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England have survived an exit from the World Cup for now by beating West Indies in an intensely fought match at Chennai.

England held their nerve to win the must-win game against the West Indies to keep their hopes alive to enter the quarter finals of the World Cup quarter at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Thursday.

The crucial Group B encounter between England and the West Indies was on a knife's edge after the English bowlers struck in quick succession at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Thursday.

England's preparation ahead of their must-win game against West Indies suffered a setback when key members of the squad including pacer Ajmal Shahzad were laid low with a stomach bug, but skipper Andrew Strauss exuded confidence that his men would recover in time for the all important clash on Thursday.

Watch England vs West Indies live Cricket ICC World Cup 2011 here. England will play West Indies in what will be the 36th game of the ICC World Cup 2011 on March 17. The game will be played at the M Chidambaram in Chennai and will see the two teams baying for the quarter-finals spot.