England v West Indies, 1st Test, Lord's, 5th day

Gabriel gets KP

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the final day of the opening Test at Lord's

Andrew McGlashan at Lord's

May 21, 2012

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Shannon Gabriel had Kevin Pietersen caught behind pulling, England v West Indies, 1st Test, Lord's, 5th day, May 21, 2012
Decent debut: Shannon Gabriel had the satisfaction of dismissing Kevin Pietersen © PA Photos
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Wicket of the day

Shannon Gabriel has made a very positive impression during his first Test. After three wickets in the first innings he added the prized scalp of Kevin Pietersen on the final day to leave England wobbling on 57 for 4. And it was the manner in which he struck which impressed. Pietersen, trying to dominate, had just dispatched a dismissive pull to square leg but Gabriel did not shirk the challenge. He bowled another short ball, which did not quite bounce as much, and Pietersen could not resist another pull which resulted in a bottom edge to the keeper and a jubilant bowler.

Collision of the day

There has been some curious running in this match with most of it centred around Shivnarine Chanderpaul. This time, however, with Alastair Cook and Ian Bell in their crucial stand, Cook became tangled with Darren Sammy at the bowler's end as he turned for a second run. Both players ended in a heap but Bell had time to sense the danger and get back into his ground. Cook and Sammy dusted themselves off and acknowledged each other in good spirits.

Oddity of the day

It was going to take a huge effort from West Indies to win the Test, yet at 57 for 4 there was more than a glimmer. So it was surprising to see some of Sammy's tactics as lunch approached and England whittled down the target. Roach was not recalled for a second spell while Sammy and Samuels operated in tandem. A captain cannot bowl his strike man into the ground, especially with two more Tests to go, but sometimes an occasion demands going for broke. This felt like one of those.

Futile review of the day

The game had long since gone from West Indies but when Darren Sammy had a big appeal for lbw against Jonny Bairstow turned down the captain opted for a review anyway. No one really looked that interested and even less so when Hot Spot showed a thin edge from Bairstow. It was another excellent umpiring decision in what was a fine Test for Aleem Dar and Marais Erasmus.

Perambulation of the day

After a slow start, the crowd grew during the morning session. It wasn't quite a People's Monday as against India last year but there are understandable reasons why - people needing to work and the amount of cricket being high up there. Those who were in the ground by lunch were given the chance to walk, or perambulate as they like to call it in these parts, around a portion of the outfield although a large section was kept well protected. It does not just host cricket this year, there's the Olympic archery to come too.

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Posted by Meety on (May 23, 2012, 3:17 GMT)

@landl47 - yes, I know that Anderson fell on Day 4, however the 4th wicket did fall in the 50s, Cook & Bell took the game away from the WIndies, & on PURE r/rate they would of gobbled up another 100 runs well within time. Regarding Sarwan, totally agree his Test record in England is poor, however, RIGHT NOW, he appears to be in form, with 2 x 100 & 2 x 90s this county season, which would suggest, that he MAY be a different proposition this time around, (although I often think that County cricket is not a great barometer for Test form). Anyways Gayle & Sarwan can't do worse than what the current top 3 has done over the last 4 tests. I do 100% agree that Gayle & Sarwan to be picked MUST be 100% committed, otherwise the WIndies are better off without them.

Posted by landl47 on (May 22, 2012, 23:02 GMT)

@Rayfield Walker: Lmaotsetung has dealt with Gayle's personal performance (thanks, Lmao). Now let's deal with your claim that WI need Gayle and Sarwan. The WI record in the 11 tests Gayle has played in England is: Won 1; Drawn 1; Lost 9. The only one they won was his first test here in 2000 and his contribution was 0, in his only innings. So he hasn't helped WI win a single test. Sarwan's record is slightly different- it's worse. He's also played 11 tests, but the WI record in those tests is: Won 0; Drawn 2; Lost 9. I'm sorry if I've wasted some of your life, because you could have used it to find out a bit more about cricket- at the moment, your knowledge is about as good as Gayle and Sarwan's test record in England.

