Kemar Roach keeps hopes of West Indies win alive at Lord's

Kemar Roach dismissed Andrew Strauss, who made 122 in the first innings, caught in the gully for just one and nightwatchman James Anderson caught behind for six Getty Images

London: May 21, 2012

Kemar Roach stunned England with a dramatic late burst to give West Indies hope of an improbable victory in the first Test at Lord’s on Sunday.

Roach took two wickets for seven runs in eight balls, including England captain, and first innings century-maker, Andrew Strauss, to leave the hosts 10 for two at the close of the fourth day.

England will need a further 181 runs to reach their seemingly modest victory target of 191 on Monday’s final day in the first of this three-Test series.

That West Indies – who started the day 35 runs adrift and in danger of an innings defeat — were still in the game owed much to Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s second marathon effort of the match.

Chanderpaul, officially the world’s best batsman, made 91 in a total of 345 that followed his first innings 87 not out.

The Guyana left-hander batted for 10 hours and 24 minutes in this match, scoring 178 runs for once out while facing 425 balls — a mammoth effort even by the 37-year-old’s high standards.

Nevertheless, with the Lord’s pitch holding up well, England will still be regarded as favourites for victory.

But if the tourists maintain their accuracy, and overhead conditions assist swing bowling, the West Indies — who came into this match having won just two of their previous 30 Tests — could yet claim a stunning success.

Roach had Strauss, who made 122 in the first innings, caught in the gully for just one and nightwatchman James Anderson caught behind for six.

After Anderson exited, Roach’s next ball rapped Jonathan Trott on the pads and the tourists appealed for lbw, only for Aleem Dar to rule not out.

The West Indies reviewed the decision but as replays showed the ball only just clipping the stumps, the Pakistani umpire’s original verdict was upheld.

Trott was nought not out at stumps, as was opener Alastair Cook.

Chanderpaul, downplaying his own effort, said he was looking forward to some final day fireworks from Roach and new-ball partner Fidel Edwards.

“Kemar stepped it up this evening and we’re hoping Fidel can step it up also,” Chanderpaul told Sky Sports.

“It’s not bad (the West Indies’ position). Hopefully they can put it in the right areas and get the wickets. It’s pretty tough out there.”

England’s Graeme Swann insisted Roach’s late double strike hadn’t caused too many jitters in the home dressing room.

“To walk away at the end chasing 191…we’ll take that,” he said. “We’d have taken a chase of less than 200 and we deserved a chase of less than 200.

“It wasn’t great losing the captain tonight but we have a very strong line-up.”

Off-spinner Swann, who grabbed the key wicket of Chanderpaul when he had him lbw on the sweep, said of West Indies’ star batsman: “Once again he’s proving a thorn in our side. With such a crabby, unorthodox technique you think he must get out sometime but he keeps going.

“It’s always annoying when you can’t get a bloke out, but you can’t take anything away from him,” added Swann, who took three for 59.

Chanderpaul and Marlon Samuels he shared a fifth wicket stand of 157 that rescued the West Indies from the depths of 65 for four.

The 31-year-old Samuels was closing in on what would have been only his third Test hundred when, shortly after England had taken the new ball, he played a flat-footed drive off Stuart Broad and edged straight to Swann at second slip.

Samuels faced 172 balls with 12 fours in an elegant and gutsy innings of 86.

Broad, who took a Test-best seven for 72 in West Indies’ first innings, followed up with four for 93 for a match haul of 11 for 165.

That meant the fast-medium bowler had become the first player to take 10 or more wickets in a Lord’s Test since South Africa’s Makhaya Ntini in 2003 and the first Englishman since Ian Botham took 11 for 140 against New Zealand in 1978. (AFP)

Brief Scores: West Indies 243 (Shivnarine Chanderpaul 87*, Adrian Barath 42; Stuart Broad 7 for 72) & 345 (Shivnarine Chanderpaul 91, Marlon Samuels 86 Dinesh Ramdin 43; Stuart Broad 4 for 93, Graeme Swann 3 for 59) lead England 398 (Andrew Strauss 122, Ian Bell 61, Jonathan Trott 58; Shannon Gabriel 3 for 60) & 10 for 2 (James ANderson 6, Andrew Strauss 1; Kemar Roach 2 for 7) by 181 runs.

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