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Samuels drives West Indies with unbeaten 94

England strikes early on rain-affected opening day of second Test but host rallies to reach 188 for 5 at stumps

Samuels drives West Indies with unbeaten 94 - Cricket News
Samuels conjured a classy, unbeaten 94 as West Indies rallied to reach to 188 for 5.
In his 100th Test innings, Marlon Samuels conjured a classy, unbeaten 94 as West Indies rallied to reach to 188 for 5 at stumps on a rain-hit first day of the second Test against England at the National Cricket Stadium in Grenada on Tuesday (April 21).
Samuels, into his 15th year in international cricket, called the shots in an extended final session as he put on unbroken 59-run stand for the sixth wicket with Denesh Ramdin, the captain who was unbeaten on six.
Samuels, who arrived at the crease before lunch with West Indies having been rocked by two early wickets, was in complete control as he extended his excellent record against England. Samuels, who averages 69.00 in six previous Tests against the English, was circumspect for large parts of his knock before cutting loose after tea with Ramdin an admiring spectator at the other end.
A majority of Samuels’s 13 fours came during phase following the dismissal of Jermaine Blackwood, the centurion in the first Test, for 26. Initially ruled not out by standing umpire Steve Davis to a sustained shout for leg before appeal by Chris Jordan, Blackwood was ruled out when England challenged the decision, and replays showed that the ball would have hit leg-stump. That ended a stand of 55 run for the fifth stand between the two Jamaicans, giving Jordan his second wicket and reducing the host to 129 for 5.
Jordan had earlier accounted for Devon Smith, the opening batsman, who was adjudged lbw after James Anderson had bowled Kraigg Brathwaite with a superb inswinger in the third over of the day. Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes relished the overcast conditions after lunch, capitalising on poor shots by Darren Bravo and Shivnarine Chanderpaul respectively.
Bravo’s watchful 35 off 81 balls came to an end when he poked uncertainy at Broad outside the off-stump and found Alastair Cook at first slip. Chanderpaul gifted his wicket as he hit Stokes to Moeen Ali at backward point.
A series of light showers had delayed the start of play day and the regular fall of wickets justified Cook’s decision to field first.
England brought in Ali, who missed the drawn first Test in Antigua while completing his recovery from an injury sustained during the World Cup, for James Tredwell, who strained his bowling arm attempting a diving return catch in the final minutes of play in Antigua last Friday. West Indies made two changes, with Shannon Gabriel and Devendra Bishoo coming in for the injured Jerome Taylor and Sulieman Benn respectively.

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