England crawl to 54-run lead towards West Indies


Southampton, July 11

The West Indies had been protecting the stress on England within the first cricket Test on Saturday, with the hosts limping to a 54-run lead after reaching tea at 168/three on Day 4.

England’s run-rate within the second innings was a paltry 2.Four per over. The going was so gradual that spectators may need fallen asleep had they been allowed into the empty Ageas Bowl.

Two wickets fell within the center session, when 89 runs had been scored in 30 overs, and so they had been each tame departures.

Dom Sibley (50) had simply reached his second half-century in Tests when he nicked behind down the leg facet off a supply by Shannon Gabriel that rose to the batsman’s hip.

Joe Denly’s demise was even softer, the No. three batsman chipping spinner Roston Chase straight to captain Jason Holder at brief midwicket to depart for 29.

Zak Crawley was on 38 and stand-in captain Ben Stokes was but to get off the mark after 15 balls.

With 4 classes left, the vacationers look the more than likely winners of the primary Test match for the reason that return of worldwide cricket following a four-month absence due to the coronavirus pandemic. AP



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