Cook, Bell lead England to five-wicket win

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Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 19:05 [IST]
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England win first Test by five wickets

London, May 22: Alastair Cook and Ian Bell drove England to a comfortable five-wicket win over West Indies in the first Test at Lord's on Monday. The pair added a crucial 132-run stand to victory on day five.

[Scorecard: First Test: England vs West Indies]

Bell remained unbeaten at 63 off 103 balls with 10 fours while Cook hit 79 off 127 with 10 fours. Kemar Roach claimed 3 for 60, Darren Sammy 1 for 25 and Shannon Gabriel 1 for 26, which left England slightly struggling in the first session but Cook and Bell's partnership guided the hosts to a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series.

Chasing a target of 191, England resumed with 10 for 2 on Day 5. West Indies bowlers Fidel Edwards and Roach troubled the English batsmen with brilliant spells.

Jonathan Trott struggled to play against Roach, he was eventually caught at slip by Windies skipper Darren Sammy for 13 runs. Kevin Pietersen could not cope with Edwards but was relaxed when Gabriel replaced Edwards.

Pietersen found his confidence back smashing a boundary off Gabriel's third delivery but was caught behind the very next ball, also for 13 runs. England were shattered at 57 for 4 but Cook and Bell provided the much-needed stability to take England past the 100-run mark.

With Windies bowlers lacking intensity, Cook and Bell controlled England's innings till lunch. West Indies bowlers Roach and Gabriel left the field for treatment after lunch and a match which looked tight, turned into a easy win for England.

The 100-run stand came up shortly including Bell's fifty from 84 balls. Cook was caught at gully off Sammy when England needed just two runs. Sammy was determined not to give England the win when he referred an lbw review against John Bairstow, but was unsuccessful. Bell hit the winning runs with a four towards mid-wicket.

The second Test will be played at Trent Bridge on Friday, May 25.


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