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Barath and Chanderpaul lift tourists
West Indies remained on course for a competitive total after two sessions of graft against England's famed attack at Lord's.
England captain Andrew Strauss, who confirmed a debut for young Yorkshire batsman Jonny Bairstow at the toss for this first Investec Test, duly got the call right and unleashed James Anderson and Stuart Broad under cloudy skies.
Anderson, in particular, bowled well and induced plenty of scrapes - but West Indies had opener Adrian Barath and then middle-order lynchpin Shivnarine Chanderpaul to thank for their 146 for four, on a fair pitch but against the swinging ball.
Barath drove especially well through the covers and down the ground and numbered nine boundaries in his 42.
But his opening partner Kieran Powell and number three Kirk Edwards both fell in a fine first spell from Anderson, and Barath himself was one of two more batsmen to go between lunch and tea.
Powell had made only five when Anderson got his first look at him, and worked him over expertly. A succession of deliveries moved down the slope from the pavilion end - Powell played and missed once - before Anderson brought one back superbly to bemuse his victim and hit off-stump.
Barath lost his second partner to Anderson, who capped his first spell by pinning Edwards leg before wicket as he shaped to push across the ball, but he found a new ally in Darren Bravo. The third-wicket pair saw off Anderson's first nine-over stint without further loss, and Barath and Bravo more than doubled the score in a half-century stand.
Broad called for an lbw review against Barath - advantageous not because it resulted in a dismissal there and then but because the no-ball discovered on video replay resulted in an extra delivery which would account for the opener. Barath threw the bat at a wide ball, and fell to a very good head-high catch by Anderson at the second attempt in the gully.
Bravo ought to have fallen to Anderson, only for Graeme Swann to put down a regulation catch at second slip.
The drop was not costly, with Bravo the fall guy in a run-out mix-up. He found himself running on his own towards a near stationary Chanderpaul, who had pushed Swann behind square on the leg-side. England did not relay the ball well back to the bowler - Matt Prior's throw down the wicket was a near 'wide' - but Bravo was stranded by almost a full 22 yards.