Chennai, India – Andre Russell turned in a superb allround performance but it was not enough to provide West Indies with a victory over England in their ICC Cricket World Cup match on Thursday.
Russell took four wickets as the Windies bowled out England for 243, and then made 49 off 46 balls in his side’s total of 225 as England won by 18 runs in a thriller.
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The result means England have kept their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals alive while the West Indies will face India on Sunday in their bid to qualify.
England’s hero was off-spinner James Tredwell who took 4-48 to earn the Man-of-the-Match award. He got the key wicket of Chris Gayle (43 off 21 balls) after he launched an attack against the seamers. Tredwell also removed Russell for a crucial late breakthrough to end what had appeared to be a match-winning innings.
England clinched their victory when Ramnaresh Sarwan (31) and then Kemar Roach fell to off-spinner Graeme Swann (3-36) in the same over and Sulieman Benn was run out as the Windies slumped from 222-6 to 225 all out.
“We lacked the killer instinct. We should have chased down the total... 243, we should have got that,” said West Indies captain Darren Sammy.
Earlier in the day, England started well but were pegged back by the persevering Russell and some clever leg-spin bowling from debutant Devendra Bishoo, who took 3-34 from 10 overs.
Johnathan Trott hit six fours off the first nine balls he faced but he fell for 47 off 38 balls, the scoring rate dropped.
Bishoo claimed his first international wicket when Trott chipped tamely to midwicket for Gayle’s to take his second catch and pacer Kemar Roach whipped in with 2-34 to finish off the innings.