Broad's six give England the edge
Stuart Broad justified Andrew Strauss’ decision to bowl first as England reduced West Indies to 243 for nine despite Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s best efforts in the first Investec Test.
The habitual option at Lord’s upon winning the toss is to bat, but, armed with a seam attack that has thrived in all conditions, Strauss went the other way under overcast skies.
He appeared to choose correctly as Broad’s fifth Test five-wicket haul - he finished with 6-72 - secured his place on the honours board, where he may yet be joined by Chanderpaul, who was 87 not out at stumps on day one.
James Anderson - who claimed 2-59 - found prodigious movement from the off and wasted little time in bowling Kieran Powell and trapping Kirk Edwards plumb in front.
Yet playing with a class that belied his top-order colleagues’ struggles was Adrian Barath, who defended impressively and, when necessary, attacked with a flourish through the off side.
He and Darren Bravo shared a half-century stand in batting through to lunch - only for the former to depart for 42 soon after, caught at slip off Broad.
That merely heralded the arrival of the world’s number-one ranked batsman Chanderpaul, who delivered an innings befitting the title.
Having been involved in a horrible mix-up with Bravo that heralded the youngster’s dismissal - via a run out - Chanderpaul mixed typically stoic defence with the odd aggressive shot in yet another masterclass.
The 37-year-old was left thanking the decision review system, when - on 15 - he was given out lbw off Anderson; the decision was eventually overturned with the ball missing off stump.
He then enjoyed a life on 62 as England opted not to go upstairs after a loud leg-before appeal from Swann, with replays suggesting the batsman was fortunate to survive.
Yet that did not distract from a brilliant performance as Chanderpaul displayed the patience and punchiness that have been hallmarks of his 141-Test career.
However, in the end, his day went much the same as the rest as the most defeated player in five-day cricket failed to gather the necessary support from his team-mates.
Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy hit 31 and 17 respectively, but that did not prevent England seizing the initiative.
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6:23pm - STUMPS - WI 243/9; Chanderpaul 87 no - Chanderpaul finishes with a flourish as back-to-back pulled fours off Broad take him into the eighties. Edwards then sees out the penultimate over but, after Chanderpaul takes a single, is caught behind off Broad, who finishes with 6-72. That dismissal heralds the end of play, so let me leave you with a quick stat: Broad is now only the seventh player to make a century at Lord's and take a five-wicket haul.
5:59pm - WICKET! - Roach c and b Broad 6. WI 231/8 - Broad has his fifth and secures a place on the honours board as Kemar Roach's leading edge allows the Nottinghamshire man to take a difficult return catch.
5:43pm - WICKET! - Sammy c Bresnan b Broad 17. WI 219/7 - England make another breakthrough, and they may well be hoping to dismiss West Indies tonight now. Broad finds enough away movement to locate the edge of Sammy - playing across the line - and leave Bresnan with a simple catch.
5:41pm - REVIEW - After an unusually loose over from Anderson, Broad beats Chanderpaul’s outside edge and then pins the veteran in front. Umpire Aleem Dar rejects England’s appeal - and a review proves unsuccessful, with the ball shown to have pitched marginally outside leg stump.
5:32pm - Swann comes in for a little more punishment as Chanderpaul takes the aerial route over mid-on to register his 10th four. That might be the last we see of England’s spinner today, as the new ball is now available and has been taken at the earliest opportunity with West Indies on 217 for six.
5:25pm - Chanderpaul brings up the 200 with a single off Swann, who is then clubbed over mid-off for four by Sammy. A crunching pull off Bresnan soon brings the West Indies captain four more, before he survives an lbw appeal later in the same over.
5:16pm - England miss a chance to dismiss Chanderpaul on 62 as Swann hits the left-hander's pad and umpire Marais Erasmus delivers a not-out verdict. England thought about a review, but, having decided against it, could only watch on as the big screen showed the decision would have been overturned.
5:08pm - How West Indies could do with Chris Gayle today. While his international team-mates have been battling, Gayle has struck 128 not out off just 62 balls for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. Back at the home of cricket, meanwhile, Darren Sammy finds his first boundary with a clip through midwicket.
