Collingwood And Shah Get England To 270 In Guyana
England 270-7 (Collingwood 70, Shah 62, Pollard 2-47) v
1st One Day International, Providence Stadium, Guyana
By Graham Wilson
Half-centuries from Paul Collingwood and Owais Shah helped England reach a competitive score of 270 for seven in the first One Day International against the West Indies in Guyana.
They won the toss and chose to bat with another change to the opening partnership as Ravi Bopara (43) partnered captain Andrew Strauss (15), and England added 50 runs in the first ten-over Power Play for the loss of Strauss, who toe-ended Daren Powell to Dwayne Bravo at point.
Kevin Pietersen blasted a four and a six before he was on his way, caught by Powell off of Bravo for 17 and Bopara was trapped in front by left-arm spinner Nikita Miller to bring Collingwood and Shah together.
The pair added 97 either side of a delay due to some rain, Collingwood hitting six fours and Shah five but their partnership was blighted some poor running and the third Power Play which saw Collingwood reach his half-century and Shah lose his wicket, top edging a Bravo slower ball to be caught by wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin. That was Bravo's 100th wicket in ODIs and his return saw him rarely out of the action although he almost comically missed running out Stuart Broad late on with both batsmen stranded at the wrong end.
Keiron Pollard then had Dimitri Mascarenhas trapped in front and so plumb was it that Mascarenhas had already begun to walk off before the umpire gave his decision and Collingwood was flamboyantly caught on the boundary off of the same bowler.
Matthew Prior (26 not out) hit out with good effect at the death while Broad (8) was put down by Chris Gayle at short extra cover off of Pollard but was eventually run out when he sacrificed himself to allow Prior to face the final deliveries of the innings.
Bravo and Pollard picked up two wickets apiece as Gayle used seven bowlers in all and will be disappointed with the extras count of 27, which included some 23 wides.
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