West Indies Vs England Live Score (TEST)

Date: Saturday, 09 February, 2019 IST Venue: Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, St Lucia Match Status: Match Ended

England beat West Indies by 232 runs

277/10
Overs
101.5
R/R
2.73
Fours
23
Sixes
0
Extras
38
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Stuart Broad not out 0 4 0 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Kemar Roach 25.5 11 48 4
Shannon Gabriel 24 6 49 2
154/10
Overs
47.2
R/R
3.26
Fours
16
Sixes
1
Extras
17
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Kemar Roach not out 16 43 1 0
Bowling 0 M R W
James Anderson 9 3 31 0
Stuart Broad 15 4 42 1
361/5
Overs
105.2
R/R
3.43
Fours
32
Sixes
1
Extras
33
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Ben Stokes not out 48 75 4 1
Bowling 0 M R W
Kemar Roach 18 6 45 1
Shannon Gabriel 23.2 1 95 2
252/10
Overs
69.5
R/R
3.63
Fours
28
Sixes
4
Extras
12
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Roston Chase not out 102 191 12 1
Bowling 0 M R W
James Anderson 11 2 27 3
Stuart Broad 14 6 22 0
  • 10 minutes to go for the Lunch interval. Can England prise out a wicket or two before the break? The game is about to resume. Let's play!
  • A slightly better batting display from England. But again, they have missed out on opportunities. As many as 5 chances were given to them - with 3 dropped catches, a missed run out and the infamous no ball dismissal of Stokes last evening. But still, no one could get a century. The 125-run stand between Buttler and Stokes was the only talking point of the innings and the moment the former was cleaned up this morning, England folded up like a pack of cards. They have lost 6/45 in 16.5 overs. Stokes' 79 and Buttler's 67 highlight the innings but the third highest scorer was Mr. Extras - 38 - 16 wides and 6 no balls dominating the list. Might be crucial given the nature of the pitch.
  • Roach was menacing, as he shrug off yesterday's bemoans to pick up 4 today. Gabriel was pacy and continuously at the batsmen. And now, the fact which makes this bowling attack look even more fearsome - the backup bowlers. If England thought they had only to see off Roach and Gabriel, they were wrong. Alzarri Joseph and Keemo Paul maintained the same intensity and did not allow easy runs. Finished with 2 apiece.
  • It has taken the Windies just 18.5 overs this morning to take 6 wickets. They were shy of luck yesterday and eventually, gave vent to their frustration. But this morning, they bowled with fine accuracy and have brought about another English collapse. 232/4, looking good for 350 at least, has ended 23 short of 300.
  • Well, Windies have a small headache in spite of such a terrific bowling effort. They will have to see off a nasty period of around 8-10 minutes before Lunch. Never easy those. But the time now, is to marvel on their improving and deadly pace battery.
  • 101.5 OUT! Bounced out! Who is this bowling? Mitchell Johnson? Dale Steyn? Pat Cummins? No. It is Kemar Roach. It is THE Kemar Roach whom we know of. Not that same pace but deadly accurate. A short ball, from around the wicket, right at the body. Anderson has nowhere to go as he simply fends at it. Gets hit on the glove and the ball just lobs to third slip where Keemo Paul does the rest. No wicket for Roach on Saturday - 4 on Sunday! ENGLAND ARE BOWLED OUT FOR 277.
  • 101.4 A tantalizing yorker, around middle, Anderson digs it out somehow.
  • James Anderson is the last man in. Windies will hope that the last wicket stand lasts for at least 13 more minutes...
  • 101.3 OUT! Spectacular running catch! Alzarri, boy, you are one gem of a kid. Bowls with heart, plenty of pace, plenty of dedication and give your 100 percent in the field. A surprise short ball from Roach, given that the ball is swinging so much. But Wood is ready for it and instinctively goes for the pull. However, he is done in by it and gets a top edge. For a second, it seems like it will clear the boundary but Joseph runs to his right from fine leg and makes a difficult catch look simple. And better - NO reaction from him at all. Has been a difficult week for him.
  • 101.2 Wow. What a delivery. Starts around off stump, finishes around leg. And the length? A perfect yorker. But Wood digs it out. Both fast bowlers smile. The one batting, the one bowling.
  • 101.1 Full and around off, swinging in, appreciably flicked through square leg for a couple. Good running.
  • 100.6 Down the leg side, Stuart misses his flick. 5/2 in the last 2 overs. 275/8
  • 100.5 On a good length around off, Broad looks to tuck it to the leg side but misses and is hit on the thighs.
  • 100.4 Around off, punched towards mid off.
  • 100.3 Full and wide outside off, left alone.
  • This pitch is for him. But probably an hour later, when he gets the ball in his hand. Here comes Stuart Broad who must be licking his lips already looking at the movement on this track.
  • 100.2 OUT! Edged and taken! Alzarri's toil fetches him rewards. Moeen is gone now. A length ball outside off, Ali cannot control his fishing earnestness and pokes at it. A thick outside edge results and Darren Bravo completes the formalities at first slip. Might have been some extra bounce on that ball which eked the edge.
  • 100.2 WIDE! Miles outside off, left alone and wided.
  • 100.1 On a good length around middle, tucked towards square leg.
  • 99.6 FOUR RUNNING RUNS! Great bowling, excellent running. Full and around off, swinging in a mile. Credit to Wood for watching the ball till the last moment and then flicking it through mid-wicket. The ball does not exactly race away to the fence but neither does Shannon Gabriel. He jogs after the cherry, from mid on and surprisingly for him, the ball stops. Poor man has to now put in the hard yards to get to the ball and that gives enough time for the batsmen to cross each other 4 times. That would have warmed up Wood nicely. 100 OVERS ARE UP. 274/7
  • Into the bowlers. The first of them is Mark Wood.
  • 99.5 OUT! TIMBERRRR! The yesteryear old 2-card trick works for Roach. After bowling a short ball previously, he cunningly slips in a full ball. Clearly, Bairstow is not expecting it as he is late on the drive. Because the ball is not pacy, at least, according to the speed gun. It reads 133 kph. But he is still late on the drive. It swings back in, takes the inside edge, hits the pads and boom. Into the stumps. So Bairstow was dropped on 2 and has been dismissed on 2. His poor run continues...
  • 99.4 A bouncer now, Jonny ducks.
  • 99.3 Full and around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 99.2 WHERE IS YOUR SHORT LEG? Wicket number 7 could have gone down. Or maybe not. On a good length again, outside off, coming in, Jonny looks to flick and it seems like the ball has taken the inside edge and gone through the vacant short leg region towards square leg. But replays seem to indicate that there was no bat at all. I think the ophthalmologist in my area has a Sunday off. Must visit him first thing in the morning tomorrow.
  • 99.1 On a good length outside off, plenty of inward movement in the air, Bairstow plays that late, with soft hands and hence gets an outside edge which does not carry to the slip cordon.
  • 98.6 Full and around off, swinging in late, Ali just about gets his bat out to defend as he skews it back to the bowler. 270/6
  • 98.5 Cut into half. On a good length, around off, Moeen looks to defend but the ball seams in a long way, goes between bat and pad and just goes over the top of the stumps!
  • 98.4 Short and wide outside off, MA slaps it through the covers but the damp outfield prevents the ball from racing away. Kraigg Brathwaite gets to it from the ring and the batsmen return for the second.
  • 98.3 Full and straight, watchfully patted back.
  • 98.2 Excellent length. Just short of full, around off. Ali looks to defend but misses.
  • 98.1 Full and around middle, swinging in, flicked through mid-wicket for a couple. Moeen moves to 11 from 15 balls. Jonny is still on 2...
  • Alzarri Joseph to bowl for the first time today. 15-2-56-1 so far.
  • 97.6 Outside off, on a length, Jonny looks to punch it through the off side but his feet don't move while the ball moves. Nips in to take the inner half of the bat, deflecting towards mid on. 266/6
  • 97.5 On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 97.4 Full again, in that tempting area, inviting Ali to drive but the batsman resists. The ball swings away nicely to the keeper.
  • 97.3 Full and outside off, Moeen shoulders arms.
  • 97.2 NOT OUT. No inside edge, impact is fine but the ball is projected to be going over the top. Windies are done with their reviews for this innings. On a length outside off, Jonny walks into the shot to defend but misses the length. He is hit on the pads and Windies appeal and seem pretty shocked that it is turned down. They are busy discussing about the review when Moeen smartly observes that the ball is not yet dead. He calls Bairstow for the single and completes it safely. Now, Brathwaite takes the review but sadly for him and his team, it just wastes some time.
  • A review for LBW! The bowler has convinced his skipper that Bairstow is gone. Looks not out to the naked eye. Plenty of possibilities. Inside edge, impact, height...
  • 97.1 JB is hit again. On a good length outside off, Bairstow shoulders arms but the ball comes back in a long way and hits him. Just below the box this time.
  • 96.6 Into the bread basket. A good length ball, around off, MA looks to defend but the ball seams in appreciably, takes the glove and hits him on the abdomen. 264/6
  • 96.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 96.4 LOOSE! But that is how he plays. Full and wide outside off, Ali reaches out to drive and spoons it over point! Two runs taken.
  • 96.3 Opportunity missed. A half volley again, this time on the pads. Perfect recipe for a boundary through mid-wicket. But just like food does not feel entirely tasty if there is no salt, a shot feels nothing if it is not executed properly. Here, Moeen misses his flick and wears it on the pads. Of course, apologies to diabetic people...
  • 96.2 Half volley outside off, driven through the covers for a couple.
  • 96.1 Full and wide outside off, left alone.
  • Bairstow is taking a moment for himself. Totally understandable. Nothing much the physio can do about this. It is something which one has to bear and just hope that the pain subsides soon.
  • 95.6 OUCH! On the box. That is not a sharp ball from Roach but accurate enough. It is bowled at 131 kph but it hits the grassy part on the pitch and zips back in. And quickly. Jonny looks to defend but misses. Oops... 260/6
  • 95.5 On a good length outside off, coming in with the angle, Bairstow looks to defend but the ball takes the inner half of the bat and rolls towards short mid-wicket.
  • 95.4 Somehow Moeen finds the gap. On a good length, outside off, going away off the deck. Ali pushes it towards gully who dives to his left but it sneaks through. Darren Bravo gives it a good chase from first slip, gets to the ball and stops it before crossing over. Three runs taken.
  • 95.3 In line of the off stump, watchfully pushed towards mid off.
  • 95.2 Landed outside off, more outswing, shouldered arms to.
  • 95.1 Full and outside off, swinging away, pushed towards gully.
  • Drinks break. An hour of hostile bowling by Windies. Shannon Gabriel, in particular, had a lot of fire in his deliveries and removed Jos Buttler early. Minutes before this mini-break, Kemar Roach got rid of Ben Stokes, courtesy a stunning catch by Shane Dowrich and the hosts are going along well. England bat deep and let's see for how long they can stretch their innings.
  • 94.6 Play and a miss! Bairstow runs out of patience, tries to smash a short ball across the line but misses. 257/6
  • 94.5 Was there an outside edge? There is certainly something but no one appealed. It has to be bat. Anyway, if they are not bothered why should we? A length ball nipping away from outside off, Jonny hangs his bat out as he pushes inside the line and misses. Dowrich collects it behind. Would love to see what the Snicko says on this...
  • 94.4 Helps it off his pads to the leg side but finds mid-wicket.
  • 94.3 Sliding down the leg side, Bairstow fails to flick and Dowrich once again is in action. Diving across and saving runs.
  • 94.2 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 94.1 Angling into the batsman, Ali works it on the leg side and gets off the mark with a run.
  • Moeen Ali's turn to bat now.
  • 93.6 OUT! Dowrich has taken a stunner! Wow, great athleticism. Roach gets a breakthrough. He delivers a short one outside off, Stokes shapes up for the pull shot but it arrives late to catch the top edge. It balloons in the air towards square leg, Dowrich wears his skates and scoots towards it and then completes the catch with a full length dive. Maybe, he realized late that he has to go for it as fine leg would not have reached it. Still does a brilliant job not only to get there but grab it well. Superb. The Windies players mob him. Gabriel in fact gives a frog-splash to Dowrich who was lying flat on the ground. Jason Holder in the pavilion is clapping. Stokes returns but not before playing a good hand. 256/6
  • 93.5 Lets out a grunt and delivers a good length ball outside off. Stokes shuffles across the stumps to cover the line this time and then shoulders arms.
  • 93.4 On a length outside off, left alone.
  • 93.3 Good lines. Keeping it on and around off. It's on a length, angling in and then leaving the left-hander. Stokes covers the line and allows it through.
  • 93.2 Fullish and on off, Stokes drives it off his front foot but finds the fielder at wide mid off.
  • 93.1 Starts this spell with a good length ball outside off, shaping away a bit, Stokes shoulders arms.
  • Kemar Roach is back on.
  • 92.6 Turns a length ball easily in the gap on the leg side for one. 256/5
  • 92.5 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 92.4 Gets away with a bad delivery this time. Slips a length ball down the leg side, Stokes doesn't get any wood behind it.
  • 92.4 FOUR! And it's a no ball as well for overstepping, sixth of the innings, of which, Keemo has bowled five. Amazing indiscipline. Does he look up to Shannon Gabriel for inspiration? Clearly picking the wrong habits of Shannon. Anyway, coming to the delivery, it's short and on middle, Stokes is on top of the bounce as he pulls it behind square leg for a boundary.
