Kraigg Brathwaite scored his 19th Test fifty.(Image Courtesy: ICC Twitter)
Kraigg Brathwaite scored his 19th Test fifty.(Image Courtesy: ICC Twitter)

England vs West Indies, As it happened, 2nd Test Day 4: Roach grabs two after WI bowled out for 287

By | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2020 11:54 PM IST
23:30 hrs IST

Stumps on Day 4, England lead by 219

England (37/2 and 469/9 decl) at stumps on Day 4, lead West Indies (287 all out) by 219 runs. So there we have it, folks. All over to the final day of the match. West Indies seemed to have the edge after the first two sessions, but a dramatic turnaround in the third, in which they lost 6/45 has once again given the advantage to England. They have one more day left, and based on what transpired on Sunday, they’d be licking their chops. With that we’d take your leave with the promise to join you back for what promises to be a riveting day of Test cricket.

23:00 hrs IST

Surprise, Surprise

Hang on, it’s Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler walking out to open for England. So that’s a sight we never imagined we’d see. However, the experiment backfires for England because Kemar Roach has Buttler playing on fourth ball of the innings. England 1/1. Zak Crawley joins Stokes in the middle.

22:45 hrs IST

West Indies all out for 287, England secure 182-run lead

Bowled him. A slower one from Chris Woakes cleans up Shannon Gabriel for a duck. West Indies have been bowled out for 287, meaning England, who have secured a 182-run lead will aim at extending it before putting Windies in again. What a turnaround the final session has been. West Indies have lost their final six wickets for just 45 runs. With that sort of performance, England are right back in the match.

22:30 hrs IST

Chase falls after fifty

Roston Chase scores a brilliant and extremely vital half-century for his team, his 8th in Tests, but falls shortly after LBW to Woakes. Initially given not out, it was close enough for England to go upstairs. And there we have it, three reds and the umpire will have to change his decision. England need one more wicket and

21:20 hrs IST

West Indies have avoided the Follow-on

... and forced England to bat twice in the match, which promises to be entertaining with a little over a day’s play left. Roston Chase hits two boundaries off that over from Sam Curran to take West Indies to 270. Meanwhile, we’re hearing that the reason Stokes has gone off the field is due to indigestion. And Michael Atherton is not pleased.

22:00 hrs IST

Stokes walks off, West Indies lose another

The England all-rounder is off the field, apparently due to some discomfort he’s experiencing in his abdomen region. For the last few hours, Stokes was seen favouring the area after each ball. After conceding a boundary, Stokes kicked the ground in frustration and walked off. None the less, the disappointment of Stokes leaving the field was negated as England get another Windies wicket, eighth to be precise. Just two wickets in hand and 10 more to avoid follow-on. Things have gotten interesting in the last 45 minutes.

21:40 hrs IST

Broad gets his third, WI lose their seventh

Oh dear! What a turnaround at the Old Trafford. From 242/4, West Indies have slumped to 252/7, three wickets for 10 runs. Broad gets this one spot on. Dowrich trapped right in front of the wicket for a duck. West Indies still require 18 to avoid the follow-on. The decision to take the second new ball has worked magic for England. Broad gets three wickets in three overs. And to think, England dropped him from the first Test. He has 3/7 with the second new ball.

21:30 hrs IST

Last game’s hero out for nought

Broad picks up another, two wickets in two overs for him. Last Test’s hero Jermaine Blackwood is clean bowled to a ball that stays extremely low. Unfortunate for West Indies. You’d not expect a new ball to stay that low; barely lifted above the ankles. But none the less, England have picked up two early wickets and West Indies are six down for 248, still need 22 runs to avoid the follow-on.

21:15 hrs IST

England strike with second new ball

OUT! Full and straight. England strike with the second new ball as Broad gets Brooks for 68. West Indies 242/5. Timely strike for England, who have once again got a wicket right after a session break. There was a long deliberation between Stuart Broad and Joe Root regarding the second new ball but you’d believe in the end it was the right call.

