England’s World Cup dreams still alive

England kept their World Cup
campaign alive with a dramatic 18-run win over the West Indies in Chennai.

Jonathan Trott (47) gave England a
fast start but wickets tumbled in the middle overs and they were dismissed for
243.

The Windies looked to be cruising
to victory at 222-6 in the 42nd over, but amazingly collapsed to 225 all out.

The win means England are through
to the quarter-finals unless Bangladesh beat South Africa and the West Indies
get at least a point against India.

For the sixth match in succession,
England were involved in a rollercoaster of a contest, which swung back and
forth right through to the end.

Having reduced the Windies to
150-6, they were favourites to win the match, only for Ramnaresh Sarwan and
Andre Russell to seemingly take the game away from them in a partnership of 72.

But after Russell fell leg before
wicket for 49 to give man-of-the-match James Tredwell his fourth wicket, the
Caribbean side crumbled in calamitous fashion.

Two overs later, Graeme Swann
(3-36) had Sarwan caught at short leg by Ian Bell and Kemar Roach holed out to
Chris Tremlett in the deep.

A breathless passage of play was
complete when the Windies’ final pair attempted a risky second run and Sulieman
Benn was run out after a fine throw from Trott to spark riotous celebrations in
the England camp.

Captain Andrew Strauss and his men
now face a nervous weekend, with Bangladesh facing the Proteas in Dhaka on Saturday
and the Windies rounding off the group stage against India in Chennai.

But assuming at least one of those
games goes the way of India or South Africa, England will be two victories away
from the World Cup final.

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