on and midwicket, that placing allows the second


Pollard to Strauss, FOUR, swept from outside off, well hit and fine enough to beat the field


Pollard to Strauss, no run, driven hard into the ground and Pollard fields on the bounce


Pollard to Strauss, FOUR, steps to off and shapes to flip the ball fine with a paddle-stroke, Pollard delivers the ideal ball and Strauss gets another four


Pollard to Strauss, no run, driven hard to extra cover, a great pick-up and throw from Fletcher and Batty would have gone had he hit


Pollard to Strauss, 1 run, ugly kind of pull into the on side

A much better over and full credit for Strauss for playing shots that much be alien to him.

End of over 16 (11 runs) England 112/6 (RR: 7.00)

    • AJ Strauss 21 (21b 2x4)
    • GJ Batty 1 (1b)
    • KA Pollard 2-0-12-0
    • DJG Sammy 3-0-11-1

Sammy to Strauss, no run, slow and wide, Strauss leaves and looks a bit miffed that no wide was called

It is umpire Malcolm who is not having a great day.


Sammy to Strauss, 1 run, heaved into the on side


Sammy to Batty, 1 run, back and dropped two yards into the off side, Strauss is through for the run and Batty, after hesitating responds ... no alarms though


Sammy to Strauss, no run, super slower ball outside off, ultra slow, and Strauss is left swinging at thin air


Sammy to Strauss, OUT, hard drive to Chanderpaul at midwicket, the pick-up and throw is excellent, Sammy has to gather and whip the bails off and it's referred to the third umpire ...it's close ... were the bails off? Viv Richards calls it not out ... but TV umpire Clancy Mack from Antigua finally gives him out. The crowd loves it, Strauss less impressed, but he's on his way ...

AJ Strauss run out 22 (25m 25b 2x4 0x6) SR: 88.00


Sammy to Batty, 1 run, turned into the leg side

End of over 17 (3 runs) England 115/7 (RR: 6.76)

    • GJ Batty 3 (3b)
    • SCJ Broad 0 (0b)
    • DJG Sammy 4-0-14-1
    • KA Pollard 2-0-12-0

Three overs to go ... Fidel Edwards from the Brian Lara End.


Edwards to Batty, 1 run, short and fast, hurriedly turned off his thigh to deep square leg


Edwards to Broad, 1 run, back and patted to mid-off


Edwards to Batty, no run, driven hard into the ground and to Pollard at point


Edwards to Batty, no run, a horrible cross-batted heave, he misses and the ball passes over the stumps

Improvisation is one thing ... that was an old-fashioned slog


Edwards to Batty, OUT, brilliant fielding, as has been the case all afternoon ... Batty hit the ball straight to Sarwan at extra cover, he picked up and threw down the bowler's-end stumps on the bounce, Batty just kept running all the way to the boundary

GJ Batty run out 4 (12m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.14


Edwards to Broad, no run, hit to extra cover ... it doesn't quite carry to a tumbling Benn

End of over 18 (2 runs) England 117/8 (RR: 6.50)

    • SCJ Broad 1 (2b)
    • A Khan 0 (0b)
    • FH Edwards 3-0-18-0
    • DJG Sammy 4-0-14-1

Benn to Khan, 1 run, full toss turned into the leg side

Khan's first run in international cricket.


Benn to Broad, 1 leg bye, misses as he tries to sweep off his stumps ... loud shout but nothing doing

You have to say that looks like Norman Malcolm's third bad decision of the afternoon.


Benn to Khan, no run, back and defended to the bowler


Benn to Khan, 1 run, driven on the half-volley to deepish mid-on


Benn to Broad, 1 run, worked off his legs to deep midwicket, Khan wants a second but Broad's had enough of run-outs and sends him back


Benn to Khan, OUT, attempts to drive through the covers but plays down completely the wrong line and the ball takes his off stump

A Khan b Benn 2 (3m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

This innings is falling apart at the seams ... not quite as bad as the Stanford 20/20 for 20 but it's up there with it.

End of over 19 (4 runs) England 121/9 (RR: 6.36)

    • SCJ Broad 2 (4b)
    • SJ Benn 4-0-24-3
    • FH Edwards 3-0-18-0

Edwards to Broad, OUT, driven on the half volley, he reaches for it, and an easy catch for Benn at cover

SCJ Broad c Benn b Edwards 2 (8m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

And that's that, what a great display from West Indies in the field, but a dismal one from England ...they lost nine wickets for 66 runs in 12 overs and couldn't even hit a six. They may have invented the format but they can't play it. A bit like football. Anyhow, grab a quick cup of tea and we'll be back shortly.






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