On the fourth day of the second game of the three-match Test series between the hosts England and the visitors West Indies at Old Trafford (Manchester), England pacers secured the big first innings lead after their domination with the second new ball during the West Indies’ first innings. However, still, at the end of the day, England are not a very comfortable position to bet for winning on the final day.
While day three was entirely washed out due to the rain, West Indies started the fourth day on 32/1. While once they were batting on 242/4, the visitors were suddenly bundled out for 287 runs. At the stumps of the day, England are leading by 219 runs after scoring 37/2.
Caribbean opener Kraigg Brathwaite and the nightwatchman Alzarri Joseph provided a solid start on the fourth day morning session. They set up the 54 runs partnership for that second wicket before Joseph lost his wicket on 32 runs.
However, the Test vice-captain Brathwaite continued his solid batting with Shai Hope. At the lunch, West Indies were batting on 118/2. Just before that lunch, English opener Dom Sibley, who scored a century in the first innings of this match, mistakenly used saliva on the ball and the on-field umpires quickly disinfected the ball.
In the early second session, Hope once again disappointed by losing his wicket after scoring 25 runs. However, he and Brathwaite set up the 53 runs partnership for the third wicket. Soon after that dismissal, Brathwaite completed his fifty.
Shamarh Brooks and Brathwaite built up another strong 50+ partnership as they set up the 76 runs partnership for the fourth wicket. After scoring 75 runs off 165 balls (8 fours), Brathwaite was caught and bowled by the pacer Ben Stokes.
Before the tea break, Brooks completed his fifty. The visitors were batting on 227/4 at the tea break.
England pacers Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes dominated in the final session
After the four overs of the last session, England took the new ball when it became available. Since then, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes showed their incredible bowling performances as West Indies lost their last six wickets for just 45 runs.
While Brooks was dismissed for 68 runs off 137 balls (11 fours), Roston Chase fought really hard and it massively helped his team to escape from the follow-on. Chase scored 51 runs off 85 balls (7 fours) before losing his wicket. The last five batsmen (including one not out) failed to reach the double-digit scores, including three ducks.
Broad (3/66) and Woakes (3/42) both bagged three wickets each while the left-arm pacer Sam Curran (2/70) also took two wickets. Also, Ben Stokes (1/29) and Dom Bess (1/67) got one wicket each.
Leading by 182 runs, the hosts sent Ben Stokes and wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler as the openers in their second innings. However, Caribbean pacer Kemar Roach bowled Buttler (0) on the fourth ball of that innings.
In the fifth over, Roach also bowled Zak Crawley (11). At the stumps of the day, opener Stokes was batting on 16 runs while captain Joe Root was also not out on eight runs.