An unbeaten 94 from Marlon Samuels saved the day for the West Indies in the 2nd Test at the National Cricket Stadium in St George’s, Grenada. On what was the opening day’s play, 20 overs were lost due to rain. West Indies put into bat first by Alastair Cook were in huge trouble at 74 for 4. Marlon Samuels, who had walked in during the 14th over batted right through the day’s play after that to score 94 not out from 186 balls with 13 fours. West Indies as a result recovered to 188 for 5 with Skipper Denesh Ramdin on 6 along with Marlon Samuels.
James Anderson gave an early breakthrough when he went through the defenses of Kraigg Brathwaite in the 3rd over with a big inswinger. The other opener Devon Smith was induced into a false drive by Chris Jordan to have him caught behind for 15. Darren Bravo provided some resistance scoring 35 from 81 balls before he was snapped at slip by Alastair Cook in a rank bad flick across the line to Stuart Broad.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul’s poor form continued as he played a flashy drive off Ben Stokes which was caught at point. Chanderpaul scored just the one run and West Indies were four down in the 34th over. Hero of the first Test – Jermaine Blackwood scored 26 from 58 balls before he was the fifth West Indian to be dismissed. Chris Jordan trapped him lbw to end a promising fifth wicket stand of 55.