London: England fast bowler Stuart Broad took a six-wicket haul on Thursday to reduce West Indies to 243-9 at stumps on the opening day of the first Test at Lord's despite Shivnarine Chanderpaul's fighting 87 not out. Broad finished with 6 for 72 from 24.4 overs after claiming five wickets in the final session just when West Indies had started to look comfortable at 181 for 4. He was unable to shift Chanderpaul, who overturned an lbw decision, survived a review and was involved in a run out during an obdurate and occasionally aggressive 175-ball innings that included 12 fours.
"He's been doing it for 15 years," Broad said of Chanderpaul. "It's quite tricky to find a good line to him because he likes to shuffle around, [but] at the end of the day we've picked up his mates around him so he'll have to play some shots in the morning if he wants his hundred."
Adrian Barath was the next highest scorer with a promising 42 but Broad dragged England back into the contest after their bowlers were frustrated for much of the day. Expecting wickets to tumble under leaden skies, England captain Andrew Strauss opted to bowl after winning the toss. But Barath began his elegant innings with two superb cover drives, and there were few alarms for the batsmen in the opening half hour until the breakthrough came in the ninth over.
Kieran Powell was bowled for 5 on the fifth ball he faced from Anderson, a vicious inswinger that clattered his off stump to make it 13-1. Kirk Edwards took 13 balls to get off the mark but was trapped lbw by Anderson on the next delivery with 19 added to the total in the 15th over. It was a decision so clear-cut that the batsman tucked his bat under his arm and shrugged off Barath's apparent suggestion he use a review.
Barath and Bravo then survived the occasional scare and began playing with increasing confidence, completing a 51-run partnership from 80 balls in the final over before lunch. In the third over of the afternoon session, Broad appealed against a decision not to give Barath lbw, but replays showed the bowler had overstepped the mark for a no-ball.
Four balls later, however, Barath fell when he nudged Broad to Anderson at third slip. Anderson failed to take the catch cleanly, but parried the ball into the air before holding it at the second attempt. Anderson was less fortunate when he drew an edge from Bravo, then on 29, that flew straight to Graeme Swann at second slip in the 39th over.
Swann spilled an easy, chest-high catch, but he partially atoned in the next over when he ran out Bravo before the batsman had added another run. Chanderpaul pulled a delivery from Swann to square-leg but stayed in his crease while Bravo sprinted down the wicket. Wicketkeeper Matt Prior nearly let Bravo off the hook with an awful throw to the bowler's end, but Swann dived to gather the ball and with both batsmen at the other end had time to run Bravo out.
Chanderpaul was then given out lbw to Anderson in the 43rd over, but he successfully referred Marais Erasmus' decision and no further wickets fell in a cagey hour before tea. Chanderpaul reached 50 from 102 balls after half an hour of the evening session, but Broad struck twice in as many overs just when West Indies seemed to be in control at 181 for 4.
Marlon Samuels (31) drove to point and was caught by debutant Jonny Bairstow in the 68th over before wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Ramdin edged Broad to Strauss at first slip two overs later. In the 82nd over, England wasted a referral when Chanderpaul, on 74, was hit on the pad by Broad. But replays upheld Aleem Dar's decision that the ball had pitched outside leg stump.
West Indies skipper Darren Sammy was out on the final delivery of the same over — Broad's first with the new ball — when he edged to Tim Bresnan at gully for 17. Broad then took a diving catch off his own bowling to dismiss Kemar Roach for 6 and had Fidel Edwards caught behind for 2 on the final ball of the day. Chanderpaul's lone act of defiance for West Indies, however, has ensured the Test is still poised.
"It's important for us to bowl well tomorrow and pick up early wickets," Barath said. "It was fabulous to watch the way he [Chanderpau]) goes about his innings. Unfortunately, I didn't carry on and get a bigger score but I have to take it in my stride and carry it on in my second innings."