Chanderpaul holds fort as West Indies struggle against England

Shivnarine Chanderpaul, officially rated the world’s best Test batsman, was 42 not out having seen an lbw appeal reversed in his favour when on 15 Getty Images

London: May 17, 2012

Shivnarine Chanderpaul rode his luck but the West Indies still found life difficult as they struggled to 146 for four at tea on the first day of the first Test against England at Lord’s in London on Thursday.

Chanderpaul, officially rated the world’s best Test batsman, was 42 not out having seen an lbw appeal reversed in his favour when on 15.

Marlon Samuels was unbeaten on 14, having so far helped left-hander Chanderpaul add 46 for the fifth wicket against the world’s number one ranked Test side.

Adrian Barath (42) and Darren Bravo (29) had earlier put on 54 for the third wicket after West Indies had slumped to 32 for two in the face of accurate pace bowling from James Anderson.

But both men fell shortly after lunch to leave the tourists — who’d won just two of their previous 30 Tests — faltering at 100 for four.

And that nearly became 105 for five when Chanderpaul was given out to Anderson only to successfully challenge the decision on review.

England captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and elected to field, doubtless hoping his seamers would exploit the overcast conditions against a West Indies side renowned for a fallible top order.

But with Barath unfurling several cover-driven boundaries, England did not have things all their own way in the opening session of this three-Test series.

However, Kieran Powell, who made a hundred against the second-string England Lions last week, fell for five when Anderson, after moving several deliveries away from the left-hander, expertly swung one back in.

Powell was late with his intended defensive shot and was bowled off stump to leave West Indies 13 for one in the ninth over.

Anderson was in the wickets again when Kirk Edwards, aiming across the line of a full-length delivery, was lbw for one.

Unfortunately for the West Indies, Barath had added just one run to his lunch score when the diminutive opener drove loosely outside off stump against Stuart Broad and third slip Anderson held a sharp catch at the second attempt.

Barath’s innings saw him score 36 of his runs in boundaries.

Bravo was given a reprieve on 29 when Graeme Swann failed to get his hands on a second slip chance, the ball hitting him in the chest instead, off Anderson.

However, Bravo failed to make anything of his ‘life’ after a dreadful mix-up with Chanderpaul led to him being run out without adding to his score.

Anderson, bowling round the wicket to Chanderpaul, then saw South African umpire Marais Erasmus raise his finger in answer to an lbw appeal.

Unsurprisingly Chanderpaul, far and away the West Indies’ best batsman, called for a review. Tracking technology indicated the ball would have missed off-stump and Erasmus reversed his original decision. (AFP)