ICC World Twenty20 - 22nd match, Group E

England v West Indies

West Indies won by 5 wickets (with 4 balls remaining) (D/L method)

So then, here we are. It's sudden-death time. The loser packs their bags and goes home: the winner heads for the semis. Nothing more or less complicated than that. Here come Wright and Bopara

Readers are writing in by the threes about the weather. It's absolutely shedding down 10 miles away from The Oval, and at Heathrow. We're in for some interruptions fo sho.

Anthems nearly underway. The PA asks the crowd to "be upstanding", which is an expression only an Englishman could pull off. He could've said "Stand up!" but that'd be too American. Be very upstanding, and listen to these corny but entertaining anthems everyone.

The dubiously named Mak Wak asks about the weather. Well, Mr Wak, it's pretty cloudy and windy, as though the gods are whipping up a sensational shower or storm. But it's fine for the time being.

5.15pm Evening all. Weather aside - it's quite stormy and rain threatens in the distance - we're all set for an absolute hum-jolly-dinger here. Will here, joined by a feast of colleagues: Andrew McGlashan, Andrew Miller, George Binoy and doubtless others who I've forgotten. Nine short minutes until the start.

It doesn't get bigger than this. Hello and welcome to the latest crunch game of the tournament as England take on West Indies for a place in the semi-finals. It is that simple - the winners go through, the losers go out. Strap yourselves in for a fantastic match, the 36th day of action between these two sides this year.

Don't forget about our live radio coverage of the tournament.

England have won the toss and decided to bat with an interesting change to their team as Adil Rashid replaces Dimitri Mascarenhas

West Indies have been hit by a late injury to Fidel Edwards who has hurt his back and is replaced by Darren Sammy...that's a major blow for West Indies. Edwards has been impressive throughout this tour and the England top order will rest a little easier now, especially with a fairly short batting order.

0.1

Sammy to Bopara, no run, well wide of the off stump? A real, proper wide? No

0.2

Sammy to Bopara, 1 run, nudged to leg for a scrambled single

0.3

Sammy to Wright, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone

0.4

Sammy to Wright, no run, short, wide, Wright tries to cut but clatters it into the ground. Mistimed clobber

Encouraging bounce there

0.5

Sammy to Wright, FOUR, shot! That's a very good cut stroke indeed. Short, wide and at last Wright capitalises with a thrusting, crowd-pleasing spank

0.6

Sammy to Wright, 2 runs, a shovel through midwicket for two more and the crowd are now alive

End of over 1 (7 runs) England 7/0
LJ Wright    6* (4b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    1-0-7-0
RS Bopara    1* (2b)     

Err, right. Kieron Pollard to open from the other end. Yes, Pollard. As in, Pollard. Odd decision

1.1

Pollard to Bopara, 1 run, nudged to leg and Wright is blocked by Pollard and they really have to scamper. Fletcher fumbles and they get a run

1.2

Pollard to Wright, no run, defended firmly on the front foot

1.3

Pollard to Wright, OUT, great catch by Ramdin! Wright charged, he smashed and he top-edged a skier miles into the air. Three fielders converged but Ramdin called it, and took it low on the off side, diving as it swirled late in the strong breeze

LJ Wright c †Ramdin b Pollard 6 (5m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Wright is dropping f-bombs galore. Not impressed with his shot, and nor should he be

1.4

Pollard to Bopara, 1 run, Bopara guides it to third man

1.5

Pollard to Pietersen, FOUR, that's the way to play the short ball Luke Wright. Pietersen stands tall and pulls it in front of square with orthodox beauty and power. Four

1.6

Pollard to Pietersen, FOUR, Pietersen's already on fire. Another charge down the pitch and he flicks it wide of short fine-leg for four more

End of over 2 (10 runs) England 17/1
KP Pietersen    8* (2b 2x4)      KA Pollard    1-0-10-1
RS Bopara    3* (4b)      DJG Sammy    1-0-7-0

