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Mohammad Rizwan Hopeful Of Pakistan Levelling The Test Series Against New Zealand
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Mohammad Rizwan Hopeful Of Pakistan Levelling The Test Series Against New Zealand

Pakistan’s stand-in captain Mohammad Rizwan believes that his team is still positive of making a strong comeback after the defeat of 101 runs in the first Test against New Zealand.

Mohammad Rizwan and Fawad Alam had almost taken the team to victory but after the fall of their wickets, the lower-order didn’t show intent to save the game. As a result, on day five of the first Test, New Zealand won the match to get the lead in the two-match Test series.

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While speaking to media, Mohammad Rizwan has confirmed that the Men in Green will be making changes in their playing XI for the second Test against New Zealand, which commences at the Hagley Oval from Sunday.

“We have thought of making changes for the second Test. We will sit down with the team management and decide, but there are going to be changes,” said Rizwan.

“The last match of any tour is very important. The series is still alive and all players are confident of giving their best. We have an opportunity to level the series by winning the next Test,” he added.

Mohammad Rizwan on Babar Azam’s injury:

Babar Azam
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Mohammad Rizwan informed that Babar Azam is still feeling some pain in his thumb and thus, Pakistan team management has decided to give him more rest. He added that the skipper will be available for the South Africa series.

“Babar wants to represent Pakistan when he is 100 percent fit. He needs some more time to get fit and will be available for the South African series. His absence will certainly be felt, but it provides an opportunity for other players to perform like Fawad Alam did in first Test. Once Babar will be back, we will have a good combination,” Rizwan said.

Mohammad Rizwan also revealed that they will look to bowl first after winning the toss considering the weather conditions and greeny pitch.

“We will be looking to bowl first if we win the toss because the forecast is cloudy and there is grass and some moisture on the pitch,” he concluded.

With a victory in the upcoming last Test in this tour, Pakistan can draw this away Test series. Earlier, they lost the three-match T20I series in this tour by the 2-1 margin.

Australia vs India 2020-21: Ajinkya Rahane's Hundred Can Be His Best Considering He Has Additional Responsibility, Says Sanjay Manjrekar
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Australia vs India 2020-21: Ajinkya Rahane’s Hundred Can Be His Best Considering He Has Additional Responsibility, Says Sanjay Manjrekar

Cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has applauded Ajinkya Rahane’s century which came with an additional responsibility to lead the pack. Rahane smashed gritty hundred against Australians on day two of the ongoing second Test match at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Without their batting mainstay and regular captain Virat Kohli, India got the better of Australians on Sunday (December 28). Ajinkya Rahane led them from the front. He stitched a crucial 50-runs partnership with Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant before frustrating Australian bowlers with a 104* runs partnership with Ravindra Jadeja. In the process, Rahane showed his class and determination to get his 12th Test hundred while his second at MCG.

This could Ajinkya Rahane’s best Test hundred: Sanjay Manjrekar

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Ajinkya Rahne with Ravindra Jadeja. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Sanjay Manjrekar was full of praise of Ajinkya Rahane. He didn’t mince words to claim that this hundred could be the right-hand batsman’s best hundred considering he had also the burden of leading the team.

“I think this is very close to being his best Test hundred. He got his first Test hundred in Wellington but the hundred that comes close to this one is the hundred that he got at Lord’s,” Sanjay Manjrekar told Sony Six.

“Here, India were under pressure 0-1 down, the pitch had something in it and he was the captain, additional responsibility, the quality of the bowling attack, looking at all those parameters, this could Ajinkya Rahane’s best Test hundred,” Sanjay Manjrekar added.

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Sanjay Manjrekar stated that he liked the way Rahane has proved his case and played a crucial knock while calmly celebrated it.

“Terrific innings, it was an innings of quiet resolve. I love people who step up with so much to prove. He has got some critics now but when he gets a hundred, that’s what he does, no histrionics, quietly raises the bat,” Sanjay Majrekar further said.

Currently, India is leading by 82 runs and day three is going to be thrilling. Australia will have to quickly pick five remaining wickets of India to control the lead.

