England pile on the pressure

England debutant pace bowler Amjad Khan captured the vital wicket of Ramnaresh Sarwan for 14 as West Indies...

Written by Reuters | Port Of Spain | Published:March 9, 2009 11:14 pm

England debutant pace bowler Amjad Khan captured the vital wicket of Ramnaresh Sarwan for 14 as West Indies reached 176 for three in their first innings at lunch on the third day of the fifth Test.

Chasing England’s 546 for six,West Indies need another 171 runs to avoid follow-on,with skipper Chris Gayle unbeaten on 87. Sarwan came in after nightwatchman Daren Powell went early for a duck on Sunday,lobbing a simple catch to Kevin Pietersen off a short delivery from Stuart Broad.

Sarwan was fortunate to survive when he edged Monty Panesar to Paul Collingwood at slip and the England batsman spilled a straightforward catch. But in the next over,Khan rapped Sarwan on the pads straight in front of the stumps and West Indies skipper Chris Gayle indicated to his team mate that a referral would be wasted on such a clear decision. Lendl Simmons,making his Test debut,was unbeaten on 16 at the break.

Brief scores: England 546-6 decl v West Indies 176-3 (C Gayle 87 batting).

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