  • 92.3 Walks down the track a bit to counter the movement and then blocks it safely.
  • 92.2 Angles in a length ball on off, it's defended off the back foot.
  • 92.1 Beaten! Lovely seam presentation from Paul. He doesn't have the express pace but possesses good skills. Gets a length ball to move away off the seam at 130 kph, Stokes pushes inside the line without any footwork and is beaten.
  • 91.6 Dropped! Gabriel puts down a straightforward chance in his followthrough. Never easy but should have been taken. A length ball angling back into the batsman, Bairstow gets forward and drives it back uppishly. Shannon reacts quickly to his right but it doesn't stick. Early reprieve for Jonny. 250/5
  • 91.5 Switches to over the wicket and angles in a full ball on off, Jonny defends it from the crease to the off side.
  • 91.4 A short delivery which has been pulled away. They pick up a single. 250 up for England.
  • 91.3 Around off, defended off the back foot.
  • 91.2 Stokes goes down. Gabriel runs towards him, not to help him out but to utter some words. Just to let the batsman know who is on top. Stokes smiles and gives it back quietly. All in good fun. A length ball around middle, nipping in sharply at 146 kph, Stokes tries to keep it out but misses and takes a blow on his thigh pad. Ben loses his balance in the process. Doesn't go completely flat on the ground but is on his knees.
  • 91.1 Good length ball outside off, Stokes defends it from the crease to the off side.
  • 90.6 In the channel around off, left alone by Bairstow. That wasn't too far away from the off pole. 249/5
  • 90.5 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 90.4 Risky run. Stokes walks forward and pushes it towards covers. They cross as the fielder misses his shy at the striker's end. Jonny really had to put on his skates.
  • 90.3 Looks for another drive through the line but it shapes back in to beat the inside edge.
  • 90.2 Tries for a cover drive but inside edges it past the stumps to square leg for a couple.
  • 90.1 Back of a length delivery outside off, Stokes cuts it from the crease to point.
  • 89.6 Play and a miss! Gabriel bowls it wide outside off, Bairstow flays at it and misses. End of a sharp over by Shannon. 246/5
  • 89.5 A little full this time, outside off, Jonny keeps it out towards point.
  • 89.4 Stays back to a length ball and punches it out to the off side.
  • 89.3 FOUR LEG BYES! A snorter by Gabriel. Lets out a lethal short ball at 150 kph, well-directed, Bairstow tries his best to sway away from the line of fire by leaning back but it keeps on following him and brushes the grille of his helmet before flying over the keeper for a boundary. Jonny wears a brave smile on his face. Mind you, he was in all sorts of trouble there. Also, will have to mention his good technique. Eyes on the ball almost till the end with his wrists nicely down. This is great Test match stuff. One for the purists. The bowler bowling with venom and the batsmen trying to survive.
  • 89.2 Keeps this one close to off stump, on a length and straightening just a touch, Bairstow takes his front leg forward to cover the off stump and then allows it through.
  • 89.1 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • Shannon Gabriel pulls out at the last moment. Maybe, he felt that he was about to overstep. Given their overrate, these things will hurt them only. Already they are without their regular skipper for that very reason.
  • 88.6 Good length ball on off, angling in, Stokes covers his stumps and shoulders arms. Fine first over by Paul. 242/5
  • 88.5 Lands it on a length around off, Stokes pushes it with gentle hands and it goes off the outer half towards the slip cordon. Not carrying.
  • 88.4 A length ball angling into the batsman, Stokes tries to defend but misses. He is hit on the pads. They appeal but to no avail. Maybe going down leg or some inside edge.
  • 88.3 AERIAL! Safe... Paul puts the ball on a shortish length just outside off. Stokes sticks back to push inside the line and gets a thick outside edge. It flies wide of the diving gully fielder and goes towards third man for a couple of runs.
  • 88.2 Full and on middle, angling in, Stokes gets forward and defends it back.
  • 88.1 Starts his spell with a shortish ball outside off, Stokes defends it to the off side from the back foot.
  • Keemo Paul to bowl, replacing Kemar Roach. Three slips and a gully for him as well.
  • 87.6 An inswinger, on a length around off, Bairstow defends it well from the crease. 240/5
  • 87.5 Gabriel changes his angle for the left-hander and serves it on middle and leg. Stokes tickles it fine down the leg side for a run. Few words exchanged between the bowler and Stokes. Nothing overboard. All in limits.
  • 87.4 Stands back inside the crease to a shortish ball and drops it with soft hands to covers for a run. Good calling by Jonny.
  • 87.3 Inside edge! Gabriel gets this one to talk. Sharp inward movement from a length outside off at 146 kph, Bairstow is caught inside the crease trying to defend and it takes the inside edge before hitting him on the pads. Shannon has been right on the money since morning, unlike Roach.
  • 87.2 Slightly short and on off, at 140 kph, Jonny is on his toes as he plays it down towards gully. 'Nooooo' is shout straightaway from him. Anyway there was no run on offer.
  • 87.1 On a driving length outside off, not much movement this time, just going with the angle. Bairstow covers his stumps and then leaves it.
  • 86.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 238/5
  • 86.5 Gets squared up there, Ben. Roach bowls it a touch short on off with the seam pointing towards the slip cordon. Stokes tries to defend from the crease but gets opened up and it hits him on the thigh pad. The bowler needs to serve such deliveries on a consistent basis.
  • 86.4 Back of a length ball angling in on off, Stokes defends it off his back foot.
  • 86.3 FOUR! Easy pickings! Roach has been either too far outside off or too close to the pads. This time it's the latter and Stokes helps himself to a boundary by budging it fine on the leg side.
  • A fielder comes in at covers.
  • 86.2 Better, much better from Kemar. Angles in a full ball around off, Stokes is forced to play at it and he blocks it off his front foot to the off side.
  • 86.1 Roach has been wayward with his line. Bowls it too wide outside off, on a back of a length, Stokes has nothing to do with it.
  • 85.6 Good length ball around off, Bairstow stays back and taps it down in the direction of gully. Dot ball to end a successful over for the Windies. 234/5
  • 85.5 Smell the leather, Jonny! This is lethal bowling. Gabriel bends his back and dishes out a sharp bouncer around off at 145 kph, Bairstow takes his eyes off the ball and then sways away at the last moment.
  • 85.4 A wayward delivery. Fires a length ball way wide down the leg side, Stokes tries flicking but it's too far from him. Dowrich flies to his right and parries it to fine leg. They take a bye.
  • Shannon Gabriel seems to have lost his run-up. Pulls out before reaching the popping crease. He has to reload now.
  • 85.3 Shortish length ball outside off, Stokes drops his wrists and allows it through to the keeper.
  • 85.2 Off the mark first ball. Full and on middle, at 145 kph, Bairstow clips it off his pads towards mid-wicket and opens his account with a run.
  • Jonny Bairstow walks in next.
  • 85.1 OUT! Timberrrr... A 146 kph delivery by Shannon Gabriel has done the trick. He spears it on a length around off and gets it move back in a bit. Buttler plays all around it with a sorry footwork. It goes right through the gate and shatters the stumps. The 125-run stand is broken and Windies have a perfect start to the morning.
  • 84.6 Brilliant delivery. That line around off forced the batsman to play at it but the away movement beat the outside edge. Stokes too was not entirely committed into the shot. Maiden to start with for Kemar Roach! 232/4
  • 84.5 Too wide on this occasion, a comfortable leave this time for Ben Stokes.
  • 84.4 Oohh...nearly edges that! Kemar lands it on a length and just outside off, Stokes feels for it this time and gets beaten.
  • 84.3 Full this time and angling in from outside off, Stokes presses forward and pushes it to mid off.
  • 84.2 Another delivery in the zone outside off, it's left alone by Ben. A watchful beginning by the all-rounder.
  • 84.1 Roach runs in from 'round the wicket and bowls a length ball outside off. It shapes away a bit after landing as Stokes makes a leave.
  • Kemar Roach to speed in from the other end.
  • 83.6 Good length delivery in the channel outside off, left alone easily by Buttler. 232/4
  • 83.5 Movement there. Nipping back in from around off, on the shorter side, Buttler goes on his toes to play at it but misses. It clips his thigh pad and loops towards deepish short leg.
  • 83.4 Pitches it up and lands it outside off, inviting the drive, Buttler lets it through to the keeper.
  • 83.3 A leg stump half-volley on this occasion, Stokes leans across and flicks it past the square leg umpire. The official does well to get away from the ball. There is a fielder in the deep, hence only a run.
  • 83.2 Back of a length delivery outside off, Ben gets back to hit it through the line but mistimes it. The ball goes off the bottom edge and rolls on the off side.
  • 83.1 Begins with a full length ball around off, from 'round the wicket, Stokes defends it solidly.
  • All in readiness. The Windies players are near the boundary line as the sun is shining brightly on them. Out come Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler in the middle as well. The Barmy Army welcomes them with a warm round of applause. Shannon Gabriel to begin proceedings...
  • Pitch report - Daren Ganga is expecting interruptions today as well due to rains. Says that this pitch has got the most pace compared to the last two venues. Adds that it will be still good for batting though and that will continue. Feels that the quicker bowlers might just get the reward if they put it in the right areas.
  • Keemo Paul is giving an interview to Daren Ganga. He says that he wanted to hit the straps early. On his progress, he says that he has been bowling well and hopes to make big contributions. On the pitch, he feels it's a good one where they have to hit the right lines and lengths. Mentions that they have to do the basics right and stay patient. On him replacing Holder, Keemo says that Jason is an exceptional player and he will try his best to contribute, not only with the ball but also with the bat.
  • We witnessed a terrific battle between bat and ball on Day 1 where the bowlers were on top for most parts, dictating terms. Luck was not on their side otherwise they would have run through in the morning. Their fortunes did change post Lunch where they picked three wickets but after that it was superb batting by the pair of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler. They are still unbeaten, eyeing their respective centuries, and are amidst a 124-run partnership. The hosts would like to use the early morning conditions with the second new ball (only three overs old) and create inroads. Will they succeed? Let's wait and watch.
  • How's the weather? That's the first thing in everyone's minds. We are hearing that it was raining early in the morning but it has cleared for now and the covers are off. A little while ago, the sun was peeping out and let's hope it stays that way for most parts today. On that positive note, let me welcome you all for the coverage of the final Test match between Windies and England in Gros Islet.
  • ... DAY 2, FIRST SESSION ...
  • Now then, what can we expect on Day 2? England will still have a few good batsmen to come so they will surely be aiming at something above 300 at least. The hosts on the other hand, will need to break this partnership quickly and then try and run through the remaining wickets. One probably feels, they need to keep the away side under the 300-run mark or anything above that, on this wicket, will be too much of a task. They though will need to bowl better by attack the stumps a lot more. Can they do so? Join us to find out at 1000 local (1400 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!
  • Windies on the other hand, will be very disappointed with their effort, both, with the ball and in the field. They were wayward with their lines a little too often. Their catching was below par which is proving to be quite costly already. Also, Stokes' wicket off the no ball probably sums up their day today. Keemo Paul however, was the pick of the lot. He looked threatening throughout and ended the day with two. Gabriel was also good but lacked consistency.
  • Day 1 however, did not start in the best of manners for the visitors. They lost the toss and were inserted. They scored very slowly for majority of the two sessions, their run rate was around the 2 runs per over mark. Once again the top three did not make an impact, Root too failed. They were reeling at 107 for 4 but Stokes and Butter's unbeaten 124-run stand, with both scoring half tons have seen England end the day as the happier side.
  • What a session for England! A wicket-less one and also the English side has managed to score 117 runs in this one. Excellent, especially how they have gone about today. They entered the final passage of play in a spot of bother but have ended the day on top.
  • The light has been offered and the batsmen have taken it. They begin walking off towards the dressing room to a standing ovation by the fans and the dressing room. THAT WILL BE STUMPS ON DAY 1!
  • 82.6 Another one outside off, left alone. 231/4
  • 82.5 EDGY FOUR! Frustrating this for the Windies. On a length and it shapes away. Buttler looks to defend but it goes off the outer half through the slip cordon for a boundary.
  • 82.4 On the fuller side outside off, Buttler looks to drive but gets it off the inner half towards mid-wicket.
  • 82.3 FOUR! Easy-peasy for Buttler. Down the leg side, Buttler helps it on its way and it races to the fine leg fence.
  • 82.2 Another delivery which is outside off, the batsman need not play at those.
  • 82.1 Outside off and it swings away. Left alone.
  • 81.6 Another yorker on off stump, Stokes gets his bat down in time and keeps it out. 223/4
  • 81.5 A yorker outside off, Stokes looks to keep it out but gets it off the inner half towards the keeper.
  • 81.4 Hits the length hard again on off, Stokes gets right behind the line and defends it to mid off.
  • 81.3 Good length again on off, Stokes goes back and blocks it.
  • 81.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 81.1 Back of a length on off, Stokes goes back and keeps it out.
  • Shannon Gabriel to share the second new ball.
  • 80.6 Another outswinger outside off, left alone again. 223/4
  • 80.5 The outswinger this time but it is outside off. Left alone.
