We’ve been watching the England vs West Indies match on and off today.
The match is underway at the M.A.Chidambaram Stadium at Chepauk in Chennai.
We thoroughly relished Chris Gayle making mincemeat of the English bowlers before he was out lbw James Tredwell for 43.
England won the toss and elected to bat. They ended with 243-10.
If England loses the match today, they’ll have to pack their bags and head home.
That’s what we want too – The Brits should be at home and out of the World Cup.
England – 243-10
West Indies – 225-10
West Indies Batting
12:34AM EST – England keep their World Cup hopes Alive. 🙁
12:32AM EST – England Wins
12:32 AM EST – MAD AS HELL. 🙁 Suleiman Benn Run Out. West Indies all out for 225 in 44.4 overs.
12:30AM EST – We need a miracle to help WI win.
12:29AM EST – WI 224-9 after 44 overs
12:27AM EST – Only a miracle can help West Indies now. Devendra Bishoo is new batsman in.
12:26AM EST – DISGUSTING. Kem Roach Out for 0 c Tremlett b Swann. WI 223-9
12:25AM EST – Kemer Roach is new batsman in
12:23AM EST – Massive Tragedy. Sarwan out c Bell b Swann WI 223-8
12:22AM EST -WI 223-7 after 43 overs. Sarwan & Suleiman Benn batting. 21 Runs needed from 40 balls
12:18AM EST – Wicket maiden over from Tredwell 🙁 WI 222-7 after 42 overs. Need 22 Runs in 48 balls
12:16AM EST – Ooopph! Suleiman Benn survives LBW appeal
12:15AM EST – Suleiman Benn is new batsman in.
12:14AM EST – Very Tense moments now. Can WI still pull it off?
12:12AM EST – TRAGEDY. Andre Russell out LBW Tredwell. WI 222-7. Great Innings by Russell (49).
12:11AM EST – Yahooo! Lovely Boundary by Sarwan. WI 222-6 after 41 overs. 5 Runs from Bopara’s over
12:08AM EST – Just 1 Run from 40th over. WI are now 217-6. To win, WI needs 27 runs from 10 overs
12:03 AM EST – WI 216-6 after 39 overs. Need 28 Runs from 66 Balls to Win. Don’t lose wickets, Guys.
11:57AM EST – Very, Very Close shave for Russell. Did Jonathan Trott catch Russell fairly or did he touch the boundary rope? The Third Umpire Simon Taufel Umpire says No. And it’s a Six. 🙂
11:53AM EST – Keep it up Guys. WI 204-6. Pack the Brits home 🙂
11:52AM EST – Nice boundary by Russell. WI 203-6
11:50AM EST -WI 197-6 after 36 overs. God, Let the WI win
11:46AM EST – WI 192-6. Come on, Guys. A boundary or two and the Brit will wilt.
11:42AM EST – After 34 overs, West Indies are 188-6. They still have a good chance IF they keep their wickets. Ramnaresh Sarwan on 20 and Andre Russell on 27
11:36AM EST -12 runs from 33rd the over. West Indies are 182-6. They need 62 runs to win in 17 overs. Still doable if they can retain their wickets.
11:31AM EST – WI 174-6 after 32 overs. Ramnaresh Sarwan and Andre Russell are at the crease.
11:26AM EST – WI 161-6. They need 83 runs from 114 balls to win.
11:14AM EST – Difficult now for West Indies with their top batsmen all back in the pavilion. Andre Russell is the new WI batsman in
11:13AM – Shame! Kieron Pollard lbw Swan for 24. West Indies 150-6
11:09AM – 149-5 after 27 overs. 85 Runs to win
If Ind lose to WI and Bang beat RSA, is there a chance that India will get knocked out.. I think India’s NRR is way too better than Eng. Not sure what’s the equation for India to get knocked out.
equation from cricinfo:
A highly unlikely situation that can result in England’s progress at the expense of India is if West Indies make 300 and dismiss India for 117 or if West Indies can dismiss India for 150 and chase the target down in 20.3 overs.
WI 300/Ind 117 is more probable than WI chasing the runs in 20 overs, because WI have no incentive to risk scoring at 7.5 rpo. But Indian batsmen are completely capable of getting a.o for 100 when chasing.
Both possibilities seem far-fetched.
