West Indies Legends qualified for the semi-final in the Road Safety World Series 2020/21 after claiming a thrilling victory against England Legends in the last league stage game of the tournament.
After West Indies Legends captain Brian Lara chose to field first, England Legends scored 186/3 (20 overs). In reply, West Indies Legends chased down the target on the final ball of the match while they lost five wickets.
Though England Legends and West Indies Legends both finished the league stage with 12 points each in six games, West Indies Legends have qualified for the semi-finals of this tournament due to a head-to-head win against England Legends.
Now, West Indies Legends will face India Legends in the first semi-final of this tournament tomorrow while Sri Lanka Legends and South Africa Legends will take on each other on 19th March during the second semi-final of this tournament. Both the semi-final winners will meet in the final of this tournament on 21st March.
Road Safety World Series 2020/21, Match 16: England Legends vs West Indies Legends
2nd innings (West Indies Legends): Narsingh Deonarine and Kirk Edwards controlled the chasing after Dwayne Smith’s firing start
West Indies Legends openers Dwayne Smith and Ridley Jacobs set up a good start with the 55 runs opening partnership in 6.1 overs. Chris Tremlett brought the first breakthrough for the England Legends by dismissing the wicket-keeper Jacobs for 13 runs.
Smith batted brilliantly and scored 58 off 31 balls with the help of 9 fours and 2 sixes but James Tredwell took his wicket in the eighth over of that innings. William Perkins (7) was also cheaply as Usman Afzaal dismissed him in the 10th over.
But Narsingh Deonarine and Kirk Edwards controlled the next situation very well as West Indies Legends took the grip of this match. They set up the 83 runs partnership for the fourth wicket but Chris Tremlett dismissed Edwards in the 19th over, who scored 34 runs off 26 balls (4 fours and only six).
Meanwhile, Deonarine completed his half-century. In the final over, West Indies Legends needed 5 more runs to win the game while James Tradewell came with the ball in hand. He bowled in a tight way but West Indies Legends levelled the scoreline on the fourth ball. While skipper Brian Lara was stumped out on the fifth ball of that over, Tino Best scored the winning run on the final ball of the match.
Among the England Legends bowlers, Chris Tremlett (2/37) and James Tredwell (2/35) picked up two wickets each but their team just failed to win the match which could also move them to the semi-final of this tournament.
1st innings (England Legends): Phil Mustard and Owais Shah scored half-centuries
England Legends openers Phil Mustard and Kevin Pietersen provided another strong start as they set up the firing 81 runs partnership for the opening wicket in 9.2 overs. Captain Pietersen lost his wicket after scoring 38 off 24 balls (2 fours and 3 sixes) as Dwayne Smith got that wicket.
However, the wicket-keeper batsman Mustard completed his half-century but Smith took his wicket too in the 12th over while the opener scored 57 off 41 balls (5 fours and 3 sixes). Later, Sulieman Benn bowled Jim Troughton for 22 runs while the England Legends batsman put the 45 runs partnership with Owais Shah for the third wicket.
Shah also scored a half-century and remained not out on 53 runs off 30 balls with the help of 5 fours and 3 sixes.
Brief Scores: England Legends – 186/3 in 20 overs (Phil Mustard 57, Owais Shah 53*; Dwayne Smith 2/31)
West Indies Legends – 187/5 in 20 overs (Dwayne Smith 58, Narsingh Deonarine 53*; James Tredwell 2/35)
Result – West Indies Legends won by 5 wickets