  • 80.4 Down the leg side, Buttler looks to flick but the ball clips his pads and goes into the mitts of the keeper. An appeal but nothing from the umpire.
  • 80.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 80.2 BEAUTY! That just took off. On a length and around off, not only does it bounce but also straightens. Whizzes past the glove of Buttler.
  • 80.1 On the fuller side, a little bit of movement into the batsman. Buttler works it towards mid-wicket.
  • The second new ball is available and it has been taken immediately. Also, Kemar Roach has it in his hand and he is brought back for another burst, the final one for today.
  • 79.6 Fired in on the stumps, Stokes keeps it out. 223/4
  • 79.5 Driven towards the mid off region.
  • 79.4 Floats it up on off, Ben drives it through covers.
  • 79.3 Buttler now takes a single after pushing it through covers.
  • 79.2 Very full on off, Stokes hits it through mid off and a run is taken.
  • 79.1 On the off stump, Stokes defends it.
  • 78.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 221/4
  • 78.5 Thrown up outside off, Ben reaches out and drives it through the covers for a single.
  • 78.4 Landed outside off, allowed to go through.
  • The shadows of the floodlights are creeping across the ground while the lights have been switched on.
  • 78.3 The batsman has driven it through mid off.
  • 78.2 Full and straight, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 78.1 Full and around off, driven down to long on for a single.
  • 77.6 Full and on middle, watchfully kept out. 219/4
  • 77.5 Around off, pushed to the off side.
  • 77.4 Floated outside off, driven towards cover.
  • 77.3 Around middle, punched towards short mid-wicket.
  • 77.2 Full and just outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 77.1 Full and around off, driven down to long off for a single. Field pretty much spread.
  • 76.6 A yorker to end, Stokes jams it out. 218/4
  • 76.5 Down the leg side, Stokes helps it on its way towards fine leg for a couple.
  • 76.4 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 76.3 Stroked down to long on and Stokes gets to the other end.
  • 76.2 Little bit of confusion but safe in the end! Buttler pushes it to cover and Stokes wants a run. Buttler takes off, but runs right in the way of Stokes. Ben goes around Buttler and the two avoid a collision with each other. The fielder gathers the ball and then throws it at Buttler's end, the wrong end. A run completed.
  • 76.1 On the off pole, it is kept out.
  • 75.6 Very full, almost a yorker, Stokes jams it out. 213/4
  • 75.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 75.4 On the stumps, blocked.
  • 75.3 On off and it is bowled quicker. It is eased down to long on for a run.
  • 75.2 On the off stump, it is kept out.
  • 75.1 On the off pole, Buttler guides it to point.
  • 74.6 Misfield and two conceded. Fuller on off, Stokes strokes it to covers. The fielder lets it through his legs and the batsmen run a brace. 212/4
  • 74.5 Very full and on middle, the batter pushes it to covers.
  • 74.4 Floats it up on off, Stokes lunges ahead and manages to defend it out.
  • 74.3 On the off pole, it is defended.
  • 74.2 Closer to the off pole this time but not close enough to make the batsman play.
  • 74.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 73.6 Works it against the angle to mid-wicket. 210/4
  • 73.5 Quicker and angled into the batsman, Stokes goes back and tucks it around the corner for a run. They think about the second but Stokes slips.
  • 73.4 On off, defended.
  • 73.3 The slider outside off, Stokes looks to cut but is beaten for pace.
  • 73.2 On the stumps, kept out.
  • 73.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • The captain brings himself on. Kraigg Brathwaite to bowl now.
  • 72.6 The batsman works it down the leg side. Two runs added to the total. 209/4
  • 72.5 Flighted ball outside off, Buttler finds the man at covers.
  • 72.4 100-run stand between the two, it is the first one for England in this series. A good time also to bring it up. They were in trouble at 107 for 4 but now are in a very good position. Stokes eases this down to long on and takes a single. A warm round of applause from the crowd.
  • 72.3 On the flatter side, Stokes goes back and pushes it to mid-wicket.
  • 72.2 Flatter and outside off, Buttler goes back and then guides it through point for a single.
  • 72.1 On the stumps, it is defended nicely.
  • 71.6 The batsman appears to have been struck on the thigh pad. The batsmen have run through for a single. Leg byes signalled by the umpire 205/4
  • 71.6 Another no ball by Paul. Outside off, left alone.
  • 71.5 50 for Buttler, his 13th in Tests. One reason why you do not drop quality players, they will make you pay. Normally you do not see Buttler playing second fiddle to someone but he has done it really well here. His innings has been more about patience and he has crafted a wonderful half ton. He too would want to make it count. Flicks this delivery towards backward square leg and collects two to get to that milestone.
  • 71.4 FOUR! Clever this! A dangerous shot but it comes good for Buttler here. Short and outside off, Buttler plays it late, he guides it through the gap in the slip cordon and a boundary results. 48 now Buttler is on, also the 200 is up. In a strong position now are England.
  • 71.3 Way too wide again, Buttler is in no mood of playing those.
  • 71.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 71.1 On a length and around off, Buttler keeps it out.
  • Keemo Paul is back into the attack.
  • 70.6 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone. 197/4
  • 70.5 Comes down the track and whips it wide of mid on for one.
  • 70.4 Outside off, punched back to the bowler.
  • 70.3 Fired in on the pads, worked through square leg for a run.
  • 70.2 Around off, punched back to the bowler.
  • 70.1 A short ball, around off, punched towards cover for a single.
  • 69.6 Another bouncer this time it is outside off. Stokes does the right thing by evading it. 194/4
  • 69.6 OUT! No, it has been signaled as a no ball as Joesph has nothing behind the line. Ben Stokes though has already made his way back in the pavilion but now he has been called back. What a let off this is! This could prove very costly. A short ball and it is outside off, Stokes looks to drag his pull, the ball though skids through and even before the shot is completed, it hits his bat and goes uppishly back to the bowler. He takes a sharp catch. The Windies start celebrating, Stokes has almost made it back into the dressing room but then the umpire decides to check the front foot. Time for the replays and it show that Joseph has overstepped. However, it could be argued that once Stokes has left the field, he can't be called back but the the on-air commentators mention that the third umpire has just confirmed that the batsman could be called back before the next ball is bowled. Thanks to the change in laws. Big moment in the game this.
  • 69.5 Almost a yorker, outside off, dug out towards cover for a single.
  • 69.4 Dug in short, outside off, Jos sways out of the way.
  • 69.4 ANOTHER WIDE. 7th of the innings. A bouncer, around off, Buttler ducks.
  • 69.3 Action replay of the previous delivery.
  • 69.2 Similar ball, this one comes in slightly, watchfully let through.
  • 69.1 Full and wide outside off, swinging away, left alone.
  • 68.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 191/4
  • 68.5 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 68.4 FOUR! Fifty for Ben Stokes, he gets there in style! 17th Test fifty for him. He was shaky to begin with but once he got into his own, he has looked good. Right from the start, he has played with good intent on a pitch which has not been easy to bat on and has brought up a very crucial half ton. A knock of great character this. He needs to continue now and make it count. He gets a gift to get to that milestone. Short and outside off, Stokes goes back and slaps it through covers for a boundary.
  • 68.3 On off and it is blocked.
  • 68.2 Tosses it up on off, Stokes easily keeps it out.
  • 68.1 Flighted ball on off, Stokes leans into it and defends it.
  • 67.6 Just over! This is the second time now Stokes has got away with a mistimed pull. It is short and once again it is quick. Stokes is a touch late on the pull, it hits the higher portion and lobs over the wide mid on fielder for a single. 187/4
  • 67.5 Back of a length on off, Buttler taps it towards point for a single.
  • 67.4 On the pads, it is clipped through square leg. They run the first one hard, think about a second but have to settle with one.
  • 67.3 Nicely driven but straight to the man at mid off.
  • 67.2 Wide outside off, it is left alone.
  • 67.1 On the shorter side on off, Stokes defends it onto the ground.
  • 66.6 Fires it on the pads, Stokes flicks it very fine on the leg side, the ball stops as it nears the fence. The batters take three. 184/4
  • 66.5 Goes back and works it with the turn towards square leg for a single.
  • 66.4 Flatter and on the pad, it is worked down to fine leg for a couple.
  • 66.3 Eases it down to long off for a single.
  • 66.2 Flighted ball on off, Stokes pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 66.1 Tosses it up around off, Stokes lunges and keeps it out.
  • DRINKS BREAK. England are stepping on the ante here. Buttler and Stokes have taken the visitors to a respectable position and the batting line-up slowly is regaining its lost form. Now, with Bairstow and Moeen in the tanks, the Brits might be thinking of 300 as a bare minimum.
  • 65.6 Full and outside off, swinging away a mile. left alone. 177/4
  • 65.5 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 65.4 Full and wide outside off, Jos reaches out to drive but mistimes it towards cover.
  • 65.3 FOUR! Second boundary in the over. A long hop, outside off, Buttler pulls it through mid-wicket. The stand is worth 70 now.
  • 65.2 Around off, defended to the leg side.
  • 65.1 In the air but in the gap. Guess both the batsmen are signalling their intentions. Attack. A length ball outside off, Buttler gets on top of the bounce and punches it uppishly, but wide of mid off for a couple.
  • Alzarri Joseph returns. 12-2-44-1 so far.
  • 64.6 Outside off, left alone. 171/4
  • 64.5 On the shorter side and on middle, Buttler goes back and works it through square leg for a single.
  • 64.4 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region.
  • 64.3 On the stumps, blocked.
  • 64.2 FOUR! What a shot! A lot of risk in that shot as he was playing against the turn but he has executed it to perfection. Chase is guilty of bowling it too full outside off, Buttler reaches out for it and caresses it through the covers for a boundary.
  • 64.1 Turn there for Chase! It is bowled on off, turns back in sharply. Hits his pads as he tries to flick.
  • Roston Chase is back into the attack. Also, Gabriel is seen walking off the field.
  • 63.6 A touch short outside off, punched straight to cover. 166/4
  • 63.5 FOUR BYES! Another loose delivery. Full and down the leg side, swinging further away, Ben misses his flick while the ball merrily misses the keeper enroute the fine leg fence.
  • 63.4 On a good length around off, well kept out.
  • 63.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 63.2 Down the leg side, left alone.
  • 63.1 Full and just around off, watchfully defended.
  • 62.6 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone. 162/4
  • 62.5 Outside off, shouldered arms to.
  • 62.4 Full and on off, the batter strokes it to covers.
  • 62.3 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 62.2 A little too straight, it is clipped through square leg for a run.
  • 62.1 Terrific delivery! On middle, is skids through after pitching. Buttler is a touch late to get his bat down. It his the thigh pad and goes to the slip fielder.
  • 61.6 FOUR! Short and it has been put away! Outside off, easy pickings for Buttler. He cuts it through point for a boundary. 161/4
  • 61.5 A little too wide outside off, Buttler shoulders arms to it.
  • 61.4 On off, Buttler plays the original trajectory but the ball seams away and Buttler gets beaten.
  • 61.3 Outside off, the batter shoulders arms to it.
  • 61.2 On the fuller side, Buttler strokes it towards mid off. Brathwaite there dives to his left and does well to keep it down to one.
  • 61.1 Too high! On a length and around off, jags back in sharply. Buttler looks to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads.
  • 60.6 Outside off again, the batsman need not play at those. 157/4
  • 60.5 Wide outside off, Stokes leaves it alone.
  • 60.4 On the shorter side outside off, Stokes pushes it to covers.
  • 60.3 Goes full again and outside off, Stokes goes after it this time but it goes off the inner half towards mid on.
  • 60.2 Outside off, it is left alone.
  • 60.1 Good length and on off, Stokes keeps it out.
  • Kemar Roach is back.
  • 59.6 Outside off, left alone. 157/4
  • 59.5 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 59.4 In the air... but safe! 50-run stand up and Stokes has 41 one of them. A quick bouncer on middle, Stokes is late on the pull shot, it takes the top edge but balloons over mid-wicket for a run. Very handy stand, they are slowly but steadily taking England to safer shores. Need to continue though.
  • 59.3 Sharp bumper, Stokes bails out of the pull shot. A few words there by Gabriel and Stokes nods it away.
  • 59.2 Closer to the off pole and fuller than the last ball. Stokes blocks it out.
  • 59.1 FOUR! Into the 40s and the partnership is one short of 50. Short and on off, Stokes stands tall and pushes it through covers. It is right off the middle and it races away.
  • 58.6 150 up as Stokes drives this square on the off side, collects three. Stokes is on 36 and the partnership is 45. Need not mention as to who the dominant partner is here. 152/4
  • 58.5 JAFFA! Unplayable! This one pitches around off and the straightens. Stokes' outside edge and the off stump is beaten by a whisker.
  • 58.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 58.3 Hesitation but they complete two. On the fuller side, similar to the length which got Burns. Stokes unlike the opener plays it with a straight bat wide of mid off. They take one, Buttler wants a second but Stokes is a touch late in taking off, eventually goes for the run and completes it.
  • 58.2 On off this time, straightens a touch. Stokes is squared up as he tries to defend. The ball goes off the outer half towards point.
  • 58.1 Stokes need not play at those. Maybe the around the wicket angle is forcing him into playing at those. Good length outside off, Stokes leans and plays inside the line. Gets beaten.
