Broad Hits Back After Supreme Sarwan Century
England 569-6 dec. (Cook 160, Bopara 108, Prior 63, Collingwood 60no) v
West Indies 188-5 (Sarwan 100, Anderson 3-52, Broad 2-59)
Second Test, Riverside, day four: lunch
Ramnaresh Sarwan scored a superb century as the West Indies rallied on day four of the second and final Test against England at The Riverside.
Replying to England's 569 for six declared, Sarwan was dismissed for 100 as the tourists made it to lunch on 188 for five, a fine effort in the face of some tidy bowling from England, although the dismissal of Sarwan minutes before lunch turned the tide somewhat.
Both wickets to fall in the morning session went to Stuart Broad, who was in superb form, going to lunch with figures of two for 59 to his name.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (23) was the first man to fall when he felt for a ball outside off stump, edging a Broad offcutter into the hands of wicket-keeper Matthew Prior. It was a deserved wicket for Broad, who built up the pressure on both Sarwan and Chanderpaul before getting his breakthroughs.
Sarwan survived a nasty blow to the nether regions from a James Anderson delivery that beat him for pace but otherwise looked nothing short of assured at the crease, driving with authority and picking off anything straight. The one false shot he played was induced by Broad who had him squared up but this being Sarwan's morning, the ball flew to third man for a four via a leading edge.
Graham Onions and Tim Bresnan bowled with endeavour and plenty of heart but neither looked particularly close to getting a wicket and just as at Lord's, it was the introduction of Graeme Swann that gave the West Indies more to think about.
Brendan Nash almost cut him to gulley and shortly before Chanderpaul was dismissed, a ball flew off his boot to slip, umpire Steve Davis making a fine decision, ruling that the ball had neither hit the bat, or hit his boot in line with the stumps.
Sarwan pulled Broad imperiously for four to reach his 15th Test century, and fourth this year, his second half-century coming in just 53 balls.
There was another nervous moment for Nash just before the interval when he drove the ball onto Ravi Bopara's knee at silly point and the cry of 'catch it' went up as the ball ricocheted across the pitch, but a relieved batsman watched the ball land safely.
Broad was then rewarded for an excellent series of short balls when Sarwan, who up until then had been riding the bounce well, got one that he couldn't deal with, edging it to the slip cordon where Bresnan made no mistake.
Four men passed 50 for England as they racked up a ground-record first-class score in their first innings.
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