4:51pm - WICKET! - Ramdin c Strauss b Broad 6. WI 187/6 - England have another. Denesh Ramdin gets off the mark by crunching Broad through the covers - only for the bowler to get his revenge two balls later when an outswinger finds the edge, Andrew Strauss doing the rest at slip.
4:42pm - WICKET! - Samuels c Bairstow b Broad 31. WI 181/5 - The reintroduction of Broad brings the breakthrough for England - although Samuels has cause to regret the shot that led to his dismissal. Just when West Indies were looking like gaining the initiative, the right-hander plays a loose drive to give Jonny Bairstow a simple catch at point on debut.
4:39pm - West Indies are clearly taking my advice on cashing in as Chanderpaul and Samuels combine to hit three fours in a Swann over; the former's two slog-sweeps came either side of the latter clipping over midwicket after dancing down the track.
4:30pm - FIFTY - Chanderpaul (102b 7x4 0x6) - Once people realised West Indies were batting first, I imagine most would have bet on the same man to be the series' first half-centurion. After Samuels hurts Bresnan's exemplary figures with back-to-back fours through third man, Chanderpaul moves to the landmark with a typically nonchalant push down the ground.
4:13pm - The sun is out and the pitch is flat. If West Indies are to post a score in excess of 300 here, now is the time to cash in - especially with the second new ball due in 19 overs.
4pm - The players are back out at Lord's as Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Marlon Samuels resume for West Indies, who are looking to build a significant first-innings total.
3:40pm - TEA - WI 146/4; Chanderpaul 42, Samuels 14 - Trott may not look effective as he trundles in, but Younus Khan is among those that can vouch for his abilities as a bowler. Chanderpaul almost finds out why as he plays and misses before Samuels picks up a first boundary, which took 45 balls, just prior to the interval.
3:30pm - It's time now for some gentle medium pace, with Jonathan Trott brought into the attack as England search for another breakthrough just before tea.
3:22pm You may have noticed Tim Bresnan has not been mentioned much. Well that's because he has been the very definition of miserly, with just 17 runs coming from his 13 overs. Those figures may change slightly if he bowls more to Chanderpaul, who produces the perfect straight-drive off Broad.
3:10pm - Chanderpaul is looking ominous at the moment. The left-hander unassumingly goes about his business, but from nowhere is edging towards a half-century; he moved to 32 with a glorious cover-driven boundary off Swann.
2:56pm - Swann is looking increasingly dangerous as, bowling against the slope, he finds prodigious turn on a damp surface. Marlon Samuels is struggling but, at the moment, battling valiantly against the tweaker.
2:40pm - REVIEW - England think they have their man as Chanderpaul is hit on the pad by Anderson offering no shot. Umpire Marais Erasmus agrees, putting up the finger - only for the batsman to successfully review with the ball missing off stump.
2:32pm - WICKET! - Bravo run out Swann 29. WI 100/4 - Well, in the end, it has not proved decisive. Bravo sets off for a single that Chanderpaul is not interested in and, after England survive a mix-up in the field, Swann removes the bails to send back the youngster.
2:28pm - DROPPED CATCH - England miss the chance to remove Bravo as Graeme Swann shells one at slip after Anderson finds the edge. The left-hander is currently 29 not out and that could prove a costly mistake.
2:24pm - Those who have seen Chanderpaul play will know he, generally, favours a more defensive approach. Yet some days he plays more positively; the left-hander holds the record for the fourth fastest Test century. Well today could be one of those, with his current mindset being epitomised by a flowing drive through point.
2:08pm - Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the number-one ranked batsman in the world, gets off the mark before guiding Broad through point for a first boundary. This could be the key partnership for West Indies now, especially with Bravo looking in such fine touch.
1:56pm - WICKET! - Barath c Anderson b Broad 42. WI 86/3 - Well that review has earned a wicket after all. With the seventh and last ball of the over - gained only due to the replay showing Broad over-stepping - the seamer has broke through. Barath, who has been so fluent through the off side, plays one drive too many and edges to Anderson, who takes the catch at the second time of asking.
1:53pm - REVIEW - Stuart Broad raps Barath on the pad and, after umpire Aleem Dar delivers a not-out verdict, Andrew Strauss calls for a review. Their hopes are quickly dashed as it emerges it was a no-ball, which means England keep the review. For those interested, the on-field ruling would have stood anyway.