  • 57.6 Well bowled and well played in the end! Gabriel goes wide of the crease and angles it into the off pole, Buttler thinks of defending it but then seeing the away movement, pulls his bat out of the way. 147/4
  • 57.5 Good work again by Dowrich! Another very short one, not as short as the last one though. Buttler evades it and Dowrich leaps and takes it with one hand.
  • 57.5 WIDE! A very short ball, it goes over the batsman's head easily. Dowrich behind does well to leap and half-stop it with one hand.
  • 57.4 Hits the length just outside off, Buttler need not play at those.
  • 57.3 Uppish but in the gap. Not very full but Buttler strokes it on the up, it goes through covers and the batter takes two.
  • 57.2 A little too short, Buttler has one leg up in the air as he pulls it towards wide mid on. No runs.
  • 57.1 Starts off with a decent delivery, on a length and around off, Buttler guides it towards point.
  • Shannon Gabriel is back into the attack.
  • 56.6 A nothing delivery to end the over! Wide outside off, not played at. 144/4
  • 56.5 Now gets the ball to tail back in. Stokes however, covers his stump, leaves no gap between bat and pad and keeps it out.
  • 56.4 BEATEN! That was a beauty! Not a lot you can do there but just hope it misses the edge. Good length around off now due to the around the wicket angle, Stokes has to play at it. He does try to with a forward defense but then the ball shapes away and just about kisses the outside edge.
  • 56.3 Well played that one! This is around off, Stokes first thinks of blocking it but then the ball pitches and deviates away. Stokes is not drawn into the stroke, he pulls his bat out and leaves it.
  • 56.2 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 56.1 On off, blocked.
  • 56.1 Way too wide outside off, left alone. Wide signaled. 5th of the innings, that is quite a lot for a Test match.
  • 55.6 Good length outside off, left alone. 143/4
  • 55.5 Shortish again, it is pulled through square leg for a run. Stokes gets to the other end and then shakes his hand. It still might be stinging.
  • 55.4 On the pads again, Stokes works it through square leg. The fielder at fine leg does not pick it and hence an easy couple for the batters. The ball actually hit the gloves of Stokes there, he seems to be in a little pain.
  • 55.3 On the body of the batsman, Stokes nudges it towards mid-wicket.
  • 55.2 FOUR! That made a good sound off the bat! Short and outside off, Stokes slaps it through covers and it races away. This partnership is going along well here.
  • 55.1 Short and outside off, Stokes lets it be.
  • 54.6 Down the leg side this time, Buttler looks to flick but misses. So three wasteful balls to end the over. 136/4
  • 54.5 Second leave in a row as another one is bowled outside off.
  • 54.4 Another one outside off, Buttler lets it be.
  • 54.3 Inside edge! Full and around middle, Buttler looks to drive but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 54.2 Another one outside off, Buttler makes a leave.
  • 54.1 Outside off, it is shouldered arms to.
  • 53.6 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 136/4
  • 53.5 FOUR! Width offered again and this time Stokes does not miss out. It is way outside off, Stokes throws his bat at it, connects well and it races to the point fence.
  • 53.4 The sucker ball almost does Stokes in. Full and wide outside off, Stokes goes after it but the ball whizzes past the outside edge.
  • 53.3 On the shorter side on off, Stokes goes back and defends it onto the ground.
  • 53.2 Back of a length around off, Stokes stands tall and keeps it out.
  • 53.1 Crisply driven! Deserved a boundary but only three. Full and on off, Buttler drives it through covers, the ball stops as it nears the ropes. Three taken.
  • 52.6 Starting to find the middle now is Stokes. Yes, it is only a defensive stroke but that too builds your confidence. On a length and around off, Stokes lunges and keeps it out. 129/4
  • 52.5 On the pads, Stokes looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
  • 52.4 FOUR! Lovely! Did not try to hit it too hard, just a push and it races away. Keemo is guilty of bowling it a little too full. Stokes with a straight bat times it down to the long off fence.
  • 52.3 Back of a length and on the stumps, it is kept out.
  • 52.3 Good length but the line is a little too wide outside off. left alone. The bowler though has overstepped so one run added to the extras. It is the third of the innings and all three have been bowled by him.
  • 52.2 On the off pole now, Stokes is half-forward as he keeps it out.
  • 52.1 Outside off, a confident leave by Stokes.
  • 51.6 Angles it into the off pole from wide of the crease, it is defended. 124/4
  • 51.5 A nice push now through the covers for a single.
  • 51.4 This however, looked convincing. On off, Stokes goes back and keeps it out.
  • 51.3 FOUR! Almost drags it on! Very lucky that! This one comes back in late from outside off, Stokes looks to cover the swing by playing it with an angled bat. It though takes the inside edge and goes over the off pole and down to the fine leg fence. Stokes by no means has looked convincing after the break here.
  • 51.2 Quicker and straighter in line, Stokes looks to flick but is beaten for pace. Hits him high on the thigh pad.
  • 51.1 Starts off with a fuller ball outside off, Stokes strokes it through covers, it is not right off the middle but hit well enough to get two.
  • Alzarri Joseph to bowl from the other end.
  • 50.6 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single. 117/4
  • 50.5 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 50.4 Leading edge but a couple. Once again the in-dipper, Stokes looks to clip it but is early into the shot. It goes off the leading edge and through the gap at the point region. Two taken. Lucky there was Stokes, could have easily gone to hand.
  • 50.3 NOT OUT! Clipping the top of middle! Umpire's call it is. Not a bad review in the end. The good thing is that they do not lose a review. Keemo starts this from outside off, it comes back in. Beats the inside edge of Stokes' bat. Hits him high on the pads. An appeal follows but the umpire shakes his head. Brathwaite goes for the review but the replays show that the on-field call stays.
  • Another review by the Windies! An appeal for LBW against Stokes has been turned down. Brathwaite has signaled the 'T'. Height will be the issue.
  • 50.2 Angles this into the batter, Stokes tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 50.1 A little too wide outside off, Stokes shoulders arms.
  • We are back for the final session. 40 overs to go so we are in for a long one. Jos Buttler will be on strike and he will face Keemo Paul. Here we go...
  • ... Day 1, Session 3 ...
  • England need a partnership. This is a pitch prepared for Stuart Broad, Mark Wood and Ben Stokes. Get through the final session, try and get close to 250-300 by tomorrow and you might well avoid a brownwash. Join us back at 3 pm local (1930 GMT).
  • The pitch has plenty in it. The grass is helping the seamers and the Windies are bowling their hearts out. If any criticism, it would be their flirting with the wide lines outside off. Agreed, that they are playing with the batsmen's patience but if they keep bowling in the areas just outside off, might as well cause more trouble.
  • After Lunch, the hosts threatened to finish it off quickly with wickets of Burns and Denly. But Root and Buttler dug in and almost saw off the session, when just before the break, Alzarri removed the English skipper. The home side might really start dreaming of batting tonight itself - Bairstow and Moeen to come next, if the Buttler-Stokes pair is dislodged cheaply.
  • 68/3 in 24 overs in this session. Another one in Windies' favour. Their persistence is paying dividends and the game of patience is being won by the home side.
  • 49.6 On the pads, it is clipped through mid-wicket for a couple. Good way to end the session for England. IT IS TEA ON DAY 1! 114/4
  • 49.5 Way too wide outside off, Stokes lets it be. Dowrich does really well to dive to his left and stop it.
  • 49.4 Pure timing! Full and around off, Stokes plants his front foot in line of the ball and then just pushes it through mid off and collects two.
  • 49.3 Outside off, Stokes shoulders arms to it.
  • 49.2 Good length on off, Stokes keeps it out.
  • 49.1 On the fuller side, Stokes jams it out to covers.
  • 48.6 The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total. 111/4
  • 48.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 48.4 On the pads, it is worked around the corner for a couple.
  • 48.3 Fired on off, Stokes lunges and keeps it out.
  • 48.2 Outside off, the batsman shoulders arms to it.
  • 48.1 On the shorter side, Buttler pulls it through square leg for a run.
  • 47.6 Down the leg side, Stokes looks to flick but misses. 107/4
  • Ben Stokes walks in at number 6, replacing his skipper.
  • 47.5 OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! That surely must have been a feather there. The appeal wasn't a loud one, also we here too did not hear anything. Windies will rejoice though as they have got the English skipper. A soft dismissal to be honest. It is short and outside off, Root looks to cut with no foot movement. It takes the faintest of edges and goes to the keeper. A stifled appeal follows and the umpire agrees. Root also walks back without taking the review so there surely might be an edge. His poor string of scores continues and a crucial breakthrough for Windies. This is Root's 7th consecutive innings without a half century for Root, his worst run in Test cricket so far. Also, replays later on show, it is the toe-end and not the outside edge.
  • 47.4 Another one on the fuller side but once again it is outside off. Root does not fiddle with it.
  • 47.3 On the fuller side, the line is outside off. Left alone.
  • 47.2 Once again it is angled into the batter, Root this time closes the face of the bat early and gets a leading edge to covers.
  • 47.1 Fuller in length and it is bowled from wide of the crease. Root lunges and defends it out.
  • 46.6 Fires it on middle, Buttler flicks it to short leg. 107/3
  • 46.5 On the shorter side, it is pulled all along the ground to deep square leg for a run.
  • 46.4 On the leg pole, Buttler looks to clip it but closes the face of the bat a little too early. It goes off the leading edge towards point for a run.
  • 46.3 Flatter and on the shorter side, Root goes back and tucks it around the corner for a single.
  • 46.2 On the pads, it is worked to deep square leg for a single.
  • 46.1 Down the leg side, the batter looks to flick but misses.
  • Roston Chase is on now. Spin for the first time today.
  • 45.6 It is worked with the angle through square leg for a run. 103/3
  • 45.5 Two leaves in a row as it is once again bowled outside off.
  • 45.4 Bowls it outside off, Buttler easily lets it past him.
  • 45.3 A little too down the leg side that! He needs to start from a little more outside off. Full on off and it tails back in. Buttler looks to flick but misses. It hits him on the pads.
  • 45.2 Outside off, it is once again left alone.
  • 45.1 Good length and outside off, it is left alone.
  • 44.6 Back of a length around off, Root once again blocks it out. 102/3
  • 44.5 Shortish and on off, Root gets on his toes and then guides it to point.
  • 44.4 On the shorter side again, Root guides it to point.
  • 44.3 Another good fielding effort there. Short and on off, Root pulls it all along the ground but once again a Windies fielder, it is Brathwaite this time. He dives to his right and stops it.
  • 44.2 Bowls it on off, corrects his line. Root defends it.
  • 44.1 FOUR! Poor ball and put away! Short and outside off, Root just uses the pace of the bowler and guides it through bakward point for a boundary.
  • 43.6 Good effort in the field! Full and around off, Root times it nicely towards mid off. The fielder at short covers runs to his right, dives and saves three. 98/3
  • 43.5 On the shorter side, it is pushed back to the bowler.
  • 43.4 Cut him in two halves! On a length and around off, it tails back in. Root looks to defend but the ball goes between his body and the inside edge of the bat.
  • 43.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 43.2 This is worked with the angle through mid-wicket with the angle for a run.
  • 43.1 An appeal but turned down! Going down leg. Full and tailing back in from off. Buttler looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal follows but the umpire shakes his head. The ball has now started to reverse.
  • 42.6 Short and wide outside off, the batter looks to cut but misses. 96/3
  • 42.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 42.4 Length delivery again but it is kept out.
  • 42.3 On the stumps, kept out.
  • 42.2 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 42.1 Good length but the line is outside off, Root does not fiddle with it.
  • Alzarri Joseph is back on.
  • 41.6 On the stumps, Buttler is solid in defense. 96/3
  • 41.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 41.4 Good length and it is outside off, left alone again.
  • 41.3 FOUR! Poor ball and it has been put away! Short and wide outside off, Buttler slaps it through covers and it races away to the fence.
  • 41.2 It is worked through the leg side for an easy run.
  • 41.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 40.6 Outside off, it is left alone. 91/3
  • 40.5 A single as it is flicked towards square leg.
  • 40.5 Another no ball as Keemo oversteps again. The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball but fails.
  • 40.4 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • 40.3 Another one outside off, Root does not fiddle with it.
  • 40.2 Top nut this! Full and it is angled in. Gets it to move away after pitching. Root looks to defend but gets beaten.
  • 40.2 No ball! Paul has overstepped here. This is a length ball outside off, Root leaves it alone.
  • 40.1 FOUR! Top class! Full and around off, Root just leans into it and strokes it through covers for a boundary.
  • 39.6 Make it one more leave to end the 40th over. Very slow progress from England. They are caught in a shell, not going anywhere. Where is the New England? Where is the new positive approach? Either they are flashing blindly or just looking to block. Rotating the strike might help them a bit. 84/3
  • 39.5 Roach delivers one in the corridor again, Jos is content in leaving.
  • 39.4 Bowls it from wide of the crease and lands it outside off, Buttler makes another leave.
  • 39.3 Inswinger outside off, Jos allows it through to the keeper.
  • 39.2 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 39.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • Kemar Roach is back on.
  • 38.6 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 84/3
  • 38.5 Slants in a length ball on middle and leg, Root tries to flick but misses. He's hit on the pads but it's going down leg.
  • 38.4 Fine shot! Keemo pitches it up and outside off, Root leans forward and drives it through covers for a couple.
