Live England vs West Indies 2nd Test | Live Scores and Commentary
Live England vs West Indies 2nd Test Day 2:
After a spectacular show in the first Test match against England and taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, the visiting West Indies team were expected to be very much high on confidence in the second Test and the same was reflected from the mindset of their captain at the toss in Manchester. After a long delay due to the unexpected entry from the rain gods, the Windies captain Jason Holder won the toss and surprisingly elected to field first. Everybody expected the winning captain to bat first but Holder wanted to take advantage of the overcast conditions on offer. West Indies went on with an unchanged side while on the other hand, hosts England made as many as four changes to their playing eleven from the first Test match. England’s regular Test captain Joe Root along with Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad and Sam Curran were included in the playing eleven while the likes of James Anderson, Joe Denly, Jofra Archer and Mark Wood were left out.
Jofra Archer was dropped from the side at the last moment after the pacer breached the team’s bio secure protocols. The two England openers, Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley started things off on a tentative note as the conditions were pretty much overcast with the delayed start to the second Test match of the three-match Test series. Both the batters were very much successful at negating the opening spells from the Windies’ fast bowlers before off-spinner Roston Chase dismissed Rory Burns just at the stroke of lunch on Day 1. Chase was also the one who got the better of Zak Crawley for a golden duck off his first delivery after the lunch break.
After losing two consecutive wickets, the pair of Dominic Sibley and captain Joe Root then got together to resurrect the England innings. The duo stitched an excellent stand of 52 runs before Root was dismissed by Alzarri Joseph as the English skipper could only manage to score 23 runs. However, Sibley was looking solid as a rock and he now looked to build another partnership with all-rounder Ben Stokes. Sibley showed great temperament and reached back-to-back half-centuries.
Stokes and Sibley batted really well and gave no chance to the West Indies’ bowlers. Stokes also got to his half-century in the final session of the day. The duo remained unbeaten at stumps on Day 1 after stitching a sensational partnership of 126 runs. At the end of first day’s play where 82 overs were possible, England were 207 for 3 with Sibley batting on 86 runs and Stokes 59 not out. For West Indies, Roston Chase picked two wickets while Alzarri Joseph scalped a wicket but the experienced trio of Holder, Gabriel and Roach remained wicketless. England will surely be aiming to put up a strong total on the board in the first innings when they resume play on Day 2 while West Indies will need early wickets to put pressure on the hosts.
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