Chanderpaul, Samuels steady WI
LONDON, England – An unbroken fifth-wicket stand between Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Marlon Samuels, steadied West Indies after a disastrous 10-minute period before tea left them rocking in the first Test against England on Saturday here.
Chanderpaul was not out on 34 and Samuels was not out on 26, as they staged a fight-back, carrying the Windies to 120 for four at the close on the third day at Lord’s.
The pair have so far added 55 for the fifth wicket to prevent West Indies from further decline, but the visitors are still 35 runs shy of making England bat again.
Cruising at 36 without loss in their second innings after conceding a first innings deficit of 155, the Windies lost three wickets for no runs in nine deliveries, stumbling to tea on 36 for three.
Courtesy of another mammoth effort Chanderpaul with solid support from Samuels, the visitors lived to fight for another day.
This followed a far more disciplined display with the ball to dismiss England for 398 in their first innings.
Debutant fast bowler Shannon Gabriel was the pick of the West Indies bowlers with three wickets for 60 runs from 21.3 overs, fellow speedster Kemar Roach grabbed three for 108 from 25 overs, while captain Darren Sammy collected two for 92 from 28 overs with his medium-fast bowling.
Skipper Andrew Strauss, unbeaten on 121 overnight, added only one while Ian Bell converted his five into 61 and Graeme Swann belted a cameo 30 from 25 balls, after the hosts resumed the day on 259 for three
Adrian Barath and Kieran Powell then gave West Indies a solid start against a pumped up England seam-attack before chaos unfolded.
Right-hander Barath stroked 24 with four fours off 42 balls, including two searing off-side drives, and looked to be in full control of his innings.
Dropped on three by Tim Bresnan at slip off seamer Stuart Broad, Barath was first to fall,m when he was caught behind, edging a forward defensive shot at a delivery from Bresnan that left him.
Powell, reprieved by a review after he was given out caught behind off Jimmy Anderson on seven, added just one before following his opening partner four balls later, caught at deep square leg essaying a needless hook at a short, rising delivery from Broad, too high for the stroke.
Kirk Edwards departed without scoring to the first ball of the next over, run out in another calamitous mix-up.
Darren Bravo played the first ball he faced square on the off-side and set off for a single, but changed his mind with Edwards midway down the pitch.
The West Indies vice-captain made a desperate bid to reach safe ground, but failed to beat Jonny Bairstow’s direct hit at the bowler’s end from point.
The quick dismissals left the Windies in turmoil and it forced Bravo and Chanderpaul to rebuild after the interval, sedately putting together 29 for the fourth wicket.
Bravo had gathered 21 from 57 balls in 70 pensive minutes at the crease when he misjudged a Swann arm-ball, offered no shot and was bowled, watching as the delivery hit the top of off-stump, at the start of the final hour.
Once again, Chanderpaul was pressed into crisis mode and, as usual, responded with another unflappable innings laced with concentration, so far batting an 1 ½ hours, facing 95 balls and striking four fours.
Samuels, meanwhile, has hardly played a false stroke in close to 1 ½ hours at the crease, and has counted four fours off 65 balls.
Chanderpaul had one anxious moment when England reviewed an unsuccessful lbw shout off Bresnan with the batsman on 22.
The Guyanese responded however, with consecutive boundaries off the next two deliveries, the second of which raised the 50 partnership.
West Indies had earlier bowled outstandingly in the morning session to grab four wickets for 87 runs and set England back at 341 for seven at lunch.
Roach, in particular, was on song and claimed the first two wickets to fall. He had Strauss in just the fourth over of the day, caught behind on review after the left-hander was initially given not out by umpire Marais Erasmus at 266 for four.
He then removed debutant Jonny Bairstow for 16 after the right-hander missed a drive and was trapped in front.
Gabriel joined in the act, when he comprehensively bowled Matt Prior for 19, leaving England 320 for six, and in the next over with just three runs added, Sammy claimed Bresnan without scoring, caught behind as the batsman flirted with one back of a length.
Fidel Edwards collected his only wickets, when he bowled Broad for 10 with the third delivery after lunch.
West Indies were frustrated for more than an hour, when Ian Bell and Swann came together for a 55-run, ninth-wicket stand, gathering precious runs at the death.
Gabriel bowled Swann, bringing the entertainment to an end, while Bell, whose knock included four boundaries from 105 balls in just over three hours, followed with just one run added, caught at deep square leg playing a pull off the big fast bowler.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings 243
ENGLAND 1st Innings
(overnight 259 for three)
A. Strauss c wkpr Ramdin b Roach 122
A. Cook b Roach 26
I. Trott c wkpr Ramdin b Sammy 58
K. Pietersen c wkpr Ramdin b Samuels 32
I. Bell c Powell b Gabriel 61
J. Bairstow lbw b Roach 16
+M. Prior b Gabriel 19
T. Bresnan c wkpr Ramdin b Sammy 0
S. Broad b F. Edwards 10
G. Swann b Gabriel 30
J. Anderson not out 0
Extras (b9, lb3, nb12) 24
TOTAL (all out) 398
Fall of wickets: 1-47 (Cook), 2-194 (Trott), 3-244 (Pietersen), 4-266 (Strauss), 5-292 (Bairstow), 6-320 (Prior), 7-323 (Bresnan), 8-342 (Broad), 9-397 (Swann)
Bowling: F. Edwards 25-1-88-1 (nb3); Roach 25-3-108-3 (nb8); Gabriel 21.3-2-60-3; Sammy 28-1-92-2 (nb1); Samuels 14-3-38-1
WEST INDIES 2nd Innings
A. Barath c wkpr Prior b Bresnan 24
K. Powell c Bell b Broad 8
K. Edwards run out 0
D.M. Bravo b Swann 21
S. Chanderpaul not out 34
M. Samuels not out 26
Extras (lb7) 7
TOTAL (4 wkts) 120
Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Barath), 2-36 (Powell), 3-36 (K Edwards), 4-65 (Bravo)
Bowling: Anderson 14-6-21-0; Broad 13-4-31-1; Bresnan 15-6-40-1; Swann 8-3-21-1