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England in a winning position despite Sammy’s seven

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Debutant seamer Darren Sammy had taken as many as seven wickets in the England Second innings which included three wickets in an over. But England are still comfortably placed in the Old Trafford Test Match as they are left to take nine wickets in two full days of play. Alastair Cook registered his sixth hundred playing just his 17th Test of his career! Cook’s ton has enabled England to set a massive target of 455 for West Indies who have already lost their skipper Daren Ganga.

England resuming the day’s play at 34 for 1 stretched their score to 313. All the action started to unfold during the last session of play with as many as eight wickets falling. England were sitting pretty at 228 for 3 with Cook approaching a century. Cook had earlier put on 122 runs for the third wicket with Pietersen who had got 68 with 7 fours. A Bravo’s bouncer knocked the helmet off Pietersen’s head which fell back onto the stumps which saw KP given out as hit wicket! Alastair Cook was dismissed by Chris Gayle with the left hander making 106. Paul Collingwood was the other significant contributor of the day making 42 before Darren Sammy had finished the innings with 7 for 66 bowling 21.3 overs.

Despite Sammy’s efforts, West Indies are still facing an uphill task having to bat out two complete days or get 455 to win. They have already lost a wicket and that of Daren Ganga who is efficient in killing time in a test match.