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Samuels, Sammy revive West Indies after early jolt

Samuels, Sammy revive West Indies after early jolt
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Marlon Samuels and skipper Darren Sammy lifted West Indies to 304/6 at end of first day's play in the second test against England at Nottingham. The duo shared an unbeaten 168 runs seventh wicket stand to propel West Indies who were languishing at 136/6 before Sammy came in.

Samuels hit a well gritted century 107(not out) as Sammy too scored an unbeaten 87 to help the team in pursuit of a good first innings score. Samuels struck 15 boundaries in his unbeaten 107 and thus making an impressive return to test cricket. Samuels earlier shared a 62 runs stand with Chanderpaul. The duo laid the foundation and ended the first day on a high as the first two sessions completely belonging to the hosts.

The West Indies earlier were 154 for six at tea, with Marlon Samuels and captain Darren Sammy, who'd won the toss and batted with the ground bathed in sunny conditions and blue skies overhead.

Chanderpaul, who batted for over 10 hours during England's five-wicket win in the first Test at Lord's that gave the world's top-ranked Test side a 1-0 lead in this three-match series, was lbw for the second time in as many innings to Graeme Swann.

Left-hander Chanderpaul, playing back, had made 46 when Swann's appeal was rejected by umpire Asad Rauf.

But it was no surprise when England captain Andrew Strauss reviewed the decision.

Replays showed the ball would have hit the stumps and Chanderpaul had to go after more than two hours at the crease featuring nine fours.

West Indies' top order had failed repeatedly during a run of just two wins in 31 Tests coming into this game.

Yet such were the conditions, it would almost have been an admission of weakness had Sammy fielded first after winning the toss.

Nevertheless opener Adrian Barath, who battled hard for his runs at Lord's, was out for nought when he he edged a rising ball from Stuart Broad and third slip James Anderson held a brilliant, left-handed, head-high catch.

New batsman Kirk Edwards then fell for seven when Anderson's superb off-cutter beat his defensive shot

Much has been made of the absence of top-order batsmen Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan after their respective disputes with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) but they, too, might have struggled to keep out such a delivery.

Darren Bravo later drove at Anderson without moving his feet and was caught by second slip Swann.

Chanderpaul, in at 86 for three and 36 for three at Lord's, entered at 42 for three with another huge repair job on his hands and was lucky to stay at the crease when he edged Anderson between second and third slips when on four.

Meanwhile, opener Kieran Powell, who got off the mark by cover-driving Broad for four, whipped Anderson and Tim Bresnan through mid-wicket.

But Broad, changing ends, had left-hander Powell, driving loosely, caught by Anderson for a 33 featuring seven boundaries, leaving West Indies in dire straits at 63 for four.

Samuels was given out lbw for one off Bresnan but successfully reviewed Rauf's decision.

At lunch, Anderson had taken two wickets for 22 runs in nine overs, having claimed 33 wickets in his five previous Tests at Trent Bridge.

Broad, who took a Test-best seven for 72 at Lord's, had figures of of two for 34 in 10 overs on his Nottinghamshire home ground.

West Indies, 84 for four at lunch, played out four straight maidens from Anderson and Broad early in the second session before Swann, like Broad on his home ground, struck to end a stand of 62 between Chanderpaul and Samuels after the pair had put on 157 in the second innings at Lord's.

And 125 for five soon became 136 for six when Denesh Ramdin was bowled by a ball that kept low from seamer Bresnan
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