England came out on the 2nd morning with hoping to get rid of remaining West Indian batsmen as soon as possible and to post some runs on the board. But who would have thought that day 2nd of ENG vs WI test would turn out to be a nightmare for them.
They had a miserable performance with the bat and handed over a huge lead to the Windies. It was an entertaining day where 18 wickets fell.
West Indies started the day with 264/8 on board with Hetmyer playing on 56 not out. In the early minutes, Shimron Hetmyer was given caught behind. There was a noise and the batsman looked back at the ‘keeper as soon as the ball went past his bat.
He took a review with Ultra Edge showing no spike. The umpire had to reverse his decisions but Ben Stokes clearly wasn’t happy.
Shimron Hetmyer was looking for big shots and soon fell into Ben Stokes trap, giving a catch to the slips. West Indies was bowled out for 289. Ben Stokes finished with figures of 4/59.
Burns and Jennings walked out to open the innings for England. They successfully played the first hour without any damage before Jennings gave a thick edge to the slip fielder. At lunch, England were 30/1 at the end of the session.
England came to resume the innings and looking fairly settled. But, they were not aware of the danger awaiting them. Kemar Roach came and took 5 wickets for just 4 runs in 27 balls and left England in utter disarray at 48 for 6.
In the end, England was bowled out for 77 runs, allowing West Indies an option of enforcing the follow on after the Tea break.
West Indies choose to bat again and had a good looking 52 opening partnership before experiencing a collapse in the batting – same like England. Moeen Ali spun the ball and took 2 wickets in space of 9 balls, reducing Windies from 60 for 1 to 61 for 4.
However, Shimron Hetmyer and Shane Dowrich revived the West Indies’ innings by adding 59 runs to the 6th wicket. The lead swelled past 300 and things started to look good for the hosts.
At the end of day 2 of ENG vs WI 1st test, West Indies are batting on 126/6, taking their lead to 339 runs. They look secured and well placed in the contest despite suffering a brief collapse in their 2nd innings. Moeen Ali performed well for England getting 3 wickets for 41. England has to work hard to take something of this match now.
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