2.1

Sammy to Bopara, no run, cracked off the back foot out to cover

2.2

Sammy to Bopara, no run, plays and misses outside off! Just a little dibbly dobbler, but it nibbled off the seam

2.3

Sammy to Bopara, FOUR, beautiful stroke. Orthodox on-drive, dripping with class and authority. Fine shot

2.4

Sammy to Bopara, no run, pulls this - into his family jewels, I fear. Perhaps not. Good, quicker ball nonetheless from Sammy

2.5

Sammy to Bopara, 1 run, dangerous little chip short of mid-on - came charging down the pitch

Ramdin up to the stumps

2.6

Sammy to Pietersen, 1 run, clamps forward and pushes it out to the off side

End of over 3 (6 runs) England 23/1
KP Pietersen    9* (3b 2x4)      DJG Sammy    2-0-13-0
RS Bopara    8* (9b 1x4)      KA Pollard    1-0-10-1

Lights are coming on. Benn into the attack versus KP.

3.1

Benn to Pietersen, no run, defended to cover. Loopy delivery to begin with, holding back his pace

3.2

Benn to Pietersen, no run, walks into a flick but finds mid-on

3.3

Benn to Pietersen, 1 run, good length, draws him forward and he gets a thick squirty edge to the leg side

3.4

Benn to Bopara, 1 run, flicked to leg

3.5

Benn to Pietersen, 2 runs, flighted outside his leg stump and Pietersen breaks the midwicket ring with a clip off his toes

3.6

Benn to Pietersen, 1 run, an easy single to point

End of over 4 (5 runs) England 28/1
KP Pietersen    13* (8b 2x4)      SJ Benn    1-0-5-0
RS Bopara    9* (10b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    2-0-13-0

Another change. Here's Taylor

4.1

Taylor to Pietersen, FOUR, brilliant! A punch - powerful, front-footed on-drive, on the up - down the ground. Terrific shot - one of the hardest to play

4.2

Taylor to Pietersen, 1 run, flicked this time wide of long-on

4.3

Taylor to Bopara, 1 run, turned to short fine leg

4.4

Taylor to Pietersen, FOUR, oh hello. Pietersen's on the charge here! A thumping lofted off-drive for four, hit with a great deal of authority

4.5

Taylor to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, down the leg side and off his legs - off his ankle. Ouch.

4.6

Taylor to Bopara, FOUR, on-driven for four - good grief, that's the shot of the day. His hero, Sachin T, would've been proud with that. Exquisite and orthodox from Bopara

End of over 5 (15 runs) England 43/1
RS Bopara    14* (12b 2x4)      JE Taylor    1-0-14-0
KP Pietersen    22* (12b 4x4)      SJ Benn    1-0-5-0

5.1

Benn to Pietersen, 1 run, good length by Benn, just holding it back a touch, and Pietersen forces out to cover

5.2

Benn to Bopara, 1 run, flicked to leg

5.3

Benn to Pietersen, no run, clamps down on this fuller delivery

5.4

Benn to Pietersen, 2 runs, a full toss on his legs, driven out to long-off - but Chanderpaul mis-fields

5.5

Benn to Pietersen, 1 run, incredible power in this Pietersen sweep - a swivel and a shovel - but deep square-leg is there

5.6

Benn to Bopara, 1 run, nudged to leg

End of over 6 (6 runs) England 49/1
RS Bopara    16* (14b 2x4)      SJ Benn    2-0-11-0
KP Pietersen    26* (16b 4x4)      JE Taylor    1-0-14-0

6.1

Gayle to Bopara, 2 runs, driven behind square for two - third man fields

Serious noise in the stands!

