England Vs West Indies 2020, 2nd Test: Day 2 – Twin Centuries Set A Good Platform For The Hosts
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England Vs West Indies 2020, 2nd Test: Day 2 – Twin Centuries Set A Good Platform For The Hosts

Ben Stokes, Dom Sibley
Ben Stokes and Dom Sibley (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Twin centuries of the overnight English batsmen, Dom Sibley and Ben Stokes, helped the hosts England to dominate the second day of the Manchester Test, which is the second game of the three-match Test series against West Indies.

Starting the day on their overnight score of 207/3, the hosts once again batted patiently and scored 469/9 before declaring the first innings. In reply, the West Indies scored 32/1 at the stumps of the day, and they are trailing by 437 runs.

England: Ben Stokes scored 176 and Dom Sibley scored 120 runs

Opener Dom Sibley continued his slow batting, while the Test vice-captain Ben Stokes patiently started the day and slowly added the pace in his innings. Just before lunch, Sibley completed his second Test century for which he took 312 balls. At lunch, England scored 264/3, where Stokes was not out on 99 runs and Sibley was batting on 101 runs. In that first session, England managed to add only 57 runs on the board.

England, Dom Sibley, Manchester Test
Dom Sibley (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Soon after the lunch, Stokes completed his 10th Test century in 255 balls. Sibley and Stokes stretched their fourth-wicket partnership to 250+. After building up the 260 runs partnership, Sibley lost his wicket to Roston Chase. Before losing that wicket, Sibley scored 120 runs off 372 balls (5 fours).

Soon, Chase dismissed Ollie Pope (7) after trapped him lbw. On the other hand, Stokes was batting comfortably and striking hard after completing his century as he completed 150 runs in 301 balls, taking only 46 balls to reach the last fifty. At Tea, England were batting on 378/5.

England, Ben Stokes, Manchester Test
Ben Stokes (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

In the early third session, Stokes lost his wicket after scoring 176 runs off 356 balls (17 fours and 2 sixes). The Caribbean pacer Kemar Roach took that wicket which was his first Test wicket after 521 balls. On the very next ball, Roach dismissed Chris Woakes for a golden duck.

After scoring 40 runs, wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler was dismissed by the Caribbean Test skipper Jason Holder. In the very next over of that wicket, Sam Curran (17) became the fifth victim of Chase in that innings. While England were batting on 427/9, Dom Bess (31*) and Stuart Broad (11*) quickly added 42 runs for the unbroken 10th wicket before the English captain Joe Root declared the innings.

Roston Chase had the bowling figures of 44-3-172-5. Kemar Roach (2/58) was the only other bowler to claim more than one wicket in that innings. The other wicket-takers in that innings were Alzarri Joseph (1/70) and skipper Jason Holder (1/70).

West Indies, Manchester Test
Roston Chase (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

West Indies: opener John Campbell lost his wicket

While England batted 162 overs in the first innings of this Test, the visitors batted 14 overs before the umpires ended the day’s play. In the 10th over of Caribbean innings, Sam Curran dismissed the opener John Campbell (12) after he trapped him lbw. At the stumps of the day, opener Kraigg Brathwaite was batting on six runs and the nightwatchman Alzarri Joseph was not out on 14 runs.

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