England eventually seal win

May 22, 2012 at 10:23 am Leave a comment

England survived a scare on their way to a five-wicket victory over West Indies in the opening Test at Lord’s.

The tourists fought hard on day three and day four – firstly to restrict England to a first-innings lead of 155 and then to go past that mark on their way to setting the hosts a tricky 191 to win.

Kemar Roach took two wickets late on day four to set up a fascinating finale and the betting suggested it could go either way.

England began the final day on 10-2 and with the 72 all out in a run chase against Pakistan during the winter fresh in their minds. The pitch at Lord’s, however, was in sharp contrast to the one in the United Arab Emirates, as too was the Windies attack.

Roach led the all-seam attack with pace and purpose throughout the Test and he was the man to strike early. Jonathan Trott was caught by Darren Sammy at second slip to leave England 29-3.

Kevin Pietersen strode to the crease and played in typically aggressive fashion early in his innings. However, he tried one shot too many and was caught behind off Shannon Gabriel, leaving England 131 runs short of their target.

While England had Alastair Cook at the crease, they were always in the box seat. The opener was joined by Ian Bell and the pair scored at a healthy rate to leave England on the brink of victory at lunch.

Cook made his half century just before the break and his partner followed suit in the afternoon session as England cruised towards a hard-earned win.

The hosts lost Cook for 79 with only two runs needed but Bell (63 not out) guided them home.

It was not a complete performance by England but they will have learned a lot ahead of a busy summer where the latest odds  have them as slender favourites to win both of their Test series against West Indies and South Africa.


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