James Anderson © Getty Images
James Anderson © Getty Images

England veteran James Anderson was all over the West Indies in the first session of the final day of the second Test at Grenada, snaffling three wickets and playing a crucial role in three more dismissals, as the hosts suffered a batting collapse. At lunch, the West Indies were tottering at 286 for eight, with an overall lead of 121 runs.

Denesh Ramdin and Kemar Roach steadied the West Indies who had no answer to Anderson, as he first removed their three key batsmen — the centurion Kraigg Brathwaite, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and the dependable Marlon Samuels — to spark the collapse.

And when Anderson was taken off the bowling attack, the England cricketer took a sharp catch at mid-off to get rid of Jermaine Blackwood and then ran out the dangerman for his side, Jason Holder, stamping his authority in this three-match series at last.

And if you thought this was all that Anderson had to offer in just one session, very close to the lunch break, he took the catch once again at mid-on off Moeen Ali to get rid of Kemar Roach, just when the partnership had started to irritate the tourists.

The West Indies were ahead by runs after the play ended in the first session, with their position in this Test match being in absolute shambles. England needed inspiration from their bowlers after the hosts had reached 202 for two at stumps on the fourth day of this Test, which actually looked like heading towards a draw.

The possibility of the draw loomed large only because the West Indies were magnificent with the bat on the final day of the opening Test, wherein they were able to enforce a draw. But as things stand right now, England will be itching to get back after the session break and remove the last two batsmen quickly, as they would not be wanting to chase anything which could hamper their position of winning.

At lunch, Ramdin was batting on 24 not out along with Devendra Bishoo.

Brief scores:

West Indies 299 (Marlon Samuels 103; Stuart Broad 4 for 61) and 286 for 8 (Kraigg Brathwaite 116, Darren Bravo 69; James Anderson 4 for 43) lead England 464 (Alastair Cook 76, Jonathan Trott 59, Gary Ballance 77, Joe  Root 182*; Devendra Bishoo 4 for 177) by 121 runs.

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