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WI beat England via D/L method, enter Super Eight

cricket Updated: May 04, 2010 12:13 IST
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A rain disruption cost England dearly as West Indies beat them by eight wickets via the Duckworth-Lewis system to enter the Super Eight stage of the Twenty20 World Cup in Providence.

Chasing a mammoth 192 for victory, West Indies got lucky when a heavy downpour, that took away over an hour of the match, led to their target being revised to 60 in six overs yesterday.

The hosts, who were 30 for no loss when rain interrupted play, chased down the score after minor hiccups, leaving England dejected and frustrated.

Put in to bat, Eoin Morgan's breezy 35-ball 55 laid the foundation of England's score. They piled up a challenging 191 for five, thanks to Morgan's 95-run partnership with Luke Wright, who scored 45 off 27 balls.

Chasing 192 to win, West Indies were 30 for no loss in 2.2 overs with captain Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul at the crease when play stopped due to heavy rain.

Requiring another 30 runs from 3.2 overs after resumption, West Indies lost Gayle (25). Kieron Pollard also departed without scoring anything with Graeme Swann (2/24) scalping both the wickets.

Opener Chanderpaul (15 not out) and Andre Fletcher (12 not out), however, ensured that the hosts made it to the Super Eight stage.

Earlier, England were off to a brilliant start with first three overs of the match yielding 30 runs.

They suffered the first loss when Gayle removed Michael Lumb, who made 28 off 18 balls with the help of four fours, in the fourth over.

Kevin Pietersen then joined Craig Kieswetter and added 30 runs for the second wicket before a Nikita Miller delivery found Kieswetter's leg in front of the wickets.

Kieswetter had struck a huge six off the second delivery of the over but Miller took his revenge by removing the batsman with the very next ball.

Captain Paul Collingwood (6) was the next man to go as Darren Sammy bowled him in the 10th over and then the pacer struck again by removing Pietersen with the last ball of the over.

Pietersen, who made a 20-ball 24, had to return to the dugout after an ambitious shot found Ramnaresh Sarwan near the midwicket boundary.

Brief scores

England 191-5, 20 overs (E Morgan 55)

West Indies 60-2, 5.5 overs

Result: West Indies won by eight wickets (D/L method)