WEST INDIES IN FINAL AGAINST
Indies cricket team has put up a magnificent performance at Lords on Tuesday
against England to edge the home team out of the final in the triangle NAT
It was a high
scoring match at the World's Cricketing Headquarters and the Windies passed the
285 for 7 put up by the Englishmen after losing only 3 wickets and with 5 balls
will meet New Zealand on Saturday in the final at Lords. England had a bad start
when they lost both openers ME Trescothick and MP Vaughan for 27 runs and 27
runs later the third wicket fell, but the 4th wicket partnership between AJ
Strauss and A Flintoff put up 226. Both Flintoff and Strauss scored centuries,
but after they were dismissed two quick wickets fell, but England had already
reached 285 which is a very tall order.
claimed 3 wickets for 57 runs off his ten overs, and the young Jamaican also
destroyed the English bowling when he scored 132 not out off 165 deliveries.
Gayle was associated in a 187 second wicket partnership with vice captain
Ramnaresh Sarwan who scored 89 off 78 balls.
12 fours and a towering six in his brillant innings while Sarwan struck 9 fours
in his classy and aggressive innings.
performance of these two young players seem to indicate that there is a bright
future in West Indies cricket. Ricardo Powell hit 33 not out off 22 deliveries
with 3 fours and a lofty six.
The display of
the Caribbean team brought comments from former Windies off spinner Lance Gibbs
who followed the game from his Florida home. Gibbs, who was disappointed that
Florida was not chosen as a venue for the 2007 World Cup Series said that the
performance of Gayle, Sarwan and Powell was heartening and the youngsters should
Indies bowlers were given some useful advice by two former pace bowlers Michael
Holding and Courtney Walsh who were at the nets during the Windies practice
session on Monday.
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