West Indies defeats England to level series
An unbeaten 112 from Shivnarine Chanderpaul guided West Indies to a 21-run victory over England in the second ODI at Providence Stadium. Read more cricket storiescricket Updated: Mar 23, 2009 08:42 IST
An unbeaten 112 from Shivnarine Chanderpaul guided West Indies to a 21-run victory over England in the second one-day international at Providence Stadium Sunday.
The win ties the five match series at 1-1 after England won Friday's opener and sets the contest up nicely before next week's two games in Barbados.
Chanderpaul, batting on his home ground, put on a crucial 133-run partnership with fellow Guyanese Ramnaresh Sarwan (74) and then carried his bat to make his 10th one-day century as West Indies made 264 for eight in their 50 overs.
Chanderpaul's innings, which took him past 8,000 runs in one-day internationals, was typical of the left-handers approach to the one day game.
The left-hander was solid as he consolidated following the early loss of openers Chris Gayle and Lendl Simons and then he picked up the pace with intelligent strokeplay as he helped West Indies up their run-rate.
England struggled to set a field to Chanderpaul whose 10 fours came by constantly finding the gaps.
West Indies lost momentum towards the end of their innings though, with no batsmen below Chanderpaul in the order managing to reach 20.
England struggled from the outset losing the early wickets of Ravi Bopara and Kevin Pietersen with just 36 on the board and although skipper Andrew Strauss battled on, making 105 from 129 balls, he gained little support.
"We lost too many wickets early on and from then on we were always behind the eight ball," said Strauss.
The run-outs of Dimitri Mascarenhas and Gareth Batty dented England's hopes before they had chance to make the most of the five-over batting power play.
After a short rain break, Strauss was bowled round his legs by Kieron Pollard effectively ending England's hopes.
Steve Harmison, who had shown signs of a late rally when batting with Strauss, was left stranded when last man James Anderson was bowled by Pollard.
The medium pace of Trinidad pair Pollard and Dwayne Bravo proved to be crucial on a slow track with Bravo claiming the important wickets of Owais Shah (22) and Paul Collingwood (1).
West Indies had lost the opening game in absurd circumstances when their Australian coach John Dyson miscalculated the required target under the Duckworth-Lewis system and took his batsmen off a run short of the win.
"The guys were a bit down after Friday and this is a boost to the confidence," said skipper Gayle.
(Reporting by Simon Evans in Miami; Editing by John Mehaffey)