Australia vs India 2020-21: Joe Burns Cleared Of Any Serious Injury; Will Pucovski And David Warner Still Under Observation
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Australia vs India 2020-21: Joe Burns Cleared Of Any Serious Injury; Will Pucovski And David Warner Still Under Observation

Australia’s Test opening batsman Joe Burns, who got a nasty blow to his elbow during the second innings of Australia in Adelaide, has been cleared of any serious injury. On the other hand, David Warner is still recovering from the groin injury while concussed Will Pucovski, who was considered as the possible opening partner of Burns, is still under observation albeit he has not been ruled out of the series.

On Sunday, Joe Burns got hit off Jasprit Bumrah’s fast bowl on his elbow after which he was seen uncomfortable in the field. After the physio gave him the first-aid, he continued batting and in the process, found his mojo. The opening batsman, who had a struggling season, went on to score an unbeaten half-century to chase down 90 runs target and guide his team to victory in the opening match of the four-match Test series.

Joe Burns and Matthew Wade to open the innings in MCG:

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Joe Burns. Image Credit: Getty Images.

As the Queenslander has been cleared of a broken arm and is set to open at the MCG, where the hosts will pursue a 2-0 series lead in the four-Test series.

As the other two regular openers have been not cleared of their respective injuries, Matthew Wade is likely to be the opening partner of Joe Burns. The former has never opened the innings in first-class before playing the first Test against India in Adelaide.

Wade took an aggressive approach like Warner in the second innings but the southpaw was dismissed in a run-out. He ran to take a single but the wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha was quick to collect the ball and flick between his leg to took the bails off.

Matthew Wade
Matthew Wade (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP)

But Burns and Wade’s partnership was set to give another nightmare to India. However, Wade’s dismissal helped India to avoid giving a 10-wicket win albeit Australia has gained the lead in the Test series.

Earlier, there was a lot of debate over Joe Burn’s inclusion but Justin Langer and Tim Paine backed him and he stood up to the expectation.

Joe Root, Azhar Ali
Joe Root with Azhar Ali (Credits: Twitter)
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England vs Pakistan 2020, 2nd Test: Match Preview, Fantasy Tips, Predicted XI, Live Streaming Details

The second game of the three-match Test series between England vs Pakistan will begin on this Thursday (13th August) and The Rose Bowl (Southampton) will host this match. As England is leading this series by 1-0, Pakistan can’t afford another defeat in this series, while the hosts can secure this series before the last game by winning the upcoming Test.

Old Trafford (Manchester) hosted the opening game of this Test series in the last week. It was a thrilling game where we saw some ups and downs from both the side. In the fourth innings of that Test, England were once deeply struggling on 117/5 while they had to chase the target of 277 runs.

However, the English wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes batted superbly in that crucial moment and built up the 139 runs partnership for the sixth wicket that changed the entire situation of the game. While Buttler scored 75 runs, Woakes safely guided the hosts to the series-leading victory by three wickets by remaining not out on 84 runs.

Chris Woakes, Jos Buttler, England vs Pakistan, 2nd Test, Southampton, Preview
Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler during the 1st Test of England vs Pakistan 2020 (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Now, England will ensure this home series victory if they win the second Test. Even if they manage to draw this forthcoming Test, they can’t lose this series anymore. So, the visitors Pakistan must have to win both the remaining Tests to win this series, and they can’t afford another defeat in this series.

England vs Pakistan 2020, 2nd Test: Injury and Availability Update

England: Ben Stokes and Dan Lawrence have left the English squad due to family reason. Ollie Robinson replaced Stokes.

Pakistan: No official injury or unavailability problems.

England vs Pakistan 2020, 2nd Test: Full Squad

England: Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Pakistan: Azhar Ali (c), Babar Azam (vc), Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Imam-ul-Haq, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan and Yasir Shah.

England vs Pakistan 2020, 2nd Test: Pitch Preview

England started their ongoing home season at this venue – The Rose Bowl (Southampton). It was the first Test of the three-match Test series against West Indies, where the Caribbean side won by four wickets. This venue has hosted four Tests till the date and England have lost only the last Test at this venue, while they earlier won two Tests and drew one Test at this venue.

The last Test at the Southampton was not a high-scoring game but it was a thrilling match. The new balls are once again going to be crucial.

England vs Pakistan 2020, 2nd Test: Weather Forecast

Weather forecast is not bringing much positive news for the upcoming second Test between England and Pakistan at The Rose Bowl (Southampton). Except for the third day of this Test match (15th August), there are high chances of rain, which can widely affect this Test match.

