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Over 43.1: Huge stuff from Graeme Swann. Eight down for West Indies. It's a big wicket. Ramnaresh Sarwan departs.
It's just not over as of now. As we bring to you one of the most important games of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, its the technology which is hogging all the debate. Third umpire Simon Taufel has just ruled Suleiman Benn not out.
Over 15: (West Indies 95/3) West Indies are well ahead of the required run rate and look in hurry to finish the game. England, meanwhile, have chipped in with three wickets and a wicket or two at this stage and its match on for Strauss and Co. 30-40 runs partnership from here on will surely mean England's campaign for the ICC Cricket World Cup is literally over.
Finally, James Tredwell has struck for England as Chris Gayle is adjudged leg before wicket. Controversial one but England won't mind.
At innings break: Before we get into the next half, one must mention Andre Russell. The second delivery of the forty eighth over: Russell runs in and gives an impression that he will back off, but continues and bowls a fullish delivery as Tremlett takes a single. Not seen such stuff in a long while. Call it calypso touch or unsportsman like, on whatever side you are on.
But the news from the centre of the MA Chidambaram stadium is that West Indies need 244 runs for a victory. England, who have spent just four days at home in last five months would definitely not like to end it this way. The wicket looks on the slower side but nothing suggests that 244 would be absolutely enough. It maybe just enough for England.
England posted a patchy 243 all out in today's must-win ICC Cricket World Cup Group B match against West Indies at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
After Jonathan Trott and Andrew Strauss got their team off to a flying start, the scoring rate stagnated as wickets began to fall - and it fell to competition debutant Luke Wright to salvage a competitive total in an innings bereft of a half-century or a 50 stand.
West Indies leg-spinner Davendra Bishoo, on his international debut, and Andre Russell (four for 49) shared seven wickets - while Kemar Roach put the brakes on with new and old-ball economy.
England appeared assured of a much bigger total after racing to 94 for two at the 15-over mark. But they lost momentum and then wickets - four for 30 at one stage - as the boundaries dried up.
Not one four came between the 21st and 35th overs with the pace off the ball, and Bishoo (three for 34) used conditions well.
Russell had shifted both openers, an unsuspecting Matt Prior bowled through the gate on the back foot and Strauss mis-pulling the medium-pacer to go to a very good running catch by Chris Gayle.
There was still no reason for concern as Trott announced himself with six fours from the first nine balls he faced - picking the gaps expertly with supreme timing past midwicket and through the off-side too.
A target in excess of 250 was on the agenda. But England were forced gradually, and terminally, into a significant reassessment in the middle overs.
Trott went tamely, three runs short of a fifth half-century in six attempts in England's otherwise wildly inconsistent campaign so far, when he chipped a Bishoo leg-break straight to Gayle at midwicket.
Ian Bell painstakingly played himself in only to be done for pace by the first ball of Roach's second spell.
Then Eoin Morgan's renowned innovation backfired with an unorthodox deflection into the wicketkeeper's gloves off Bishoo, as England lost two big wickets without addition.
Ravi Bopara was the third batsman bowled by pace and a suspicion of low bounce when Russell returned.
By then it was a question of how many England could eke out rather than plunder with their remaining resources.
In the absence of a specialist batsman still standing, Wright - one of three players called up for his first match of the tournament - batted with skill and sense.
His seventh-wicket partner James Tredwell went in a run-out mix-up over a single, and Wright eventually holed out on the slog-sweep in Bishoo's final over.
West Indies will get a second chance to progress to the quarter-finals, in their final group match against India here on Sunday, even if they lose today.
But England will be on the plane home early unless they chalk up a third victory, and even then will have to hope either the Windies or Bangladesh lose this weekend.
Shahzad's misfortune did not result in a reprieve for out-of-form pace spearhead James Anderson, who has been dropped.
England therefore made three changes from the team which lost to Bangladesh last week.
Chris Tremlett came in for Anderson; Luke Wright replaced Paul Collingwood, and James Tredwell was in as a second off-spinner instead of Shahzad.
All three were playing their first match of the tournament, in this crucial fixture.
