Sunday 27 May 2012 

England Take Initiative As West Indies Collapse

	England Take Initiative As West Indies Collapse
England Take Initiative As West Indies Collapse
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West Indies 370 & 61-6 (Bresnan 3-10) v
England 428 (Strauss 141, Pietersen 80)
Second Test, Trent Bridge, day three
| | Day Two

West Indies closed day three of the second Test against England at Trent Bridge on 61 for six in their second innings - just three runs ahead.

They had eariler produced an impressive fightback to dismiss England for 428 in their first inning as the home side claimed a lead of 58.

Andrew Strauss stood tall at the top of England's order, making 141 having resumed on 102 not out as wickets tumbled.

Kevin Pietersen (80) added just eight to his overnight total before Ian Bell (22), Jonathan Bairstow (4) and Matthew Prior (16) fell cheaply.

Tim Bresnan's unbeaten 39 and Stuart Broad's 25 steered England past the 400-run mark before first-innings centurion Marlon Samuels wrapped the innings up with the wickets of Graeme Swann (5) and James Anderson (0).

Ravi Rampaul ended with figures of three for 76 as Kemar Roach and Darren Sammy both took a brace.

The West Indies batting then unravelled with alarming speed as England bowled themselves into an apparently impregnable position.

Anderson struck first to have Adrian Barath (7) trapped in front and Kieran Powell bowled for one and Broad grabbed the key wicket of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who was caught by Jonathan Trott for 11.

Bresnan then completed a decent day all-round for him with the wickets of Darren Bravo (22), Denesh Ramdin (0) and Kirk Edwards (0), all three batsmen trapped in front.

Edwards was not anticipating being required to bat having stayed in his hotel room due to illness but as wickets fell, he was summoned, only to face two balls before departing.

Samuels was unbeaten on 13 and Sammy was yet to score at the close.

© Cricket World 2012

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