Windies' Russell, Bishoo keep Eng to 243

Published: Thursday, March 17, 2011, 18:16 [IST]
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Chennai, March 17: England staved off fears of a collapse when they lost a few wickets in the middle overs, but were still severely pegged back by some tight West Indian bowling to end their innings at 243 all out in 48.4 overs. Only knocks from Jonathan Trott (47) and Luke Wright (44) stood out as the rest of the English batting failed to leave a mark. The West Indian fielding and bowling meanwhile, was spot on with pace bowler Andre Russell picking up a haul of 4/49 and debutant Devendra Bishoo finishing with figures of 3/34.

Windies' Russell, Bishoo keep Eng to 243

England got their innings off to a steady start. Opener Matt Prior struck the first four off off-spinner Sulieman Benn in the second over. Then Andrew Strauss traded boundaries with Prior from the fourth to the eighth over, before the former batsman pulled Darren Sammy for a six in 9th as England moved to 48/0.

Then Andre Russell struck by bowling Prior for 21 off 21. But new batsman Jonathan Trott immediately counter-attacked and how! He clobbered Russell for three fours in the rest of the over. Then he rounded off the next over from Sammy with two more boundaries - one, backward of point and one through the covers.

After Trott struck a four off Russell in the 12th over, Strauss tried to follow suit, but instead found the hands of a running Chris Gayle at midwicket. The English captain was on his way for 31 off 39 and England were 79/2 in 12 overs. Then Trott and Bell took England past 100 in the 18th over.

The batting duo was cruising along till in the 22nd over, leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo got his first international wicket when he had Trott caught by Gayle at midwicket for 47 off 38 balls. England were 121/3 in 22 overs.

Bishoo and Roach were bowling very effectively in tandem, pegging back the run-rate considerably and turning the pressure on the batsmen. In the 27th over, Roach cleaned up Bell for 27 off 48 balls while in the 28th, Bishoo removed Morgan for 7 off 13 balls when he had the batsman caught behind attempting a reverse sweep.

England were in trouble at 134/5 with two batsmen in Ravi Bopara and Luke Wright at the crease.The new partnership took England past 150, but didn't last much longer as Russell bowler Bopara for 4. England had slipped deeper into trouble at 151/6 in 32.2 overs.

Wright and James Tredwell came out with something of a rescue act, putting on 41 runs between them before a horrid misunderstanding produced the run out of Tredwell for 9 off 20 balls. England's tail was dangerously exposed at 192/7 in 39.2 overs.

Wright and Bresnan took England over 200 in the 41st over. Then in the following over, Wright went after Bishoo, smashing him for two consecutive fours. But the bowler returned in his next over to have Wright caught at deep midwicket, for 44 off 57 balls.

England were 216/8 in 43.5 overs. Russell got his fourth wicket when he bowled Swann for 8 off 8 in the 48th over, before Roach wrapped up the English innings in the penultimate over when he had Chris Tremlett caught behind for 3 as England were all out for 243 in 48.4 overs.

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