Da Silva and The Tail Frustrate England

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Published on 25 Mar 2022 11:15 pm (UK Time)

Joshua Da Silva and the tail frustrate England, as the West Indies, fight back from 95-6 to 232-8, and push their first innings lead to 28.

Both openers got the hosts off to a steady start, scoring 24 in the first ten overs.

The England bowlers were a bit inconsistent with their line and length.

West Indies reached 41-0 at Drinks.

Campbell brings up 50, for the opening partnership.

Stokes makes the breakthrough trapping Brathwaite LBW for 17, 50-1. The right-hander was deceived by the ball keeping low.

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Campbell gets struck on the helmet by Overton, but all is well.

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Campbell struck on the helmet yet again by Overton.

Brooks plays a sweet on-drive for four.

Ouch! Overton hits Brooks on the ribs.

60-1.

Beautiful straight drive from Brook, 65-1.

66-1.

68-1

Saqib Mahmood back in the attack.

Gone! Brooks struck in front by Mahmood for 13, 65-2.

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Campbell gloves one down the leg side, Foakes takes the catch, 69-3, Campbell has gone for 35, Overton has his first wicket.

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Close! Bonner’s attempted pull almost drags it onto his stumps.

West Indies head into Lunch 71-3. A good start from the openers, but those three wickets in the second hour puts England in control in Grenada. Yet again, it’s Stokes who comes to England’s rescue, providing the breakthrough, when he removed Brathwaite, the rock of the Windies batting. Hitting the deck seems to be the key for the bowlers with the variable bounce, can they continue to persist with that method after Lunch?

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Shot! lovely drive through mid-off from Blackwood,76-3

78-3.

Bonner overturns a behind decision, still 78-3

79-3.

80-3.

81-3.

82-3, mistimed pull from Bonner, but in the gap.

Gone, Woakes bounces Bonner out for 4, West Indies 82-4.

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Two for Woakes as Holder’s pull shot goes straight into the hands of Bairstow at deep square leg, 82-5.

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83-5.

84-5.

85-5.

Close! Mayers nearly chops one onto his stumps.

Close! Blackwood almost chips one to short mid-wicket.

89-5.

Dropped! Blackwood’s late decision to leave gets the bottom edge, but Foakes fails to cling on.

90-5.

Streaky four for Blackwood through third man, 94-5.

Gone! Woakes gets Blackwood for LBW, for 18, 95-6.

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96-6.

Maiden for Mahmood.

Mayers brings up 100 with a late cut to third man boundary.

Pulled away by Mayers for six by Mayers, 106-6 at Drinks.

107-6.

Bit of a risk single and Da Silva could have been gone with a direct hit, 108-6.

Spanked down the ground by Mayers for four it was an attempted pull, but the ball went back past the bowler, 112-6

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Another pull for four, 116-8.

117-5

Leach into the attack.

118-6.

119-6.

120-6.

Da Silva cuts Leach for four.

124-6

Mayers edges Stokes for four, 128-6.

Maiden for Leach.

Gone! What a shame for Mayers as he spoons Stokes to Mahmood at mid-wicket for a promising 28. A nothing shot really, 129-7.

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Streaky four for Joseph, 133-7.

Mahmood replaces Leach.

134-7.

Leach back into the attack.

Maiden for Leach as West Indies head into Tea 134-7. Woakes is the star so far with 3-32. Can England get a handy first-innings lead?

Woakes to start after Tea.

135-7.

Three for Joseph looks like he’s going to play some shots,,138-7.

139-7.

140-7.

141-7.

Bit of chirp from Stokes as Joseph attempts to hit him down the ground.

142-7.

Joseph pulls Woakes for six,148-7′

149-7.

150-7.

Rain Stops Play.

Play underway with Leach changing ends.

151-7

152-7. bit of a risky signal but Joseph is home.

153-7.

Maiden for Leach.

Maiden

154-7

Nice punch from Joesph, 158-7.

159-7.

Da Silva smashes Leach for four 163-7

164-7.

165-7.

166-7.

167-7.

168-7.

Three for Joesph, 171-7.

172-7.

Mahmood replaces Leach.

173-7.

174-7.

175-7

176-7.

Gone! Joseph tries to carve Overton down the ground, side but gets inside-edge through to Foakes, 1177-8.

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179-8

180-8.

181-8

182-8

Drinks.

183-8.

Nice on-drive for Da Silva,186-8.

187-8.

Close! Roach gets inside-edge, which evades Root at leg slip, 188-8.

Roach gets four, 192-8.

193-8

194-8.

195-8.

196-8.

197-8

Two to Roach, 199-8.

Da Silva brings up 200.

Two for Roach, 202-8

203-8.

Four for Roach, 207-8, Lead is three.

210-8.

England takes New Ball.

Da Silva flicks Woakes for four, 214-8.

215-8.

217-8

Flicked away by Da Silva for four, 50 for the Windies Keeper.

Two for Da Silva, 222-8.

Roach gets an outside-edge for four, 226-8.

50 Partnership from Roach and Da Silva.

228-8.

Four for Roach down to third man, 232-8.

So the West Indies end Day Two 232-8. The lead is 28, and like the England tail, the West Indies tail has wagged along with Da Silva who is unbeaten on 54. Roach is giving him company with 25. A frustrating final session for Root and his bowlers, unable to dismiss the tale. This could be where they miss the pace of Mark Wood who could have possibly been the difference if he was fit.

England must finish this innings early tomorrow and get batting.

Can the Windies tail continue to frustrate England on Day two?

Find out on World in Sport.

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