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England then crawled to 22
for one after the first hour as
Cook and fellow left-hander
Gary Ballance repaired the
innings but Holder struck twice
in quick succession following the
drinks break, to put West Indies
Ballance had made 18 and
added 38 with Cook when Hold-
er breached his defence with a
full length delivery that came
back to pluck out his middle
stump, in the fourth over after
the break. With no runs added
in his next over, Holder account-
ed for the dangerous Ian Bell
without scoring, moving to his
left to claim a two-handed return
catch after the right-hander
Cook and Root saw England
safely to lunch on 71 for three
and the right-handed Root,
unbeaten on 17 at lunch the
break, moved nicely along after-
ward, taking two leg-side bound-
aries off the ineffective left-arm
spinner Veerasammy Permaul
who proved expensive. However,
Root then perished at Permaul's
hands 25 minutes after the
restart, cutting at an innocuous
delivery and edging a catch
through to wicketkeeper Denesh
Ramdin, after facing 35 balls and
counting five fours.
The session nonetheless
belonged to England as Cook and
Moeen denied the Windies any
further success with the best
partnership of the innings.
Moeen played freely, getting off
the mark with a boundary to
cover off Permaul before lifting
the same bowler to the long on
boundary a couple of overs later.
He was unbeaten on 37 at the
tea break with Cook on 60, and
raised his half-century about
half-hour after the resumption
when he cleared the mid-wicket
ropes with part-time off-spinner
Both batsmen looked well set
for big scores when without
warning, Moeen was run out
attempting a sharp single. Cook
cut Samuels straight to debutant
Shai Hope at point and set off,
and the fielder's return to Ramdin
found Moeen well short of his
ground. All told, Moeen faced
130 balls in 2-1/4 hours and
counted eight fours and a six.
Stokes hung around for just
over an hour and hit three fours
and was building another part-
nership with Cook, before falling
in the sixth over with the new
ball. He looked to cut Gabriel, in
the third over of a third spell,
and found Hope at gully. Cook,
meanwhile, remained steadfast,
pulling Gabriel for four to move
into the 90s before clipping the
same bowler to the mid-wicket
boundary four overs later, to
reach triple figures.
There was disappointment for
the England skipper, however, as
he fell in the day's final over from
Samuels, under-edging a cut at
the second ball for Ramdin to
take a smart catch. (CMC)
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West Indies vs England
1st day, 1st Test
ENGLAND 1st Innings
A Cook c wkp Ramdin b Samuels105
J Trott c Permaul b Gabriel......................0
G Ballance b Holder .......................................18
I Bell c and b Holder..........................................0
J Root c wkp Ramdin b Permaul ...33
Moeen Ali run out...........................................58
B Stokes c Hope b Gabriel.....................22
+J Buttler not out...............................................0
Extras (w1, nb3) ....................................4
TOTAL (6 wkts, 89.2 overs)......240
To bat: C Jordan, S Broad, J Anderson
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Trott), 2-38
(Ballance), 3-38 (Bell), 4-91 (Root), 5-
189 (Ali), 6-233 (Stokes), 7-240
Bowling: Taylor 15-7-33-0 (nb3),
Gabriel 12-2-36-2 (w1), Holder 16-4-
34-2, Samuels 26.2-5-51-1, Permaul
WEST INDIES -- Ramdin, K
Brathwaite, S Hope, M Samuels, D
Bravo, S Chanderpaul,
Umpires: Billy Bowden, Bruce
Oxenford; TV -- Steve Davis.
Cook breaks drought
but WI remain on top
West Indies players celebrate at the fall of another English wicket
during play on the opening day of the third and final Test at
Kensington Oval in Barbados. The English closed on 240 for seven
with their captain Alaister Cook scoring a century. PHOTO: WICB.
MUMBAI---West Indies batsmen Lendl Simmons
and Kieron Pollard played cameos to help Mumbai
Indians beat Rajasthan Royals by eight runs yesterday
and continue their climb off the bottom rung of the
Indian Premier League.
