Less than a fortnight at home after 4 month long Ashes tour, England started world cup 2011 looking exhausted and their luck hasn't worked for them either as each of the game they've been involved in has been a thriller of sorts. Chasing down 294 against Netherlands, tie with India, defeat against minnows Ireland, defending 171 against South Africa and another loss to Bangladesh, England had to win today's game against West Indies and although it didn't look like till the very end, British boys stay alive in world cup 2011 by winning this game by 18 runs..
West Indies were chasing a good target of 244 under lights and they made some changes to their line-up which certainly took England to surprize. Chris Gayle came out firing all cylinders and then captain Darren Sammy promoted himself up the order as pinch hitter. But, there was a twist in the tale as offspinners Graeme Swann plus James Tredwell and then Ravi Bopara ran through Windies middle order untill Andre Rusell joined experienced hands of Ramnaresh Sarwan and scored attractive 49. Now, match seemed tilted towards Caribbean team when Bopara dismissed Russell and then Graeme Swann took two wickets in his last over to turn the tables around. Sulieman Benn was runout trying an impossible second and England stayed alive in world cup 2011.
Earlier, England were off to a solid start having elected to bat with captain Andrew Strauss and Matt Prior striking ball crisply but Andre Russell struck back to back in his two overs to bring the match back into balance. Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell continued on with 42 run stand for the 3rd wicket but Windies kept on chipping in wickets during middle overs untill 6 wickets were down by the 151 runs on board. Tim Bresnan and Luke Wright played well to take England to a total they could bowl at, with special thanks to some irratic bowling from Windies who bowled several wides and no balls near the end of the innings.