England Level The 3 Test Series by 1-1

England level the 3 test series by 1-1. On the last day of 2nd test to bowled out West Indies and win by 113 runs.

England Level The 3 Test Series by 1-1

Ben Stokes and Joe Root started the day with the goal of adding fast runs, the former signaling its intent by planting Kemar Roach for a long-off maximum on the first day of the day. Root was exhausted when the pair tried to say goodbye to the goalkeeper, but Stokes continued to stack and hit his fifty out of 36 balls with another big six.

Eventually the explanation came and put West Indies on an unlikely 312 runs to win out of 85 overs.

However, Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell seemed to be thinking about winning rather than drawing, and the couple looked happy to play some punches. However, it turned out to be their downfall when Campbell drove an extended drive from Broad to give England his first wicket from the fifth ball of the innings – albeit with seven runs already on the board.

The hosts did not have to wait long for further success. Brathwaite was beaten by Chris Woakes and Broad Castling Shai Hope left the West Indies three times behind after only eleven overs at lunch.

England Level The 3 Test Series by 1-1
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JULY 20: Player of the Match Ben Stokes of England poses for a photo after victory on Day Five of the 2nd Test Match in the #RaiseTheBat Series between England and The West Indies at Emirates Old Trafford on July 20, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images for ECB)

Shortly after the break, Roston Chase Broads became the third victim when he rose to a ball that was believed to have hit a stump. Jermaine Blackwood and Shamarh Brooks stopped the rotting and prevailed against stubborn bowling from England.

Finally, Ben Stokes made his breakthrough in the last game before tea. Only three balls after pursuing an off-road ride to the limit of his own bowling, he managed to take Blackwood’s glove while Jos Buttler accomplished an athletic catch on the leg side.

Immediately after the break, Woakes struck again – his 100th wicket in testing – to remove Shane Dowrich for a duck. Brooks and Jason Holder held on for a while, but finally Sam Curran managed to finish the former’s innings after a well-done 62 to go 68 with his first innings.

A short time later, Bess removed Holder and flipped you through the gate to roll the Windies captain for 35. Bess was back for the next wicket when Alzarri Joseph brought an attempted Stokes drive to the waiting hands of the spinner. Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel managed to hold England long enough to reach the final drink break, but an excellent catch by Ollie Pope on the short leg from the first ball after the resumption confirmed England’s victory.

The last test starts on Friday July 24th at the same location.

Updated: July 21, 2020 — 10:08 am

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