But we’ll know for sure on Sunday. Once again at Chennai.
Given that the alternative would have meant Bangladesh going in, I am quite happy this happened. The Bangla fans are insufferable when their team wins, and between their team and England I believe England is a much better one – weird for sure, but better. Not many teams would have been able to crush Australia in Australia like England did a few months back albeit in test matches.
I would have been happy to see the back of the English team a few years back maybe, but ever since they returned to play India in the aftermath of the 26th November Bombay attacks my respect for them increased manifold. They have done fairly well in recent times too, like winning the World T20 championship. There is a theory that a team that goes through much hardship in the preliminary rounds eventually ends up winning the title. Of course, there is one that states precisely the opposite too, which is why you have had the strugglers win in 92 (Pakistan) and 99 (Australia), and the dominant teams win otherwise 75, 79 (both Windies), 96 (Sri Lanka), ’03 and ’07 (Australia). The dominant teams went through their victories without losing a match, while the strugglers were often on the verge of elimination. Pakistan were humiliated by India and collapsed to 72 all out against England in 92, only to have rain and an asinine rain rule rescue them. The one point they took from that match was instrumental in their edging out Australia for a semi-final berth. If something similar happens to England then they might win the World Cup. After all there has been no clearly dominant team yet except for Australia (whose only difficult match was washed out).
You write: There is a theory that….Of course, there is one that states precisely the opposite too….After all there has been no clearly dominant team yet except for Australia (whose only difficult match was washed out).
1. True, true.
It’s all still very wide open now.
2. Our theory is that Theories don’t work well in sports, be it in individual or team efforts.
We’re all the more convinced of SI’s Theories-don’t-work-well-in-sports theory after reading a piece on Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen in the latest issue of New Yorker this morning. P.40-49, New Yorker, March 21, 2011
A very unlikely Chess Player, our Norwegian boy Magnus Carlsen. Chess aficionados will better understand Magnus’ remarkable rise to the top.
Conventional chess champion theory would tell you that all Chess Champions start very early. Magnus started late.
Conventional chess champion theory would tell you that all Chess champions rely heavily on computers and databases. Not so in Magnus’ case.
Conventional chess champion theory would tell you that all Chess champions are incredibly hardworking, forever poring over endless variations with seconds or computers. Not so in Magnus’ case. He’s considered a bit lazy, as a matter of fact.
Interesting note about Carlsen.
While it has been ages since I have touched a chess piece, I was under the impression that Carlsen started at a fairly young age. 8 years is not really that late, but I may be wrong. He certainly became a GM when he was very young (2nd youngest at that time, 3rd now). Also, if I am not mistaken his style of play is based more on intuition and long-term strategy, like Capablanca or Karpov and unlike Kasparov or Anand who rely heavily on calculations. Wouldn’t that by definition make him less reliant on computers? Moreover chess champions started using computers heavily since the late 90s, so in that sense Carlsen is anachronistic and a throwback to a much older generation of champions.
1. Yes, Carlsen is anachronistic in his approach and, to fall back on a cliche, comes across as a breath of fresh air in an era when the game is dominated by reliance on computers and databases.
In essence, Carlsen is a natural, intuitive player with great instincts. Seemingly not that reliant on computers unlike the other top players.
2. Great players start very young. Jose Raul Capablanca started at four, Anand at six….
3. Carlsen’s chess is described as “Positional” – a style that focusses less on driving toward checkmate and more on having an over-all sense of the board.” (New Yorker, p.48).
Computers, of course, are driven toward checkmate, a tactical approach, as Carlsen terms it.
But Anand thinks Carlsen can be both tactical and positional.
Exactly agree with kreacher…Can’t help that I’m feeling for england, they’ve been into some humongous nail-biters. It was such a thrilling game with swing of fortunes for either sides. The momentum shifted between the two with every over, this is what cricket is all about?? Imagine what would happen if Eng go on to win the WC after all this Roller coaster topsy-turvy ride.
WI collapsed after Andre Russell and Sarwan left. The writing was on the wall after that.
OK, Looks like it will be India vs Pakistan or Srilanka in QF!
If India beats Terroristan, we might even start believing in God again. 😉
India won’t play Pak in the QF under any circumcision..
Yes, it does look unlikely under most scenarios.