Posted by JG2704 on (May 22, 2012, 21:49 GMT)

@karthik_raja on (May 22 2012, 10:37 AM GMT) This post has nothing whatsoever to do with India , so why keep obsessively bringing India up ?

Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (May 22, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

@karthik_raja on (May 22 2012, 10:37 AM GMT) - funny comment. It is INDIA fan who say; "Oh - England - home track bully", etc, etc, yawn.. So it is obvious that according to India fan winning at home doesn't count. In that case the Ind win over West Indies in India doesn't count. SO - if winning at home doesn't count - then what does? Away performance? How to explain why India do so badly AWAY from home? It's a puzzle, yah. India fan can't have it both way. Either all test Match count, or none of them do. Perhaps India fan would rather that none of them did given their 2 recent uncompetitive whitewash away from home... you raise subject of India performances at your own peril!

Posted by karthik_raja on (May 22, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

There were few anti-Indian fans in this forum who made fun of India's win over WI(even though Ind won it 2-0). Their point was Ind was made to work really hard for those victories and their assumption was the top Teams Eng/Aus wud hv blown WI away very easily either home r away. Well, At least now they give some credit to the result of recent of Ind-WI series.

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (May 22, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

@Rayfield Walker - don't let facts get in your way. landl47 mentioned a couple of facts and made an educated comment and you accuse him of not being rational. It is you sir who is discarding facts from a good discussion. Do a search for Chris Gayle...then use statguru to filter his performances on english soil but since I've already done it here are some numbers...Chris Gayle in England...4 tours of England, 11 matches total...batting average of 36.05 with just 1 century. He had a good tour in 2004 but that's it. 2007 tour scores of 30, 47no, 11, 13, 23, 16, 28, 52...Tour of 2009 scored 28, 0, 19, 54. Looks to me like his past performances are just as bad as what the current top order batsmen are doing but at least the youngsters have room for improvement and Chris Gayle does not!

Posted by   on (May 22, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

@landl47 which rock did you crawl out from, cant you see that there is an obvious need for MR.GAYLE AND MR. SARWAN dont just write or type because you have fingers to do so look at the game and then make a comment that wont make me feel like i have just thrown away a few seconds or minutes of my life. if not just get back from whence came.

Posted by landl47 on (May 22, 2012, 5:27 GMT)

@Meety: this win was maybe a little easier than it appeared. One of the 5 wickets to fall in the second England innings was Anderson and another was Cook with 2 needed. England scored 121 in the two hours before lunch, so the runs came pretty easily. As for Gayle and Sarwan, both played in the two tests in England in 2009. England won by 10 wickets and an innings and the 4 England bowlers in this match were playing in those matches. The spirit in this WI side more than makes up for the few extra runs Gayle and Sarwan might have got; Gayle, in particular, is enough to drain the spirit from any side with his obvious, and stated, disdain for test cricket. It's too much like hard work for him and hard work is what test cricket is all about.

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (May 22, 2012, 0:33 GMT)

Better showing from the West Indies than the bunch of so called superstars did last summer. For WI to take 20 wickets they will need a 5th bowler. Sammy is just a slightly better version of Collingwood. Even Bopara touches 80mph more often than not. Anyway it only gets tougher from here on out as Jimmy will be playing at his favorite test ground.

Posted by Meety on (May 22, 2012, 0:24 GMT)

Great effort WIndies, good job England. At 4/57, I would say the WIndies had their nose in front, so the Cook/Bell partnership should be valued highly. Good work experience for Bairstow to be around for the winning runs. == == == @Ali_Chaudhary - nice trolling. Bell - "...better than bradman". Me thinks your credibility rated has dropped to about ZERO! @JG2704 - all the hype about the WIndies players not available has me waxing & waning about what ifs. So just purely on what ifs (can play that game in the recent OZ v WI series). What if the WI had Sarwan & Gayle instead of Barath & Powell? How do you think this match MAY have played out? I would assume that Sarwan & Gayle would of got at least 60 (probably 90 to 100) more runs between them, add Gayle's useful offspin & I think we could of had an absolute nailbiter. Anyways - totally conjecture as they could of got pairs. I agree Gabriel had a very good match, how good was Roach? Also - does this match put the Oz v WI series in context?

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