x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 January 2018

England scent series win over West Indies

West Indies collapse and are three runs ahead with only four wickets in hand after the hosts take a 58-run lead.

Stuart Broad and teammates celebrate the key dismissal of Shivnerine Chanderpaul.
Stuart Broad and teammates celebrate the key dismissal of Shivnerine Chanderpaul.

England can claim a series clinching win over the West Indies today after Tim Bresnan led them to the verge of victory on day three of the second Test yesterday.

England initially fell well short of expectations with the bat, losing their last eight wickets for 169 to take what looked a narrow lead of 58 on the first innings.

But by stumps the tourists had slumped to 61 for six, Bresnan taking three for 10 after James Anderson and Stuart Broad had both struck with the new ball.

Broad delighted his home Trent Bridge crowd in Nottingham when he accounted for the dangerous Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Marlon Samuels and the captain Darren Sammy, the other two in-form batsmen for West Indies so far, were at the crease at stumps but the visitors will need a remarkable performance today to save the Test with two days remaining.

England had started the day on 259 for two and were eyeing a run-feast and a total of at least 550.

Instead, the tourists defied expectations with two sessions of spirited bowling only for their batsmen to crumble as England's pack of seamers sensed blood.

Bresnan, who had made 39 not out, capped a productive evening with two wickets in the penultimate over.

After England were all out for 428 their bowlers took control.

Jimmy Anderson was quickly sizing up the West Indies' vulnerable opening pair.

He needed just one ball at Kieran Powell, pitched up and sending the left-hander's leg stump cartwheeling via the inside edge.

Five for one became 14 for two as Anderson undid Adrian Barath with one that came back in to trap him leg before.

With regular number three Kirk Edwards absent with flu, Darren Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul each moved up a place in the order.

Chanderpaul had a lucky escape on seven, shaping to leave Anderson but inadvertently sending the ball over the slips for four.

The world's No 1-ranked batsman did not score again.

Stuart Broad was the successful bowler this time, digging one in short and drawing the hook, which sailed straight to Jonathan Trott at fine-leg.

Samuels, fresh from his first-innings century, was next in and was duly beaten three times as Broad completed a wonderful wicket maiden.

England brought Graeme Swann, the spinner, and Bresnan into the attack and the latter struck in his second over.

He went round the wicket to Bravo (22) and won a clear cut lbw decision that was bafflingly referred by the batsman.

Samuels flicked Bresnan to deep midwicket to put the tourists back in the lead but the England all-rounder was not finished.

He had both Denesh Ramdin (six) and the latecomer Edwards (nought) lbw in the space of three deliveries to leave the West Indies just three in front with four wickets left.