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England Needs 181 Runs to Win on Last Day of First Cricket Test

May 20, 2012

Top-ranked England needs another 181 runs on the final day to win the first cricket Test against the West Indies, which requires eight wickets for the victory.

The home team will resume at 10-2 today after losing captain Andrew Strauss and nightwatchman James Anderson at the end of day four as it chases 191 to win at Lord’s in London.

Kemar Roach got both wickets, leaving Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott yet to score. Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Marlon Samuels earlier shared a 157-run partnership to help West Indies to 345 in its second innings. Chanderpaul made 91, Samuels 86, while Denesh Ramdin scored 43.

“We are coming back to fight and make them fight for the rest of the runs,” West Indies coach Ottis Gibson said at a news conference. “Against the number one team in the world it is even harder, so we know it’s going to be a battle, but we are up for that battle.”

England is rated as the 1-5 favorite to win the opening match of the three-Test series by U.K. bookmaker William Hill. West Indies, which hasn’t won an away Test in a country other than bottom-ranked Bangladesh since winning in South Africa in December 2007, is the 7-2 outsider.

The visiting team resumed at 120-4 yesterday and got through the opening session without losing a wicket, both Chanderpaul and Samuels reaching their half-centuries.

Stuart Broad finally made the breakthrough for England when Samuels edged to Graeme Swann at second slip. Chanderpaul was eventually dismissed leg-before-wicket to Swann.

Broad, who also removed opener Kieran Powell, took two further wickets to complete figures of 4-93 and finish the match with 11 wickets, the first 10-wicket haul of his Test career.

England needs to win the three-match series to stay atop the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings ahead of South Africa. It is undefeated in its last 12 Tests at Lord’s since a defeat to Australia in the 2005 Ashes Test at the venue.

To contact the reporter on this story: James Cone in London at jcone@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net


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