Ton-up Strauss can’t save England
Andrew Strauss hit his third one-day international hundred, but
England still went down to a 21-run defeat at the hands of the West
Indies at the Guyana National Stadium on Sunday.
The captain made 105 from 129 balls as England, chasing 265 for
victory, were dismissed for 243 in 48.2 overs to allow West Indies to
draw level at 1-1 in the five-match series.
The third and fourth matches will be contested at Kensington Oval in
Barbados on Friday and Sunday, with the final game set for St. Lucia on
England had won the opener here on Friday when West Indies coach John
Dyson embarrassingly miscalculated the Duckworth-Lewis method and handed
his opponents a one-run win.
“We lost too many wickets too early and we were always behind the
eight ball,” admitted Strauss.
“We needed things to go our way in the last powerplay but with the
medium pacers bowling, it wasn’t easy to get the ball away. It was
getting lower and slower, so we had to take risks to get runs.
“It would have been nice to have gone 2-0 in the series, but we have
a good chance of winning in Barbados where the wicket might suit us
West Indies skipper Chris Gayle said his team had a point to prove.
“We were really down after what happened on Friday,” said Gayle.
“We wanted to give the crowd something to cheer about and I want to
commend the guys for the way they played.” Man-of-the-match Shivnarine
Chanderpaul scored his 10th one-day hundred of 112 not out from 134
balls to lead West Indies to 264 for eight from their 50 overs.
Strauss reached his hundred from 126 balls with a drive through cover
for two off Kieron Pollard, but England lost wickets s teadily.
Their best stands were 50 between Strauss and Owais Shah for the
third wicket, and 59 between the England captain and Dmitri Mascarenhas
for the sixth.
PROVIDENCE, Guyana, AFP