  • 38.3 Keeps on bowling in the corridor outside off, Root is more patient post Drinks as he is not chasing those.
  • 38.2 Way wide outside off, Joe has nothing to do with it.
  • 38.1 Good length delivery outside off, left alone.
  • 38.1 Five wides! Bonus runs. England won't mind it. Paul loses his line completely and slips a length ball way down the leg side. No chance for Root or the keeper to get anywhere near it. It runs away happily to the fence.
  • Drinks break. Another testing hour for England where they lost a couple of wickets. The top 3 are back in the hut and now it's all up to Joe Root and the experienced middle order to revive things. The Windies bowlers have been simply superb with their efforts and are keeping the touring team on the edge. We're hoping more of the same in the next hour.
  • 37.6 EDGE AND FOUR! Again! Full and outside off, Buttler goes at it with hard hands, it goes off the outer half and over the point fielder and into the fence. 77/3
  • 37.5 Wide outside off, Buttler lets it go this time.
  • 37.4 Another excellent bouncer! Buttler however, is up for the challenge as he evades it.
  • 37.3 Wide outside off, Buttler leaves it alone.
  • 37.2 That one stayed low! Well played in the end by Buttler. Good length and around off, it just does not bounce. Buttler somehow gets his bat down in time and keeps it out.
  • 37.1 Good bouncer outside off, Buttler looks to pull but seeing the bounce, bails out of the shot at the very end.
  • 36.6 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. A testing over comes to a close. 73/3
  • 36.5 Edged but safe! Exemplary delivery. Landing on a length around off and nipping away, Root is stuck inside the crease as he pushes inside the line. Gets a thick outside edge which falls in front of the first slip fielder. He loses his balance after that and nearly hurt the fielder standing next to him.
  • 36.4 Angles in a full ball on off, Root is on the front foot in defense. He is yet to get off the mark.
  • 36.3 Beaten! Root is looking very unsettled in the middle. Going after everything outside off. Signs of a batsman not in form. Back of a length delivery outside, Joe tries to force it through the line but fails to make any connection.
  • 36.2 Stays back and defends it with an angled bat to the off side.
  • 36.1 Root has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 35.6 DROPPED AND FOUR! Gabriel can't believe it! Hetmyer is the culprit. He probably should have left it for the first slip fielder who would have had it easier. The tempter, full and outside off, Buttler can't resist and goes after it. The length however was not the right one to look for the drive and hence, the outside edge is induced. It flies in between second slip and first at a good height. Hetmyer in the former position jumps and stretches his left hand out but the ball kisses the fingertips and races over the outstretched hands of Darren at second slip towards the third man fence. It was difficult for Shimron but had he left it, Bravo at first slip, who is a little deeper might have had a better chance of catching it. Nevertheless, a reprieve for Buttler and he gets off the mark. He will surely want to make Windies pay for this now. 73/3
  • 35.5 A little short, aimed at the rib-cage. The batsman nudges it towards mid-wicket.
  • 35.4 Full and wide outside off, Buttler first thinks of having a go at it but then bails out.
  • 35.3 Shortish again on off, Buttler opens the face and then plays it towards point.
  • 35.2 A little too short on off, Buttler hops and manages to defend it onto the ground.
  • 35.1 This is angled into the batter, Buttler pushes it to mid on.
  • 34.6 A wayward ball to end! Down the leg side, Dowrich dives and does well there. Except for the last ball, it was testing over. Also, the run rate now has dipped below 2 runs per over. 69/3
  • 34.5 This time it is outside off, Root need not play at those.
  • 34.4 Right on the money once again! Length and around off, Root this time though defends it right off the middle.
  • 34.3 This is very good bowling here! Keemo is bowling it nice and full, letting the ball do its bit. The line is also on off, swings away, finds Root's outside edge and goes along the ground to point.
  • 34.2 Another outswinger but it is outside off, left alone.
  • 34.1 On the fuller side, shapes away a little. Root stays rooted to his crease and drives it back to the bowler.
  • 33.6 On the fuller side again, Buttler times it back to the bowler. End of a successful over by Shannon. 69/3
  • 33.5 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 33.4 Once again a delivery at 147 kph. The length is pulled back, Buttler is beaten by the swing in and gets hit high on the thigh pad.
  • 33.3 Goes full this one at 149 kph. Buttler strokes it to mid on. Good pace there, SG has his tail up.
  • Jos Buttler walks out to the middle.
  • 33.2 OUT! Three reds and now England too have lost a review. Not sure why Denly reviewed there, that was plumb, only bat could save him. Windies won't care though as one wicket has brought another for them. Both the set batsmen are back in the hut now. Length delivery this, it is pitched around off and it skids through. Denly goes back and tries to keep it out but ends up playing outside the line. The ball hits the front pad and an appeal, a loud one from the slip cordon but a tame one from Gabriel. The umpire though raises his finger. Denly after a chat with his skipper goes for the review. Replays show that the on-field call is the right one. England suddenly in a spot of bother here.
  • Denly has been given out LBW! Is this the start of a collapse? Wait... Denly wants a second look. There comes the signal for the review...
  • 33.1 Ouch! A good in-dipper from outside off, Denly tries to keep it out somehow but misses to get hit near the box.
  • 32.6 BEATEN! A good delivery to end a very good over. The away-swinger this time, it is also full and outside off. Root eager to get off the mark has a go at it but gets beaten. Not the right shot to play so early in the innings. 69/2
  • 32.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 32.4 Howzzat? Not given! Going down leg! But a very good delivery that. Just ahead of a length and this one comes back in a long way. Root is surprised by the movement and fails to adjust to the swing. It hits him on the pads. A huge appeal follows but the umpire shakes his head. Hawk Eye confirms it is going down leg.
  • 32.3 Outside off is the first delivery to Root. He lets it be.
  • Joe Root is the new man in.
  • 32.2 OUT! No bat there and that is PLUMB! Excellent use of the review there by the Windies and Keemo Paul once again strikes very early in his spell. Good bowling change too. He bowls it slightly fuller and around middle, Burns looks to play across the line which brings about his down fall. The ball straightens a touch, seems to have gone past the bat and hits the front pad. An appeal follows but the umpire shakes his head. Keemo Paul convinces his captain to go for the review. Brathwaite signals the 'T'. Replays show nothing on Ultra Edge and three reds on Hawk Eye. Burns gritty knock comes to an end and both the openers back in the hut.
  • Review time! A huge appeal for an LBW has been turned down. Burns is the man in question and the Windies have gone for the review. There may have been an inside edge otherwise it looks close.
  • 32.1 Starts off with a length ball outside off, Burns plays inside the line and gets beaten. However, there was daylight between bat and ball there.
  • Keemo Paul is into the attack.
  • 31.6 BEAUTY! Angled into the batsman which means Denly has to play but gets it to straighten after pitching it on a length. Denly ends up playing inside the line, luckily for him, it whizzes past the outside edge. 69/1
  • 31.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 31.4 On the shorter side outside off, Denly looks to cut but does not time it. It goes on the bounce to point. Missed out on an opportunity to hit a boundary there.
  • 31.3 Nope! It is on the stumps but it is a little too straight. It is tucked around the corner for a single.
  • 31.2 The same story! The last one was outside off, he continues it with one down the leg side. Burns misses the flick. The next one is probably going to be outside off.
  • 31.1 On the shorter side on off, the batter stands tall and keeps it out.
  • 30.6 A good delivery to end! The big booming inswinger and it is bowled fast. Comes in a long way from outside off. Denly fails to get bat on it and is hit on the thigh pad. 68/1
  • 30.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 30.4 This was solid! On the off pole, Denly gets right behind the line and keeps it out.
  • 30.3 FOUR! Streaky again but Denly won't mind. Roach looking to hit the pads of Denly as he shuffles across. Joe though gets his bat down in time, it hits the inside edge and races to the fine leg fence.
  • 30.2 The last one left the batsman, this one was angled in. Denly though was upto the challenge as he flicks it nicely but finds mid-wicket.
  • 30.1 Starts it a little too wide, it swings away further. Left alone.
  • 29.6 Well fielded! Saves a couple at least! Around off and on a length. Denly looks to defend but gets an outside edge. It goes towards gully. The fielder there dives to his right, does not stop it cleanly but keeps it down to one. 64/1
  • 29.5 Bowls it wide outside off this time, not called a wide though but an easy leave for the batsman.
  • 29.5 FIVE WIDES! Poor, poor ball! Sprays it way down the leg side, Dowrich does well to get a hand to it but he is unable to stop the boundary. 9 bonus runs already for England in this session.
  • 29.4 Third short ball in a row! This is on the body of the batsman. Ducked under.
  • 29.3 Good running again! Once again it is bowled on the shorter side, Burns taps it towards covers for a quick run.
  • 29.2 Loose shot that! Short and width on offer outside off, Burns eyes lit up as he saw the width. Goes after it but the extra bounce beats the outside edge of his bat. He has been leaving it well, got tempted there.
  • 29.1 Well bowled, well played and good running! On the off pole, it skids off after pitching. Denly quickly gets his bat down in time and drops it towards mid on. The batsmen cross ends.
  • 28.6 Another wasteful ball. Outside off, Burns is not interested in playing at those. 56/1
  • 28.5 Goes back to the line he has been bowling. Outside off, shouldered arms to.
  • 28.4 This is good! Goes for a yorker on off, it is jammed out.
  • 28.3 On the fuller side on off, JD works it with the angle towards wide mid on for a single. Better lines to the right-hander by Roach. Needs to bowl similarly to the left-hander.
  • 28.2 On the middle stump this time, Denly goes back and defends it onto the ground.
  • 28.1 FOUR! Edgy four! On the shorter side, Denly throws his bat at it but luckily for him he gets a fat outside edge and over the point fielder. Boundary.
  • 27.6 Down the leg side, Burns flicks it but straight to leg gully. 51/1
  • 27.5 A good delivery! Short and closer to the body of Burns. He does well to evade it.
  • 27.4 A little too straight this time, Burns is a little late on the shot. It hits him on the thigh pad. Not started well to the left-hander here. Either too wide outside off or a little too straight.
  • 27.3 On the shorter side again but it is outside off, Burns has no qualms in leaving it.
  • 27.2 On the shorter side outside off, Burns evades it.
  • 27.1 FIVE OVERTHROWS! Gabriel is not happy and rightly so, there was no need of a shy there but it is the norm now-a-days. The ball comes into your hands, the players tend to have a go. Slightly shorter in length around off, Denly pushes it towards point and goes for a run. Paul picks the ball up and throws it at the non-striker's end. Misses, nobody backing up and a boundary. First runs of this session, it also brings up the 50 for England.
  • Shannon Gabriel to bowl from the other end.
  • 26.6 Finally makes the batsman play! On off this time, goes straight on. Burns looks to defend but it goes off the inner half towards square leg. A maiden to begin with by Roach but not a threatening one. 46/1
  • 26.5 Make that five leaves in a row! The line though was fuller but outside off. Burns is not tempted and he lets it go.
  • 26.4 Fourth leave in a row! It is bowled way outside off, the batsman need not go after those.
  • 26.3 Three leaves in a row! Roach has been a little too wide outside off right from the start of today. Once again he bowls it there and the batsman shoulders arms.
  • 26.2 Starts this one from closer to the off pole, however, it begins to move away quite early and Burns makes another leave.
  • 26.1 A little outward movement but the ball is outside off, Burns leaves it alone.
  • We are back for the afternoon session! Rory Burns and Joe Denly will resume from where they left off before the break. The former will be on strike and he will be facing Kemar Roach. Four slips in place. Here we go...
  • ... Day 1, Session 2 ...
  • 'A collapse after Lunch', predicts Predicto Praky sitting over here. Well, only time will tell whether that will happen. Join us back in a while...
  • Roach was sensational. Gabriel was outstanding. Joseph was sharp. While Paul was nippy. But the fielding was slippery which cost the Windies a wicket or two. The drop of Jennings did not cost the home side much in terms of runs but the time he spent at the crease negated the effect of the new ball.
  • A session which did not have anything but had everything. Confused? Well, that has exactly what had happened here. A look at the scorecard tells you that nothing has happened - 46 runs in 26 overs. But look at the chances created, well, one would say, they should have been 5 or 6 down.
  • 25.6 A length ball outside off, Joe looks to defend but the ball moves away and beats the outside edge. LUNCH ON DAY 1! 46/1
  • 25.5 THE BALL HAS HIT THE GLOVE BUT IT IS NOT IN CONTACT WITH THE HANDLE! What might have been a wicket for the Windies, turns out to be a lost review. A sharp short ball, around middle, Denly looks to tuck but the ball comes in with the angle and goes off something behind. Shane Dowrich dives to his left and appeals and forces Brathwaite to go for the review when his appeal is turned down. Okay. Here comes technology. Snickometer shows a spike when the ball hits the glove but it is not in contact with the bat handle! Tough luck for the home side. Jason Holder in the dressing room is not happy. They lose a review...
  • Is that the second wicket? Certainly Dowrich seems to think so. He alone has compelled Kraigg Brathwaite to go for the review for a caught behind. Let's see...
  • 25.4 Down the leg side, helped towards fine leg for a run.
  • 25.3 In line of the stumps, around off, solidly defended.
