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Result England vs West Indies: Second test result, highlights, report

We’re now halfway through this three-match streak and the subject was already tit for tat. After the stalemate in the first test, the second in Barbados seems to be heading in the same direction. Because after England struggled for five sessions, the West Indies, who ended day three 288 for four and 219 behind, will do the same.

The pitch in Bridgetown is far too lopsided against the bowlers for even competition. But with the pressure on the scoreboard from England’s 507 for nine declared the hosts, particularly Kraigg Brathwaite, still unbeaten at 109, and Jermaine Blackwood at 102, responded with a steady hand.

There is still work to be done and the surface is only getting tougher, but who knows by how much. Nonetheless, the two wickets set to fall earlier in the day suggested there was more to come. These didn’t come to fruition, largely thanks to the West Indies captain’s contagious calm.

Brathwaite had been on the field since losing the toss on Thursday morning and grazed for all 151 overs as England put together their mammoth total. This 10th A hundred, all as an opener, typified that ability to concentrate, which never faltered and counted throughout his 337 balls. They have to go back to Chris Gayle in 2013 for the last non-Brathwaite century at the top of the order. However, this was the 29-year-old’s first time at Kennington Oval, his home ground.

This time, he was accompanied by Blackwood on all 411 deliveries. The 30-year-old isn’t exactly known for his liability, like his hilarious swipe over the line sack for two when West Indies tried to salvage the game in Antigua last week. But the reflection of recent days showed in the calm he eventually embraced for a third Test century and second against England, averaging 45.77 against an overall average that has now peaked at just over 30.

Saqib Mahmood had the shame of having his first Test wicket ticked off for crossing the front line at a time when England were desperate to break that relentless fourth-innings stand. Blackwood was down to 62 at the time, and West Indies temporarily reduced to 229 for four before the referee was informed of the no ball. It was second life for Blackwood, unknowingly trapped by Ben Stokes without LBW but saved by a surprise lack of DRS despite England holding all three assessments.

Jermaine Blackwood celebrates his centenary

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As the last training session dragged on and nerves were failing, the two got into a heated exchange of blows in the middle of the pitch. The kind of showdown we don’t want to see but secretly do. The show didn’t last long as Stokes was knocked off in the next over and Blackwood dabbed one wide to get three numbers. But he went out in entertaining fashion, letting a straight ball from Dan Lawrence hit him in front of the center stump. And of course he reviewed it.

After the glory of Stokes’ remarkable 120 and Matt Fisher’s first Test wicket, Friday was to be a day when any further joy had to be earned. West Indies had moved relatively comfortably to 71 for ones in their first innings, 436 down, with Brathwaite and Shamarh Brooks determined to continue on a solid batting stretch.

They didn’t have to work too hard for the first hit as Brooks sliced ​​a back point shot to Chris Woakes to give Leach his first wicket of the inning in the eighth over of the day. Further generosity – this time on the part of the referee – saw Nkrumah Bonner drop LBW against Stokes. The 33-year-old, fresh from an outstanding performance in the first test with 123 and then a match-saving 38 from 138 balls, scored immediately. TV referee Gregory Brathwaite was unable to conclusively determine whether the racquet hit the pad in front of the pad and was forced to stay out for the onfield decision.

Stokes and Blackwood exchanged words on the field

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A rare moment of happiness came as another Stokes-led appeal for LBW against Blackwood came and went. Joe Root decided not to take one, missing an opportunity to see three reds on the big screen – a predicted path straight down the middle of the leg stump – and reduced his opponents to 101 for four. It turned out to be a turning point.

From lunch on, after both sides had eaten at 114 for 3, things got a lot easier. That late move Mahmood was still present, just not as devilish with an older ball. Brathwaite transitioned to his half-century with 167 deliveries, the slowest of his career, after hitting his fastest of 62 in the first innings of the previous game.

Blackwood, now settled, burned similarly slowly. His half-century off 113 is also the slowest of his 18 ventures to that marker, with some typical thoroughbred shots through the off, able to continue to stay on the leg side of the ball with ease.

The second new ball came and made very little change apart from a harder red cherry coming on the racquet. Meanwhile, Leach focused on varying his pace and occasionally overshooting, although the latter wasn’t limited to the left-arm spinner. Brathwaite in particular makes hay with sweeps and drives in a sea of ​​point balls.

A dab from Leach by the third man got him two to take him to 100, with 11 fours spanning six hours and 50 minutes of batting since he got into the crease early in session three on day one. Unlike Blackwood, Brathwaite hadn’t stood a chance.

After that, Blackwood’s century was quickly over tete a tete with stokes. Then came his dismissal and the night watchman Alzarri Joseph to take up the remaining English fight.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cricket/england-west-indies-second-test-third-day-b2039379.html Result England vs West Indies: Second test result, highlights, report

Andrew Schnitker

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