Cook, Bell steady ship
London - Alastair Cook's unbeaten fifty
steadied England in their victory chase in the first Test after the West
Indies gave the hosts a couple of scares on the fifth day at Lord's
here on Monday.
At lunch, England were 131 for four in their
second innings and needing just 60 more runs to reach their victory
target of 191 in the opening match of this three-Test series.
opener Cook was 53 not out, his fifty coming when he late cut
off-spinner Marlon Samuels for an eighth four in 78 balls.
with Ian Bell (34 not out), he'd so far added an unbroken 74 for the
fifth wicket after England had faltered at 57 for four.
resumed on 10 for two after Kemar Roach had taken two wickets for seven
runs in eight balls to remove England captain, and first innings
century-maker, Andrew Strauss, and nightwatchman James Anderson on
Both Cook and Jonathan Trott had yet to score.
struck again Monday to remove Trott with a good length ball that
squared him up and took the edge with West Indies captain Darren Sammy,
diving to his left, holding a good catch at second slip.
And 13 also proved an unlucky number for Trott's fellow South Africa-born batsman Kevin Pietersen.
had just pulled Test debutant Shannon Gabriel's third delivery of the
innings for four when, to the fast bowler's next ball ball, he tried to
repeat the stroke and got a bottom edge to wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin.
England, the world's number ranked Test side, were in trouble but Cook got them going again with a square-cut four off Roach.
And Bell then drove a Gabriel full-toss down the ground.
West Indies - who hadn't won a Test match outside the Caribbean
against major opposition since defeating South Africa in Port Elizabeth
in 2007 and came into this game with a record of just two wins in 30
matches - still had a shot at victory owed much to Shivnarine
Officially the world's best batsman, the Guyana
left-hander made 91 in a second innings total of 345 to follow his first
innings 87 not out.
Together with Samuels (86) he put on 157 for
the fifth wicket and, with Ramdin and Sammy adding runs down the order,
the West Indies gave their bowlers a target to defend and a chance of a
first win in 15 Tests in England.