Super West Indies beat England to reach World Twenty20 semi-finals

LONDON, England -- West Indies recorded a sensational victory by 5 wickets over England at The Oval on Monday to reach the semi-finals of the ICC’s Twenty20 World Championships. The victory took the West Indies to four points from their three Super Eight matches.

The team’s most experienced batsmen Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul were cool and calm at the end as the West Indies sped to 82-5 off 8.2 overs after being set a revised target of 80 from nine overs. England had earlier made 161-6 from their 20 overs but the match was reduced after heavy rain.

Sarwan won the Man-of-the-Match award for his 19 not out, which came off just nine balls and included three boundaries. He added 37 from just three overs with Chanderpaul, who was unbeaten on 17 from 10 balls. The pair came together at 45-5 after star allrounder Dwayne Bravo was dismissed for a rousing 18 from 13 balls. He also took two wickets in the England innings.

“I never had a doubt that we could win the match. When I was going out to bat Bravo told me ‘we can still win this match, just believe’. I went to the crease with confidence and I’m very happy with pulled off such a great win,” Sarwan said after the match.

He also credited Chanderpaul for his support.

“Both of us are experienced players … we have been in situations like this before. Looking at the game, it was one big over away from getting to a run-a-ball. We were calm and I had the support of Shiv at the next end. It wasn’t really too hard,” Sarwan added.

The West Indies will await the result of Tuesday’s match between India and South Africa at Trent Bridge to know their final position in Group E. The Proteas have four points from two matches and if they win they would top the group with the Windies in second position. If India win, West Indies and South Africa would be tied on four points each and the group winners would then be decided on Net Run Rate.

The semifinals are slated for Thursday at Trent Bridge and Friday at The Oval. The final is Sunday at Lord’s.