Monday, March 23, 2009

West Indies Defeated England in the Second ODI

After the dramatic defeat in the first ODI, West Indies bounced back in the series winning the second ODI at Guyana on Sunday. Excellent century from Shivnarine Chanderpaul handed the hosts a 21-run victory. Batting first West Indies scored a descent total of 264 for 8 with Chanderpaul playing a brilliant innings of 112 not out off 134 balls, hitting 10 boundaries around the wicket. In-form batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan scored 74 runs from 89 balls with 4 boundaries and 2 over-boundaries. Pacer James Anderson and Paul Collingwood picked up 3 wickets each, while Mascarenhas took 2 wickets.

Chasing a challenging target of 265, England did not have a very good start as they lost 5 wickets at 97. However, determined batting display from Captain Andrew Strauss kept the English hopes alive till the end of the match. Strauss played an excellent innings of 105 runs off 129 balls with 7 fours. However, Strauss did not get the necessary support from any other batsmen except Mascarenhas whose 36-ball 29 fueled up the winning hopes of the visitors. Harmison remained not out on 18 when England got dismissed for 243 with 10 balls left in hand. Bravo and Pollard picked up 2 wickets each for West Indies. Chanderpaul was awarded the man of the match award for his brilliant hundred.

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