21:00 hrs IST

The final session underway

The fourth day’s play enters its final session. Plenty to be decided based on how this session fares. If West Indies do not lose too many wickets, they could fancy their chances of retaining the Wisden Trophy. On the other hand, if England make it their session, who knows... there might be a twist in the tale left. England have brought back Dom Bess, he’s looked threatening on occasions and an early wicket here could tilt the balance in favour of the hosts.

20:30 hrs IST

Tea break on Day 4 in Manchester

West Indies reach 227/4 at tea on Day 4 in Manchester (Brathwaite 75, Brooks 60*), behind England by 242 runs. So there we have it. A session neither team would mind. England picked up a couple of wickets - of Shai Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite, while West Indies scored 109 runs in that session at a reasonable rate. They still need another 43 runs to avoid the follow-on, and at this stage, it seems likely that England will have to bat again in this match.

20:15 hrs IST

Fifty for Brooks

FIFTY! Second Test half-century from Shamarh Brooks (to go with a hundred) and it’s taken him 96 balls to get there. West Indies 214/4, trail England by 255 runs.

20:00 hrs IST

Brathwaite misses century

GONE! Kraigg Brathwaite out caught and bowled to Stokes for 75. Effort ball from the England all-rounder. Stokes bangs the ball into the ground it holds up on Brathwaite, who, looking to work it on the leg side, manages to spoon it back to the bowler. Stokes’ relentless ploy of bowling round the wicket has worked for him and England. West Indies 199/4. trail England by 270.

19:45 hrs IST

I see Stokes becoming one of England’s greatest cricketers: Dominic Cork

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19:30 hrs IST

Umpires apply disinfectant on ball after Dominic Sibley accidentally uses saliva

It has finally happened and this will certainly be a trivia question in the future - who was the first player to accidentally use saliva on the ball in the post Covid-19 era? The answer is Dominic Sibley. The England batsman, who scored a century in Manchester in the first innings, was seen accidentally rubbing the ball with saliva at the end of a Chris Woakes over on Day 4 of the 2nd Test against West Indies. Read FULL STORY.

19:15 hrs IST

Another partnership developing for West Indies

Partnerships have kept West Indies in this game. Barring the opening partnership, all the remaining three have been meaty ones for West Indies. After Brathwaite and Joseph added 56 for the second wicket, Brathwaite put on 53 with Shai Hope. And this stand, between Brathwaite and Brooks is 55 off 89. West Indies 178/3 after 60 overs, trail England by 291 runs.

19:00 hrs IST

The Hope dismissal 

A cunning piece of bowling from Curran to dismiss Hope 🎥

— ICC (@ICC) July 19, 2020

18:45 hrs IST

Fifty for Brathwaite

With a sublime straight drive, Brathwaite brings up a half-century, his 19th in Tests. He has scored three boundaries already off Stuart Broad post lunch and seems to be growing in confidence. West Indies still need 123 to avoid the follow on and Brathwaite holds key to those chances. Ben Stokes created a chance as he managed to draw a loose shot from Brathwaite outside off, but the edge flew safe through the gap between second and third slip. Shamarh Brooks has helped himself to a couple of early boundaries to move to 10. Ben

18:30 hrs IST

Curran strikes for England, another low score for Hope

Curran strikes! England get the breakthrough as Hope is out caught behind for 25. West Indies 123/3, trail by 346 runs. It was an off-cutter from the left-armer and Hope, who was standing on off-stump poked the the ball. Edged and taken for Jos Buttler. Another low score for Hope, who would be disappointed having started off so well. As for England, timely strike this.

18:15 hrs IST

Welcome back for Session 2

Right then. The lunch interval is over and we’re heading into the most crucial session of the day. If West Indies manage to bat the way they did in the morning, they might just give themselves a solid chance here. For England, well, they need a wicket here and break this partnership which is beginning to look threatening. Curran bowls the first over post lunch and Hope takes a single off it.