England vs Pakistan 2020, 2nd Test: Predicted XI

England: Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Joe Root (c), Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, Dominic Bess and Jofra Archer

Pakistan: Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali (c), Babar Azam, Fawad Alam, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah

England vs Pakistan 2020, 2nd Test: Fantasy Tips

England

England vs Pakistan, 2nd Test, Southampton, Fantasy, Preview
England cricketers (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Ben Stokes is unavailable for the remaining matches of this Test series. Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler have strongly returned to favourite positions after their strong performances in the last Test that helped the hosts to snatch the series-leading victory. However, Stuart Broad is still the strongest option as he has performed consistently with the ball in hand, and he is also showing his popular old batting aggression once again.

Among the English openers, Dom Sibley is a better and consistent performer in recent times, but Rory Burns is not far away. While Ben Stokes is unavailable for this Test, the young all-rounder Sam Curran can return to the Test side. Out of his 18 Tests, Sam played eight matches in England, where the hosts not only won all those Tests, but the youngster also played effective roles in most of those matches.

Pakistan

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Opener Shan Masood started this tour incredibly well with the top-class batting performance as he scored 156 runs in the first innings of the opening game of this Test series, especially when most of the other Pakistan batsmen failed to perform positively. In that same innings, Babar Azam scored 69 runs and he has the ability to perform better in this series.

The leg-spinner Yasir Shah is going to be an obvious choice after picking up eight wickets (4/66 & 4/99) in the first Test of this series. Many experts want to see Fawad Alam in this Test match, whose first-class batting average is 56.78. The 34-year-old deserves some regular opportunities, especially when Pakistan batting is struggling for a long time.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection

Captain Options: Chris Woakes, Babar Azam, Joe Root

Vice-Captain Options: Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Shan Masood

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket

Wicket-keeper(s): Mohammad Rizwan, Jos Buttler

Batsmen: Babar Azam (vc), Shan Masood, Joe Root, Dom Sibley, Ollie Pope

All-rounder(s): Chris Woakes

Bowler: Mohammad Abbas, Yasir Shah, Stuart Broad (c)

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket

Wicket-keeper(s): Jos Buttler

Batsmen: Babar Azam (c), Shan Masood, Joe Root, Rory Burns

All-rounder(s): Chris Woakes (vc), Sam Curran

Bowlers: Shaheen Shah Afridi, Yasir Shah, Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer

England vs Pakistan 2020, 2nd Test: Live Streaming Details

The morning session of each day of this Test match has been scheduled to begin at 15:30 IST.

TV: Sony Six, Sony Six HD

Online: SonyLIV app

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England Vs West Indies 2020, 2nd Test: Joe Root Highly Praises Hero Ben Stokes

After winning the crucial second Test of the three-match home Test series against West Indies at Manchester, English Test captain Joe Root highly praised the all-rounder Ben Stokes, who won the Player of the Match award for his incredible all-round performances.

England started this Test by trailing this series by 1-0, and they were sent to bat first by the visitors. Opener Dom Sibley and Test vice-captain Ben Stokes batted very patiently in the first innings which helped the hosts to score 469/9 declared. While Sibley scored 120 runs off 372 balls (5 fours), Stokes played the incredible knock of 176 runs off 356 balls (17 fours and 2 sixes).

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

In reply, West Indies were bowled out for 289 runs, thanks to the pacers Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes‘ domination with the second new ball. Stokes (1/29) also managed to pick up one wicket in that innings and it was the crucial wicket of the opener and Caribbean Test vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite (75).

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes (Image Credit: Getty Images)

While the left-handed batsman Stokes scored his slowest Test century in the first innings, he came to bat as an opener in the second innings and smashed the fastest Test fifty by an English opener (50 off 36 balls). Stokes scored 78 not out off 57 balls (4 fours and 3 sixes) as England scored 129/3 declared in 19 overs of their second innings.

While the West Indies had the target of 312 runs, England bundled out the visitors for just 198 runs as the hosts won by 113 runs. Once again Stokes played an important role in the fourth innings as he bagged two wickets (2/30). In that innings, he dismissed the set batsman Jermaine Blackwood (55) and lower-order batsman Alzarri Joseph (9). Undoubtedly, Stokes was chosen for the Player of the Match award.

