Rain robs England as West Indies win farce
The West Indies cruised to an 8 wicket Duckworth Lewis victory over England winning a game they didnít deserve anything from scoring only 60 runs after Luke Wright and Eoin Morgan launched a devastating blitz on the West Indies bowlers.
The pair scored 98 from just 56 balls to help England set the hosts an imposing target of 192 to chase for victory but heavy rain showers shorted the game leaving the West Indies to chase a ridiculously small target of just 30 more runs from 22 balls.
After conceding 191 runs the West Indies got off to a lightning quick start scoring 30 runs before the rain clouds moved in during the third over to bring a premature end to proceedings.
Ryan Sidebottom, who was picked ahead of James Anderson, was given the responsibility of opening the attack for England but his first over was smashed around the ground conceding 15 runs.
After opening with two dot balls Sidebottom served up two fuller deliveries which were gobbled up by Gayle who dispatched them for consecutive boundaries before ending the over with a massive six.
Spinner Graeme Swann slowed things down in the next over but his final deliver was spoiled by Shivnarine Chanderpaul who reverse swiped the delivery into the stands for a glorious six.
With the West Indies threatening to run away with the game the forecasted rain arrived to delay the game for over an hour. When the teams came back out the West Indies were given a run chase some what unfairy, of just 30 runs from 22 balls.
Although the Duckworth Lewis method works in 50 over cricket there is a growing belief it is unsuitable for 20 over cricket which its calculations favor the batting team.
Bresnan completed his over conceding just 3 runs before Gayle dispatched Swann for a massive six into the stands to get the home crowd celebrating.
Swann struck back taking two wickets in the space of two balls to leave the West Indies
Gayle (25) was the first to go after he was caught by Bresnan before Kieron Pollard was brilliantly stumped by Craig Kieswetter for a golden duck.
Swann ended the over with a couple of disappointing deliveries which the West Indies scored 4 runs from to leave the hosts needing 14 runs from the last 2 overs.
Michael Yardy conceded 6 singles to leave the game all set up for a final over shootout.
With the tension mounting Stuart Broad was given the ball with the West Indies needing 8 runs from the last 6 balls. After taking a single from the first ball the West Indies increased their chances of winning by running for a two of the next deliver.
With 4 balls remaining the West Indies now needed just 5 runs. Andre Fletcher showed his inexperience by flashing at the ball without scoring. He made amend by smashing the next balls for a boundary.
With two balls remaining the scores were levels which left Fletcher to score the winning runs in a game they had no right to win highlighting the serious flaws when using it in Twenty20 cricket.
Having been put into bat by the West Indies Luke Wright and Eoin Morgan launched a devastating blitz on the West Indies bowlers scoring 98 from just 56 balls to help England set the hosts a target of 192 to chase for victory.
The batsmen came together at the start of the 10th over with England 88-4 after they had lost Paul Collingwood and Kevin Pietersen in the space of 4 balls. After slowly getting settled at the crease the pair launched their blitz in the 15th over.
Kieron Pollard was dispatched for 16 runs, Dwayne Bravo conceded 14 runs before Ravi Rampaul was dispatched for 27 runs in the 17th over as England took control of the game.
Morgan brought up his half century from just 35 balls in a display of polished hitting while Wright smashed 4 sixes on the way to a score of 45.
Morganís innings of 55 was brought to an end in the final over by Bravo but the damaged had already been done to leave the West Indies with a difficult run chase.
Micheal Lumb and Kieswetter, who became the 16th different opening partnership for England in the last 27 Twenty20 International matches, got off to a fantastic start.
Having seen off the threat of spinner Suliemann Benn in the first over; Lumb attacked Rampaul who conceded 16 runs from the second over of the day which included 2 wides and a no ball.
Lumb, who was playing his first Twenty20 International for England enjoyed a tremendous start cutting and pulling Benn for consecutive boundaries at the start of the third over as England scored 30 runs from the first 3 overs.
The openerís cameo was end by Chris Gayle who brought himself into the attack hoping to stem the flow of runs. Having just been smashed to the boundary by Kieswetter; Gayle floated up a delivery to tempt Lumb (28) into a shot.
The plan succeeded as the ball crash into the stumps to end Lumbís innings.
Kieswetter was joined at the crease by Pietersen who signaled his attentions by smashing Gayle for a boundary from the very first ball he faced.
Pietersen and Kieswetter continued to attack the West Indies bowlers reaching 60-1 after just six overs setting a new record for the tournament for runs scored during the power play overs.
With a large total looking possible the hosts struck back to remove Kieswetter (26) who was trapped LBW by Nikita Miller to leave England 66-2.
After losing Kieswetter; England suffered a little batting slump losing skipper Collingwood (6) and Pietersen (24) in the space of 20 balls as Darren Sammy lead the fight back.
With the West Indies looking to take control Wright and Morgan came to the rescue of England taking the game away form the hosts in a display of powerfully big hitting which gave England the momentum going into the West Indies innings.