1:49pm - Conditions seem to have eased at Lord's, where the two batsmen are looking increasingly comfortable despite England bringing James Anderson back into the attack.
1:38pm - The bell rings at Lord's to herald the arrival of the players back on to the field. Adrian Barath and Darren Bravo worked hard prior to lunch and the same will be required again if they are to prosper in the afternoon.
1pm - LUNCH - WI 83/2; Barath 41, Bravo 27 - Swann finds a little turn down the slope at Lord's, but not enough to stop Bravo cutting authoritatively through point. England then opt not to review an lbw appeal against Barath - a call which is proven correct. Bravo further underlines his good form with a glorious straight drive and the fifty partnership comes up on the stroke of the interval.
12:47pm - Bravo’s increased fluency is shown by a gorgeous back-foot flick through leg for another boundary. West Indies are looking increasingly comfortable here, which may explain why Graeme Swann is about to have a bowl.
12:36pm: Bravo seems increasingly comfortable out there at the moment, while Barath has helped himself to another three off-side boundaries as he edges towards what would be a deserved half-century.
12:27pm: Barath crunches another through the covers and there is a growing authority about the opener’s play. Bresnan has finally conceded a run following four successive maidens, after which he squared Barath up and beat the edge.
12:18pm - Darren Bravo is off to an inauspicious start, edging Anderson through the slips for four. West Indies will be desperate for him and Bravo to bat through to lunch as they look to build a substantial total.
12:02pm - WICKET! Edwards lbw Anderson 1. WI 32/2 - Barath looks in excellent touch, epitomised by two glorious straight drives off Anderson. Edwards, though, could not match his partner's efforts and, having struggled from the off, was trapped plumb in front by the brilliant Anderson. Drinks came on to the field with West Indies 32 for two at the home of cricket.
11:52am - Tim Bresnan is into the attack but, unsurprisingly, has not yet found the same level of movement as Anderson. Edwards, in particular, is looking watchful in difficult conditions.
11:40am - Suddenly Anderson is swinging the ball prodigiously at the home of cricket. Kirk Edwards was rapped on the pads first up, but umpire Marais Erasmus rightly delivered a not-out verdict with the ball slipping down leg.
11:35am - WICKET! Powell b Anderson 4. WI 13/1 - Anderson makes the breakthrough. Having beaten the left-hander with the previous delivery, Anderson brings one back in and Powell - initially looking to leave - sees his off-stump fly.
11:30am - Powell has done his best to play in stark contrast to how Pollard would, playing largely behind a solid defence. He did, however, get off the mark by clipping Stuart Broad through leg for a boundary.
11:20am - Barath illustrated his confidence with another cover-driven four of Anderson, but the Lancastrian has begun to pose more of a threat since.
11:10am - Despite what the Lord's scoreboard initially said, it is Kieran Powell - and not Kieron Pollard - opening the batting alongside Barath. Both have looked relatively at ease, with the latter driving James Anderson confidently through cover for four in the day's first over.
10:58am - The players are walking out to the middle now and, I am pleased to say, the first Investec Test of the summer is about to begin. Lord's is suddenly brighter and openers Kieran Powell and Adrian Barath are tasked with getting West Indies off to a good start.
10:30am - ENGLAND WIN THE TOSS AND BOWL. Darren Sammy has called incorrectly, giving England's seamers a perfect opportunity to make early inroads. Tim Bresnan has been given the nod as the third seamer, with West Indies picking an all-pace attack; Shannon Gabriel will make his debut after Ravi Rampaul was ruled out with a neck injury.
10:15am - We will find out the answer to the aforementioned question and also get West Indies team news in 15 minutes, when the two captains convene in the middle for the toss.
10:05am - It looks like Jonny Bairstow has just been handed his Test cap by former England opener and family friend Geoffrey Boycott in the middle, meaning the Yorkshire batsman looks set to make his five-day debut. That means the main question for England now is who will be the third seamer - Steven Finn, Tim Bresnan or Graham Onions?
10am - We have reached Lord's to find rainless, albeit dreary, skies as the final preparations get under way for the first Investec Test between England and West Indies. Welcome to ecb.co.uk's first live match blog - I am Matthew Sherry and will be guiding you through this encounter.