England vs. West Indies: Match-2
By Megha Mallick
England host West Indies in the second test of the Raise the Bat series at Old Trafford, Manchester. West Indies won the first test by four wickets, and would look to win the second in order to seal the series.
The toss was delayed due to rain, and only after 90 minutes of the scheduled playing time could the match start. 7 overs were cut off and the timings for the sessions were reset. West Indies won the toss and opted to bowl first. England made four changes, with Joe Root, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran in place of Joe Denly, James Anderson, Mark Wood and Jofra Archer. West Indies are playing an unchanged squad.
Shannon Gabriel, MoM in the previous game, started off with two wide balls. Opener Rory Burns was trapped by Roston Chase in his first over. Although the decision was reviewed, it did not help the English batsman. At lunch, England stood at 29/1.
Post-lunch, Zak Crawley was caught by Jason Holder off the first ball he faced. England lost another wicket with no runs added to their tally, putting Chase on a hat trick. Root put up a 52-run partnership with opener Dominic Sibley, before nicking one to Holder, giving Alzarri Joseph his first wicket of the match. England was at 81/3. At tea, they added 31 runs more with no more wickets lost.
Holder later dropped Sibley while he was on 68. England reached 200 with him hitting a boundary. At stumps, he remained not out on 86, with Ben Stokes at 59. They have formed a partnership of 126 runs, which they would look to continue on the second day.
Shannon Gabriel started off with a maiden. In the first 8 overs of play, England scored a mere 12 runs. Dominic Sibley brought up his second Test century, batting for nearly eight hours. England were 264/3 at lunch.
Post-lunch, Ben Stokes reached his 10th Test century, and within an hour, added 50 runs more to his personal tally. Roston Chase got his third wicket in the form of Sibley (120), after the latter had put up a 260-run stand with Ben Stokes. Ollie Pope fell for 7 as Chase claimed his fourth wicket. England were at 378/5 at tea.
Kemar Roach claimed the wickets of Stokes (176) and Chris Woakes on successive balls. Chase completed his five-for picking up Sam Curran, giving away 172 runs in 44 overs. England declared on 469/9.
In reply, Curran claimed a wicket in his first over as he picked up Joseph Campbell for 12. At stumps, West Indies were at 32/1, with Alzarri Joseph and Kraigg Brathwaite at the crease, trailing England by 437 runs.
The West Indians would be looking to stick to the wicket and bat out the entire Day 3 to inch closer to England’s lead.
After Day 3 was washed out by the incessant English rain, West Indies started from where they had left off on the second day of the test. Within 15 minutes, Zak Crawley had dropped Alzarri Joseph (32) at second slip. The latter was caught by Ollie Pope off Dom Bess later.
Joseph added 56 runs for the second wicket with Kraigg Brathwaite, who gave a top class performance. At lunch, West Indies were 118/2.
After the break, Shai Hope (25) was caught behind off Sam Curran. Brathwaite brought up his half century soon after. Dominic Sibley used saliva on the ball, and the umpires had to disinfect it. Brathwaite fell to Ben Stokes for 75.
Shamarh Brooks also scored his second Test half century. At tea, Windies reached 227/4.
Post-tea, England took the second new ball and struck soon after as Stuart Broad picked up Brooks for 68. The former picked up two more wickets as Jermaine Blackwood and Shane Dowrich, both left for ducks. Roston Chase scored his eighth Test half century, but fell shortly after to Chris Woakes for 51. The latter picked up Shannon Gabriel for a nought and West Indies were bowled out for 287, giving England a 182-run lead.
At stumps, England were on 37/2, losing Jos Buttler for 0 and Crawley (11) to Kemar Roach. They have a lead of 219 and would look to extend it as much as possible. Both the teams, though, have to work hard to get a result on the final day.
Ben Stokes started hitting boundaries soon after the day’s play started. After scoring a hundred in the first innings and picking up a wicket, he brought up his half century off 37 balls in the second innings. West Indies lost three reviews in three overs, putting themselves into deeper trouble.
England declared their second innings on 129/3, setting the Windies 312 runs to win the test. The former struck early by opting for a review, and Joseph Campbell (4) was caught behind off Stuart Broad. West Indies lost their second wicket for 19 runs, as Kraigg Brathwaite (12) was picked up by Chris Woakes.
Shai Hope (7) was bowled out by Broad. At lunch, West Indies had lost three wickets with Broad and Woakes cleaning up the top-order batsmen.
Roston Chase (6) was picked up by Broad and Windies lost their 4th wicket for 37 runs only. Jermaine Blackwood was off to a decent start, hitting three fours off one of Sam Curran’s overs. Shamarh Brooks and Blackwood added 54 off 88 balls to take West Indies to 91/4.
He brought up his half century, which was a fighting knock and he was expected to carry on if Windies were to fancy a chance of surviving through this test. Brooks got to his half century hitting a six. Blackwood (55) fell on the last over before tea.
After tea, Woakes got his 100th test wicket, picking up Shane Dowrich for a duck. Stokes kept banging the ball to Jason Holder from round the stumps and the plan almost worked as the latter nicked the ball to the slip area. Curran picked up Brooks (62) and West Indies were seven down.
Holder (35) and Kemar Roach tried to stay at the crease and push through the test. The former was bowled by Dom Bess. Alzarri Joseph (9) was caught by him off Stokes. Bess picked up the final wicket of Roach (5), and England won the second test by 113 runs. Ben Stokes was declared Man of the Match.
The series is now pushed into the decider at the same venue, starting July 24.