Ben Stokes is Mr Incredible: Joe Root

After that match, Joe Root highly praised his deputy. The English Test captain called Stokes as Mr Incredible. Root is confident to see more this kind of great performances from Stokes.

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Joe Root (Image Credit: Twitter)

Root said according to ESPNcricinfo, “He’s Mr Incredible. I suppose. He looks a bit like him, and will probably end up the same shape too. I certainly think he can keep performing at this level. I think the sky’s the limit for him really when you watch how he goes about things, there’s no reason why he can’t keep performing this consistently.”

Root also lauded Stokes’ impressive batting performances in this Test while the English team had totally two different situations.

The English Test captain added, “To have such a complete game, and so many different gears at your disposal allows you the ability to keep getting better. But most importantly, if he continues to read situations the way he is and keeps the confidence that he’s playing with at the moment, there’s no reason why we can’t continue to see such brilliant performances as we have done this week, and over the last 12 months really.”

While the Test series is now 1-1, the last Test of this series will begin on 24th July at Manchester.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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England Vs West Indies 2020: Day 4 – Caribbean Late Batting Collapse Sets Up An Interesting Chapter For The Final Day

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.

Kraigg Brathwaite, West Indies
Kraigg Brathwaite (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

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.

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Stuart Broad picked up three wickets (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

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.

Chris Woakes, England
Chris Woakes after dismissing Shannon Gabriel to end Caribbean innings (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

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.

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Kemar Roach bagged two quick wickets at the late moment of the day (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

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.

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England Vs West Indies 2020, 2nd Test: Day 4 – Dom Sibley Mistakenly Applies Saliva On The Ball

On the fourth day of the ongoing Manchester Test between England and West Indies, English opener Dom Sibley mistakenly applied saliva on the ball which forced the on-field umpires to disinfect the ball to continue the game.

While the coronavirus is still dominating, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned applying saliva on the ball for the indefinite period to stop the transmission of the virus. However, the ICC is totally ok with sweat as the bowling side can continue to apply sweat on the ball.

The ongoing Manchester Test is the second game after the pandemic forced to stop the cricket actions since last March. Shortly before the lunch of the fourth day of ongoing England vs West Indies Test, Dom Sibley mistakenly applied saliva on the ball to shine it. Soon, he informed his mistake to the on-field umpires, Michael Gough and Richard Illingworth.

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Dom Sibley (Image Credit: Twitter)

While the off-spinner Dom Bess was getting ready to start his over, the on-field umpires examined the ball and decided to disinfect the ball immediately. It was the first warning for England in that innings.

According to the present rules, the team will receive two warnings per innings for mistakenly applying saliva on the ball. But if they continue that mistake in that same innings, the batting side will be awarded a five-run penalty.

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Dom Sibley and Ben Stokes scored centuries in the first innings

Talking about the match, England scored 469/9 decl. in the first innings of this Test after the Caribbean side sent them to bat first. Opener Dom Sibley (120) and Test vice-captain Ben Stokes (176) scored centuries in that innings. The visiting off-spinner Roston Chase (5/172) bagged five wickets in that innings.

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

In reply, West Indies started the fourth day on 32/1 and they scored 118/2 at the lunch of the day. In that break, while the Caribbean opener Kraigg Brathwaite scored 41 runs, Shai Hope was batting on 25 runs. In that first session of the day, the nightwatchman Alzarri Joseph was dismissed by Dom Bess for 32 runs.

England are trailing this three-match Test series by 1-0 after the first Test at Southampton where the hosts lost by four wickets.

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England Vs West Indies 2020, 2nd Test: Sachin Tendulkar Feels Stuart Broad Has Plenty To Show On The Field

The 34-year-old England pacer Stuart Broad has returned to the ongoing Manchester Test against West Indies after missing out the previous Test at Southampton. The legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar backed this experienced England pacer.

Stuart Broad is England’s second-most Test and international wicket-taker. In recent times, Broad is in great form in the Test cricket as he was England’s leading wicket-taker during the Ashes 2019 at home and the Test series in South Africa. Before the latest Southampton Test, where the opening game of the ongoing three-match Test series against West Indies was played, Broad appeared in consecutive 51 home Tests since 2012.