  • 25.2 A lively-looking ball. 141 clicks from Shannon Gabriel, landed just short of a good length, Rory looks to defend but the ball kicks off suddenly and just eludes his head.
  • 25.1 On a good length around middle, tucked through square leg for a single.
  • 24.6 Landed outside off, left alone once again. 44/1
  • 24.5 Now that is a jaffa. Paul keeps it full and the line is just outside off, Burns is tempted into the drive but the ball moves away a long way and beats the outside edge.
  • 24.4 Action replay of the previous delivery.
  • 24.3 Well outside off, moving further away, not played at.
  • 24.2 Around middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 24.1 Full and down the leg side, Burns looks to flick but the ball pitches and then goes a long way down. But Shane Dowrich flings himself to his right and makes a half-stop with his glove.
  • 23.6 A short ball outside off, too wide to be played, JD initially looks to cut, but then tries to pull. The second thought is a bit half-hearted and he wants to pull out of the pull but is beaten instead. 44/1
  • 23.5 Good shot, top effort. Full and outside off, Denly drives this through the covers but Alzarri Joseph dives to his left and makes a terrific stop.
  • 23.4 Wide outside off, coming in a long way, let through.
  • 23.3 EDGED, SHORT! Gabriel is not happy. He wants his slip cordon to come up a pace or two. Full an outside off, Joe looks to drive but the away movement induces an outside edge. However, it does not carry to John Campbell at second slip.
  • 23.2 A mild shout for LBW. Turned down. On a good length outside off, Denly looks to tuck it to the leg side but misses and is hit high on the thighs. That explains the reason for turning the LBW shout down.
  • 23.1 Full and down the leg side, flicked towards fine leg for a single.
  • Shannon Gabriel is back on. 6-2-7-0 so far.
  • 22.6 On a good length well outside off, left alone. 43/1
  • 22.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 22.4 A length ball, around middle, Joe looks to tuck but misses. The ball hits his thighs and lobs in the air, dropping down beside him. There were shouts of 'CATCH IT!' from everywhere but there was no wood involved.
  • 22.3 THIS ONE HITS A CRACK. Around the fuller length, outside off, Denly lets it go as the ball seams away a mile after hitting that crack.
  • 22.2 Tighter line, just outside off, coming in, watchfully defended.
  • 22.1 On a good length outside off, shouldered arms to.
  • 21.6 Another one wide outside off, let through. 43/1
  • 21.6 WIDE. Oh dear. Too wide. Just too wide. Almost lands outside the pitch outside off, then deviates further away off the seam. Left alone.
  • 21.5 The scoreboard moves after a string of 13 dots. Full and down the leg side, RB flicks it behind square leg. The ball is aerial and there is a man stationed at square leg for the catch. But the ball is well away from him. Good football skills from Kemar Roach as he races to his right from fine leg, puts out his right foot and stops the ball. Two runs taken.
  • 21.4 On a good length this time, around off, let through.
  • 21.3 Down the leg side, Rory misses out on the tuck and the ball hits his thighs and deflects behind. Shane Dowrich gets across to his right and tumbles to stop the ball.
  • 21.2 In line of the off stump, Burns prods it back to the bowler walking forward.
  • 21.1 On a good length outside off, angling away, left alone.
  • 20.6 Back to normalcy. Miles outside off, let through. 40/1
  • 20.5 Much better. Paul keeps it full, in the line just outside off, invites the drive and then grazes the outside edge.
  • 20.4 Another one in the corridor of 'why-do-you-want-to-waste-your-time-coming-after-me' area, way outside off, disinterested is Denly.
  • 20.3 Wide outside off, let through once more.
  • 20.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 20.1 Full and miles outside off, left alone.
  • 19.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 40/1
  • 19.5 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 19.4 Landed outside off, not played at.
  • 19.3 Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a run.
  • 19.2 Tucks it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 19.1 Full and well outside off, not played at.
  • 18.6 Quick single. Full and around middle, Burns tucks it through square leg and sets off for a single. Kraigg Brathwaite gets across to his left, takes aim and then has a shy at the striker's end. But misses. Denly would have been a goner. 38/1
  • 18.5 Another leave outside off.
  • 18.4 Full and well outside off, left alone.
  • 18.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 18.2 EDGED, JUST WIDE, FOUR! Nearly a second for the Windies. Full and around off, moving away, Burns looks to drive but is done in by the late away movement. Gets a thick outside edge which flies past a diving third slip to the third man fence.
  • 18.1 Full and just outside off, coming in with the angle, watchfully defended.
  • 17.6 Miles outside off, not played at again. 33/1
  • 17.5 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman.
  • 17.4 Fuller in length, watchfully pushed back to the bowler.
  • 17.3 A short ball outside off, Denly sways away from the line.
  • 17.2 Around off, solidly defended back to the bowler.
  • 17.1 Full and down the leg side, flicked towards fine leg for a single.
  • 16.6 Another wide ball outside off, let through. 32/1
  • 16.5 Miles outside off, let through.
  • 16.4 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 16.3 In the air... but safe. Full and wide outside off, Denly reaches out to drive but gets an outside edge. The ball flies just wide of the man at point. Two runs taken to get off the mark.
  • 16.2 Full and around middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • Joe Denly walks in at number 3, replacing Jennings.
  • 16.1 OUT! Edged and taken this time! At long last, after what seemed like endless hours, with every minute promising a wicket, the Windies have got one. Keaton Jennings was not using his feet much throughout this innings and this time, he has to use them to transport himself back to the pavilion. The change of ball does the trick. Full and outside off, there to be driven, Jennings cannot resist. He goes for the drive, after being so patient for 76 minutes. But no feet movement brings about his downfall. A thick edge is induced on the outside and it goes straight into the bread basket of Darren Bravo at first slip. No mistake made and Paul is the first to strike.
  • Drinks break. A pretty slow hour. Both batsmen are jittery at the crease. They have batted for 16 overs but are not looking comfortable at all. One can smell a wicket anytime the way these two are batting. Windies have bowled really well minus any luck. One catch has gone down. Another didn't carry while an lbw wasn't referred. Will the lady luck smile on them post this mini-break? Meanwhile, the umpires weren't happy with the ball and have changed it. Keemo Paul is inserted into the attack as well.
  • 15.6 Short in length around off, at 131 kph, Rory sways away from the line. 30/0
  • 15.5 Full length delivery outside off, angling away, Burns gets forward and pushes it through cover-point for a couple.
  • 15.4 Bouncer down the leg side, Rory crouches and lets it go over his head.
  • 15.3 Fuller and on middle, defended back solidly.
  • 15.2 Uses the angle of the bowler there. Works it off his pads to fine leg and takes a couple of runs.
  • 15.1 Good length ball on middle and off, defended off the back foot.
  • 14.6 Around off, angling in, defended to the off side. Maiden. Testing over. 26/0
  • 14.5 Beaten again, on the drive this time. Roach finally manages to tempt Jennings into a drive but the away movement means that it misses the outside edge. Where are the feet, Jennings? Continues to struggle in a similar fashion again and again.
  • 14.4 Beaten! Good length delivery around off, Jennings pokes inside the line and misses.
  • 14.3 Covers the line around off and defends it safely.
  • 14.2 Jennings has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 14.1 Strides forward to a full ball and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 13.6 Too straight in line, easy pickings for Rory. Works it past short leg and takes another two. The outfield is quite heavy due to all the rain. 26/0
  • 13.5 This time it has been nicely flicked away behind square leg for a couple of runs.
  • 13.4 JUST SHORT! A touch short in length around leg, shaping in a bit, Burns tries to flick but it comes off the upper half of his bat and loops towards Hetmyer at deepish short leg. He gets down low but it falls in front of his outstretched left hand. Maybe, he needs to stand a step ahead at least.
  • 13.3 Identical to the last delivery, this time Rory gets on top of his bounce and plays it down to covers.
  • 13.2 Back of a length ball on off, defended off the back foot by Rory.
  • 13.1 Starts his spell with a length ball on middle and leg, Burns clips it aerially off his pads but it goes wide of the short leg fielder for a couple of runs.
  • Alzarri Joseph replaces Shannon Gabriel in the attack.
  • 12.6 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone. 20/0
  • 12.5 A cracking yorker around middle, Jennings does well to dig it out on the leg side. Good thinking from the bowler, nicely mixing up his length.
  • 12.4 Fullish and wide outside off, an easy leave this time.
  • 12.3 Fullish and on off, angling in, Jennings presents a straight bat as he defends it out.
  • 12.2 Solid this time. Gets behind the line of the delivery and blocks it solidly.
  • 12.1 Beauty from Roach! He's working in good areas now. Keeping it on and around off and getting it to either move or straighten off the seam. Jennings tries his best to nick but misses. Yes, the way he is flirting inside the line sooner rather than later he will nick one.
  • 11.6 Four leg byes! Wrong line from the bowler, serves it down the leg side, and Burns tries to flick it. Fails and it runs away off his pads past the diving keeper for a boundary at fine leg. 20/0
  • 11.5 Beaten all ends up! Change of angle from the bowler. Comes from over the wicket and slants across a back of a length ball around off. It leaves the left-hander after landing who is stuck inside the crease and caught pushing inside the line. Luckily doesn't edge it.
  • 11.4 Angling away from the batsman, on a length outside off, Burns shuffles across the stumps and pushes it towards mid off.
  • 11.3 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • Some sawdust applied on the bowler's landing area.
  • 11.2 Good length ball on off, angling in, Jennings gets back and taps it down towards cover-point. Immediately calls for a run and completes it with ease. Good running.
  • 11.1 Fullish and on off, Keaton defends it with very little footwork.
  • 10.6 Angles in a length ball on off, Rory covers the line and defends it with a straight willow. 15/0
  • 10.5 In the channel outside off, on a fuller length, a bit of away shape too, Burns shoulders arms.
  • 10.4 Soft hands. Roach delivers it on a length around off, Burns gets across the stumps and pushes at it with gentle hands. It goes off the outer half and safely rolls past backward point. Keemo Paul chases it down and they take a couple of runs.
  • 10.3 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 10.2 This one is hurled wide outside off, a relatively easy leave for the batsman this time.
  • 10.1 Peach of a delivery! You just cannot play those. No matter how good you're as a batsman. Roach angles in a length ball around off from 'round the wicket, Burns tries playing the trajectory but it then nips away off the surface to beat the outside edge.
  • 9.6 Sharp ball at 144 kph, sliding down the leg side off a good length, Jennings is late in his shot and is hit on the pads. 13/0
  • 9.5 Strides a bit forward to a length ball and defends near his front pad.
  • 9.4 Fractionally short and angling back into the batsman, Keaton gets back to work it around but misses and is hit high on the thigh pad.
  • 9.3 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman.
  • 9.2 Sliding down the leg side, it's helped down to fine leg for just one. Once again there isn't much intent in running between the wickets. Called a leg bye, so maybe no wood on it.
  • 9.1 Good length ball outside off, 142 kph, Burns allows it through.
  • 8.6 In the channel outside off, left alone. End of an eventful over. 12/0
  • 8.5 EDGED! DROPPED! FOUR! All happening here. Roach bends his back to generate extra lift from the surface. It's around off and straightens from there as Jennings stays back to play across the line. It flies off the outside edge to second slip where Roston Chase drops a sitter. It bursts through his hands and goes behind for a boundary. Keaton riding his luck here. Can he make this innings of his count?
  • 8.4 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 8.3 Shout for an lbw! Not given by the umpire. After bowling a few deliveries wide outside off, Kemar gets a full ball to swerve in sharply off the surface. Jennings has to play at it, tries defending with a straight bat but seems to have missed. He is rapped on the pads but the umpire shakes his head after the appeal is made. Looks like an inside edge but the Ultra Edge fails to detect anything. Hmm... Hawk Eye later on reflects three reds. Windies have missed a trick here. Missing Holder already? He had been brilliant with the use of DRS.
  • 8.2 Away swinger. Goes very full but the line is too wide again. Keaton is happy to leave it.
  • 8.1 Keeps it full and outside off, holding its line, Jennings shoulders arms. Windies will feel he is one drive away from the pavilion.
  • 7.6 A straight-batted defense from the back foot to end a testing over by Gabriel. 8/0
  • 7.5 Uppish but just short of short mid-wicket. Shannon pitches it up and around off, getting it to nip back in. Burns lunges to defend but it takes the inside half and lobs towards the close-in fielder. Doesn't carry.
  • 7.4 Wide down the leg side, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 7.3 Catch it is the shout, nothing doing. Gabriel gets a good length ball to jag back into the batsman. Burns tries to flick but misses and it loops in the air off his thigh pad. The short leg catches it and then has a shy at the striker's end. Misses. No edge there so the shout of a catch it from the bowler was more of a reaction.
  • 7.2 Digs in a short ball around off, Rory drops his wrists and lets it through to Dowrich.
  • 7.1 Full and angling into the batsman, skidding off the surface, Rory tries flicking but misses and it goes off his pads to deepish short leg.
  • 6.6 Away shape this time. The line though is outside off and Keaton is not playing at anything not targeted at the stumps. 8/0
  • 6.5 A tempter outside off, there to be driven but Keaton doesn't fall for it. Anyway, his footwork isn't great so far and going for any kind of drive can prove to be fatal.
  • 6.4 Once again Roach is keeping it too wide to trouble the batsman.