6.2

Gayle to Bopara, 1 run, tickled to short fine leg

6.3

Gayle to Pietersen, 1 run, driven to long-off

6.4

Gayle to Bopara, no run, short but quick, and he turns with a flick of the wrist

6.5

Gayle to Bopara, no run, defended on the front foot

6.6

Gayle to Bopara, 1 run, and he steals a quick single to complete a tidy over

End of over 7 (5 runs) England 54/1
RS Bopara    20* (19b 2x4)      CH Gayle    1-0-5-0
KP Pietersen    27* (17b 4x4)      SJ Benn    2-0-11-0

Here's Simmons. Quick reminder for you: if this match is rained off, West Indies go through. No rain yet, but it's fairly stormy

7.1

Simmons to Bopara, FOUR, the power! The most thumping of cut-strokes straight into the hard square and it fairly pings past point for four. Deep backward point only had five yards to run but it was smashed too hard

7.2

Simmons to Bopara, no run, he's timed the cover off that, too, but straight to backward point

7.3

Simmons to Bopara, 1 run, Bopara climbs into this, driving to long-off

7.4

Simmons to Pietersen, FOUR, swept from well outside the off stump - for four! It beats short fine-leg - perfect placement. Brilliant stuff - such strong wrists

7.5

Simmons to Pietersen, 1 wide, well wide - very wide indeed. Simmons losing the plot slightly here

7.5

Simmons to Pietersen, OUT, goes for a sweep - he's got him! Simmons has his man. Pietersen went for a big sweep from outside off but top-edged it to deep square-leg

KP Pietersen c Fletcher b Simmons 31 (23m 19b 5x4 0x6) SR: 163.15

Poor shot, really. Pietersen was all over West Indies like a rash, and has thrown it away

7.6

Simmons to Bopara, FOUR, another exquisite on-drive but the fielder jogs round - to misfield! How did he miss that? An absolute shocker from Pollard. One for the post-tournament gaffes and unforgivable

End of over 8 (14 runs) England 68/2
RS Bopara    29* (23b 4x4)      LMP Simmons    1-0-14-1
OA Shah    0* (0b)      CH Gayle    1-0-5-0

8.1

Gayle to Shah, no run, very, very, very slow. 44mph on the off stump

8.2

Gayle to Shah, 1 run, powerfully worked to leg

8.3

Gayle to Bopara, 1 run, rocks back and cuts hard - good use of his crease

8.4

Gayle to Shah, FOUR, lovely hands, really well played - a late cut, playing it high on the bat and timing it well

Very, very quick outfield here.

8.5

Gayle to Shah, 1 run, very slow, tickled to leg

8.6

Gayle to Bopara, no run

End of over 9 (7 runs) England 75/2
RS Bopara    30* (25b 4x4)      CH Gayle    2-0-12-0
OA Shah    6* (4b 1x4)      LMP Simmons    1-0-14-1

Yes, we know about the mistake in the eighth over. Gremlin in the system. It was Simmons bowling, not Benn.

9.1

Bravo to Shah, 1 run, jabs down on this good delivery outside off

9.2

Bravo to Bopara, 1 run, chopped down out to the off side

Menacing black cloud, but we're in sunshine at the moment. Perfect light for a landscape photographer, which I haplessly aspire to be in my spare time.

9.3

Bravo to Shah, no run, cut to cover

9.4

Bravo to Shah, 1 run, drops it out for a single to cover

9.5

Bravo to Bopara, FOUR, four more, and a cracking shot. He waited and waited for it, playing it incredibly late beneath his nose. Touch cricket, and classy cricket too

9.6

Bravo to Bopara, 1 run, short, wide and slapped hard but Sammy is one of the better West Indian fielders and sprints round to field before flinging in a good and accurate throw.

