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Sarwan steers Windies into semis

Published: Tuesday, June 16, 2009, 9:47 [IST]
 
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Sarwan sees Windies into semis

Oval: Brilliant batting by by Ramnaresh Sarwan (19*) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (17*) guided West Indies to the semi-finals of the Twenty20 World knocking England by five wickets via Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-marred World Twenty20 Super Eight match at the Oval, here on Monday.

Chasing 80 for victory off nine overs after rain twice held up play, West Indies were in a spot of bother after they lost three wickets inside the first three overs, but Sarwan and Chanderpaul added 37 runs off 18 balls to win the team a place in the last-four stage.

Opting to bat first, England scored 161/1, thanks to a superb half century by opener Ravi Bopara ( 55 off 47).

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However, two rain interruptions - once during England's innings with the score reading 129 for four and then at the innings break - brought Duckworth-Lewis into play.

In reply, Gayle was dismissed by Ryan Sidebottom while Andre Fletcher and Lendl Simmons followed before and after the West Indies captain to leave the team struggling at 16 for three.

Dwayne Bravo (18) and Kieron Pollard (6) put on 25 runs for the fourth wicket but the former was stumped with 35 needed from 23 balls.

But Sarwan eased the pressure with three glorious boundaries and along with experienced Chanderpaul found the gaps with relative ease to send England packing from the tournament.

Earlier, Bopara's innings had class written all over as he reached his 50 in 43 balls with the help of five boundaries.

He also starred in two crucial partnerships, 56 with Kevin Pietersen and another 34 with Owais Shah to help England register a competitive total before rain played spoilsport.

England lost Luke Wright (6) early but Pietersen (31) and Bopara scored at a fast clip.

Pietersen seemed in good nick, showing no signs of the Achilles injury that has been plaguing him off late.

He was well complemented by Bopara, who batted with elan. The duo brought in their 50 off 34 balls but Pietersen fell soon after going for a needless shot.

He went for a big heave off Simmons but found Fletcher at the mid-on boundary, ending his 19-ball stay at the crease that included five boundaries.

Shah (18) joined Bopara and the duo scored at a quick pace before Fletcher plucked the former at the mid-on boundary off Dwayne Bravo.

West Indies captain Chris Gayle then dealt a body blow to England when he trapped Bopara in front of the wicket, ending his 47-ball innings.

Collingwood was joined by James Foster when rain intervened with England at 129 for four.

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However, with the rain easing off soon, the players were back on the pitch after a 30-minute break without any deduction in overs.

England, though, suffered a jolt almost immediately as Bravo trapped Collingwood (11) in front of stumps.

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