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Chanderpaul century sinks England

Second one-day international, Guyana: West Indies 264-8 beat England 243 by 21 runs

By Oliver Brett

Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Chanderpaul's innings stood out on a dispiriting day for England

West Indies, inspired by a masterful Shivnarine Chanderpaul century, won the the second one-day match against England to level the series at 1-1.

Chanderpaul, dropped by Matt Prior on 27, hit 112 not out on another slow wicket in Guyana in a total of 264-8.

England did a decent job with the ball, but batted poorly, with the exception of skipper Andrew Strauss, and were all out for 243 with 10 balls left.

Strauss made 105 but was bowled by Kieron Pollard in the 47th over.

Dimitri Mascarenhas was the next best contributor with 29, while other batsmen - notably Owais Shah, who took 44 balls to make 22 - simply did not score quickly enough.

Strauss also went through a sluggish phase in the middle part of his innings with West Indies keeping a tight rein on the scoring, and he survived two dropped catches by Darren Sammy.

By the time he finally blossomed again late in the piece, West Indies were two wickets from victory - and when England returned to complete their run chase after a rain shower Strauss was finally bowled behind his legs.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first - the formula that worked for England in Friday's match - Windies skipper Chris Gayle blazed a quick 20, which included three boundaries in a single Stuart Broad over.

But Gayle still appeared to be inconvenienced by a hamstring injury and his feet were stuck in treacle when he played James Anderson onto his stumps.

Anderson bowled impressively and had the figures to show it, taking 2-3 from his first three overs, having opened his account when Lendl Simmons edged a ball that bounced a bit extra to Matt Prior.

Following Gayle's departure, the local men, Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan, set about rebuilding the innings, and it was a painstaking process, although Sarwan punctuated proceedings with a six and two fours off Gareth Batty.

Stuart Broad, umpire Asad Rauf
Stuart Broad lost his cool and had to be spoken to by umpire Asad Rauf

Mascarenhas and Paul Collingwood bowled a tight line and length and England should have had their third wicket, only for Prior, standing up to Mascarenhas, to drop a regulation edge that would have ended Chanderpaul's innings before the veteran left-hander had got out of second gear.

West Indies took their batting powerplay on 156-2, after 34 overs, Anderson taking a key wicket when Sarwan hit a catch to mid-off and fell for 74.

But Chanderpaul took over the role of aggressor to hit some sweet boundaries, his collection including a reverse sweep off Broad which confused the young fast bowler so much he sent down three wides in a row.

The five-over powerplay tranche brought 44 runs in all and included a tremendous catch by Steve Harmison on the fine-leg boundary which didn't count as Anderson had sent down a chest-high full toss to Chanderpaul which was called a no-ball.

But England did pretty well over the closing overs with Mascarenhas and Collingwood again entrusted with the bowling.

Chanderpaul hit two more reverse sweeps for four but was badly hampered by cramp and needed a runner by the end and as England chipped away with wickets, only 57 runs came off the last 10 overs - a poor return for West Indies considering they began that phase with six wickets in hand.

Two showers further slowed West Indies' progress and the lower order were not able to give the ailing Chanderpaul the solid support he needed.

Collingwood was a big factor for England at this stage - taking a stunning boundary catch to end Bravo's innings and picking up two wickets in two balls in his final over.

But if England felt they had a slight edge between innings, the match was swiftly back on a very even keel once Ravi Bopara and Kevin Pietersen had both edged drives onto their stumps to make it 36-2 in the eighth over.

While the ball was still hard, Strauss and Shah were able to get ahead of the required rate courtesy of some early boundaries.

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But singles soon became the main method of accumulation and Shah, in particular, became bogged down before falling lbw to Bravo's inswinger.

England suffered another blow two balls later when Collingwood's off stump was pegged back by another good delivery from Bravo which came back into the right-hander.

Prior was the next to go, edging the medium pace of Sammy to Denesh Ramdin - the Windies wicket-keeper giving England's incumbent a classic tutorial in how to take a catch standing up to the stumps.

At 97-5 in the 24th over, England looked to be on the slippery slope to certain defeat and although Mascarenhas showed some desperately-needed urgency in an innings of 29 from 36 balls, Strauss's rate of scoring was becoming slower.

As the required rate ballooned over eight an over, he simply had to cut loose, and finally got his chance when hitting Pollard for two boundaries through the off-side.

Wickets began falling at the other end, however, so that when the batting powerplay was finally taken with just six overs left, Strauss had only Harmison for company.

West Indies were in an virtually unassailable position at that point - with 54 needed from 36 balls - and there was to be no late drama. After removing Strauss, Pollard ended the match by scuttling another of his medium-pacers into Anderson's stumps.



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