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James Anderson removed Kraigg Brathwaite and Kyle Hope in the first session, at Lord s. With these two wickets Anderson moved to 499 wickets and is on the verge of the becoming the only Englishman to 500 Test wickets. West Indies are 35 for 2, with Kieran Powell and Shai Hope at the crease.

After being invited to bowl first in the first two Tests, Jason Holder finally called it right at the toss and rightly chose to bat. Playing the same winning combination, West Indies were off to a lucky start as Alastair Cook dropped the in-form Brathwaite early in the innings. This was Cook s third drop of the series, and the second time he let Brathwaite go.

Anderson induced an outside edge off the very next ball as well. However, fortune eluded England again as the ball dropped short of Ben Stokes at gully.

With the English pacers creating significant movement off the seam, the West Indian openers resorted to playing with soft hands not that they had much option. All the same, surviving against Anderson in seamer-friendly conditions is an uphill climb, and Brathwaite soon succumbed to the same and became his 498th victim.

As the weather forecast had predicted, rain came down lashing and interrupted the game for nearly 30 minutes. An early lunch was expected, but the clouds soon cleared the way for the sun.

The script did not change after the interval. Anderson made Kyle Hope his 499th wicket. It was yet another edge behind the wickets.

Kyle s brother Shai dropped anchor right away, collecting two boundaries in the same over. However, the mighty English pacers soon forced him to approach a relatively defensive brand of cricket.

Brief scores:

West Indies 35 for 2 (Kraig Brathwaite 10, Kieran Powell 17*; James Anderson 2 for 18) vs England.

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