Roach rocks England to give Windies hope

May 21, 2012, 09:05 IST | AFP

Kemar Roach stunned England with a dramatic late burst to give West Indies hope of an improbable victory in the first Test at Lord's yesterday.

Roach took two wickets for seven runs in eight balls, including England captain, and first innings century-maker, Andrew Strauss, to leave the hosts 10 for two at the close of the fourth day. England will need a further 181 runs to reach their seemingly modest victory target of 191 on today’s final day in the first of this three-Test series.

The Lord’s pitch appeared to be holding up and England will still be regarded as favourites for victory. But if the tourists maintain their accuracy, and overhead conditions assist swing bowling, the West Indies -- who came into this match having won just two of their previous 30 Tests -- could yet claim a stunning success. Roach had Strauss, who made 122 in the first innings, caught in the gully for just one and nightwatchman James Anderson caught behind for six.

After Anderson exited, Roach’s next ball rapped Jonathan Trott on the pads and the tourists appealed for lbw, only for Aleem Dar to rule not out. The West Indies reviewed the decision but as replays showed the ball only just clipping the stumps, the Pakistani umpire's original verdict was upheld. Trott was nought not out at stumps, as was opener Alastair Cook. Earlier, Shivnarine Chanderpaul's second marathon effort of the match kept the West Indies in the game.


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