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England Buried Windies In 2ND Test

Wake up and turn I loose

Wake up and turn I loose

Wake up and turn I loose

For the rain is falling

Got to have kaya now

Got to have kaya now

Got to have kaya now

For the rain is falling

Kaya — Bob Marley 

England 469/9d & 129/3d vs. Windies 287 & 198

England beat the West Indies by 113 runs in the second Test at Manchester. 

“It’s disappointing,” says Jason Holder. “England played a really good game but that period with the second new ball let us down. You need to give credit where it’s due, England’s bowlers challenged our batters consistently. But too many of our batters got caught on the crease; on a surface like this, you need to commit forward or back. We’ve got to understand scenarios better. We fought through decent periods in the game but maybe need a little bit more grit, determination to get through challenging spells. It’s just about getting through those tough spells.”

England gave the West Indies a target of 312 runs, thanks to an all-round performance by Ben Stokes. In response, the West Indies team returned to the pavilion for 198 runs and lost the match by 113 runs. 

With the victory in this match, there has been a momentous change in the ICC World Test Championship 2020 table. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has also updated the World Test Championship points table after the end of England vs. West Indies match.

With this new update, the England team has moved up from fourth to third place in the ICC World Test Championship.

After winning the first match, the West Indies team went from 8th to 7th, but after losing this match, there has been no difference in the Caribbean team’s ranking, the West Indies team has lagged in terms of net run rate. 

Some Personal Milestones in the Match

  • Chris Woakes completed his 100 wickets in this Test by dismissing Shane Dowrich. He became the 16th player to score a thousand runs and 100 wickets in Tests for England. 
  • Stokes became the first player to score more than 250 runs and take two wickets in a single Test for England. Stokes, who made 254 runs and took three wickets in the match, was adjudged Player of the Match.
  • Stokes also overtook Jason Holder to gain the number one spot in ICC Test All-rounder rankings and jump to number 3 position in ICC Test Batting Rankings.

England Bowlers were fantastic with the new ball. Stuart Broad taking quick wickets with the second new ball in the first innings put the Windies on the back foot, and at first, it appears as if they would not even save the follow-on. 

However, they somehow managed to survive, but England came out with a plan-B in the second innings. 

Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler came out as the opening pair. Jos Buttler failed to turn test cricket in T20 cricket as he got out for a duck. Stokes managed to stay unbeaten for the day.

When England’s team landed on the last day of the match on Monday, they had a big lead of 219 runs with eight wickets in hand. The need was to convert Test cricket into a T20 game in the first hour by making quick runs. 

Stokes came out with all guns blazing, hitting a quick unbeaten 78 from 57 balls with the help of four fours and three sixes, bringing the team score to 129 for three in 19 overs. 

When captain Joe Root made the gesture of declaring the innings, England had given the West Indies a big target of 312 runs.

Half of the work was then completed by fast bowler Stuart Broad, who took three wickets and gave the West Indies early shocks. 

After this, the West Indies could not recover and returned to the pavilion for just 198 runs. Only Shamarh Brooks (62 runs) and Jermaine Blackwood (55 runs) showed any courage in attempting to bat the West Indies out of trouble.

They both shared a 100-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Dom Bess took the final wicket to seal the match for England in the last session of Day-5.

West Indies had already lost the plot in the first innings. England recovering from 81-3 to 469-9 was the biggest turn-around in that test match. 

Dom Sibley (120 runs) and Ben Stokes (176 runs) played a big hand to reach that score. There were criticisms of their approach in the 1st innings, but Ben Stokes showed that he was capable of shifting gears and, at times, becoming a pinch hitter.

Roston Chase was the shining light for the Windies in the bowling department, taking 5-172. Roach ended his drought by collecting a few scalps.  

The batting department performed in patches, but none of the batsmen converted their 50s to big tons. 

A test match going down the wire to the last day and last session is always exciting for fans. 

But in this case, it was either a draw or a win for England. The host team winning the match despite several changes has proved the strength of their bench. 

England will be confident, laughing even going into the third and final match of the series, given the return of their firepower of James Anderson and Jofra Archer.

Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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