England vs West Indies – 1st Test – Live Cricket Score and Update
It took England and Stuart Broad just one ball to end West Indies’ resilience on Day 2 of the first Test, wrapping up the tourists’ first innings on 243, with the match being played at the home of cricket, Lord’s, May 18, 2012.
Broad further registered a career-best seven wicket haul, with his last scalp ensuring that he will start the next innings on a hat-trick. England began well through Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook, before the latter fell off Kemar Roach – following a commanding
47-run stand for the first wicket.
The first day of play provided plenty of insight of what to expect from the touring Windies. They will flatter to deceive, apart from one man – Chanderpaul. The left-hander again showed just why he remains the most sort out Test player, oozing calmness and
composure despite watching Broad ripping through the middle and lower order.
The tall pacer’s Day 1 heroics placed him among one of the few elite players, who had the privilege of sharing both the batting and bowling honours at Lords. His 169 against Pakistan last year had put him firmly in the eyes of the Lord’s faithful but his
five-wicket haul had now ensured that he joined the likes of Andrew Flintoff and Ian Botham.
With the visiting team already reduced to 243 for 9, Broad now aimed to surpass his own individual best of 6 for 46. He had already bagged six before the umpires called it a day last night, and it further took him just one delivery to enjoy another milestone
of a career best of 7 for 72.
The unfortunate player was last man and debutant, Shannon Gabriel, who got another of Broad’s expertly bowled short of a length delivery – enticing the batsman to play a stroke. Gabriel duly obliged but only managed to knick it behind into the safe hands
of Graeme Swann at second slip – leaving Chanderpaul stranded on his overnight score of 87.
England started their first innings positively, with Cook scoring the major chunk in the 47-run stand he had with Strauss. He hit four fours and the partnership looked threatening until Kemar Roach got the left-hander to slice the ball onto his off-stumps.
Trott joined his skipper as England posted 50.