Windies respond to brilliant Broad
Stuart Broad claimed a 10-wicket match haul for the first time in his Test career, but West Indies’ outstanding resistance set up a thrilling finale at Lord’s.
Having conceded a 155-run first-innings lead, the tourists looked to be down and out in the first Investec Test after slipping to 65 for four yesterday.
Even when they resumed, on 120 for four, many expected a quick finish. Yet Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Marlon Samuels had other ideas, striking 91 and 86 respectively.
Denesh Ramdin and Darren Sammy also chipped in with valuable runs and West Indies were eventually dismissed for 345 in the face of a Broad-led home attack.
That left England needing 191 to win, with Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook facing a tricky seven-over spell.
The former, a first-innings centurion, did not see it out as Kemar Roach found the edge.
James Anderson then fell to the same bowler, while Jonathan Trott survived a loud appeal for leg before – and a review – as England closed on 10 for two, still needing 181 to win.
On day one, Broad joined a six-strong group to have compiled a century and taken a five-wicket haul at Lord’s.
He added more accolades today when he added 4-93 to 7-72 earlier in the encounter to give him 10 - and indeed 11 - in a match for the first time in his 46-Test career.
That meant he also became just the fourth person, after Sir Ian Botham, Keith Miller and Gubby Allen, to achieve the three feats at the home of cricket.
They were results worthy of the performance; Broad once again married an immaculate line and length with just enough movement on a benign surface.
He claimed the day’s first wicket after Samuels and Chanderpaul had denied England throughout the morning session, luring the former into an edge that Graeme Swann pouched.
The rest were reward for his earlier toil; Sammy – who made an enterprising 37 – fell playing one shot too many and Roach drove loosely to point.
Broad claimed the most wickets, but Swann grabbed the decisive one.
Chanderpaul had faced 424 deliveries over two innings when the off-spinner was introduced.
He was seemingly immovable. Yet Swann lured the sweep shot to an arm ball first up, Chanderpaul was hit on the pad and the third umpire – on review– confirmed what umpire Marais Erasmus thought. The left-hander had to go, however begrudgingly.
Chanderpaul’s inability to reach a century in either innings will not detract from an outstanding display as he repelled England with his combative, if not always aesthetically pleasing, style.
His limpet-like stance may not be from the textbook, yet his method is the very definition of Test batsmanship; good balls are defended, bad ones attacked and wide ones left alone. It sounds simple, but many have tried and failed to do the same.
Samuels’ knock should also not be overlooked. There were fluent shots – plenty of them. More impressive, however, was the maturity with which he played; a century would have been deserved.
Sammy added a touch of flair to proceedings with an entertaining stay, while Ramdin followed Chanderpaul’s lead with a gritty 43.
But, in the end, West Indies eventually wilted in the face of an unrelenting England attack.
Live Text Commentary
6:34pm - STUMPS - ENG 10/2; Cook 0, Trott 0 - Well, England have survived through to stumps at two down. If that little spell is anything to go by, though, things will not be straightforward tomorrow. It should be a thriller.
6:31pm - REVIEW - Easy it is not! Roach hits Trott, playing back, on the pad first up, prompting a passionate appeal. Umpire Aleem Dar says not out and the batsman survives the review, with the ball hitting him just outside the line of off stump.
6:18pm - WICKET! Anderson c Ramdin b Roach 6. Eng 10/2 - Nightwatchman Anderson falls too, gloving Roach behind, and Jonathan Trott now has give deliveries to see out. It will not be easy.
6:19pm - WICKET! Strauss c Powell b Roach 1. Eng 1/1 - It proves a nightmare for Strauss as Roach finds impressive bounce, locates the edge and Kieran Powell takes the catch in the slips. West Indies would love another one this evening now. Great start.
6:10pm - England are now left with seven overs to see out this evening, an opening batsman's nightmare.
5:59pm - WICKET! Gabriel b Swann 13. WI 325 all out - ENG need 191 to win - Gabriel's entertaining little knock comes to an end as he is bowled by Swann attempting an expansive sweep. England openers have a tricky seven-over spell to see out this evening, but will be confident - with just over a day left - of chasing a victory target of 191.
5:52pm - Gabriel survives a tight run-out appeal as replays fail to conclusively show the bails were dislodged before he makes his ground. This is becoming a frustrating period for England now.
5:42pm - Graeme Swann is brought back into the attack - not that it halts debutant Gabriel, who responds with a slog-sweep over midwicket for four. It was not pretty, but certainly effective.
