England were on the brink of winning the first Test against the West Indies at Lord's after the tourists lost three quick wickets.
updated: February 25, 2007 10:07 IST
London:England were on the brink of winning the first Test against the West Indies at Lord's after the tourists lost three quick wickets shortly before lunch on the final day. At the interval West Indies were 195 for six, needing a further 283 to reach their victory target of 478 in the opening match of this four Test series. First innings centurion Shivnarine Chanderpaul was 39 not out and Omari Banks nought not out. Left-arm spinner Ashley Giles struck twice, the prize dismissal of West Indies captain Brian Lara his 100th Test wicket, to spark a spell that saw the tourists lose three wickets for 23 runs. Giles bowled his former Warwickshire team-mate Lara for 44 with a superb delivery that spun sharply out of the rough to give the 31-year-old bowler his 100th Test wicket in his 37th match. The skipper's exit left West Indies 172 for four. None of left-hander Lara's 26 Test hundreds had been made at Lord's and at the age of 35 he was unlikely to get another chance. Giles then dismissed Test debutant Dwayne Bravo after the 20-year-old chipped back a simple return catch. Then, four balls later, Yorkshire seamer Matthew Hoggard had wicket-keeper Ridley Jacobs edging to Graham Thorpe in the slips to leave West Indies 195 for six. (PTI)