West Indies edge out England in rain-game

What I know about cricket can fit in a thimble, so for the details of the good news about the Windies’ win over England at the T20 tournament, I am trusting someone else for the details. Here’s the report from Australia’s thego.com. 

West Indies beat England in a rain-shortened encounter at the Providence in Guyana and marched their way into the Super Eight stage of the tournament. England, on the other hand, would be wondering what wrong did they do, after batting remarkably well, but only to be laid low by the rain. Batting first, the English side was off to a flier, and smashed 36 runs off the first 3.4 overs before Michale Lumb, one of the two debutants, was dismissed. Kieswetter smacked a couple of them to the fence, but even after he was out, the English side was at 66/2 in 6.4 overs. The run-rate came down as Paul Collingwood tried to get his eye in, but failed, and then Kevin Pietersen, who was looking good, pulled the ball straight into square-leg’s hands.

It was then, that the pair of Eoin Morgan, out of form during IPL, and Luke Wright, batted like there was no tomorrow. There were some aggressive hits over the straight boundary and towards mid-wicket, but the shot of the game came from Morgan, who reverse swept Ravi Rampaul for a six. England reached 191/5 in the 20 overs, that had Morgan scoring a half century and Wright remaining unbeaten on 45.

West Indies began like they usually do through Chris Gayle, who hammered 15 off the first over and took the Indians to 30/0 in 2.2 overs. However, at this stage, it started raining and the players were off the field for a couple of hours. When they came back, the West Indian target had reduced to 60 off six overs, which left the home team with 30 runs to get off 22 balls, which they managed despite losing Gayle and Pollard off successive balls.

Darren Sammy, who had taken 2/22 won the man of the match award.

Well, I’m sure that was crystal-clear to all. I remain clueless but thoroughly proud of the West Indies team and rooting for them to go all the way to the top.

West Indies captain Chris Gayle dedicated the team’s two wins so far in the ICC World T20 Tournament to the fans who have been supporting his side. Both matches in the Group D first round at the Guyana National Stadium were played in front capacity crowds and the skipper said it was great to have see them “rally round the West Indies”.

On Monday, over 10 000 fans braved the heavy rain to see the Windies record their second straight victory. This followed the convincing 70-run win over Ireland in the opening match on Friday night.

“The victories should go to the fans. It was great to see that they all stayed around and waited even through all that rain, to see the result and I was happy that we could give them something to cheer about and bring smiles to their faces. They deserve the success for being there for us. The team is very happy to see that we are getting the support of all the fans,” Gayle said after the Monday’s exciting contest.

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The Windies rattled up a revised target 60-2 off just 5.5 overs in reply to England’s 192-7 off 20 overs, to win the Group D match by eight wickets under the Duckworth/Lewis Method.  They now have a maximum four points from two matches and have qualified for the Super Eights.

The Windies arrived in Barbados on Tuesday and will have a full training session on Wednesday. Their first Super Eight match will be against Sri Lanka on Friday at Kensington Oval at 1.30 pm (12.30 pm Jamaica Time), while the Windies will meet India at the same venue on Sunday at 9.30 am (8.30 am Jamaica Time). Another full house is expected for that match and the Windies skipper urged the fans to “Bring It”.

“The crowd was fantastic in Guyana, and I still call on the people to continue with this sort of support. I think we have a good chance of making the Caribbean people proud, and with these two victories in Guyana, we should go from strength to strength. We just have to stay focused and play hard cricket over the next two weeks,” Gayle said.

The original report appeared at http://thego.com.au/sports/cricket/725-west-indies-edge-out-england-in-rain-game

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