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26-Jan-2019 06:14:00 GMT
WI v Eng - 1st Test, Barbados, Day 3

Holder and Dowrich grind England down on wicketless day

Barbados: An outstanding double hundred from West Indies captain Jason Holder and a supporting century by Shane Dowrich left England humbled for the second day in a row and battling to avoid a huge defeat in the first test on Friday.

Just 24 hours after England was skittled for 77, Holder scored 202 not out as his side amassed 415-6 declared in its second innings on day three to set England a notional winning target of 628.

Keaton Jennings and Rory Burns safely made their way to the close of play on 56-0.

Holder hit 23 fours and eight sixes as he steadily rebuffed a drowsy assault and substantiated himself an impostor in the modest position of number eight.

Just two players in the historical backdrop of test cricket have scored more from that situation in the batting request, Wasim Akram and Imtiaz Ahmed, while his 295-run remain with Dowrich (116 not out) was the third biggest the amusement has ever observed for the seventh wicket.

Holder created a lively, radiating festival when he achieved 200 by pounding low maintenance seamer Jennings into the leg-side and his incite announcement left England 20 overs to bat before stumps.

Brief scores:
England 77 (Roach 5-17) and 56 for 0 (Burns 39*) need another 572 runs to beat West Indies 289 (Hetmyer 81, Hope 57, Chase 54, Anderson 5-46, Stokes 4-59) and 415 for 6 dec (Holder 202*, Dowrich 116*)

In the transient all spotlight will be prepared on batting for six full sessions to guarantee a draw, yet past that there are inquiries over the make-up of the England group and the state of James Anderson and Ben Stokes.

The combine have sent down just about 100 overs between them in Bridgetown and looked fatigued as they walked off in Holder and Dowrich's slipstream.

Holder dashed to his third test hundred out of 99 balls, quickening with a couple of sixes off the battling Adil Rashid. Britain commander Joe Root depended on knocking down some pins at leg stump from round the wicket as England's excitement faded.

Root's demeanor was not helped when Holder endure two half-risks on 127 and 151, Burns and Ben Foakes making diversion endeavors at two extremely intense possibilities however missing the mark.

Anderson took the second new ball and England fared minimal superior to with the former one. Dowrich hindered as he moved toward his hundred however raised the 200 organization in style as he drove the veteran paceman down the ground.


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