Windies put strain on England after rain-delayed begin in Manchester

Manchester, July 16

England had been 112-Three at tea after dropping wickets at common intervals on the opening day of the second take a look at in opposition to West Indies in Manchester on Thursday.

Opener Dom Sibley (46) and all-rounder Ben Stokes (18) added 31 runs for the fourth wicket because the hosts trod cautiously in overcast circumstances, with the lights additionally switched on at Old Trafford.

The lunch break was bookended by a pair of wickets for Windies all-rounder Roston Chase, who dismissed opener Rory Burns and Zak Crawley along with his part-time off-spin.

Chase trapped Burns leg-before for 15 on the stroke of lunch, whereas Crawley flicked his first ball straight to Windies captain Jason Holder at leg-slip.

England skipper Joe Root, who missed the primary take a look at to attend the delivery of his little one, stitched a 52-run partnership along with Sibley to stabilise the innings.

Yet West Indies paceman Alzarri Joseph returned after the drinks break to take away Root, who edged an outswinging supply to Holder within the slip cordon.

Sibley was dropped at short-leg simply earlier than the tea break to disclaim Chase a 3rd wicket.

West Indies suffered a setback when seamer Shannon Gabriel, who claimed 9 wickets within the first take a look at, left the sector to get remedy on a reported a groin difficulty.

Earlier, West Indies gained the toss and Holder selected to bowl first to reap the benefits of seamer-friendly circumstances after rain delayed the beginning of the match.

England are with out Jofra Archer after the quick bowler breached the staff’s bio-secure protocols whereas high order batsman Joe Denly has been dropped to make approach for Root.

Mark Wood and James Anderson have additionally been rested with the trio of Stuart Broad, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes named within the taking part in 11.

West Indies, who gained the primary take a look at in Southampton by 4 wickets to take a 1-Zero lead within the three-match collection, named an unchanged staff.

The collection is being performed in a bio-secure bubble with out spectators in attendance because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Reuters

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