ICC World Twenty20, 22nd Match, Group E: England v West Indies at The Oval, Jun 15, 2009
ICC World Twenty20 - 22nd match, Group E
West Indies won by 5 wickets (with 4 balls remaining) (D/L method)
15 June 2009 - day/night match (20-over match)

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.

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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.


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


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


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


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

Encouraging bounce there


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


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)
    • RS Bopara 1 (2b)
    • DJG Sammy 1-0-7-0

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


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


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


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


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


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


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)
    • RS Bopara 3 (4b)
    • KA Pollard 1-0-10-1
    • DJG Sammy 1-0-7-0

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


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


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


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


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

Ramdin up to the stumps


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)
    • RS Bopara 8 (9b 1x4)
    • DJG Sammy 2-0-13-0
    • KA Pollard 1-0-10-1

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


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


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


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


Benn to Bopara, 1 run, flicked to leg


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


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

End of over 4 (5 runs) England 28/1

    • KP Pietersen 13 (8b 2x4)
    • RS Bopara 9 (10b 1x4)
    • SJ Benn 1-0-5-0
    • DJG Sammy 2-0-13-0

Another change. Here's Taylor


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


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


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


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


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


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)
    • KP Pietersen 22 (12b 4x4)
    • JE Taylor 1-0-14-0
    • SJ Benn 1-0-5-0

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


Benn to Bopara, 1 run, flicked to leg


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


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


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


Benn to Bopara, 1 run, nudged to leg

End of over 6 (6 runs) England 49/1

    • RS Bopara 16 (14b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 26 (16b 4x4)
    • SJ Benn 2-0-11-0
    • JE Taylor 1-0-14-0

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

Serious noise in the stands!


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


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


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


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


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)
    • KP Pietersen 27 (17b 4x4)
    • CH Gayle 1-0-5-0
    • 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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)
    • OA Shah 0 (0b)
    • LMP Simmons 1-0-14-1
    • CH Gayle 1-0-5-0

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


Gayle to Shah, 1 run, powerfully worked to leg


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


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.


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


Gayle to Bopara, no run

End of over 9 (7 runs) England 75/2

    • RS Bopara 30 (25b 4x4)
    • OA Shah 6 (4b 1x4)
    • CH Gayle 2-0-12-0
    • 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.


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


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.


Bravo to Shah, no run, cut to cover


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


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


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)
    • OA Shah 8 (7b 1x4)
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-8-0
    • CH Gayle 2-0-12-0

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


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


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


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


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


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


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)
    • RS Bopara 37 (30b 5x4)
    • JE Taylor 2-0-24-0
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-8-0

Bravo to Shah, 1 run, nudged to leg


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


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


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


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


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

    • RS Bopara 39 (32b 5x4)
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-12-1
    • JE Taylor 2-0-24-0

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

Here's Collingwood


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


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


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


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


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)
    • PD Collingwood 2 (2b)
    • DJG Sammy 3-0-20-0
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-12-1

Gayle now


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


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


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


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


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


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)
    • PD Collingwood 4 (4b)
    • CH Gayle 3-0-19-0
    • DJG Sammy 3-0-20-0

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!


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


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


Sammy to Collingwood, 1 run, smudged to leg

Steady rain, folks


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


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

End of over 15 (4 runs) England 116/3

    • RS Bopara 52 (45b 5x4)
    • PD Collingwood 5 (5b)
    • DJG Sammy 4-0-24-0
    • 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


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


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


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


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


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

Gayle's bossing this


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)
    • PD Collingwood 7 (7b)
    • CH Gayle 4-0-25-1
    • DJG Sammy 4-0-24-0

England really have to get a move on here


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


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


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


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.


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


Bravo to Collingwood, 2 runs, smudged through leg


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

    • JS Foster 6 (5b)
    • DJ Bravo 3-0-22-2
    • CH Gayle 4-0-25-1

Benn into the attack


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!


Benn to Swann, 1 run, tickled to leg


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


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


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


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)
    • GP Swann 2 (2b)
    • SJ Benn 3-0-16-0
    • DJ Bravo 3-0-22-2

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


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


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


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


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


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


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)
    • JS Foster 13 (11b)
    • DJ Bravo 4-0-30-2
    • 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."


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


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


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


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


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


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)
    • GP Swann 10 (9b)
    • SJ Benn 4-0-30-1
    • DJ Bravo 4-0-30-2





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