In a dramatic clash, which has become the norm this tourney whenever the Barmy Army is involved, England prevailed over West Indies on a skiddy Chennai wicket, and defended their total of 243 by 18 runs to stay alive in the World Cup. James Tredwell and Graeme Swann called upon the last ounce of England's spirit and successfully resisted the onslaught launched by Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy and Andre Russell in a pendulous encounter.
Andrew Strauss won the toss and elected to bat on what seemed a flat, grassless wicket with good bounce. As England rung changes in their playing eleven, driven by both desperation and player indisposition, Andrew Strauss gave a strident pep talk to pump his team up for this life-threatening clash. He and Matt Prior began watchfully, as Roach's first over saw Strauss shoulder more arms than a Hindu Goddess. All the care was all to the good; as soon as he got the measure of the wicket, he clipped full balls and pulled shorter ones to the boundary. Sulieman Benn, from the other end however, was not as inhibitive as his usual wont. Prior (21) put him away for a few speeding boundaries, but lack of footwork and misjudgement of length let Andre Russell clatter one into his stumps to end a 48-run opening stand. This brought forth Jonathan Trott, who promptly flicked, pulled and drove to the boundary with a vengeance towards the disparaging remarks made about his scoring pace, and at the end of the 10th over, England had raced away to 60/1.