17:30 hrs IST

Lunch on Day 4, West Indies steady in reply

West Indies reach 118/2 at lunch on Day 4 in Manchester (Brathwaite 41*, Hope 25*), behind England by 352 runs. They would be mighty pleased with their effort, especially the way Hope and Brathwaite carried on after nightwatchman Alzarri Joseph went for 32. The pair has added 48 off 112 balls and West Indies are moving cautiously towards avoiding the follow-on. Good morning session for the visitors.

17:15 hrs IST

Rock-solid Brathwaite

We haven’t really spoken much about Kraigg Brathwaite’s batting today, which has been top class so far. He has been rock-solid while Joseph and Hope have scored the most boundaries of the innings. Not to say Brathwaite hasn’t - he just stroked a crunching drive through covers to help West Indies bring up their 100. Hope, meanwhile has helped himself to his fifth four - 20 off his 24 runs have come in boundaries. West Indies have done everything right in the session.

17:00 hrs IST

Brathwaite, Hope steady for West Indies

They have scored 27 off 69 balls, exactly what the West Indies need. West Indies closing on their 100 and as we enter the final 30 minutes before lunch, they’d be mighty pleased with their effort. There has been swing available for England seamers, but the Windies have played it with a lot of confidence. Heck, this is better batting compared to how the Indian batsmen performed during the 2018 tour. Remember, and we cannot stress in enough, a draw here is enough for them to retain the Wisden Trophy.

16:45 hrs IST

West Indies need another 180 to avoid follow-on

Shai Hope has moved to 16, of which 12 have come in boundaries. He hasn’t had the best of runs in Tests - in fact, he averages the lowest among top four batsmen since 2018. Could today be the big score Hope is eager to. West Indies would love that prospect.

16:30 hrs IST

Hope starts positively

Shai Hope took nine balls but got off the mark with a crisply-timed boundary and follows it up with another one four balls later. So far, West Indies have had a 17-run, 13-run and eight-run over in the session, taking the run-rate to 2.89. They’re 81/2, behind by 388 runs.

16:15 hrs IST

Bess gets breakthrough

OUT! The bowling change has worked for England as Dom Bess gets Alzarri Joseph. A soft dismissal really; slightly short and the batsman lobs the ball straight to forward short leg. A wonderful effort by him to score 32 off 52 balls. West Indies 70/2, trail by 399 runs. Shai Hope is the new batsman.

16:00 hrs IST

Joseph frustrates England

Wow. Joseph is batting like a top order player. Two boundaries in that over from Broad. None the less, the 50-partnership is up between Joseph and Brathwaite off just 62 deliveries. There has been no shortage of runs here for West Indies. The second boundary came off Joseph’s helmet and there’s a concussion test taking place. Yup. all good and we’re ready to resume. West Indies 67/1, trailing by 402 runs.

15:45 hrs IST

Early movement for Broad, reprieve for Joseph

The first chance of the day, in the second over, and it goes begging. Woakes squared up Joseph, who nicked the ball to second slip, where Crawley put down a dolley. Ouch! Not what England wanted first up. Two threes, and a boundary to finish makes it 13 from the over. Broad and Woakes generating a decent amount of swing. The commentators discuss whether Sam Curran could have started the day, while showing the replay of the India Tests from 2018 where the left-armer picked up 19 wickets in the series.

15:30 hrs IST

Day 4 kicks off in bright and sunny Manchester

The passing shower has passed and it’s in ideal morning for a Test match. Nasser Hussain rings the bell, with gloves in one hand, and we’re underway. A crucial day for England. First session may be an indication as to what lies ahead for each side in the series. Remember a draw here will make sure that the West Indies will not lose this series.

15:20 hrs IST

Match about to begin

98 overs, extended sessions | Bright and sunny conditions in Manchester promises to make this an enthralling day of Test cricket. And as a result of it, to make up for the time lost on Day 3, a total of 98 overs will be bowled with all three sessions extended. In 2 days, England face the task of picking up 19 wickets. Tough but definitely possible.

