England defy all odds to blast Windies in electrifying encounter, reach quarters

Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2011 by Sanya Michelangelo in Labels: , ,

England needed to win today and they did it. The last few overs have almost wiped my memory of the rest of the game. England continues to amaze all of this. This was by far their most entertaining match. A while ago I thought I'd have to write something like..."England's campaign comes to a miserable close." The moment was the "catch" Trott didn't take. It's still not clear whether it was a six or catch but the umpire gave it a six. Trott indicated he caught it. Russell was the man, West Indies needed 40 runs to win before the six. I've seen one such instance earlier and the fielder was believed at that time. But nevertheless, all is well that ends well. When West Indies needed 22 runs, Tredwell sent Russell packing, which brought hopes back. I can't tell how degrading that six was and how ecstatic the victory has made us all, the players and English fans. A lot of bloggers and writers think England don't deserve to go through, including Russel Arnold. Are they kidding me? True, Ireland and Bangladesh beat England but South Africa, India and West Indies couldn't. Now, England moves to the 3rd spot in Group B. The only way they could go out is if West Indies defeat India and Bangladesh defeat South Africa. Cheers!


  1. Underclass Hero says:

    Even if Windies & Bangladesh win their final Group B encounter, England can still go through on NRR :P

  1. England should hope that Bangladesh don't win against South Africa. If that happens, the scenario for India v. West Indies match becomes this:

    If WI bat first and score 250 (par score at Chennai), they will have to bowl India out for 92 so that England can qualify.

    If India bat first and score the par score of 250, WI will have to chase it down in 21.1 overs so that England can qualify.

    Since both these scenarios are highly unlikely, English fans must pray for South Africa against Bangladesh (which again I think BD is unlikely to win, so England should be safe)!

  1. If Bangladesh defeats South Africa but West Indies loses, then West Indies will go out of the tournament, not England.

  1. Yes, you are right about that! The scenarios that I presented were only if India lose to West Indies.

    But having said all that, I really doubt Bangladesh will be beating South Africa. So, I think that the top-4 from Group B should be safe.