  • 6.3 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 6.3 Wide! Really a wild delivery. Drops it on a length way wide outside off and then it further moves away. Jennings has an easy leave and the umpire is forced to stretch his arms.
  • 6.2 Ouch! That must have hurt! Not showing much pain though, Keaton. Back of a length delivery landing outside off at 130 kph. It jags back in sharply as Jennings decides to make a leave. It hits him flush on the box.
  • 6.1 Fine delivery. Fuller and around off, straightening a bit after landing, Keaton tries defending with a straight bat but it goes off the outer half to cover-point. A single taken, first off Roach's bowling this morning.
  • 5.6 Angling down the leg side, nudged fine down the leg side for a run. 6/0
  • 5.5 Howzaat, screams my colleague over here! Nothing from the bowler. Nothing from the keeper. And nothing from the umpire obviously. A delivery bowled at 147 kph, slanting down from a length, Burns is late in putting his bat to it and takes a blow on his pads. Easily going down, my colleague maybe didn't watch it closely. Concentrate.
  • 5.4 Sharp movement back into the batsman, hurrying into the batsman, Burns tries to play it across the line but misses. It goes on to hit him near the groin area.
  • 5.3 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 5.2 Has left the balls well so far! A length delivery just outside off and coming back in a bit with the angle, Rory covers his stumps and shoulders arms.
  • Wait is over! Sun is shining now. The covers are off and the players are returning on the field. Shannon Gabriel to finish his over...
  • Update 1024 local - It's turned very dark out there! Wait on, the umpires get together and have called for the covers. It's not raining yet and this seems like a precautionary step. And as I'm typing... it has started to RAIN! Strong wind is blowing across the stadium and let's hope it will take away all the angry-looking clouds. Currently, the players are back in the hut. Stay tuned for latest updates...
  • 5.1 Angles in a full ball on middle, Burns defends it right in front of his pads.
  • 4.6 Edged but just short! Here you go... Roach darts in a fuller length ball on off, Jennings brings his bat down to drive minus any footwork and gets a thick outside edge behind to second slip. John Campbell goes down low but it falls in front of him. 5/0
  • 4.5 In the zone outside off, Jennings keeps on leaving. Roach is also playing on his patience.
  • 4.4 Lands it on a length and outside off, going straight on, Jennings is in no mood to chase those.
  • 4.3 Outside off, on a good length, left alone one more time.
  • 4.2 This one is served on a good length outside off, holding its line, Keaton has a watchful look at it from the crease before making a leave.
  • 4.1 Goes very full this time and bowls it just outside off, Jennings brings his bat down at the last moment and pushes it a shade uppishly towards covers.
  • 3.6 Rory has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 5/0
  • 3.5 The line is straight this time, Burns gets behind the delivery and blocks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 3.4 Slants this one down the leg side, Burns fails to flick and is hit on the pads. Beaten in pace, 147 kph it was.
  • 3.3 Burns is off the mark with a couple. It's on his pads and he clips it behind square leg. Not too much movement as of now. Maybe, the bowlers are only getting warmed up.
  • 3.2 Angles in a good length ball on off, Burns defends it off his back foot.
  • 3.1 An overpitched delivery on off, angling in towards middle, Jennings flicks it through mid-wicket and takes just a run. Poor running.
  • 2.6 Miles outside off again, let through once more. 2/0
  • 2.5 On a slightly fuller length outside off, swinging in, but not tempting enough to go for the drive. Burns shoulders arms again.
  • 2.4 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman.
  • 2.3 Landed outside off, left alone again.
  • 2.2 Full and wide outside off, left alone.
  • 2.1 On a good length around off, defended back to the bowler.
  • 1.6 On middle and off, pushed towards cover. 2/0
  • 1.5 Way down the leg side, shouldered arms to comfortably.
  • 1.4 Lucky! On a length, around leg an middle, Keaton looks to flick but gets a leading edge which does not carry to cover.
  • 1.3 England are away. Full and down the leg side, flicked through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 1.2 Around middle and leg, pushed towards mid on.
  • 1.1 Full and just around off, coming in with the angle, Jennings gets a big stride forward and defends.
  • Shannon Gabriel from the other end.
  • 0.6 An inswinger this time. Outside off and shaping back in, Burns makes the sixth leave of the over to cap off a maiden over. 0/0
  • 0.5 Five leaves in a row outside off. Rory Burns showing good patience.
  • 0.4 Trying to lure the batsman into a drive. Lands it full and wide outside off, Burns has nothing to do with it.
  • 0.3 Pitches it up but wide outside off, shaping away a bit, Rory shoulders arms.
  • 0.2 Once again it's served in the channel outside off, on a good length, Rory is looking quite assured in leaving those.
  • 0.1 Starts with a length delivery from 'round the wicket. There is a hint of inward shape after it lands outside off and Burns makes a watchful leave.
  • Time for the national anthems then. First England's, followed by the hosts'. Time now for the game to begin. Kemar Roach to start off proceedings. Rory Burns and Keaton Jennings will open the innings for the Windies. Burns to face. Here we go!
  • Joe Root says that he probably would have batted first and now sees this as a big opportunity to get a good score with the bat. On the team news, informs that Sam Curran has been left out. Adds that Keaton Jennings comes back at the top of the order to lend some balance to the team. On Mark Wood's inclusion, Root says that he is someone who can be hostile at times and in the last few days, he has shown great pace and rhythm, which has strengthened his case. Does not feel that there is any confusion within the team, and adds that everyone is pretty sure about their roles.
  • Kraigg Brathwaite says that it is one of the better pitches in the Caribbean and is looking forward to make use of the early morning moisture. Informs that Keemo Paul is a straight swap for Jason Holder, with like-to-like qualities. Stresses that the Windies are keen to win 3-0 and will not let the intensity drop.
  • TOSS - Time for the spin of the coin. The Windies' captain for this game, Kraigg Brathwaite, tosses the coin up in the air. TAILS is the call from Joe Root, but HEADS IT IS. WINDIES ELECT TO BOWL FIRST.
  • PITCH REPORT - Daren Ganga has a look at the pitch and informs us that the average first innings score at this venue is just 329. Sees plenty of grass and adds further that in the last 6 games, 4 have produced results. Reckons that fast bowlers will receive plenty of help from this track, with batting proving to be a challenge. Finishes by saying that toss may not be too much of a factor.
  • WEATHER - Rain. Forecast for all 5 days. But that is future tense. As far as present tense is concerned, it is bright and crystal clear with the sun shining beamingly. I am sure no one will mind if the forecast is wrong, would any?
  • What is life without ifs or buts? Same goes to Windies and cricket. They look poised to make a brownwash. But can they? They have not won three Tests in a row since 2012-13 (when they beat New Zealand, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe for six consecutive victories). Their last whitewash in a series of three matches or more came against England in 1985-86. Hmmm...
  • Sammy - the name itself inspires the Windies. Won two WT20 titles under him. It was at this very venue that Shannon Gabriel claimed a 13-wicket haul, last year. Add to it, England have never played a Test here. Their last visit came in 2010, when they beat Sri Lanka in the semi-final of the World T20. All the factors point to a 3-0 possibility, don't they?
  • A brownwash - ever heard of this term? Not that many times, because probably it rarely comes into play. But here we are, in 2019, under an inspired Jason Holder, Windies stand a brilliant chance of beating England 3-0. Only issue for them is that they are without skipper Holder - their leading run-getter in this series. Will it motivate them even more or will that give a chance for Ashes hopefuls in the English side? Either ways, we hope that we are not robbed off an entertaining game. Hello and a warm welcome to the third and final Test between Windies and England at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet in St. Lucia.

West Indies Vs England Live Score (TEST) Ball by Ball Commentary

  • England now will look to build on this lead and with a lot of time left in the game, they will now look to bat the Windies out of this game. The hosts on the other hand, need to pick wickets and quickly as one would believe batting 4th on this wicket will not be easy. Is there another fightback in store for us or will England continue their domination? Stay tuned to find out.
  • Dowrich and Roach did try to fight back with a frustrating 41-run stand for England but once the former fell, the lower-order did not contribute a lot, giving England a huge lead of 123.
  • After being bundled out for 277 earlier today, the visitors did not have the best of times with the new ball. The Windies openers looked at ease and added 57 for the first wicket. However, a lapse in concentration for Brathwaite began the procession. Campbell fell on the very next ball and after that Wood ran through the middle order. From 57 for 2, Windies were staring down the barrel at 104 for 7.
  • End of an excellent performance by England. Actually by Mark Wood and Moeen Ali I should write. It is the former who leads them off the field as he bags a fifer, his first in Tests and that too on return. A huge round of applause for him and he deserves every bit of it.
  • 47.2 OUT! BOWLED! Wood wins the race of the fifers! Full and straight, perfect delivery to a tail-ender, Gabriel swings and misses. The ball hits the stumps and ENGLAND HAVE A LEAD OF 123.
  • 47.1 FOUR! Gabriel is not going to die wondering. Short and wide outside off, slapped through point for a boundary.
  • Mark Wood is back on. 8-2-37-4 so far.
  • 46.6 On the stumps, defended again. 150/9
  • 46.5 On the stumps, it has been kept out.
  • 46.4 Flatter and outside off, Roach plays it with the angle through point for a couple.
  • Shannon Gabriel is the next man in.
  • 46.3 OUT! In the air... what a catch. Ho ho ho, that is a screamer there. Ali tosses this up around off, Joseph goes for the slog but ends up playing it against the angle. He ends up getting it off the outer half. It goes high in the air towards mid off. The batter though would feel, he might just get away with this one. Broad however, runs backwards and then sticks his right hand out and the ball sticks. He then tumbles over and gets up with a big smile. He is now mobbed by his teammates. 4th for Moeen Ali and they are now one wicket away from wrapping this innings.
  • 46.2 Angles this away from off, Joseph looks to defend but gets beaten.
  • 46.1 Floated up on off, it is stroked down to long off for a single.
  • 45.6 SAFE. Got to say, not the best piece of technique from Bairstow but that is how modern keepers do it. The ancient technique teaches you to collect the ball behind the stumps but not in this age. Full and around middle, Joseph swings hard but the ball swings in and goes off the inner half of the bat towards fine leg. The batsmen return for the second and the throw is a good one too. But Bairstow collects it in front of the stumps, then turns around and whips the bails off. It is referred upstairs and replays show that the extra second taken by Bairstow has given Alzarri enough time to make it in. Had Bairstow stayed behind the stumps, waited for the throw to come and then disturbed the stumps in front of him, he might have affected the run out. 147/8
  • RUN OUT APPEAL! Has Alzarri made it back in time? Or has Bairstow's poor technique cost England?
  • 45.5 Outside off, another play and a miss.
  • 45.4 On a good length around middle, watchfully defended.
  • 45.3 Short and wide outside off, Joseph slashes but misses.
  • Alzarri Joseph walks in at number 10, replacing Dowrich.
  • 45.2 OUT! Superb review from Broad and England and Dowrich is adjudged LBW! First wicket for Broady. It is landed on a good length around off and Dowrich gets across to defend. But this does not come in with the angle. Instead it straightens slightly after pitching and squares Shane up as he looks to defend. Is hit on the pads and Broad appeals but the umpire is unmoved. Broad feels this is out and convinces Root to go upstairs. Root does so and lo! Hawk Eye shows it to be dead plumb! An enterprising stand of 41 comes to a close. Fine knock from Dowrich. Windies trail by 132 now.
  • Stuart Broad is adamant this is out LBW. Joe Root gives his consent for the review. Where is the impact? That is the key question. Ian Bishop whispers 'NOT OUT', in the commentary box.
  • 45.1 FOUR! That is wonderfully timed. Just a flick from Dowrich! A length ball, a bit too straight, Shane gets across his stumps and with efficient wristwork, nudges it behind square leg. Fine leg has no chance. The stand moves to 41 from 64 balls.
  • 44.6 FOUR! Outside off, Roach slashes at it, it goes off the outer half through backward point. Stokes gives it a chase but he had no chance there. Frustrating runs these for England. Windies though would hope the two can continue. 141/7
  • 44.5 Nicely driven, nicely fielded! Flighted ball around off, it is stroked towards mid off. The fielder there runs to his left, dives and stops it. Only a run taken.
  • 44.4 Roach strokes it through covers for a single. These two are going along well here.
  • 44.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 44.2 Flatter and on off, it is pushed towards Root. He makes a good stop diving to his left. He falls awkwardly though but seems fine now.
  • 44.1 Floats it up on off, blocked.
  • 43.6 Another one down the leg side, Dowrich looks to flick but misses. Except for Wood, none of the seamers look to be a threat. 135/7
  • 43.5 FOUR! Very fine and into the fence. On the pads, Dowrich walks right across and flicks it to the fine leg fence.
  • 43.4 Once again stays back and keeps it out.
  • 43.3 On off, this one stays a touch low, Dowrich looks to defend but the ball hits the lower portion of the bat.
  • 43.2 Good bumper and Dowrich ducks.
  • 43.1 Outside off, it is left alone.
  • Drinks!
  • 42.6 Outside off, this time Roach does not reach out for it, he lets it be. 131/7
  • 42.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 42.4 Nicely bowled! Gives it a lot of air, gets it to drift away. The ball pitches and goes on with the arm. Roach plays inside the line and gets beaten.