5:30pm - Last man Shannon Gabriel avoids a king pair on debut and then collects his first Test run with a jab into the leg side off Anderson. A four, through fine-leg, follows soon after as Broad offers up a rare loose delivery.
5:22PM - WICKET! Ramdin b Anderson 43. WI 325/9 - Edwards is fortunate to survive after fending a sharp bumper from James Anderson over the slips. His partner departs later in the same over, however, cleaned up by one that sneaked between bat and pad to take the top of off.
5:19pm - Another lbw appeal from the impressive Broad, this time against Ramdin. Once again, England captain Andrew Strauss cannot be convinced to call for a review. Ramdin responds by cutting the next delivery through point for four. The Windies now 169 ahead.
5:10pm - Prices for the final day have just been released. Adults can get into Lord’s for just £10, with tickets for Over-65s costing £5 and Under-16s gaining free entry. On the field, Jonny Bairstow misses a chance to run out Edwards with a throw from the covers. Ramdin, meanwhile, is starting to open his shoulders a little.
5:00pm - Fidel Edwards survives a huge lbw appeal first up. England take their time before opting not to review and their decision proves wise, with replays showing the ball came off the middle of the bat! Time for a drink.
4:51pm - WICKET! Roach c Bell b Broad 4. WI 313/8 - Broad has 11! The seamer floats an away swinger up outside off stump and Roach cannot resist the drive, which goes straight into the hands of Ian Bell at gully.
4:40pm - WICKET! Sammy c Prior b Broad 37. WI 307/7 - The fun ends at Lord's. This really is not a clever shot from Sammy, who initially attempts to hook a bouncer from outside off stump only to try and pull out of the shot. In the end, he feathers one through to Prior - not that Broad minds. He has just become the first England bowler to claim 10 wickets in a match at Lord's since Sir Ian Botham against New Zealand in 1978.
4:35pm - Tim Bresnan gets the teapot out as Sammy, having drilled to the cover fence earlier in the over, slices high into the air - but safe - attempting to repeat the trick. Sammy is not holding back now and further compounds Bresnan's misery by hitting him straight back over his head for another four.
4:22pm - Darren Sammy shows England why he's a genuine all-rounder with two glorious front-foot boundaries, one down the ground and another through cover. England have a problem with the ball and, after a long consultation between the umpires, it is changed. Away we go again.
4:11pm - Stuart Broad looks fired up as he catches Denesh Ramdin's glove first up, only for the batsman to respond with a flowing drive through cover.
4:01pm - The players head back out from the interval. I've refuelled with a chocolate tart, so let's recommence with the commentary.
3:40pm - TEA - WI 265/6; Ramdin 23, Sammy 4 - It's teatime and England will now undoubtedly be the happier side. They toiled and toiled, but eventually got their reward thanks to Swann. Chanderpaul, by the way, faced 425 balls over his two innings and was dismissed just once.
3:31pm - WICKET! Chanderpaul lbw Swann 91. WI 261/6 - There is no deserved century for Chanderpaul as the introduction of Graeme Swann does the trick for England. The off-spinner loves getting wickets at the beginning of spells, yet few will have given him as much satisfaction as this. The left-hander looks to sweep the first ball but is struck on the pad, with umpire Erasmus raising the finger. Chanderpaul reviews the decision to no avail.
3:24pm - You would have thought being left stranded on 87 in the first innings would have persuaded Chanderpaul to accelerate with three figures in sight second time round. Yet, in fact, the opposite is true: having struck 39 runs in the morning session, the left-hander has added just 17 in 61 deliveries since lunch. Good, old-fashioned Test batsmanship.
3:07pm - Tim Bresnan is bowling beautifully without luck at the moment, epitomised by him beating the edge of both batsmen. His and England's frustration is summed up as he throws to the striker's end following a Ramdin defensive shot. The batsman blocked the ball, prompting a chat from umpire Aleem Dar - likely about obstructing the field.
2:53pm - Ramdin is looking increasingly confident, illustrated by his first boundary that comes via a gorgeous straight drive off Anderson. Excellent stuff from the wicketkeeper given how important it was that the Chanderpaul-Samuels alliance was followed up.
2:41pm - If Rahul Dravid was 'The Wall' then what does that make Chanderpaul? The left-hander has now faced 394 deliveries in this match without being dismissed. On another note, drinks are on the field. West Indies still battling.
2:27pm - West Indies are going to need a little luck if this fightback is to continue, and Denesh Ramdin gets some as a leading edge passes harmlessly over Anderson's head. Broad then raps Chanderpaul on the pad, but umpire Marais Erasmus delivers a not-out verdict with the ball going over the top.
