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Swann's double strike gives England faint hope

Swann's double strike gives England faint hope

Offspinner Graeme Swann claimed two West Indies wickets to give England a faint hope of pulling off a series-leveling victory in the fifth cricket test at Queen's Park Oval on Tuesday.
Swann took 2-8 and James Anderson added 1-15 as West Indies, set 240 to win in 66 overs, went to tea shakily placed at 78-3.
England declared at its lunch total of 237-6, which was fueled by Kevin Pietersen's 16th test century and wicketkeeper Matt Prior's robust 61.
England began the second session strongly as Anderson claimed Lendl Simmons for 8 with brilliant assistance from Paul Collingwood, who pouched a magnificent diving catch at second slip.
Swann soon removed the other opener Devon Smith as he was lbw swinging across the line.
Swann grabbed the prize wicket of Ramnaresh Sarwan for 14 at 58-3 as England suddenly sniffed an unlikely victory. Sarwan edged a low catch to slip where Collingwood again grabbed a tough chance.
Collingwood and Swann almost made it two wickets in two balls when Shivnarine Chanderpaul nervously edged his first delivery but it just failed to carry to slip.
Chanderpaul put down the anchor after that and fellow left-hander Ryan Hinds emerged from a wobbly start to take the home team to the break within sight of a first series victory in four years. Chanderpaul was unbeaten on 5 with Hinds on 15 not out.
Earlier, Pietersen hit a typically adventurous 102, smacking nine fours and a six off 92 balls as England added 157 runs to its overnight total of 80-3.
Prior's brilliant 61 came off 49 balls. Then pair shared a quick-fire fifth-wicket stand of 106 off 88 deliveries.
West Indies had an early breakthrough when Collingwood chipped a return catch to Hinds on 9 at 101-4.
But the home team adopted defensive tactics throughout the morning session and England took advantage.
Pietersen, 34 overnight, raced to his half century off 42 balls when he flat-batted a sweep for his fifth boundary.
Prior matched his more experienced partner stroke for stroke and his 50 arrived in just 39 balls. The wicketkeeper, who hit 131 not out in the first innings, was eventually bowled middle stump by Lionel Baker after lashing eight fours.
Pietersen brought up his 16th test century, and first of the series, off 88 balls just before he perished hitting out at Fidel Edwards just before lunch.
Stuart Broad was left unbeaten on 13.
Baker (2-39) and Hinds (2-57) earned the best bowling figures for West Indies.


Updated : 2021-04-19 16:14 GMT+08:00