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Broad rattles Windies as Chanderpaul hangs on

Stuart Broad ripped past the Windies batting line up as a struggling West Indies finished at 243/9 at stumps on end of first day's play at Lord's. Chanderpaul played his usual gritty innings as he is still there at crease with a valiant 87(not out). Fidel Edwards was the last man to be dismissed on Thursday by Stuart Broad.

More than 18 years since he made his Test debut, Chanderpaul is ranked the No. 1 Test batsman in the world, which is proof enough that, at 37, his appetite for batting has not diminished. He finished the opening day of the first Test unbeaten on 87 from 175 balls, with his average against England in England climbing beyond 69.

Earlier Adrian Barath's unbeaten 41 helped the West Indies to 83 for two at lunch. West Indies were suffering an all too familiar top-order struggle at 32 for two after England strike bowler James Anderson had removed Kieran Powell and Kirk Edwards.

But opener Barath refused to be cowed and with Darren Bravo (27 not out) offering solid support in an unbroken stand of 51, the West Indies -- who came into this match having won just two of their previous 30 Tests -- got through the session without losing any more wickets against the world's number one-ranked side.

England captain Andrew Strauss won the toss and elected to field, doubtless hoping his seamers would exploit the overcast conditions.

But with Barath unfurling several cover-driven boundaries, England did not have things all their own way.

Powell, who made a century against the second-string England Lions last week, fell for five when Anderson, after moving several deliveries away from the left-hander, expertly swung one back in.

Powell was late with his intended defensive shot and was bowled off stump to leave West Indies 13 for one in the ninth over.

Anderson was in the wickets again when Edwards, aiming across the line of a full-length delivery, was lbw for one.

At that stage, Anderson had taken two wickets for nine runs in 19 balls.

But Barath struck his sixth four in just 25 runs when Stuart Broad felt the force of his cover-drive, while off-spinner Graeme Swann was denied a customary early wicket.

West Windies were 146/4 at tea as Barath was caught by Anderson of Broad when the score read 86/3. Bravo followed suit running himself out for 29. Marnol Samuels stitched a 81 runs partnership with Chanderpaul before being out by Broad.

Stuart Broad picked up four more  wickets to dent a struggling West Indies as Ramdin, Sammy and Roach departed soon off his bowling.

Chanderpaul played brilliantly hangimg round to help West Indies add to the total. Friday morning session will just be a matter of time for england to wrap up the last wicket. If Chanderpaul sticks around he can reach another hundred as he needs just 13 more runs.

Broad walked off to the flattery of a contented crowd. But there, somewhere in the corner of his eye, was a batsman of immense durability. He remained not out, and is still England's unsolved challenge for the Test series that lies ahead.
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