End of over 10 (8 runs) England 83/2
RS Bopara    36* (28b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-8-0
OA Shah    8* (7b 1x4)      CH Gayle    2-0-12-0

10.1

Taylor to Bopara, 1 run, a touch too short and he pulls but mistimes it, much to his annoyance

Shah, as ever, looks like he's about to blow a gasket. Steam not yet coming out of his ears, but give it time

10.2

Taylor to Shah, SIX, lofted high, high, high - and handsomely for six! Flicked over midwicket

10.3

Taylor to Shah, no run, better and straighter ball on middle stump

10.4

Taylor to Shah, 1 run, another cheeky paddle, but he checks the stroke - no follow-through - and as such it falls short of the boundary. And, indeed, the fielder

10.5

Taylor to Bopara, 1 wide, down the leg side and Aleem Dar has a think...before extending both arms to the horizontal position commonly associated with a wide

10.5

Taylor to Bopara, 1 leg bye, nurdled off his pads

10.6

Taylor to Shah, 1 run, firmly defended on the front foot

End of over 11 (11 runs) England 94/2
OA Shah    16* (11b 1x4 1x6)      JE Taylor    2-0-24-0
RS Bopara    37* (30b 5x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-8-0

11.1

Bravo to Shah, 1 run, nudged to leg

11.2

Bravo to Bopara, 1 run, on his legs and turned for a single

11.3

Bravo to Shah, no run, Shah steps outside leg and flogs it ungainly to the leg-side

Monstrous storms noted in north London. The Oval (south) is still dry, but it surely won't last

11.4

Bravo to Shah, 1 run, cut out to the off side

11.5

Bravo to Bopara, 1 run, wide of the crease from Bravo but Bopara late-cuts him

"Ingerland, Ingerland, Ingerland" drones around the ground. The beer is flowing like a river here

11.6

Bravo to Shah, OUT, what a catch that is! Shah swivelled onto a very firm pull but Fletcher, at deep square leg, timed his jump perfectly to take it high above his head with both hands - a stunning catch!

OA Shah c Fletcher b Bravo 18 (14m 15b 1x4 1x6) SR: 120.00

End of over 12 (4 runs) England 98/3
     DJ Bravo    2-0-12-1
RS Bopara    39* (32b 5x4)      JE Taylor    2-0-24-0

12.1

Sammy to Bopara, 1 run, pulled powerfully through the leg side

Here's Collingwood

12.2

Sammy to Collingwood, 1 run, nudged down to third man

12.3

Sammy to Bopara, 1 run, fuller delivery on his toes and flicked to leg

12.4

Sammy to Collingwood, 1 run, short-arm pull but only for a single

12.5

Sammy to Bopara, 2 runs, on his toes and nicely placed to the leg side

12.6

Sammy to Bopara, 1 run, fuller and quicker delivery which he nudges for another single

End of over 13 (7 runs) England 105/3
RS Bopara    44* (36b 5x4)      DJG Sammy    3-0-20-0
PD Collingwood    2* (2b)      DJ Bravo    2-0-12-1

Gayle now

13.1

Gayle to Bopara, 1 run, turns it off middle-and-off for a single

13.2

Gayle to Collingwood, 1 run, on his legs, Collingwood nurdles (© P Collingwood)

13.3

Gayle to Bopara, 1 run, stroked out to deep midwicket

13.4

Gayle to Collingwood, 1 run, fuller ball but again they steal a single to short fine-leg

13.5

Gayle to Bopara, 2 runs, excellent cut and they really have to motor to get two, and Bopara duly does motor

13.6

Gayle to Bopara, 1 run, short of a length and tucked for another single. Sleepy fielding again

End of over 14 (7 runs) England 112/3
RS Bopara    49* (40b 5x4)      CH Gayle    3-0-19-0
PD Collingwood    4* (4b)      DJG Sammy    3-0-20-0

14.1

Sammy to Bopara, no run, smashed back to the bowler who, with great awareness, swivels around and nearly clatters the ball into the non-striker's stumps. But Collingwood makes sure he's back

It's now raining. This could be curtains for England!