Sent in at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai tallied
187 for five off their 20 overs, with Simmons hitting
38 from 31 deliveries and Pollard getting 24 from 14
balls. Ambati Rayudu top scored with an unbeaten 53
off 27 balls with four fours and three sixes.
Sanju Samson then hammered 76 off 46 balls with
seven fours and three sixes but Royals came up short,
after needing 20 runs from the final over.
The victory was only Mumbai's third of the season
after starting poorly.
Earlier, Simmons struck four fours and a six as he
anchored two important stands at the top of the order.
He shared 43 for the first wicket with Parthiv Patel
who made 23 before adding a further 30 for the second
wicket with Unmukt Chand who scored 13.
Simmons was eventually lbw in the tenth over to
left-arm spinner Ankit Sharma, with television replays
showing he edged the ball on to his pads.
Pollard, batting at number six, struck a few lusty
blows in gathering two fours and a six before top-
edging medium pacer Rusty Theron behind. (CMC)
LAS VEGAS---Floyd Mayweather Jr and
Manny Pacquiao weighed in below the
welterweight limit yesterday before a
packed arena of screaming, singing fans
anticipating the landmark bout.
One day before Mayweather and Pac-
quiao finally meet in the richest event in
boxing history, they took the stage in an
MGM Grand arena filled with boxing fans
enjoying the public's best chance to see
the fighters in person.
A beaming Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs)
stepped on the scales first and weighed
in at 145 pounds---two below the welter-
Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) followed
and weighed in at 146 pounds.
The fighters betrayed few emotions in
their staredown, keeping with the imper-
sonal nature of the promotion.
But Pacquiao also said, "Thank you" to
Mayweather, who said he didn't hear it.
"(I was) thanking him for the fans that
the fight will happen," Pacquiao said. "I
think, I believe that the fight must happen
because the fans deserve it."
Sections of the crowd roared and booed
for both fighters, although the majority
appeared to support Pacquiao, who raised
both arms to the crowd with V's for vic-
tory. Mayweather acknowledged his
healthy cheering section with waves and
a raised fist.
"I've dedicated myself to the sport of
boxing for over 20 years, and I'm ready,"
Even an ordinary weigh-in turned into
a hot ticket in boxing's capital city because
only about 500 tickets for the actual fight
were sold to the public.
The promotion took the unprecedented
step of selling $10 tickets to the weigh-
in and donating the profits to charity, but
secondary prices for the weigh-in seats
topped $500 on StubHub earlier this week.
Former West Indies opener and T&T captain
Daren Ganga says that embattled off-spinner
Sunil Narine should have taken more responsi-
bility in terms of getting the right work in to have
his action in order.
Narine was told by the Board of Control for
Cricket in India (BCCI) that he is banned from
bowling his stock delivery the off-spinner because
it is deemed beyond the 15-degree elbow bending
allowed. He can go on and bowl his doora and arm
ball. The spinner who was called twice during the
2014 Champions League and barred from bowling
in the finals, did a test prior to the ongoing Indian
Premier League (IPL). He was passed to bowl but
last week he was reported after his bowling in the
match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Ganga said, "Narine needs to take more respon-
sibility in terms of having his action in good order.
I thought that when he was called at the Champions
League, he should have stayed out there, either in
India or Australia and work with officials at the
testing centres to improve his action. I think it was
not a good idea coming back to T&T to play for
Queen's Park. The guys at Queen's Park have given
him great support but he needed to be at one of
the testing centres and working there to get to
where his action needs to be."
Ganga said it is going to be very hard for Narine
to regain his potency as a top spin bowler. "I am
sure knowing the man he can make a comeback
but it will be very hard for him. It will play on his
mind. He has to be strong, it will be like coming
back from a very bad injury.
"What can also happen with him is that oppo-
nents will now be poking fun at him when he goes
out there to bowl. This can be very disturbing, so
Sunil needs to be mentally strong in order to get
When Narine and Kevon Cooper were called a
while back, we decided with the assistance of the
West Indies Players Association (WIPA) to take
them to Australia and they did work and came
back okay. When a situation like this arises you
need to look at the entire picture and mitigate the
have taken more
make weight for megafight
Simmons, Pollard help
Mumbai continue resurgence
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