Sunday 20 May 2012 

West Indies Turn The Tables On England On Day Four

West Indies Turn The Tables On England On Day Four
West Indies Turn The Tables On England On Day Four
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West Indies 243 & 345 (Chanderpaul 91) v
England 398 & 10-2 (Roach 2- 7)
First Test, Lord's, day four
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England closed day four of the first Test against the West Indies at Lord's in the uncomfortable position of 10 for two having been asked to chase 191 for victory.

The tourists produced a resilient performance, led by Shivnarine Chanderpaul (91) and Marlon Samuels (86) to reach 345 in their second innings and take the game into the final day.

Resuming on 120 for four, Chanderpaul and Samuels put on 157 for the fifth wicket before Stuart Broad (4-93) became the first Englishman since Sir Ian Botham in 1978 to take ten wickets at Lord's.

However, England then failed to successfully negotiate a four-over spell before stumps, losing the wickets of Andrew Strauss (1) and nightwatchman James Anderson (6) to Kemar Roach.

It was as testing a spell as anything Broad, Anderson and Tim Bresnan had delivered to Chanderpaul, Samuels and the rest of the batsmen earlier in the day and it left the game on a knife-edge.

Both men received difficult lifting deliveries that they edged to Kieran Powell in the gully and Denesh Ramdin behind the stumps respectively.

Chanderpaul faced 250 balls in making his 91, falling nine short of a century when he missed an attempted sweep off Graeme Swann and was trapped in front.

Samuels applied himself well in partnership with the left-hander, on occasion taking the attack to Swann and the other bowlers, who did their best to unsettle him with some short deliveries and he reached his 14th Test half-century before he was caught by Swann off Broad as England struck with the second new ball.

Denesh Ramdin played nicely in making 43 and Darren Sammy hit five fours in an entertaining cameo of 37 to increase the West Indies' lead and after Roach fell for four, England were frustrated by Fidel Edwards (10 not out) and Shannon Gabriel (13).

Anderson finished with figures of one for 67, Bresnan one for 105 and Swann three for 59.

Then they were charged with making it through to stumps unscathed but were unable to do so and although the pitch will still be sound for batting, the West Indies have given themselves an outside chance of an unlikely victory.

Strauss scored a century in England's first innings of 398, replying to West Indies' 234, in which Chanderpaul made 87 not out and Broad took seven for 72.

© Cricket World 2012

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