14.2

Sammy to Bopara, no run, crunched back to the bowler

14.3

Sammy to Bopara, 1 run, drives inside-out to long-off to bring up a 43-ball fifty

14.4

Sammy to Collingwood, 1 run, smudged to leg

Steady rain, folks

14.5

Sammy to Bopara, 2 runs, he smacks it! Absolutely smacks it and very, very nearly takes out Collingwood. It was hit so far that Simmons, at long-on, nearly parried it for four

Umbrellas going up

14.6

Sammy to Bopara, no run, defended to mid-off

End of over 15 (4 runs) England 116/3
RS Bopara    52* (45b 5x4)      DJG Sammy    4-0-24-0
PD Collingwood    5* (5b)      CH Gayle    3-0-19-0

It's still bright enough. We could well be in for a sharp but short shower, but I think we might escape a really long delay. Gayle now

15.1

Gayle to Collingwood, 1 run, down the pitch but they only get a nurdle

Five overs to go. They need at least 175 I'd say

15.2

Gayle to Bopara, 3 runs, reverse sweep and this could run away - but Chanderpaul makes a fine save, flicking it back to his wingman! Great work

Looks like he's pulled his thigh muscle

15.3

Gayle to Collingwood, 1 run, filthy full toss but clanged through midwicket

Quite heavy shower now. They're playing on, though, which is good to see

15.4

Gayle to Bopara, OUT, tries to work to leg but misses, and Gayle roars an appeal on his own and up goes the finger

RS Bopara lbw b Gayle 55 (61m 47b 5x4 0x6) SR: 117.02

15.5

Gayle to Foster, no run, beaten outside off! Good, quicker ball

Gayle's bossing this

15.6

Gayle to Foster, 1 run, a stroke out to long-off for just a single and that's a very good over for West Indies as the rain begins to ease

End of over 16 (6 runs) England 122/4
JS Foster    1* (2b)      CH Gayle    4-0-25-1
PD Collingwood    7* (7b)      DJG Sammy    4-0-24-0

England really have to get a move on here

16.1

Bravo to Foster, 2 runs, short of a length, pulled for two. Foster's quick

16.2

Bravo to Foster, 2 runs, cracked square of the wicket but third man runs round to field

16.3

Bravo to Foster, 1 run, a very neat little dab to third man. England need more than dabby singles now, though...

16.4

Bravo to Collingwood, 2 runs, tries to flog this out to the off side, and does flog it - but there's no power in the stroke. It's all a bit of a drastic scramble for runs

7.05pm Welcome back. I trust you're all still there. Players are re-emerging from the dug-outs with their brand new, freshly-pressed shirts on. England need quick runs. The sky, well, it's slate-grey - ominous and really quite stunning contrast against the white floodlights.

6.50pm Play will start at 7.08pm and the covers are being hurriedly dragged off. It is still a 20-over contest, as per normal, but the clouds remain ominously dark. Stay tuned.

6.45pm "It's now completely dry in NW6," writes Ben. "Even pockets of sun!" Hurrah for that.

The match must start again by 8.30pm. Five overs constitutes a match. But I honestly think they'll be back on in the next 20 minutes.

6.38pm It's now chucking it down! Absolutely hammering, as though someone's turned the tap on. I'm still confident this is but a passing shower - we'll keep you updated. While we wait, read this.

16.5

Bravo to Collingwood, 1 wide, restarts play with a drifter down the leg side called a wide

16.5

Bravo to Collingwood, 2 runs, smudged through leg

16.6

Bravo to Collingwood, OUT, got him! Another attempt to sweep, he's rapped on the pads and that's out. Perhaps sliding down the leg side, but there's no time to pontificate

PD Collingwood lbw b Bravo 11 (18m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 110.00

End of over 17 (10 runs) England 132/5
     DJ Bravo    3-0-22-2
JS Foster    6* (5b)      CH Gayle    4-0-25-1

Benn into the attack

17.1

Benn to Foster, 1 run, a little dibbly reverse sweep. England need strong, powerful strokeplay. Not gonna happen, is it?

