Broad Excels But Chanderpaul Frustrates England
West Indies 243-9 (Chanderpaul 87no, Broad 6-72) v England
First Test, Lord's, day one
England performed well on the opening day of their international summer, Stuart Broad taking six wickets as the West Indies closed on 243 for nine at Lord's.
Their innings was held together - as has so often been the case - by an unbeaten half-century from Shivnarine Chanderpaul and but for the grittiness of the left-hander, England would have been batting themselves before stumps.
Chanderpaul made 87 not out in 174 balls but Broad led England's charge with figures of six for 73 after James Anderson had struck early with the first two breakthroughs.
Adrian Barath (42), Marlon Samuels (31) and Darren Bravo (30) all made starts but were unable to go on having shared partnerships with Chanderpaul.
The Chanderpaul-Bravo came to a dramatic and calamitous conclusion when both men ended up at the same end, neither making any attempt to complete a run. Despite Matthew Prior almost missing bowler Graeme Swann with a throw and subsequently hiding his face in embarrasment, Bravo was run out by 22 yards.
He had played some good-looking shots before his demise, as had Barath, who survived a testing early spell with some punchy drives through the covers and a couple where he sprang into action to drive straight down the ground, hitting nine fours in all before he was caught by Anderson as he drove at Broad.
He had been given a partial reprieve shortly before when a leg-before decision was reviewed and turned down as Broad had overstepped although the extra delivery was the one which he removed Barath. What initially looked like a poor decision from England worked in their favour.
Kieran Powell was the first man to go when he played too late at an Anderson inswinger and lost his off stumps for 13 and Kirk Edwards played across the line and was trapped in front for two.
Chanderpaul successfully reveiewed when he was given out trapped in front by Anderson and he rebuilt the innings with Barath, Bravo, and then Samuels, whose 31 came from 84 balls with four fours but he failed to get over a drive and lofted Broad to England debutant Jonny Bairstow.
Broad then proved too hot for the tourists' middle and lower order to handle. Denesh Ramdin made six before edging to Andrew Strauss and captain Darren Sammy played an uncharacteristically circumspect innings of 17 in 36 balls, including his 3000th first-class run, before he was caught by Tim Bresnan off a leading edge.
Kemar Roach (6) was caught and bowled by the Nottinghamshire man and when Fidel Edwards (2) was smarly taken by Matthew Prior behind the stumps off another edge, that signalled the end of play for the day.
It had begun with Bairstow being handed his Test cap by Geoffrey Boycott and the West Indies giving Shannon Gabriel his debut.
England opted to play Tim Bresnan as Steven Finn and Graham Onions missed out and the Yorkshireman started his spell with four maidens. He proved as difficult to score off early on as Chanderpaul proved difficult to remove as he moved past Sunil Gavaskar to become the ninth-highest run-getter of all time in Test cricket.
Expertly manipulating the field with an array of sweeps, he hit 12 fours, meeting everything England had to bowl at him with the deadest of bats, refusing to let himself be distracted. Certainly culpable, if not completely responsible for Bravo's run out, his team would have wanted him to respond by batting through the day.
He achieved that - to nobody's great surprise - but with only debutant Gabriel for company when play resumes, the West Indies' chances of making much more than 250 are slim, ensuring the calls for Chanderpaul to bat higher in the order will not go away.
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