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England on brink of series victory
Tim Bresnan puts England in the driving seat as the Windies fall short of expectations on day three of the second Test.
Last Modified: 27 May 2012 21:22
Handy with a bat and ball: Bresnan hit 39 not out giving England a valuable lead and then took three for nine to leave the Windies in trouble [GALLO/GETTY]

England were on the verge of clinching the three-match series against West Indies after the tourists' top order failed again on the third day of the second Test at Trent Bridge on Sunday.

Trailing by 58 on first innings, West Indies limped to 61 for six, a lead of just three runs with two days left.

England captain Andrew Strauss with 141 and a useful partnership of 53 by all-rounders Tim Bresnan (39 not out) and  Stuart Broad (25) had lifted England past the West Indies first-innings total of 370.

Tough challenge

Although the final score of 428 was much less than seemed likely at the close on Saturday with Strauss and Kevin Pietersen at the crease on 259 for two it proved too stiff a challenge for the touring side missing the experienced Chris Gayle at the top of the order.

James Anderson struck early to dismiss openers Adrian Barath (7) and Kieran Powell (1) before Broad captured the prized wicket of Shivnarine Chanderpaul for 11, top-edging a pull and caught on the boundary by Jonathan Trott.

Bresnan trapped Darren Bravo (22), Denesh Ramdin (6) and Kirk Edwards second ball for nought, all out lbw, to leave the tourists in disarray.

Marlon Samuels and Darren Sammy, who both scored centuries in the first innings, were the not out batsmen at the close.

Third day scorecard

West Indies first innings 370
England first innings (overnight 259-2)

A Strauss c Ramdin b Sammy 141
A Cook c Ramdin b Rampaul 24
J Trott lbw b Rampaul 35
K Pietersen lbw b Rampaul 80
I Bell lbw b Roach 22
J Bairstow c Chanderpaul b Roach 4
M Prior b Sammy 16
T Bresnan not out 39
S Broad c Sammy b Shillingford 25
G Swann c Sammy b Samuels 1
J Anderson lbw b Samuels 0
Extras 41
Total (all out, 123.4 overs) 428
Fall of wickets: 1-43 2-123 3-267 4-300 5-308 6-336 7-363 8-416 9-426 10-428

West Indies second innings

A Barath lbw b Anderson 7
K Powell b Anderson 1
D Bravo lbw b Bresnan 22
S Chanderpaul c Trott b Broad 11
M Samuels not out 13
D Ramdin lbw b Bresnan 6
K Edwards lbw b Bresnan 0
D Sammy not out 0
Extras 1
Total (six wickets; 26 overs) 61
Fall of wickets: 1-5 2-14 3-31 4-45 5-61 6-61

Bresnan ended with figures of three for 10 in six overs, cementing his talisman status for England as he has won all 12 Test matches he has played.

He told BBC Radio: "To get them six down on that wicket in that short little session was fantastic."

Critical period

Bresnan's valuable unbeaten contribution with the bat lasted 153 minutes in a critical period of the game.

"It was kind of a battling knock," he said

"It just shows what the pitch was like really. It was quite slow, quite difficult to score off, especially when they bowled in the right areas."

Bresnan and Broad came together at 363 for seven and comfortably steered England past West Indies' total of 370 only for Broad to top-edge a catch off the bowling of Shane Shillingford.

Graeme Swann (1) and Anderson (0) swiftly followed to  wrap up the innings.

Strauss's steadfast knock, lasting 303 balls and seven hours and 12 minutes, contained 22 fours before he finally offered a catch behind off the bowling of captain Sammy.

West Indies had taken four important wickets before lunch to the disappointment of home supporters expecting a run feast. Pietersen (80) and Ian Bell (22) fell to reviewed lbw decisions and Jonny Bairstow (4) was given a torrid time in only his second Test by pace duo Kemar Roach and Ravi Rampaul  before top edging an easy catch to mid-on.

Just when it looked as if England were steadying the ship Sammy bowled Matt Prior for 16. Rampaul, who captured the vital wicket of Pietersen, was the pick of the West Indies bowling with three for 75 off 25 overs.

Samuels, top scorer in the West Indies first innings with 117, mopped up the tail with two for 14.

England lead the series 1-0 after a five-wicket victory in the first Test at Lord's. The final match starts at Edgbaston in Birmingham on June 7.

Source:
Reuters
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