Toss, Day 1, Day 2:
Winning the toss and electing to field has now become a ritual for Jason Holder. This time, on 17th of July, 2020 Jason Holder had all the reason to do. A gloomy weather, late start, seaming conditions should have been a tremendous boost for the west-indies bowlers. Well, almost 4 months of no cricket, not much match practice, victory in bag from the first test of the series, first deposit in the test championship account all these much have tired the sore legs of Windies speedsters after a stupendous display of fast bowling in the first test at Ageas Bowl.
He After a not so great start and 3 down, World Cup 2019 hero joined hands with emerging Sibley to show great courage against a disciplined attack. Both Stokes and Sibley took the approach to mentally attack the windies attack. Result, determined hundred from Sibley followed by a free flowing century from Stokes as they continued their strides into the second day very deep.
While there was great display for disciplined batting from the English batters, the persistent and focused Roston Chase went through for yet another 5 wicket haul before new Dad Joe Root told his folks enough of milking the runs as the scoreboard read 469/9.
Finally it was time to take some rest for the windies bowlers, but not for Alzari Joseph, as he came into face the completely new English attack from the last match. Alzari Joseph was in the middle courtesy Sam Curran’s rippah to send back John Campbell through DRS. West Indies winded up Day with 32 on the board already one down.
NEW DAY; Another Rainy Day:
Someone in the Windies dressing room should have prayed God for some showers of blessings to save the test match. Yes, the prayer was answered, halting the play for the whole day without any ball bowled. That should have shattered few pieces of hope for England to win the series.
Perfect Summer Day in Manchester:
After a lull day for the cricket fans across the globe, cricket was back today on a bright summer morning in Manchestar, with Windies hoping to save the match.
Lunch and Tea belongs to Windies:
Cameo from Alzarri Joseph (32), stylish looking Shai Hope’s drives and not giving much margin for the bowlers Slim Kraigg Bhrathwaite’s barvery summed by First session of Westindies’ session. Clearly the English bowlers had to toil. Hundred Runs scored with the Night Watchman back in the pavilion.
Loosing Shai Hope early in the second session didn’t affect Bhrathwaite’s concentration at all with Brooks breaking rythm of English bowlers. By the tea time Bhrathwaite had gone for a well made 75, with Brooks still in the middle. Scorecard reading 227/4 Windies looked pretty safe in getting past the follow on mark of 270.
Oh Oh Oh, They are back, new ball, wickets tumbling:
Hot tea should have hyped the spirits of English bowlers as they ripped through the middle order with Windies reeling at 252/7 with Stuart Broad showing his experience. Two ducks, one from the hero of First Test (Black wood) and a hopping Dowrich.
Can the windies get past the magical number 270?
And it is 260/8, Captain Holder bites the dust and is back in the hut. More drama. Tense and Tight
Will Windies bat again on Day 4?
More to come on Day 5. Stay Tuned.