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Anderson helps England take 1-0 lead

Cook and Ballance strike unbeaten half-centuries as England chases down 143-run target in final session of second Test

Anderson helps England take 1-0 lead - Cricket News
Alastair Cook (59 not out) and Gary Ballance (81 not out) gave a rousing finishing touch to the work put in by their bowlers, as England completed a nine-wicket win in the final session of the final day of the second Test to take a 1-0 lead against the West Indies.
 
Set a target of 143 after the home side had been bowled out for 307, Cook and Ballance shared an unbroken 142-run stand for the second wicket after Jonathan Trott had fallen without scoring in the second over of the innings, as England finished on 144 for 1 in 41.1 overs.
 
Both Cook and Ballance started off more circumspect, and though Cook began to score briskly soon enough, Ballance stepped his rate up post tea with both men opening out more in the final session on Saturday (April 25), with victory close at hand.
 
England had been put in a position from where it could force victory thanks to a combined bowling effort led by James Anderson.
 
Anderson (4 for 43) and Moeen Ali (3 for 51) grabbed seven wickets between them at the National Cricket Stadium in St Georges, Grenada.
 
The West Indies started the final day on a strong position at 202 for 2, with Kraigg Brathwaite on 101 and Marlon Samuels on 22. England, however, induced wickets with the second new ball.
 
Stuart Broad got some movement straightaway, and Anderson provided the important breakthrough first up, with the wicket of Brathwaite (116), a short ball rising off the bat to Joe Root at slip. 
 
Shivnarine Chanderpaul survived a testing examination first up, but fell when he edged Anderson into the slip cordon. Ian Bell couldn’t hold on, but Cook held it on the second attempt to send the West Indies’ most experienced batsman back for 7.
  
It wasn't long before Anderson picked up his third wicket as Samuels was caught behind for a 103-ball 37, and England had the advantage with the home side 239 for 5.
 
The England bowlers kept striking regularly, and the West Indies went into lunch at 286 for 8, leading by only 121 runs. Anderson was in the thick of the action when not taking wickets too, taking catches off Jermaine Blackwood and Kemar Roach, who both took the aerial route. Anderson had also run Jason Holder out between those two catches, and Moeen wrapped the innings up, scalping the final three wickets to fall. 
 
When England began its chase, Trott chopped Shannon Gabriel on to his stumps in the second over, but thereafter, the pair of Cook and Ballance cruised through. England had gone into the tea break on 65 for 1, and the pair knocked off the runs needed for victory halfway into the final session, Ballance cutting Samuels to the point fence to signal the win.
 
Cook, who had batted for 121 balls, had eight hits to the fence, while Ballance, whose innings took 126 balls had two sixes to go with eight boundaries.
 
The third and final Test gets underway at Bridgetown on May 1.

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