Batting collapse wobbles WI
NOTTINGHAM, England – A strife-torn final session precipitated an inexplicable batting collapse that rocked West Indies, after their bowlers – led by Ravi Rampaul – brought them back into the second Test against England on Sunday.
Batting linchpin Shivnarine Chanderpaul and the ill Kirk Edwards were among the casualties, as the Windies, trailing by 58 on first innings, crashed to 61 for six at the close on the third day at Trent Bridge.
The top order of the Caribbean side was undermined, as Tim Bresnan captured three wickets for 10 runs from six overs and Jimmy Anderson collected two for 12 from seven overs in torrid spells.
Only Marlon Samuels, unbeaten on 13, has shown any resistance and will need another record stand with West Indies captain Darren Sammy, who is yet to face a ball, if the visitors are to avoid a heavy defeat.
This followed another outstanding fight-back from the bowlers, spearheaded by Rampaul with three wickets for 75 runs from 32 overs, as England, boosted by their captain Andrew Strauss’ 141 and 80 from talisman Kevin Pietersen, were dismissed for 428 in their first innings just past the scheduled tea break.
Any hopes West Indies had of building on the momentum set by their bowlers perished inside the first 20 minutes, when Anderson dismissed both openers with just 14 on the board.
Left-hander Kieran Powell lasted just four balls before he was bowled leg-stump for one, essaying an expansive drive at the first delivery he received from Anderson.
Adrian Barath followed soon afterwards, tucked up on the crease and falling lbw for seven in the fifth over of the innings.
The prolific Shivnarine Chanderpaul again looked in fine touch, as he stroked two boundaries in 11 off 15 balls and together with the stylish Darren Bravo, who hit 22, looked to be restoring order to the innings.
But the veteran left-hander played an uncharacteristic hook at a short ball from Stuart Broad to give Jonathan Trott a regulation catch at long-leg, leaving West Indies 31 for three.
The left-handed Bravo’s four boundaries including two superb strokes – a delightful drive through point and equally charming push through mid-on, both off Broad – in an innings that lasted 43 balls in just over an hour at the crease.
His innings ended tamely, trapped lbw on the back-foot to Bresnan, with his recourse to the umpire decision review system proving futile.
Denesh Ramdin also fell lbw for six, when Bresnan accounted for him about 10 minutes before the close to leave West Indies further in the mire at 61 for five.
Kirk Edwards, who spent most of the day at the team hotel fighting the flu, arrived to lend his hand to the battle, but Bresnan also trapped him plumb lbw without scoring.
The dismal showing by the Windies’ batsmen undid the fine work by their bowlers to limit England, after the hosts resumed the day on 259 for two with their captain unbeaten on 102 and Pietersen on 72.
Roach, plagued by no-ball problems on Saturday, responded with a pacy, devastating seven-over spell that cost 23 runs and yielded the wickets of Ian Bell for 22 and Jonny Bairstow for four.
West Indies claimed Pietersen in the third over of the morning, lbw for one to Rampaul that a subsequent review showed was clipping leg-stump.
Roach claimed Bell lbw on review, after the England batsman put on 33 for the fourth wicket with Strauss and the Windies’ initial appeal was turned down by Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar.
Roach then shook up Bairstow with a couple of short balls and the pressure eventually told on the England rookie, as he scooped one tamely to mid-on, 40 minutes before lunch.
Sammy bowled Matt Prior middle stump for 16, leaving England 336 for six moments before the break, and also claimed Strauss caught behind on resumption, afted the left-hander faced 303 balls in seven hours, 12 minutes and struck 22 fours.
The visitors were then held up by a nagging 53-run, eighth wicket stand between Tim Bresnan, not out on 39, and Stuart Broad.
Off-spinner Shane Shillingford had Broad caught by Sammy running around from slip, when the England left-hander attempted a paddle sweep 11 minutes before the scheduled tea break.
Samuels then had Graeme Swann caught at slip for one on review and Anderson lbw without scoring, finishing with two for 14 from 6.4 overs.
Roach ended with two for 90 from 25 overs and Sammy grabbed two for 120 from 34 overs.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings 370
ENGLAND 1st Innings
(overnight 259 for two)
*A. Strauss c wkpr Ramdin b *Sammy 141
A. Cook c wkpr Ramdin b Rampaul 24
I. Trott lbw b Rampaul 35
K. Pietersen lbw b Rampaul 80
I. Bell lbw b Roach 22
J. Bairstow c Chanderpaul b Roach 4
+M. Prior b *Sammy 16
T. Bresnan not out 39
S. Broad c *Sammy b Shillingford 25
G. Swann c *Sammy b Samuels 1
J. Anderson lbw b Samuels 0
Extras (b9, lb10, w4, nb18) 41
TOTAL (all out) 428
Fall of wickets: 1-43 (Cook), 2-123 (Trott), 3-267 (Pietersen), 4-300 (Bell), 5-308 (Bairstow), 6-336 (Prior), 7-363 (Strauss), 8-416 (Broad), 9-426 (Swann)
Bowling: Roach 25-1-90-2 (nb11, w1); Rampaul 32-8-75-3 (nb2, w2); *Sammy 34-3-120-2; Shillingford 26-4-110-1; Samuels 6.4-1-14-2
WEST INDIES 2nd Innings
A. Barath lbw b Anderson 7
K. Powell b Anderson 1
D.M. Bravo lbw b Bresnan 22
S. Chanderpaul c Trott b Broad 11
M. Samuels not out 13
+D. Ramdin lbw b Bresnan 6
K. Edwards lbw b Bresnan 0
*D. Sammy not out 0
Extras (b1) 1
TOTAL (6 wkts) 61
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Powell), 2-14 (Barath), 3-31 (Chanderpaul), 4-45 (Bravo), 5-61 (Ramdin), 6-61 (Edwards)
Bowling: Anderson 7-2-12-2; Broad 11-4-36-1; Swann 2-1-2-0; Bresnan 6-2-10-3
Overs: 26 overs
Position: West Indies lead by three runs with four second innings wickets standing
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan), Asad Rauf (Pakistan)
TV umpire: M. Erasmus (South Africa)
Match referee: R. Mahanama (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire: N. Mallender (England)