|Bell made 61|
Darren Sammy had at least conjured a session win for his side: its first of the Test and with three wickets and a solid start to their second innings fifteen minutes before tea, the second session was theirs on a platter. For an hour, the openers had looked solid, offering no way in for an attack which has been irresistibly deadly for the last few years. Barath, batting with the same resolve but even more concentration looked more like the determined little battler that scored a debut hundred against the Australian in Sydney a few years back. There was nothing loose waving outside off stump and Powell was every bit the Test batsman.
The last eleven balls to tea changed all that.
|Bairstow celebrates the|
run out of Kirk Edwards
It would have been an unpleasant place in the visitors rooms at tea.
The last session was played in two halves. The first, to drinks, was a battle not so much to survive as to score. Just 33 runs were scored in 19 overs as Chanderpaul batted under self imposed restraining orders. Again breaks proved crucial as Bravo, who had just started to blossom taking fours from Broad and stroking the ball nicely into gaps, left thanks to the guile of Swann. The off spinner is such a good bowler to left handers and he did Bravo with an arm ball which the batsman left and lost the top of off stump. At 4-65, a collapse was imminent but Marlon Samuels had other thoughts, smacking Swann sweetly through the covers second ball. Drinks were taken at the end of the over.
|Chanderpaul resisting arrest again|
Thanks to the fifth wicket pair, the session belonged to the West Indies, giving them two of the three on a much better day. Strauss' century separates them in this match and still 35 behind its hard to see anything but an England win. The weather for Sunday looks poor and time will be lost but perhaps, the way they finished, Chanderpaul would prefer to be out there. Dinesh Ramdin is no mug, with 166 at this level and nine other first class hundreds but the tail is long and contains no life with which to waggle. Had Rampaul been there, hope might have gleamed stronger. As it is, Chanderpaul, Samuels and Ramdin must find 200 between them and then hope for fifty from the last four.
Stranger things have happened. Glen McGrath once made a half century ...
Session Count: England 5, West Indies 2, drawn 2