3rd Test, Day 2: West Indies lead by 28 runs
West Indies put up a fighting show against England on Day 2 of the ongoing third Test in Grenada. They added 232 by the end of the day. In the process, they lost eight wickets. Wicket-keeper Joshua de Silva (54*) battled his way through English pacers. Chris Woakes picked three wickets. He now holds 130 scalps in Tests. Here are the details.
West Indies were off to a good start. They added 50 runs to the opening stand before losing their way to be found wanting (95/6). The England pacers found a way back into the game and tore through WI's middle-order. West Indies' tail-enders held the fort to add 137 runs at stumps. Da Silva and Roach have performed well.
Seaming conditions suited the English bowlers. Ben Stokes was instrumental in affecting the first breakthrough for the visitors. He dismissed Brathwaite (17) then trapped an aggressive-looking Kyle Mayers on 28. Woakes finished the day with figures of 3/41. Craig Overton garnered a couple of wickets. Pacer Saqib Mahmood managed to get a wicket as well.
Nkrumah Bonner, Jermaine Blackwood, and Jason Holder looked completely out of sorts against the Englishmen. The trio collectively added merely 22 runs to the total. Both Bonner (4) and Blackwood (34) were sent back to the pavilion by Woakes. Holder, meanwhile, recorded his seventh duck in the whites. He was dismissed for a duck in the second innings of the last Test as well.
Mayers and Da Silva added 33 runs for the seventh wicket. However, Stokes got the better of the former with a fuller one. Joseph and Da Silva then grilled the Englishmen to put on 49 runs for the eighth wicket. This was followed by a courageous display from Kemar Roach and Da Silva for the ninth wicket (59*) to eventually wrap up the day.