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England vs West Indies: 2nd Test – Match Report

On the first morning at old Trafford, the toss was delayed because of rain. West Indies won the toss and decided to bowl first to get the advantage of overhead conditions. The wicket was nice to bat on and odd-ball was turning and just stopping a bit.

England lost two quick wickets on consecutive balls when chase trapped Rory burn plumb in front of the wicket and zak Crawley was caught at leg slip by Holder.

After the loss of root in the thirty first over stokes and Sibley steadied the ship for England and stitched a magnificent partnership of 255 runs. Sibley scored his second test match century and most of his shots were played through the on-side.

After Sibley, Stokes brought up his tenth test match century when he swept chase through backward point and his celebration after century was a tribute to his father. Stokes really unleashed himself after scoring a ton and played some attacking shots and he was eventually dismissed on 176.

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England survived some close DRS calls and frustration crept in west indies camp as some of the edges were not carried to the close infielders. Chase was the pick of the bowlers in the first innings as he took 5 wickets for 172 runs with an economy of 3.9. Roach, Alzarri Joseph, and Holder grabbed 4 wickets between them.

For the West Indies in their first innings, Brathwaite chipped in with a solid knock of 75. Sharmarh Brooks and chase hold the Windies innings together with their gritty fifties. England bowlers were immaculate with their line and lengths and they wrapped up Windies innings quickly as lower order crumbled under pressure. Broad and Woakes picked three wickets each.

Windies did manged to avoid a follow on. In the second innings for England on day five everyone was surprised as Buttler and stokes walked on to the field to open the innings.

But nonetheless, it was purely a tactical decision from England as they required quickfire start to set windies an improbable target. Buttler was bowled by roach for a duck. But, stokes played a fiery knock of 78 from 57 balls which was his second fastest fifty in Test cricket in contrast to his first-innings knock which was his slowest century to date. It threw light on the talent he is.

England declared at 129-3 and Windies were required 312 runs of minimum 85 overs. West Indies made a shaky start when John Campbell was caught behind off broad to a delivery which was full and wide outside the off-stump and he was forced to play that drive. West Indies’ top order didn’t last long as their top three batters were dismissed within a span of eight overs.

Brooks and blackwood did show some resistance with the bat but it was not enough for them to survive the spell of England’s fast bowlers on day five wicket which was deteriorating. West Indies’ lower order didn’t last long and eventually, Roach was caught at short leg off Bess which handed England a great win by 113 runs and kept Wisden trophy alive.

Brief scores: England 469/9 decl. (Stokes 176, Sibley 120; Chase 5-172) and 129-3 decl. (Stokes 78*; Roach 2-37) beat Windies 287 (Brathwaite 75, Brooks 68; Woakes 3-42, Broad 3-66) and 198 (Brooks 62, Blackwood 55; Broad 3-42, Stokes 2-30) by 113 runs.

 

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