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article imageICC Cricket World Cup Report: England v West Indies

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By Kev Hedges     Mar 17, 2011 in Sports
Chennai - Put rather bluntly, this is a must win game for England. Failure to beat Ireland and Bangladesh in their Group B table has left Andrew Strauss' team a mountain to climb if they are to qualify for for the quarter-finals.
England have made three key changes in this game and the most eyebrow-raising one is the dropping of full toss bowler James Anderson. Out-of-form Anderson has been replaced by Chris Tremlett. England have also dropped Paul Collingwood and the injured Ajmal Shahzad.
The Australian umpires toss up; England win it and elect to bat first. The pitch here in Chennai looks baked liked a freshly golden loaf of bread colour. There will be very few runs scored on this pitch and the first over confirms that as England bat a maiden over from West Indian fast bowler Kemar Roach.
England 0-0 (1.0 overs)
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It takes the Windies 9.1 overs to take the first wicket and Russell clean bowls Prior for 21.
England 48-1 (9.1 overs)
England have now lost captain Strauss for 31 and it's Russell again. England now on 79-2. Then on the 22nd over England's collapse had started. They then lost five wickets for just 78 runs.
England 201-7 (40.5 overs)
England have just lost another cheap wicket. They have still seven overs remaining but a foolish swipe has from Wright has given the Windies their eighth wicket. He had batted a wonderful 44 but his needless lob has given Bishoo an easy catch.
England 216-8 (43.4 overs)
England's final two wickets went for just 27 more runs. Swann going for only 8, and final man Chris Tremlett for just 3 and England are all out for 243 after 48.4 overs. This is anybody's game now. The Windies will know exactly what they have to do to put England on the plane home. Score 244 and the West Indies can book themselves in the quarter-finals.
Indian cricketers playing at Chennai Stadium in India
Indian cricketers playing at Chennai Stadium in India
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West Indies Innings (Target 244)
So with the target clear England need to get some wickets fast. The first three overs do not bode well for England as the West Indies thump 25 runs without loss, getting them off to a blistering start.
West Indies 25-0 (3.0 overs)
Some sublime batting from Chris Gayle. He is knocking England for sixes and fours all over the place. He has raced to 39 already and England's team administrators are unzipping the suitcases and sports bags, readying for the flight home in the morning.
West Indies 53-0 (6.0 overs)
England have taken the wickets of Gayle (43), Smith (10) and Bravo (5) and suddenly this game in back in the balance now. Betting odds show 2/1 England win and 2/1 West Indies win, so it's neck and neck. This reporter's money's on the West Indies particularly now as Sammy (38no) has just smashed a six.
West Indies 109-3 (16 overs)
It is getting very exciting now. There is no way of knowing who will win this as Sammy has now been cleaned bowled by Bopara and West Indies are 118-4 with 31 overs still remaining.
Poor shot from Thomas and Bopora clean bowls again and the West Indies are in trouble now at 118-5. However, England need to be careful here as that had Ireland on the ropes at 115-5 and they were chasing 324, and yes Ireland managed to achieve that target, thanks to Kevin O'Brien. Happy St. Patrick's Day to all by the way!
West Indies 118-5 (20.0 overs)
Three consecutive maiden overs. England well on top now. It's not over until the fat lady sings, but she's gargling her breath now. Well, England enjoyed the power-play in that spell but slowly once more, Sarwan and Pollard are beginning to add more runs and again a dreadful dropped catch by Bopara - and that could have changed the game well and truly in England's favour.
West Indies 147-5 (26.4 overs)
England take the all important sixth wicket. The psychological wicket that puts this tie firmly in England's grasp now. Pollard goes leg before wicket (lbw) for 24 and some great bowling there from Graham Swan. West Indies now need 94 runs from 135 balls, that is achievable BUT there are just four wickets left.
A late rally from Sarwan as West Indies start to change the odds of the game slightly toward their favour. There are just 67 needed from 105 balls.
West Indies: 177-6 (32.3 overs)
Here the West Indies are slowly edging their way back into this game as favourites albeit narrow-favourites. They are setting us a lucrative partnership in this middle order now and Sarwan is on 24, and his fellow partner on Russell on 29 and the Windies are now needing 47 from 85 with four wickets remaining. On Twitter, @jakelongley says, "Not sure my nerves can handle many more games like this!"
West Indies 204-6 (37.0 overs)
Jonathan Trott makes a catch but touches the boundary rope and the Windies are given the six and England are denied their seventh wicket. Agony now for the England fans. West Indies need just 32 runs from 70 balls. Russell meanwhile is out and England grab that seventh wicket and suddenly there is a glimmer of hope that England could save this. The game, which has seen no half-centuries, is swaying like a pendulum.
West Indies 222-7 (41.2 overs)
A seemingly long umpire review has given West Indian batsman Sulieman Benn not out. West Indies now need just 22 runs from 52 balls. Then into the 44th over England get the breakthrough that could win this now; Russell out for 49 and then Tremlett catches Roach for a duck (0). It's England's to lose now.
West Indies: 223-9 (43.3 overs)
Bishoo and Benn are the tail-enders now and England need one more wicket to win. West Indies are now requiring 20 runs off 36 balls.
Bishoo has run himself out and England have pulled this one out of the bag. England will not be going home, just yet.
England 243 (48.4 overs) have beaten West Indies 225 all out by 18 runs
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