Shiv holds WI together
LONDON – A typically resolute, unbeaten 87 from Shivnarine Chanderpaul propped up West Indies’ batting in the first Test against England on Thursday.
The veteran left-hander again gave cogent proof to his status as the World No.1 Test batsman, anchoring the Windies to 243 for nine in their first innings at the close on the opening day at Lord’s.
Opener Adrian Barath found some form with 42, Marlon Samuels made 31 and Darren Bravo scored 29 before he was run out in a tragic mix up with Chanderpaul, as lanky England fast bowler Stuart Broad captured six wickets for 72 runs from 24.4 overs, undermining the visitors after they were put in.
West Indies twice dug themselves out of holes to reach 181 for four in the final session, but then collapsed to lose five wickets for 62, as Broad knocked over the middle and lower order.
In another single-minded performance that has characterised his 141-Test career, Chanderpaul once again held the innings together in a knock that has so far lasted just over four hours and required 175 balls.
His one-dozen boundaries were evenly spread around the historic ground and were a combination of well-timed drives, nudges and positive cross-batted shots.
When West Indies slipped to 100 for four just after lunch, he paired with Marlon Samuels to add 81 for the fifth wicket and prop up the innings.
West Indies were in early trouble, when James Anderson, who ended the day with two for 59 from 25 overs, removed opener Kieran Powell and vice-captain Kirk Edwards, with just over an hour gone in the morning session.
The left-handed Powell made a last-minute decision to play at one that nipped back, was a split second late with his defensive shot and was bowled for five.
Edwards survived a huge lbw appeal first ball and never settled, struggling for 14 balls before eventually playing across an in-swinger and falling plumb lbw for one.
Barath and Bravo then combined in a positive, 54-run, third-wicket stand to ensure there was no familiar batting collapse.
Right-hander Barath struck nine fours – mostly an array of rasping off-side drives – in an innings that has lasted 101 balls, while left-hander Bravo was languid and fluent in his 74-ball knock that contained four boundaries.
They carried West Indies to lunch at 83 for two, but Barath lasted only 15 minutes after the interval, slashing Broad to gully, where Anderson held the catch on the second attempt.
Bravo and Chanderpaul moved West Indies to three figures without major alarm before disaster struck.
Dropped on 29 at 100 for three in the previous over by Graeme Swann at second slip off Anderson, Bravo was needlessly run out.
Taking off for a sharp single after Chanderpaul tucked a delivery from Swann square, Bravo found himself stranded at the opposite end with his senior partner, after Chanderpaul took a few exploratory steps and then turned his back.
Chanderpaul, who won a reprieve on 15 courtesy of the umpires review after being adjudged lbw to Anderson without playing a shot, then assumed responsibility for the innings.
Abandoning his customary caginess, the 37-year-old played freely to raise his half-century off 103 balls with seven fours.
He twice smashed leg-side boundaries off Swann in the off-spinner’s 12th over that cost 14 runs and also helped himself to a couple of well-timed cover-driven boundaries off Anderson.
When Broad tested him with two successive short balls late in the evening, Chanderpaul dispatched both deliveries for four – the first a commanding pull through mid-on and the second another pull through square leg.
Samuels, who hit four fours off 84 balls, tried to match Chanderpaul’s enterprise, but was caught at point off Broad.
Denesh Ramdin, in his first Test for two years, stroked the third ball he received to the cover boundary, but edged the fifth – one from Broad that bounced and swung – and was caught at first slip.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy then struck three lusty blows in 17, adding 32 with Chanderpaul for the seventh wicket, as they tried to keep the Windies afloat.
Just when Sammy seemed set, he became Broad’s fourth victim, getting a leading edge to Tim Bresnan at gully, as he attempted to play through the leg-side.
Kemar Roach lasted seven balls for six before tapping the easiest of return catches to Broad, and Fidel Edwards was caught behind for two, edging the same bowler to bring the day’s play to a close.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
A. Barath c Anderson b Broad 42
K. Powell b Anderson 5
K. Edwards lbw b Anderson 1
D.M. Bravo run out (Bell/+Prior/Swann) 29
S Chanderpaul not out 87
M. Samuels c Bairstow b Broad 31
+D. Ramdin c Strauss b Broad 6
*D. Sammy c Bresnan b Broad 17
K. Roach c and b Broad 6
F. Edwards c wkpr Prior b Broad 2
Extras (b6, lb8, nb3) 17
TOTAL (9 wkts) 243
S. Gabriel to bat
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Powell), 2-32 (K. Edwards), 3-86 (Barath), 4-100 (Bravo), 5-181 (Samuels), 6-187 (Ramdin), 7-219 (Sammy), 8-231 (Roach), 9-243 (F. Edwards)
Bowling: Anderson 25-8-59-2; Broad 24.4-6-72-6 (nb3); Bresnan 20-7-39-0; Swann 18-6-52-0; Trott 2-0-7-0
ENGLAND: *A. Strauss, A. Cook, J. Trott, K. Pietersen, I. Bell, J. Bairstow, +M. Prior, T. Bresnan, S. Broad, G. Swann, J. Anderson
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan), M. Erasmus (South Africa)
TV umpire: Asad Rauf (Pakistan)
Match referee: R. Mahanama (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire: T. Robinson (England)