While England lost that Southampton Test by four wickets, they were also criticised for excluding the in-form pacer Stuart Broad. However, Broad has returned to England playing XI in the ongoing second Test of this series at Old Trafford (Manchester), which started on Thursday (16th July).

Stuart Broad, Manchester Test
Stuart Broad (Image Credit: Twitter)

There is a spring in Stuart Broad’s walk: Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar has supported Broad’s return to the English Test playing XI. The legendary Indian cricketer feels that Broad has plenty to show on the field.

Sachin Tendulkar, Manchester Test
Sachin Tendulkar (Photo Credit: ICC)

Tendulkar tweeted on Friday (17th July), “There is a spring in @StuartBroad8’s walk and I have a feeling that he is out on the field with plenty to show. #ENGvWI”

Stuart Broad delivered five overs on the late day two

In this crucial Manchester Test, West Indies captain Jason Holder decided to field first after winning the toss. English Opener Dom Sibley and the Test vice-captain Ben Stokes batted patiently and hit centuries to set up a good first innings total for the hosts. While Sibley scored 120 runs off 372 balls (5 fours), Stokes scored 176 runs off 356 balls (17 fours and 2 sixes). Their centuries helped England to score 469/9 before declaring that innings.

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

In reply, West Indies were batting on 32/1 at the stumps on the second day as the opener John Campbell (12) was dismissed by Sam Curran. At the end of that day, Stuart Broad had the bowling figures of 5-1-14-0.

Ben Stokes, Dom Sibley
Ben Stokes and Dom Sibley (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)
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England Vs West Indies 2020, 2nd Test: Day 2 – Twin Centuries Set A Good Platform For The Hosts

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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

Roston Chase after taking a wicket (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)
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England Vs West Indies 2020, 2nd Test: Sachin Tendulkar Opens Up Why Bringing A Spinner In The First Session Was Smart Move

The legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is keenly observing the ongoing Test series England vs West Indies in England. On the day one of the second Test at Old Trafford (Manchester), Tendulkar gave his view on the game by adding his experience at the venue.

After the delayed start due to the rain, West Indies Test captain Jason Holder decided to field first after winning the toss. Just before the lunch of the day, Holder introduced the off-spinner Roston Chase. Sachin Tendulkar called that it was a smart move to bring a spinner when a few deliveries of the pacers didn’t even carry to the wicket-keeper.

Sachin Tendulkar, Manchester, England vs West Indies
Sachin Tendulkar (Photo Credit: ICC)

Tendulkar tweeted, “In the 1st session I noticed a few balls didn’t even carry to the keeper off fast bowlers indicating a lot of dampness in the pitch. Smart move by @Jaseholder98 to bring on a spinner on such a track where the oddball may grip and the other may go straight. #ENGvWI”

In his very first over of the match, Chase dismissed the English opener, Rory Burns, after successfully trapped him lbw. That wicket was also the last action in that session. On the very first delivery of the second session, Chase dismissed Zak Crawley for a golden duck as the new batsman was caught out at the leg slip by Holder. The next ball was a hat-trick ball for Chase, and the English Test captain Joe Root survived that delivery.

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Zak Crawley dismissing moment on the opening day of the Manchester Test (Image Credit: Getty Images)

A lot will depend on how the teams play the new ball: Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar, Manchester, England vs West Indies
Sachin Tendulkar (Image Credit: Google)

When the opener Dom Sibley and skipper Joe Root was building up a partnership, Tendulkar came with another tweet where he claimed that the new ball would be crucial in this Test match.

Tendulkar wrote, “.@root66 & @DomSibley in a crucial partnership for England. WI needs to find a way to get breakthroughs while the ball is fairly new. Old Trafford is a hard surface when it dries out hence the ball will become soft. A lot will depend on how the teams play the new ball. #ENGvWI”

After the 52 runs partnership for the third wicket, Root (23) was dismissed by the Caribbean pacer Alzarri Joseph. However, the opener Sibley continued his patience batting along with the Test vice-captain Ben Stokes till the end of the day. While England ended the day on 207/3, Sibley remained not out on 86 runs and Stokes was batting on 59 runs, and also they already built up the 126 runs partnership for the unbroken fourth wicket.

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