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Sarwan sees Windies into semis as England exit

cricket Updated: Jun 16, 2009 02:27 IST
Venkat Ananth
Venkat Ananth
Hindustan Times
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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.).