2nd Test: England lead West Indies by 219 with 1 day left

Manchester, July 19

West Indies collapsed from 227-Four at tea to 287 all out within the closing session on Day 4, narrowly avoiding having to observe on within the second cricket check towards England on Sunday.

England was 37-2 in its second innings at stumps with a lead of 219 runs. Kemar Roach (2-14) claimed each wickets because the West Indies pacer bowled promoted opener Jos Buttler (0) and Zak Crawley (11).

Ben Stokes, who opened in a Test match for the primary time as England sought fast runs, is on 16 and Joe Root on 8.

Although not with none hazard, an early declaration is predicted on Monday for England to have any likelihood of successful the three-test collection.

West Indies took the opener by 4 wickets in Southampton, the primary cricket check to be performed because the world coronavirus outbreak.

Half-centuries by Kraigg Brathwaite (75) and Shamarh Brooks (68) had saved England at bay till the night session. The sport moved England’s method when Stuart Broad trapped Brooks leg earlier than wicket, bowled Jermaine Blackwood (0) and claimed Shane Dowrich (0) in one other lbw dismissal as a part of a fiery new ball spell.

Fast-medium Chris Woakes claimed the final three wickets, beginning with West Indies captain Jason Holder (2). He was caught by his England counterpart Root as West Indies slumped to 260-Eight in its first innings, nonetheless needing 10 runs to keep away from the observe on after England’s 469-9 declared.

But Roston Chase (51) hit Sam Curran (2-70) for a few boundaries to keep away from his group having to observe on earlier than he was the ninth batter out, leg earlier than to Woakes.

Broad completed with 3-66 and Woakes 3-42.

England, searching for fast wickets to revive its hopes of victory after your complete third day was washed out by rain, had damaged by simply 3 times within the day’s first two periods.

Opener Brathwaite performed a component in half-century stands with Alzarri Joseph (32), Shai Hope (25) and Brooks earlier than falling caught and bowled to Stokes.

Curran’s off-cutter dismissed Hope for 25 quickly after lunch to present England a glimmer of hope it might take management of the second session. It didn’t occur due to the appliance of Brathwaite and Brooks.

The dwelling group’s solely breakthrough of the morning got here when spinner Dom Bess had success together with his second ball to take away Joseph.

West Indies had resumed on 32-1 in reply to England’s first innings which noticed 120 from opener Dom Sibley and 176 from Stokes.

But the climate on Saturday set England again and the West Indies batting was strong till tea on Sunday.

Joseph was caught one-handed at quick leg by Ollie Pope off Bess for that first wicket earlier than lunch. Curran tempted Hope exterior off-stump and produced an edge behind to Buttler.

England tried the short-ball tactic after lunch and Stokes lastly had some reward when Brathwaite went to flick one away to the legside and despatched a vanguard again to the bowler.

The groups keep at Old Trafford for the third Test, beginning Friday. — AP

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