England haven't hit a boundary in six overs. Six!

17.2

Benn to Swann, 1 run, tickled to leg

17.3

Benn to Foster, 2 runs, drops this to leg and this will be tight if they attempt two. They do - Foster has to dive, he does dive, and dives well

17.4

Benn to Foster, 1 leg bye, sweeps, Benn appeals as he raps him on the pad but he's outside the line

It's pitch black in the skies above the ground. Thunder, lightening - a really ominous feeling, with that "electric" light you get pre-storms

17.5

Benn to Swann, 1 run, pushed out to the off side

17.6

Benn to Foster, no run, tries to whack it over cover, Ramdin whips off the bails - excellent keeper, Ramdin - but Foster's foot is safely back in his crease. But, it's another dot ball...

End of over 18 (6 runs) England 138/5
JS Foster    9* (9b)      SJ Benn    3-0-16-0
GP Swann    2* (2b)      DJ Bravo    3-0-22-2

So, make that seven overs since England's last boundary.

18.1

Bravo to Swann, 1 run, smudged through midwicket but just for a single

18.2

Bravo to Foster, 3 runs, down the pitch and tries to crack this full toss out to the off side - misfield out in the deep! The crowd love it. Fletcher makes a comical cock-up of things and Gayle is utterly peeved

18.3

Bravo to Swann, 1 leg bye, quicker ball and an excellent yorker, going down the leg side

18.4

Bravo to Foster, 1 run, steps down the pitch but finds extra cover

18.5

Bravo to Swann, 2 runs, a full toss, mistimed over the top and they get two. Hectic cricket here

It's raining again. Just spitting

18.6

Bravo to Swann, 1 run, speared to short fine-leg. Excellent, tight delivery

End of over 19 (9 runs) England 147/5
GP Swann    6* (6b)      DJ Bravo    4-0-30-2
JS Foster    13* (11b)      SJ Benn    3-0-16-0

Here's Benn, bowling beneath leaden skies. Last over

Andrew Miller has a point to make: "England fudged their plans for this game," he finger-wags, pointedly. "Sidebottom should have been dropped, not Mascarenhas."

19.1

Benn to Swann, 2 runs, carved out to the off side - nearly another mistake by Simmons! Oily grass and there was spin on the ball but he reacted well

19.2

Benn to Swann, 1 run, good delivery outside off, again just a single to point

19.3

Benn to Foster, OUT, steps to leg and tries to smite it over long-on but there's no power in the stroke and mid-on swallows the catch with ease

JS Foster c Pollard b Benn 13 (14m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 108.33

19.4

Benn to Swann, 1 run, a full toss, chopped to deep extra cover

19.5

Benn to Broad, FOUR, it's four! An actual boundary hit by England as Broad pulls this powerfully, the ball spinning away from deep midwicket's dive and that's four

Gayle's drying the ball for Benn. The rain is now heavy

19.6

Benn to Broad, SIX, that's how you hit it - fabulous tonk by Broad over the top for a towering six! Much more like it

So then, a good two last balls for England, but West Indies ought to be pretty pleased with keeping them down to 161. Ten-minute break and then we'll have the chase for you. Unless it rains, of course...

End of over 20 (14 runs) England 161/6
SCJ Broad    10* (2b 1x4 1x6)      SJ Benn    4-0-30-1
GP Swann    10* (9b)      DJ Bravo    4-0-30-2
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Jun 15, 2009

Ramnaresh Sarwan celebrates West Indies' win and their semi-final qualification, England v West Indies, ICC World Twenty20, The Oval, June 15, 2009

Ramnaresh Sarwan celebrates West Indies' win and their semi-final qualification

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Ramnaresh Sarwan nails an extra-cover drive, England v West Indies, ICC World Twenty20, The Oval, June 15, 2009

Ramnaresh Sarwan nails an extra-cover drive

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