Thursday, 17 May 2012

Lords Day 1: England Vs West Indies

Broad raises his hat as he finishes the day with 6 wickets.
Stuart Broad ran rampant on an intriguing first day at Lord's after the West Indies had initially defied their critics. There were d├ębuts for Jonny Bairstow for England and Shannon Gabriel for West Indies as Andrew Strauss won the toss and elected to field. Initially, James Anderson put on a marvellous display with conditions conducive to swing bowling. His dismissal of Kieran Powell was especially satisfying; a large away-swinger followed by a large in-swinger which hit the top of the off stump while the bat was still coming down. At 32-2, Adrian Barath and the promising Darren Bravo initiated a recovery and, after Bravo was run out by the length of the pitch, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Marlon Samuels continued it. Samuels' innings of 31 was a real struggle and he was finally dismissed by Broad at 181 after Bairstow held a smart catch. Denesh Ramdin fell early, but Darren Sammy gave Chanderpaul more support. However, Broad came back with the new ball and initiated a collapse of three quick wickets, including Fidel Edwards to what transpired to be the last ball of the day. His spell was 4.4-1-13-3 and he finished the day with 6-72. West Indies closed on 243-9 with the remarkable Chanderpaul 87*. The wickets right at the end of the day means that England should be satisfied with their efforts.

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