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Stuart Broad 10-wicket haul helps England to 1-0 lead in Investec Series

Related Link : England Vs West Indies 2012 – Schedule & Scorecards : England Vs West Indies, 1st Test at Lord’s – Scorecard won the opening Test of the Investec Series against West Indies at Lord’s by 5 wickets. Stuart Broad set the match in England’s favour by taking a match tally of 11 for 165 which included his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests at Lord’s. The match finished during the Post Tea session on Day 5 with England chasing down the target of 191 following a few minor hiccups.

West Indies were put into bat first after losing the toss in this 1st Test at Lord’s. Both England and West Indies gave debut to one player each. From England, middle order batsman Jonny Bairstow made his Test Debut. And for the West Indies, 24-year-old fast bowler Shannon Gabriel from Trinidad & Tobago got his maiden Test cap.

The visitors in their first innings were wrapped up for 243 in 89.5 overs with Stuart Broad taking 7 for 72 in 24.5 overs. For the West Indies, opener Adrian Barath with 42 (from 101 balls with 9 fours) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul with 87* (from 175 balls with 12 fours) got amongst the runs.

England in reply to West Indies’ first innings total of 243 went onto put up 398 in 113.3 overs. Skipper Andrew Strauss led from the front scoring 122 (from 258 balls with 19 fours), which was the 20th Test hundred for the 35-year-old. Jonathan Trott with 58 (from 134 balls with 6 fours) and Ian Bell with 61 (from 105 balls with 4 fours) scored crucial half centuries to help England gather a first innings lead of 155 runs. For the West Indies, Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel took three wickets each.

In their second innings, West Indies fought back impressively from a position of 65 for 4 to post 345 in 130.5 overs. Shivnarine Chanderpaul with 91 (from 250 balls with 10 fours) and Marlon Samuels with 86 (from 172 balls with 12 fours) were the chief architects of the fightback. Wicket Keeper Denesh Ramdin with 43 and Skipper Darren Sammy with 37 did their bit in stretching the overall lead for the tourists. For England, Stuart Broad got 4 for 93 while Graeme Swann picked up 3 for 59.

England’s target was 191 and by the close of Day 4, they lost two wickets which included that of Skipper Andrew Strauss and night watchman James Anderson. On the final day, England were in early pressure at 57 for 4 before Alastair Cook (79 from 127 balls with 10 fours) and Ian Bell (63* from 103 balls with 5 fours) repaired the situation to take England home.