2:16pm - Undeterred by losing his partner, Chanderpaul continues to operate in his 'bubble' as it has increasingly become known. Broad strays on to his pad and the left-hander duly clips with excellent timing through midwicket.
2:06pm - WICKET! Samuels c Swann b Broad 86. WI 222/5 - Stuart Broad gets the breakthrough for England as, after edging through slip for four, Samuels nicks another straight into the hands of Graeme Swann at second slip. Disappointing for the batsman, who will have been eyeing a place on the honours board. Broad now just needs one more for a first 10-wicket match in Test cricket.
1:55pm - There is a bit of movement for both Anderson and Stuart Broad, but, so far, Chanderpaul and Samuels have been up to the task.
1:45pm - Shivnarine Chanderpaul plays out a maiden against the off-spinner and, predictably, England have immediately taken the new ball. James Anderson to have the first bite of the cherry; Marlon Samuels is on strike.
1:40pm - The players are back in the middle, with Graeme Swann set to bowl the last over before the new ball.
1pm - LUNCH - WI 212/4; Chanderpaul 73, Samuels 79 - Samuels has a moment of alarm when top-edging a hook shot around the corner, after which Chanderpaul plays his best shot of the innings by driving Bresnan down the ground. The batsmen can reflect on an outstanding session as they head into the interval. They are 57 ahead - though there is still work to do, especially with the second new ball due in an over.
12:50pm - Well, it's very much as you were at Lord's. Chanderpaul and Samuels are clearly looking to get to lunch and, so far, doing a fine job.
12:36pm - The two batsmen are being very watchful against Trott, clearly not wanting to suffer the indignity of getting out to him. Chanderpaul, though, is happy to be more expansive against Bresnan, who he pulls for four before missing an expansive drive.
12:24pm - Swann is bowling around the wicket now, not that it matters to Samuels, who plays two sumptuous straight drives. Andrew Strauss opts to bring in Jonathan Trott, but Chanderpaul makes short work of guiding him through backward point.
12:17pm - FIFTY! Chanderpaul (151b 6x4 0x6) - Well, he gets there with a moment of fortune but that is a crucial half-century from Chanderpaul. Bresnan finds the inside edge, only for the ball to run to the fence.
12:06pm - 100 partnership - We're back after a small break and Chanderpaul helps himself to his first four of the day, cutting Bresnan through point. His partner then takes the stand into three figures by guiding Swann through third man for two.
12:01pm - Swann is into the attack yet begins with two short-and-wide deliveries, which Samuels wastes no time in dispatching for successive boundaries, the first of which takes West Indies into the lead. Drinks are now coming on to the field at the home of cricket.
11:54am - FIFTY! Samuels (97b 7x4 0x6) - Samuels is looking in fine touch now; he brings up a deserved half-century by driving Anderson through mid-off for four. Still plenty of work to do, though.
11:45am - We're seeing proper Test cricket, epitomised by a beautiful delivery from Anderson, who beats Chanderpaul. Off the next, the left-hander takes on a crazy run but manages to make his ground after being sent back.
11:39am: This is good, nasty stuff from Stuart Broad. The England seamer hits Samuels on the helmet, after which the batsman gloves one into the gap at slip for a single. Samuels, though, responds by hitting back-to-back fours - the first of the morning - through the leg side.
11:28am - Samuels edges Anderson just short of Graeme Swann at first slip before England miss an opportunity against Chanderpaul. Indecision in the running gives Kevin Pietersen the chance to run out the left-hander, but he narrowly misses.
11:21am - Oh, that's a beauty from Anderson. Often when Shivnarine Chanderpaul appears to have played and missed, he has withdrawn his bat - not this time. Anderson finds the perfect delivery, but narrowly misses the left-hander's edge.
11:10am - Samuels hits the day's first runs by clipping Anderson through midwicket for three, before Shivnarine Chanderpaul also gets off the mark for the day with a single.
11am - James Anderson almost gives England the perfect start as, with the day's first ball, he finds Marlon Samuels' edge, only for the ball to drop narrowly short of Tim Bresnan at third slip.
10:55am - Richie Richardson rings the bell at Lord's and the umpires emerge from the pavilion, quickly followed by the England players. We will be ready to go in five, with West Indies 120 for four, 35 runs in arrears.
10:35am - We have arrived at Lord's to find dry conditions, which is a relief given this is the only day that could be affected by inclement weather. For England, the aim is simple: get Shivnarine Chanderpaul out and look to complete victory. He and Marlon Samuels looked assured yesterday evening, but there is still plenty of work ahead for West Indies.