Sarwan sees Windies into semis as England exit
Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul steered the West Indies into the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 at England's expense as they beat the hosts by five wickets on the Duckworth/Lewis method in London, reports Venkat Ananth. Full Coveragecricket Updated: Jun 16, 2009 02:27 IST
For the amount of cricket they've played against each other recently, it eventually came down to this one game between England and West Indies to decide a semi-finalist from Group E. Having won the toss at The Oval on Monday, England opted to bat, put on a decent 161/6 off 20 overs, in a rain-interrupted innings. Ravi Bopara (55 off 47) and Kevin Pietersen's blitzkrieg (31 off 19) propped them up to the total.
In reply, West Indies chased down the 80-run target set for them under the Duckworth-Lewis method crossing it in just 8.2 overs, losing just five wickets and proceeding to the semifinals.
The West Indies innings started in a poor fashion with three quick wickets down for very little.
However Dwayne Bravo struck a quickfire 18 to bring them into the match and then old hands Ramnaresh Sarwana and Shivnarine Chanderpaul saw them through with a 37-run partnership in just three overs.
England: 161 in 20 overs (R Bopara 55, K Pietersen 31)
West Indies: 80 for 5 in 8.2 overs (C. Gayle 15, D Bravo 18, R Sarwan 19 n.o.).