After day one saw just less than 18 overs bowled in the day both teams were back on day 2 expecting to play more cricket than they did on the first day. The sun was out in full flow as English Batsmen Joe Denly and Rory Burns walked out to bat. Joseph Alzarri was the man to bowl the last two pending deliveries of the 18th over.
Jason Holder brought himself back into the attack starting off with two back to back maidens. It was followed by Shannon Gabriel striking first on day 2. Denly leaves a nip-backer from good length with the ball crashing on to the top of off. This was followed by a successful review by West Indies to dismiss Rory Burns. In walked Zak Crawley, who was again dismissed shortly after a 50-minute stint at the crease.
Holder leads the side from front with a fifer
Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler stitched a steady partnership of 67 runs but soon ended up in a collapse. As soon as Ben Stokes was dismissed it was followed back by Jos Buttler’s dismissal two overs later. At Stokes dismissal, England were 154 for six which soon went down to 204 all out. All credit to West Indies Skipper Jason Holder, who ended with six wickets in the innings.
In pursuit, West Indies openers Brathwaite and Campbell walked out to bat post-lunch. The two steadied until Campbell was dismissed after the latter didn’t get lucky for the third time to James Anderson. Umpire Richard Illingworth, who had two decisions overturned against him previously, raised his finger again to an lbw appeal by Anderson. Campbell, unlucky this time could not get this decision in his favour.
England soon brought Mark Wood into the attack, who started clocking close to 95mph in just in his 2nd over. Later, Wood started bowling wider of the crease to trouble the batsmen. As the English bowlers were looking to pick more wickets, the play was stopped due to bad light. With no time left in the play, the umpires called it stumps.
England 204 in 67.3 overs (Ben Stokes 43, Jos Buttler 35; Jason Holder 6-42, Shannon Gabriel 4-62) lead West Indies 57/1 in 19.3 overs (John Campbell 28, Kraigg Brathwaite 20*; James Anderson 1-17) by 147 runs