result
23rd Match, Group C, Gros Islet, Mar 24 2007, ICC World Cup
(33/43 ov)178/3
England won by 7 wickets (with 60 balls remaining)
player of the match
Ed Joyce
England
end of over 332 runs
ENG: 178/3CRR: 5.39  • Need 0 runs from 60b
Kevin Pietersen56 (72)
Paul Collingwood18 (17)
Collins Obuya3-0-8-0
Hiren Varaiya6-0-39-0

Well, a comprehensive win for England there, outclassing Kenya emphatically. Encouraging signs, too, for England with their bowlers showing good form - Anderson bowled a terrific opening spell. Joyce was calm and patient in his 75; Pietersen was dominant and forceful in his 56. "We're getting better suited to these wickets, which I think is key," he said after the match. "It's nice to contribute to the team, and to win is special. To get fifty odd in a very important game, yes - it's special." It's all very special and, on that note, it's goodbye from us.

32.6
1
C Obuya to Pietersen, 1 run

and a quiet dab to the leg side takes England through to the Super Eights. A comprehensive seven-wicket win for them

Now. Bash it

32.5
C Obuya to Pietersen, no run

an expansive drive, crunched all along the turf to cover

And still we wait. Just bash it.

32.4
C Obuya to Pietersen, no run

drifting down leg, Collingwood wants the run but Pietersen sends him back

32.3
C Obuya to Pietersen, no run

turned to short fine leg, but no run on offer

32.2
1
C Obuya to PD Collingwood, 1 run

on middle-and-off, Collingwood just works it around the corner and refuses to go for glory

32.1
C Obuya to PD Collingwood, no run

too short and wide but Collingwood gets himself into a tangle, padding it away

Last over, I imagine

end of over 325 runs
ENG: 176/3CRR: 5.50 • RRR: 0.18 • Need 2 runs from 11 overs
Kevin Pietersen55 (68)
Paul Collingwood17 (15)
Hiren Varaiya6-0-39-0
Collins Obuya2-0-6-0
31.6
Varaiya to Pietersen, no run

driven back to the bowler

31.5
Varaiya to Pietersen, no run

quicker and flatter, Pietersen watches it closely onto the bat

31.4
1
Varaiya to PD Collingwood, 1 run

on leg stump, Collingwood works it for a single

31.3
Varaiya to PD Collingwood, no run

on off stump, defended firmly

31.2
4
Varaiya to PD Collingwood, FOUR runs

far too short, Collingwood has all the time in the world to time this off the back foot, quite beautifully, for four

31.1
Varaiya to PD Collingwood, no run

cracked off the back foot but straight to extra cover

end of over 314 runs
ENG: 171/3CRR: 5.51 • RRR: 0.58 • Need 7 runs from 12 overs
Kevin Pietersen55 (66)
Paul Collingwood12 (11)
Collins Obuya2-0-6-0
Steve Tikolo4-0-18-1
30.6
C Obuya to Pietersen, no run

ooh, nice bit of indrift there to end the over. Pietersen gives it due respect

Come on. Whack it.

30.5
1
C Obuya to PD Collingwood, 1 run

full bunger, bunged down the ground for another single

30.4
C Obuya to PD Collingwood, no run

and he lands one! On middle-and-off, which is where he should be aiming to, and it's firmly defended

30.3
1
C Obuya to Pietersen, 1 run

and another full toss which England fail to dispatch. "Hammered for one" as Nasser Hussain says with Pietersen pulling it through midwicket

30.2
1
C Obuya to PD Collingwood, 1 run

cripes, a massive full toss. He really is struggling out there

30.1
1
C Obuya to Pietersen, 1 run

the wrong line, down the leg side, Pietersen clips it to leg

Pietersen's moving the sightscreen. Well, not literally, but he's asking for it to be moved