Home side ends second day's play on 155 for 4, still trailing by 244 runs after bowling England out for 399
Two wickets each in two gritty sessions of play gave England an advantage against a dogged West Indies on the second day of the first Test match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Tuesday (April 14).
At the close, the West Indies was 155 for 4, still trailing by 244 runs after England had been bowled out for 399 shortly before lunch. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, batting on 29, and Jermaine Blackwood, unbeaten on 30, will resume their association on the third day in a crucial partnership. Both men have already added 56 runs for the unbroken fifth wicket, having come together at 99 for 4 and steadied the ship somewhat.
Chanderpaul was his usual phlegmatic self during the course of a 98-ball stay at the crease. Blackwood started off aggressively, hoisting his second delivery for six over long-off, but settled down to play watchfully in an innings that has spanned 85 balls so far.
Their partnership was vital after England made quick inroads at the start of the final session. West Indies had gone to tea at 84 for 2, but Stuart Broad broke a promising 47-run third-wicket stand between Kraigg Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels by having Samuels caught at the wicket – Jos Buttler's third dismissal of the innings – for 33.
Chris Jordan then held a superb catch at slip, diving low to his right to end Brathwaite’s patient stay, with James Tredwell the wicket-taker. Brathwaite’s knock of 39 occupied 163 minutes.
Devon Smith was the first West Indies batsman to be dismissed when James Anderson, in his 100th Test, induced an outside edge in the ninth over of the innings for Buttle’s first catch. This was Anderson’s 381st Test wicket, and he needs only three more to become England’s all-time highest Test wicket-taker and going past Sir Ian Botham’s 383-wicket mark.
Nine overs after Anderson struck, Jordan and Buttler combined to account for Darren Bravo.
With the score reading 42 for 2, Brathwaite and Samuels came together to ensure that there were no more incisions before the tea break.
While Braithwaite was circumspective, Samuels played his strokes whenever he had the opportunity to do so, and collected four boundaries.
Earlier in the day, a disciplined effort from Kemar Roach and Jerome Taylor meant the West Indies needed only 20.4 overs in the morning session to bowl England out.
Overnight on 341 for 5, England lost four wickets for four runs to be 361 for 9 before Jordan and Anderson resisted for 7.1 overs.
Tredwell collected three runs off the first ball of the day to open his account, but in the very next over, West Indies opted for the second new ball and that proved decisive.
The well-set Ben Stokes could add only eight runs to his overnight score of 71 before he guided a delivery from Taylor to the hands of Jason Holder at gully.
Holder was the next to strike, as Tredwell edged a full delivery to Darren Bravo at first slip. Not long after that, Roach added another wicket to his kitty, getting Buttler to nick one behind to Denesh Ramdin.
Roach’s fourth victim was Broad, who lasted only three balls before offering a catch to Blackwood at backward point
However, the tenth-wicket stand allowed England to consolidate and reach 399. Anderson took the lead in the 38-run stand as he hit five fours on the way to 20 in 22 balls. Jordan was equally effective, collecting four boundaries for his unbeaten 21.
With the partnership looking threatening, Ramdin brought Samuels back for his 11th over and he needed just four balls to dismiss Anderson, who hit straight to cover to give Holder his second catch of the day.
Roach finished with figures of 4 for 94, while Taylor had three wickets and Holder ended with two.
That England reached a formidable total was largely because of Ian Bell’s 143 and Root’s 83, and Bell’s century stands for the fourth and fifth wicket with Root and Stokes respectively on the opening day.
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