A 37-run partnership between Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul sealed a five-wicket victory for West Indies over England under the D/L method.
Ravi Bopara’s 55 helped England to a competitive 161-6, but due to the infamous English weather, the game was ultimately reduced to a nine over match with the Windies requiring just 80 runs for victory.
Needing just under nine runs an over it was always going to be a bit of a lottery, but the West Indies, and skipper Chris Gayle in particular would have fancied his chances.
Andre Fletcher went cheaply in the first over, but the key moment came in just the second over. Gayle looked in ominous form smashing two boundaries, but Ryan Sidebottom responded in the best fashion – with a peach of a yorker to remove the danger man with just 16 runs on the board.
With just three overs of power play, the West Indies had clearly gone out with the intention of blasting in that period, but the plan backfired as Lendl Simmons become the third scalp for the English bowlers to leave Gayle’s side in trouble.
A class piece of wicket keeping from James Foster removed the dangerous Dwayne Bravo, and England were in the pound seat, but even at that point, one big over would put the Windies right back in the contest.
James Andreson was expensive in has last over going for 13 runs, thanks mainly to successive boundaries from the blade of Sarwan, which left the islanders requiring just 16 off the last two overs.
In the end it was the experience of Sarwan and Chanderpaul that was the difference, as the pair dug deep, kept their composure and played some quality cricket strokes to guide the Windies home, booking their place in the semi-finals and sending the hosts crashing out of the competition.
England: 161-6 (20 overs)
Ravi Bopara 55, Kevin Piertersen 31, Dwayne Bravo 2-30.
West Indies: 82-5 (8.2 overs)
Ramnaresh Sarwan 18*, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Graeme Swann 1-16.
West Indies win by five wickets under the D/L method
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