West Indies bowlers pull back dominating England at lunch on day three

Ravi Rampaul, who captured the vital wicket of Kevin Pietersen, was the pick of the West Indies bowling with three for 61 off 25 overs Getty Images

Nottingham: May 27, 2012

West Indies fought back against England with four important wickets before lunch on the third day of the second Test at Trent Bridge on Sunday, leaving the home side on 340-6 at the interval and still trailing on first innings by 30.

Andrew Strauss remained unbeaten on 125 but the run feast which had been expected when England closed on Saturday on 259 for two failed to materialise.

Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell both fell to reviewed lbw decisions while Jonny Bairstow (4) was given a torrid time in only his second test by pace duo Kemar Roach and Ravi Rampaul before top edging an easy catch to mid-on.

Just when it looked as if England were steadying the ship West Indies captain Darren Sammy bowled Matt Prior for 16.

Strauss added only 23 to his overnight score and home hopes of a big lead which had soared when England looked in control on an easy pitch on Saturday were fading.

Rampaul, who captured the vital wicket of Pietersen, was the pick of the West Indies bowling with three for 61 off 25 overs.

England lead the three-match series 1-0 after a five-wicket victory at Lord’s in the first Test.(AFP)

Brief Scores: West Indies 370 (Marlon Samuels 117, Darren Sammy 106, Shivnarine Chanderpaul 46; Tim Bresnan 4 for 104, James Anderson 2 for 73) lead England 338 for 6 (Andrew Strauss 125*, Tim Bresnan 2*, Kevin Pietersen 80; Ravi Rampaul 3 for 61, Kemar Roach 2 for 71) by 32 runs

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