England's chances of progressing to the knockout stages increased significantly when they won an important toss and chose to bat first.
Wicketkeeper Matt Prior retained his opening position alongside captain Andrew Strauss, rather than being dropped down the order in favour of Ravi Bopara or Ian Bell.
For West Indies, destructive opener Chris Gayle was fit as expected after his abdominal injury.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul was surprisingly dropped to accommodate Gayle, and young leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo was selected on debut in place of slow left-armer Nikita Miller.
Meanwhile, Bruce Oxenford joined his fellow Australian Steve Davis as an on-field umpire, replacing Asoka de Silva who has been reallocated to less high-profile matches following a poor ratio of initial decisions overturned on DRS.
As it happened...
Over 39.2: Chaos. What a needless wicket. Tredwell runs as if running on a treadmill. All the jogging but fails to cover the required 22 yards. Luke Wright equally responsible for not calling. Yes...No..Yes...and that's it. The seventh wicket goes down as Kieron Pollard's joy is evident. Pretty unusual celebration style. But that's what Caribbean cricket is known for!
If you thought that 250 was something that England would definitely cross after a good start, then think again. England middle order definitely looked in hurry to catch the flight back home as Ian Bell (27 runs), Eoin Morgan (7 runs) and Ravi Bopara (4 runs), scores suggests.
Over 32.2: That's bowled! England had high hopes with Ravi Bopara but it's not happening for England at the moment. England are in all sorts of trouble and onus would be now on the lower order to give the team some sort of respectable total. That would need some one to dig deep. For the moment it is Andre Russell who is calling shots for West Indies.
Over 27.2: Unbelievable stuff. That's the last thing England would have expected from Morgan. A badly executed reverse sweep kisses the gloves as Devon Smith takes a fine catch. Morgan goes for 7 runs. You would have expected that shot from a batsman playing with a half century under his belt but not at seven. Andy Flower - one of the fine players of reverse sweep- must be a disappointed man at the moment.Bishoo is the beneficiary.
Over 26.1: Kemar Roach gets into act as Ian Bell's off stump goes for toss. Sensational stuff from Roach. Ian Bell goes after doing all the hard work. Huge blow for England.
Over 21.6: Bishoooo!!! Huge wicket for West Indies as Jonathan Trott, who was going great guns finally departs. Soft dismissal for Trott. Trying to flick a full toss, Trott gets a leading edge as Chris Gayle takes an easy catch at mid-wicket.
Over 11.5: That's the end of England skipper Andrew Strauss. Chris Gayle takes a brilliant running catch and falls but the ball is safe in his hand. England lose their second wicket as West Indies run to congratulate Gayle.
Over 9.1: Russel to Matt Prior. Bowled! That's the first breakthrough for West Indies. Prior misses the length and the line as the wickets fly all over Cheapuk. A great in-cutter from Russel spells doom of Prior.
Opener Matt Prior is gone after West Indies pacer Andre Russell castled him in a game which England must win to qualify for the quarterfinals.
England won the toss and elected to bat first in a must-win game against West Indies in the ICC Cricket World Cup.
England: AJ Strauss (captain), MJ Prior†, IJL Trott, IR Bell, EJG Morgan, RS Bopara, LJ Wright, TT Bresnan, GP Swann, JC Tredwell, CT Tremlett
West Indies: CH Gayle, DS Smith, DM Bravo, RR Sarwan, KA Pollard, DC Thomas†, DJG Sammy (captain), AD Russell, SJ Benn, D Bishoo, KAJ Roach
West Indies vs England
West Indies have won 41 and lost 37 against England (NR 4) out of 82 played - West Indies' winning % is 52.56 and England 47.43.
The two countries have met five times at the world cup. After winning the first game by 92 runs against England at Lord's on Juen 23, 1979, West Indies have lost the next four in a succession - one each at Gujaranwala, Jaipur, Melbourne and Bridgetown.
Last five ODIs
England have won four and lost one out of the last five played.
Overall World Cup
England have won 38 and lost 24 out of 64 played (NR 1 & Tied 1) - winning % 61.11
West Indies have won 38 and lost 22 out of 61 played (NR 1) winning % 63.33.