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01-Feb-2019 05:32:00 GMT
WI vs Eng - 2nd Test, Antigua

West Indies claim opening-day honours

Antigua: West Indies dominance of England continued on the opening day of the second Test with the home side's fast bowlers bundling out the visitors for 187 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Thursday.

Already 1-0 up in the three-match series, the Caribbean team's openers negotiated 21 testing overs to the close and the pair of Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell will resume on the second morning at 30 without loss in reply.

Whipped by the far reaching edge of 381 keeps running in the principal Test in Barbados not exactly seven days sooner, England again attempted to adapt to the joined ambush of the house side's pacers.

As in the principal innings of the primary Test when they were steered for only 77, Kemar Roach again drove the ambush with four wickets.

He was capably upheld by the quickest of the group of four, Shannon Gabriel (3-45) while Alzarri Joseph and skipper Jason Holder consolidated for the staying three wickets.

Brief scores:
West Indies 30 for 1 (Campbell 16*, Brathwaite 11*) trail England 187 (Moeen 60, Bairstow 52, Roach 4-30) by 157 runs

Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow struck differentiating half-hundreds of years to turn away a total and servile capitulation again by the pre-arrangement top picks whose skipper experienced most the fancies of an uneven surface.

By then the two openers had died to Roach and Joseph, and when Holder tolled in with the wicket of Jos Buttler by means of a progressively agreeable slip catch to Campbell, England were in urgent need of revival at 55 for four.

Bairstow offered a touch of breathing space towards the finish of that initial two hours' play, counter-assaulting amazingly to achieve 52 off 64 balls with nine fours and a six just to fall in the absolute first over after lunch, Roach catching him leg-previously.

His end conveyed Ali to the wrinkle and keeping in mind that he saw Ben Stokes capitulate to Gabriel at the opposite end, the off-turning all-rounder found a capable accomplice in Ben Foakes, the wicketkeeper-batsman contributing 35 valuable runs and highlighting in a 85-run organization for the seventh wicket to lift their group from the profundities of 93 for six.

Ali achieved his 50 years just before the tea interim, slicing at another short ball from Roach to locate the third-man limit.


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