15:00 hrs: IST

Which bowler will be surprise factor for England?

Nasser Hussain believes Sam Curran. He explains in his column for Sky Sports: “Another bonus for England is Curran’s height. Curran playing in Barbados last year was a mistake but the fact he is short helps England at Old Trafford because he bowls the full length that brings lbw and the stumps into play. Jason Holder, who is 6ft 7in, was bowling a full length and only just trimming the bails, so a load of DRS decisions weren’t overturned. Curran, at 5ft 9in, has a different trajectory and brings the stumps into play.”

14:50 hrs IST

Nasser Hussain’s advice for England

“The West Indies’ magical number is 270. That will avoid the follow-on, England will have to bat again and that will take time out of the game. West Indies may then only need to bat two sessions to save the Test,” Hussain wrote in Sky Sports column.

14:30 hrs IST

DRS debate continues

“The umpire is always right and you don’t argue with his decision’ used to be the first lesson a young cricketer was taught. This admirable exercise in discipline and self-control is now not applicable as the introduction of DRS is encouraging a form of player dissent,” Ian Chappell wrote for ESPNcricinfo. Do you agree that DRS needs an immediate overhaul? READ MORE

14:20 hrs IST

Ben Stokes the best allrounder at the time?

“At this point of time, there is no doubt in my mind that Ben Stokes is the number one all-rounder in the world across all three formats. He has an average of 43 in Tests, 59 in ODIs over the last two years,” Aakash Chopra said on his Youtube channel. “He has a good bowling average across all formats as well, there is no doubt that Stokes is the number one all-rounder in the world across all formats,” he added. READ MORE

14:10 hrs IST

‘Patient’ Ben Stokes on his sensational innings to Sky Sports

“I made a real conscious effort to be as clinical as I possibly could, especially around that sort of fourth- and fifth-stump line that Jason and Kemar [Roach] are fantastic at doing. It was about understanding what we had to do at different times throughout the game. I had to be really disciplined in leaving the ball because I know by now that teams will hang the ball wide and test my patience. So I was playing the game with them as long as I could, and waiting to be able to capitalise on anything.”

14:00 hrs IST

Can England bowl out West Indies twice?

Ben Stokes tells Sky Sports: “If we use the first two days as a benchmark for how we want to bat then, then the better we’re going to become. We are a very good team at bouncing back from defeats and we’ve proven that. If we can keep producing days and games like we generally do after a first Test then we’ll start coming closer to being the No. 1 team, which is obviously a goal of ours. We’re in a great place as a side. We’ve got the right personnel, the right team, the right people helping the players out right now. And I think in two or three years’ time, all the tough times that we’ve experienced - in South Africa and this first game against West Indies - is a great learning curve, not just for the younger guys in the team at the moment but also for the more experienced guys. If you are always learning from mistakes, it’s going to make you a better player as an individual, but also a better team.”

13:50 hrs IST

Ben Stokes on press conference

“It’s looking like we’ve got to take 19 wickets in two days,” Stokes told Sky Sports. “But the wicket has offered something throughout the whole Test so far, so we just need to make sure that we can expose that and put as many deliveries as we can, challenging their defensive shots as much as we can.”

13:40 hrs IST

Has all been lost for England?

Has rain spoilt England’s chance to win Test? England are sitting comfortably at the moment in the match and had Day 3 would have seen some action, West Indies could find themselves in tough spot. But has it been too late? Can the Three Lions still bowl out Windies twice in the two remaining days?

13:30 hrs IST

Hello and Welcome

Hello and welcome to our live blog on Day 4 of the 2nd Test between England and West Indies in Manchester. If you are Joe Root, you must be feeling disheartened knowing that the Day 3 was entirely washed out which leaves you less time to bowl out Windies twice to win the match. If you are Jason Holder, you would not mind it too much as England were in a good position in the Test, and Windies had a tough task ahead of them. Day 4 will be crucial as any more interruptions will seal the fate of this Test towards a draw.

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