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115dThe Bulletin by Andrew Miller

Spectacular Strauss seals victory

England's captain, Andrew Strauss, seized on an unexpected opportunity to haul his side level in their ODI series against West Indies, as he defied his unglamorous reputation to crack 79 from just 61 balls in a rain-readjusted run-chase in Barbados

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AJ Strauss
79(61) 9x4 - 1x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 17 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
7 13 11 16 9 8 0 15
DJ Bravo
69(72) 7x4 - 2x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 27 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
1 12 4 1 7 5 15 24

Best performances - Bowlers

AD Mascarenhas
O10
M1
R26
W3
Eco2.60
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
SCJ Broad
O10
M0
R62
W3
Eco6.20
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

England have levelled the series 2-2, and though the revised target made their job significantly easier, they ensured they made a point winning the game as convincingly as they have. Huge applause around the ground, from players and spectators alike, for Steve Bucknor who has just completed umpiring his last international match, bring to an end an illustrious career. He's doing a lap around the ground, walking of course, acknowleding the reception.

So the series will be decided in St. Lucia then, but there's also a small matter of the West Indies player dispute with their board being resolved. We'll bring you the details from the presentation in just a bit.

Chris Gayle: "I'm very disappointed with the collapse after that start. Bravo pulled things back but it was always going to be difficult 135 in 20 overs. We were looking at a score of around 290-300 and we lost key wickets at the wrong times and that set us back a little. Cricket will happen in St Lucia and we've got to ensure we stay focused. Things that are not in our control, we can't handle."

Andrew Strauss, by the way, is also the Man-of-the-Match: "Much needed this effort, after Friday's performance. Taking wickets in the middle was always important and though the fact that the match was reduced to 20 overs did help us a bit, we still did a pretty good job. Broad bowled well to get us through to the West Indies middle order. I played pretty well today and am delighted that we won the game and St Lucia' s the stage for an exciting finale for the series. Hopefully Freddie and Pietersen will both be fit for the next game. A win in the final game will set it up nicely for the English summer."

Thanks for tuning in and mailing your comments. Join us for the final ODI in St Lucia on April 3. Until then, it's goodbye from Siddhartha Talya on the commentary. Adios!

18.3
4
Bravo to Strauss, FOUR runs, edged, deliberately done, just a fraction short outside off, Strauss guides that past the keeper to the third-man boundary to seal a comprehensive win for England.
18.2
1
Bravo to Prior, 1 run, short on middle, pulled away to deep midwicket, just one hit away now
18.1
1
Bravo to Strauss, 1 run, fullish on middle and leg, turned away to deep square leg

Five to win off two overs

END OF OVER:
18 | 7 Runs | ENG: 130/1 (5 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.22, RRR: 2.50)

  • Andrew Strauss74 (59b)
  • Matt Prior13 (10b)
  • Fidel Edwards3-0-24-0
  • Dwayne Bravo3-0-16-0
17.6
1
Edwards to Strauss, 1 run, back of a length outside off, dabbed down to third man for a single
17.5
1
Edwards to Prior, 1 run, short of a good length on middle and off, worked away off the back foot wide of midwicket for a single
17.5
1w
Edwards to Prior, 1 wide, down the leg side, Fidel straying in line there, a run conceded
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  • Spectacular Strauss seals victory

    England's captain, Andrew Strauss, seized on an unexpected opportunity to haul his side level in their ODI series against West Indies, as he defied his unglamorous reputation to crack 79 from just 61 balls in a rain-readjusted run-chase in Barbados