England’s middle order batsman Ian Bell scored century on the opening day of first test match against West Indies at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. Ian Bell made 143 runs and built a partnership of 177 runs for the fourth wicket. This inning grown English innings from 34/3 to 211/4. Joe Root was dismissed by Jerome Taylor and he scored 83 before returning to pavilion.
At one stage England was struggling and lost top three batsmen Alistair Cook, Jonathan Trott and Gary Ballance when team’s total was just 34. West Indies bowlers did well after winning the toss and Taylor, Roach and Holder took early wickets in the innings. After Joe Root’s dismissal, Bell built one more 100+ runs partnership with Ben Stokes and took ENG’s total past 300.
Ian Bell completed 100 in 194 balls with the help of 15 fours and one six. Just ahead of the completion of Day-1, England lost Bell’s crucial wicket and at the stumps score was 341 for the loss of 5 wickets. Jerome Taylor and Kemar Roach took 2-2 wickets each whereas Jason Holder took Gary Ballance wicket on first day of three test match series against England.