Brathwaite, Dowrich Half-Centuries Put Windies in Dominant Position at the end of day three in Southampton when they took the lead in the first innings with 114 runs.
Why Windies In Dominant Position
Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope assumed a good 57/1 foundation and scored the score in three numbers before the first wicket of the day fell. Off-spinner Dom Bess found the outer edge of Hope’s flashing drive when Ben Stokes slipped into a sharp hit.
Brathwaite passed fifty, his 18th test half-century, but was soon caught by a Ben Stokes nip-backer. Despite the loss of Brathwaite, the West Indies used some loose lines of the English bowler to further expand the score. Shamarh Brooks looked fluent for his 39 when he left James Anderson behind.
Blackwood was Bess’ second wicket and in the middle drilled a sweet timing shot into Anderson’s hand for 12 minutes.
Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich teamed up for the game’s biggest partnership to date, added 81 runs for the sixth wicket and led West Indies to the top. Chase looked more and more fluid at the fold, but became Anderson’s third victim of the innings. The additional movement of the second new ball proved its downfall when it was released by 142 balls for 47 LBW.
Shortly after Chase’s departure, Dowrich raised his fifty with consecutive twos from Stokes bowling before the same bowler sent Jason Holder on the way for only five – caught with a fine leg from the top edge.
Alzarri Joseph had a brief but entertaining stop at the fold and made three boundaries before Stokes put his stump back. This wicket was the 150th in tests by the English skipper, making him the sixth player in history to complete the double of 4,000 runs and 150 gates in the longest format.
In his next game, Stokes added his move with the Wicket from Dowrich, who fought well for his 61 to finish with 4/49. Mark Wood ended the innings by uprooting Shannon Gabriel’s middle stump with a Yorker. Despite the late flood of gates, visitors extended their lead to 114 as they were all out to 318.
The English opener Rory Burns and Dom Sibley have successfully negotiated a test spell before stumps and increased the result to 15/0 by the end to keep the hosts’ hopes of a setback alive.