Opener scores unbeaten 102 to help team go into the final day at 202 for 2, ahead by 37 runs, after Root takes England to 464
A fighting century from Kraigg Brathwaite helped the West Indies take a 37-run lead over England as it reached 202 for 2 in 75 overs at stumps on Day 4 of the second Test between the two sides on Friday (April 24) in St George's, Grenada.
The West Indies needed to keep batting after it lost Devon Smith, the opener, bowled by James Anderson for 2, while England had the task of nipping out wickets. All the fighting qualities the West Indies showed to save the first Test in Antigua were on display as Brathwaite (101 not out) and Darren Bravo (69) kept the England bowlers at bay with a 142-run stand for the second wicket.
Starting the last session of the day at 122 for 1, the duo could add only 23 runs before Stuart Broad got Bravo to edge one to Jos Buttler in the 51st over of the innings. With the scorecard reading 145 for 2, the West Indies needed to prevent further slide. Marlon Samuels (22 not out), who scored 103 in the first innings, did just that and batted out the remaining overs with Brathwaite. The Brathwaite-Samuels collaboration fetched West Indies 57 runs in 24.1 overs.
England had a strong morning session courtesy Joe Root, who made an unbeaten 182 as England pressed on from its overnight 373 for 6 to 464, for a lead of 165.
England had the upper hand when play started half an hour early, with Root looking to press on from his overnight 118. But the West Indies didn’t have to wait long for the first wicket of the day as Buttler was stumped by Denesh Ramdin off Devendra Bishoo in the fourth over.
But that had the least bearing on Root, who became the second-youngest England batsman to cross the 2000-run mark in Tests. His eighth-wicket stand with Chris Jordan was worth 39, before a misunderstanding resulted in a wicket for the West Indies. Root sent Jordan back after a run seemed agreed on, but only when Jordan was halfway down the pitch. Ramdin flicked off the bails with Jordan’s bat still in the air.
In the next over, England lost another wicket when Bishoo’s tossed-up delivery beat Stuart Broad’s slog as the ball lobbed off the glove to Smith at slip. Broad decided to review the decision, but he had to walk back for a four-ball duck.
Bishoo would end with 4 for 177 from his 51 overs.
Root then swung his bat around to hit two fours and two sixes in Anderson’s company before lack of urgency resulted in the final wicket – Anderson was strolling back for a second run when Shannon Gabriel’s throw from deep midwicket resulted in a run-out at the striker’s end.
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