Defiant Shiv levels series

By Ben Sullivan  

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The NatWest Series
West Indies 278-5 Innings Complete (S Chanderpaul 116 no, M N Samuels 77) v England 217 (M J Prior 52, R Rampaul 4-41)
West Indies beat England by 61 runs

Shivnarine Chanderpaul continued in his summer-long role as a thorn in England's side as he set up a 61-run victory for the West Indies in the second One Day International, to level the three-match series at 1-1.

The left-hander scored an unbeaten 116 as the tourists posted a competitive 278-5 after being asked to bat first at Edgbaston.

In conditions which became increasingly tricky as the day wore on, England were quickly behind the rate and a steady flow of wickets ensured the Windies were able to claim a relatively comfortable victory.

The result means the series will be decided at Trent Bridge on Saturday.

Chasing what was a difficult if not daunting target, the tourists' opening attack reduced England to 68-3 from 14 overs before rain stopped play.

Alastair Cook miscued Daren Powell to mid-off and Ian Bell was unlucky to be adjudged lbw to Ravi Rampaul when the ball looked to be going well over the top of the stumps.

But the wicket that clearly gave the Windies the most pleasure was that of Kevin Pietersen, who was bowled by Rampaul attempting to work the ball on the leg side, a fourth failure in four limited-over contests for the world number one.

After the resumption Matt Prior provided some impressive resistance, reaching his first one-day half century from 71 balls.

But five balls later he chipped to Devon Smith at midwicket off Powell and two balls after that England were in deep trouble.

The skipper Paul Collingwood was unsettled by a superb bumper from Fidel Edwards and was immediately trapped in front of his stumps by an inswinging yorker.

At 117-5 England had to rebuild again and Owais Shah and Michael Yardy did just that, putting on 54 together.

But with the run-rate steadily climbing, the pressure eventually told on Yardy, who had made just 19 from 41 balls before he went for the big shot and holed out to Dwayne Smith on the square leg boundary.

Moments later the game was as good as up when Shah went for a wild slash and edged Rampaul to the wicketkepeer.

More rain and then some last-wicket defiance from Stuart Broad (22no) forced a delay in the inevitable, but by now the teams were already contemplating a decider on Saturday.

Earlier, Chanderpaul fully justified the decision to move him up the order as he hit an unbeaten 116 from 122 balls that contained three sixes.

The left-hander - who scored 446 runs in the recent Test series at an average of nearly 150 - moved up from  five to three and guided the tourists to an impressive total.

He put on 175 in 33 overs with Marlon Samuels (77) - an Edgbaston record for the third wicket in ODI's. The 100 partnership came up in 149 balls.

That came after a cautious start from Chanderpaul, as he took all of 10 balls to get off the mark after Devon Smith edged James Anderson through to wicketkeeper Matt Prior.

But after taking 85 balls to reach his 50, he raced to his seventh one-day ton off just another 29 deliveries.

The final 10 overs cost 102 as West Indies hit the accelerator button in impressive style, Anderson coming in for some particular stick with 56 runs coming from his last four overs. He finished with 1-78 from 10.

The pick of England's bowlers was 21-year-old Leicestershire seamer Broad, with 2-49, while Dimitri Mascarenhas was impressively miserly, conceding just 31 runs from his 10 overs. 

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