WI vs. Eng, 1st Test: Ian Bell Leads England Fightback after Early Debacle Day 1

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 | 0
Ian Bell was involved in two pivotal partnerships (photo: cricket country)

Ia Bell was involved in two pivotal partnerships (photo: cricket country)


In the backdrop of the widely-known Indian Premier League, West Indies and England locked horns in a 3-match Test series that kicked-off in Antigua on Monday.

The proceedings commenced after home captain Denesh Ramdin won the flip of the coin and put England to bat first.

It looked more of a year-back England side, comprising of skipper Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott. The duo, who went on to open the innings, couldn’t make an impression with the bat, as they were sent back to the pavilion in the early overs itself.

While Trott (0) had a forgetful return, Cook (11) also had a horrendous stay in the middle. Adding to their disappointment, Gary Balance (10) also fell cheaply, as the visitors found themselves in a precarious situation at 34-3.

However, Ian Bell (143) and Joe Root (83) stitched a constructive 177-run partnership to take England out of jeopardy, before the latter’s departure.

Bell, subsequently, continued to make merry with the bat, as he joined hands with Ben Stokes (71*) to put up a 130-run stand.

Failing to cope up with a spectacular delivery, Bell edged one straight to the keeper, but not before getting his side in to the driver’s seat at stumps on Day 1.

For West Indies, fast-bowlers Kemar Roach and Jerome Taylor picked up 2 wickets each, while Jason Holder also chipped in with a scalp.




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