  • 42.3 Very full on off, the batsman drives it to covers.
  • 42.2 Floats it up on off, it is kept out.
  • 42.1 Stroked down to long on for a single.
  • 41.6 Wide outside off, left alone. 130/7
  • 41.5 Length ball again on off, Roach prods forward and pushes it to covers.
  • 41.4 On the shorter side this time, Roach gets on top of the bounce and defends it onto the ground.
  • 41.3 Continues bowling it on off, Roach lunges and keeps it out.
  • 41.2 Good length and on off, Dowrich looks to defend but it goes off the inner half and through square leg for a run.
  • 41.1 On the shorter side, Dowrich hops and keeps it out.
  • 40.6 Flighted ball on off, kept out. 129/7
  • 40.5 Whipped down to long on for an easy single.
  • 40.4 On off, kept out.
  • 40.3 Flatter and on middle, it is punched back to the bowler.
  • 40.2 NOT OUT! Dowrich's foot is down! Good work though by Bairstow. This is bowled flatter and outside off, Dowrich first thinks of cutting it but then bails out of the shot. He then seems to have lifted his foot and Bairstow whips the bails off and appeals. The umpire takes it upstairs. The third umpire takes a look at quite a few replays from different angles. In one angle it shows seems that the foot is off when the bails come off but there is nothing conclusive. Hence, it is ruled in favour of the batsman.
  • A huge appeal for a stumping has been referred upstairs. Dowrich is the man in question. The English players do not seem that excited.
  • 40.1 Floated up on off, blocked.
  • 39.6 Lovely delivery! Angles it into the batsman and gets it to leave him late. Beats the outside edge of Roach's bat. 128/7
  • 39.5 On the stumps, Roach covers the line and blocks it out.
  • The physio is out once again, checks the helmet of Roach, gives it back to him and Kemar will continue.
  • 39.4 Right on the helmet! Misread the length did Kemar Roach. Not that short on middle, Roach looks to duck but the ball does not bounce a lot. Hits him on the helmet. Takes it off now.
  • 39.3 On the stumps, kept out.
  • 39.2 Good ball! Movement and bounce! Length ball around off, comes in first and then moves away after pitching. Roach is forward to defend but only for the ball to go past the outside edge.
  • 39.1 Good length outside off, the batsman shoulders arms to it.
  • 38.6 FOUR! Firm drive and the desired result. A little too full on off, Dowrich strokes it through extra cover and it races away. Deficit is below 150 now. 128/7
  • 38.5 Shorter in length outside off, it is cut through point for a single.
  • 38.4 BEATEN! Nicely bolwed. Loopy ball outside off, Roach defends inside the line and gets beaten.
  • 38.3 Eased down to long on with the turn for a run.
  • 38.2 On the shorter side, the batter goes back and plays it through point for a run.
  • 38.1 Flighted ball and it lands outside off, Roach lunges and keeps it out.
  • 37.6 Around off, solidly defended. 121/7
  • 37.5 Full and outside off, Dowrich looks to drive but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads. A bit too loose there...
  • 37.4 Full and straight, driven straight back. Fielded.
  • 37.3 Full and outside off, Roach leans and drives it through the covers. The ball stops just inside the ropes. Three runs taken.
  • 37.2 One more leave outside off.
  • 37.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 37.1 FIVE WIDES! Where has that hit? That has exploded. Broad looks at the spot where the ball landed and then smiles. A short ball, outside off, the cherry lands on either a crack or a grassy area. Shoot! Miles over every human being on the ground. Directly bounces 10 yards behind Bairstow. Into the fence behind. The stand moves to 14 and the deficit is now 159.
  • Stuart Broad returns. 10-3-23-0 so far.
  • 36.6 FOUR! Reverse sweep and nicely played! He manages to hit it through backward point. No fielder there so a boundary. 113/7
  • 36.5 A little too full outside off, it is driven through covers for a run.
  • 36.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 36.3 The straighter one outside off, Roach plays for the non-existent turn. Gets beaten, Bairstow takes it and appeals but nothing from the umpire. Stokes signals the noise was of the bat hitting the pad.
  • 36.2 This is hit to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 36.1 Uppish but well short. Flighted ball on off, Dowrich's eyes lit up there. He goes hard at the ball but can't get past mid off.
  • 35.6 Shortish again outside off, Roach tries to defend but then seeing the bounce, he pulls his bat out of the way. It hits his shoulder and then goes to the slips. 107/7
  • 35.5 On the pads, it is worked through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 35.4 On the shorter side, Roach goes back and keeps it out.
  • 35.3 Finds the edge again but it falls short. Full and around off, Roach looks to push at it but gets an outside edge which falls short of the third slip fielder.
  • 35.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 35.1 On the pads, Dowrich clips it fine, the fine leg fielder is also fine so only a run.
  • 34.6 Floats it up on off, the batter defends it onto the ground. Just a run and a wicket from this over. Excellent by Moeen. 104/7
  • 34.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 34.4 Flighted delivery and on off, Roach defends it.
  • Kemar Roach is next.
  • 34.3 OUT! STUMPED! The bowling change works wonders. Ali gets his third and now England are into the bowlers. Tossed up outside off, Paul dances down the track but does not get to the pitch of the ball. He looks to defend but does so for the turn. There ain't any, the ball goes past the outside edge. Bairstow behind the stumps, collects it and whips the bails off in a flash.
  • 34.2 A low full toss, it is hit down to long on for a run.
  • 34.1 Flighted ball on off, Dowrich lunges and keeps it out.
  • Moeen Ali has been brought back on. 8-4-11-2 so far.
  • 33.6 FOUR! Timed nicely! Short and outside off, Paul used the pace and then guides it through point. No one in the deep and it races away. 100 up for the Windies but they have lost 6 wickets. They trail by another 174. Also, Wood seems to be tiring here, the zip seems to be missing in the last couple of overs or so. Probably this will be his last over for this spell. 103/6
  • 33.5 A little too straight, it is worked to fine leg for a run.
  • 33.4 Short again, it is nudged through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 33.3 On the shorter side and it is outside off, Dowrich throws his bat at it but gets beaten.
  • 33.2 FOUR! Well played! Got on his toes and then works it through square leg. There were shouts of catch it but it passes the short leg fielder quickly and into the fence.
  • 33.1 Good length around off, Dowrich looks to defend it off the back foot, the ball goes off the outer half towards point. Stokes there dives to his left and makes a half-stop. no runs conceded though.
  • 32.6 On the shorter side outside off, Dowrich chops it towards cover for a run. 94/6
  • 32.5 Attacks the stumps again but Dowrich blocks it out with ease.
  • 32.4 On the fuller side, Dowrich works it to mid-wicket.
  • 32.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 32.2 Nicely clipped! A little too straight, it is flicked through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 32.1 Around off, Dowrich defends it off the back foot.
  • 31.6 Angled into the batsman, Dowrich plays it well by taking one hand off the handle, it goes towards fine leg and a single is taken. 91/6
  • 31.5 Goes for the slower one, Paul is a little deceived. He is a touch early into the shot and hence it goes off the inner half through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 31.4 Well fielded! Paul shows finesse this time, he waits for the ball and then guides it towards gully. Burns there dives to his right and saves a couple.
  • 31.3 Now goes for the pull, looks to hit it really hard, hence gets it off the inner half towards short leg.
  • 31.2 Again! Looks to go downtown, he gets an inside edge though and the ball hits him near the box.
  • 31.1 Short ball and Keemo has a go at it. Misses. Paul seems to be going for everything here, this is going to be fun here.
  • 30.6 On the shorter side again, Dowrich comfortably pushes it to covers. 89/6
  • 30.5 Hits the length again around off, Dowrich goes back and defends it onto the ground.
  • 30.4 Good length and around off, Dowrich blocks it off the front foot.
  • 30.3 Too close to cut! Short and outside off, Dowrich looks to cut but is beaten. That shot was never on.
  • 30.2 On the shorter side, Dowrich looks to pull but misses.
  • 30.1 On the off stump, Dowrich is quick to go back and defend it out.
  • 29.6 Full toss and it is on the pads, the batsman looks to flick but misses to get hit on it. End of another successful over by Wood. 89/6
  • 29.5 Driven through mid off by the batsman.
  • 29.5 FIVE WIDES! That was quick! Bouncer and it bounces above the batsman's head as he goes for the pull. Bairstow behind has no chance as it is down leg as well. He dives with one hand stretched upwards, does get a glove to it but is unable to stop it. Races to the fine leg fence. The umpire first signals it as byes but then changes his decision.
  • 29.4 On the shorter side again, Keemo this time blocks it onto the ground.
  • 29.3 FOUR! Stand and deliver! Short and on middle, Paul moves his front leg out of the way and flat-bats it over the mid on for a boundary. Nice way to get off the mark.
  • 29.3 NO BALL! Welcomes Paul with a yorner, Keemo digs it out. Wood has overstepped again.
  • Wood has to abort here! He runs up the crease but then realizes that Paul is not ready. He stops, turns back and gets ready to bowl again.
  • Keemo Paul is the next man in.
  • 29.2 OUT! Four-fer for Mark Wood! Darren Bravo's resistance comes to an end. Excellent bowling this, the short ball on the last delivery to push the batsman on the back foot and then the fuller one to get him out. It is on off, Bravo is neither forward nor back as he tries to keep it out with a tentative push. The ball takes the outside edge and goes to the right of Root at first slip. The England skipper, reacts late but manages to hold on, in the second attempt. Into the lower-order now are the Englishmen.
  • 29.1 Somehow Bravo has managed to keep that out! Short and on the body, Darren first thinks of ducking at it but then somehow fends it away.
  • 28.6 Down the leg side, Dowrich misses the flick. 79/5
  • 28.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 28.4 FOUR! Classy! Holds the pose for the cameras too. Full and outside off, Dowrich leans into it and strokes it through covers. You need not run for those.
  • 28.3 Outside off, Dowrich guides it to point.
  • 28.2 On the shorter side, Dowrich stands tall and pushes it to mid off.
  • 28.1 Good length and on off, SD goes back and keeps it out.
  • Stuart Broad to bowl from the other end.
  • 27.6 On the shorter side but outside off, Darren Bravo plays inside the line and lets it be. 75/5
  • 27.5 On middle, Dowrich works it through square leg for a run. Dowrich is off the mark.
  • 27.4 Sharp bouncer this! Dowrich just about evades it. Wood giving Windies a taste of their own medicine here.
  • 27.3 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 27.2 Continues from where he left off. Length ball outside off, it skids through. Dowrich looks to push but gets beaten.
  • We are back for the final session. Once again we are in for a long one as there are around 42 overs to go. Shane Dowrich will join Darren Bravo in the middle. Mark Wood has five balls to go. Here we go...
  • ... Day 2, Session 3 ...
  • England are red-hot right now. Just Shane Dowrich to come in the form of a proper recognized batsman. After that, it is just the bowlers. Boy, do we daresay that Keaton Jennings and Rory Burns could be batting for the second time in 2 days. Join us back at 3 pm (1900 GMT). Nearly 42 overs left, so plenty of time for more wickets!
  • Unlike the Windies, the new ball could not quite work for England. They were getting very desperate and Campbell's counter-attack led to more frustration. Then, that masterstroke from Root to get Moeen Ali paid rich dividends. At 57/0, things looking down and out, and how tables have turned. First Moeen struck twice in an over and then Wood struck thrice in the span of 15 balls to leave Windies reeling.
  • 15 wickets have fallen in this match now, in 5 sessions. 11 of those have come today itself. This Test has suddenly kicked up alive. Who says that 277 is not competitive? They might have to eat their words!
  • Wow-a-wow-a-wow. 5 wickets for 17 runs in 53 balls. Moeen Ali. Mark Wood. Enough said.
  • 27.1 OUT! Dropped, no caught! Wood has another one and Windies have half their side back in the hut. Hetmyer falls in the last over before Tea. Once again the pace and the zip off the surface proves to be a Windies batsman's downfall. It is slightly short and outside off, Hetmyer who was beaten a couple of times before this, finally edges one as he again hangs his bat out again. The ball takes a fat outside edge and goes to Root at first slip. He takes it on the second attempt. Hetmyer starts walking back but then is asked to wait as they want to check for the no ball. Replay shows it is fine. Hetmyer has to continue his walk back and he is followed by the England players as it is TEA ON DAY 2!
  • 26.6 Tosses it up around off, Bravo plants his front foot ahead and keeps it out. 74/4
  • 26.5 Flatter and on the stumps, defended.
  • 26.4 On off, Bravo lunges and defends it onto the ground.
  • 26.3 On the leg side, Bravo flicks it uppishly but past the short leg fielder, through square leg for a couple.
  • 26.2 Flighted ball on middle, it is worked with the angle through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 26.1 Flatter and on off, Hetmyer pushes it to covers.
  • 25.6 FOUR! Nicely played! On the shorter side, Bravo stays leg side of the delivery, uses the pace, times it right off the middle and gets it to the point fence. Good over this for the hosts, 12 from it. 71/4
  • 25.5 Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 25.5 Poor ball! Short and wide outside off, Hetmyer uses the pace and guides it through point for a couple. Wood has overstepped.
  • 25.4 Slightly short and it is angled into the batter, blocked out.
  • 25.3 Goes short now and Hetmyer ducks under it.
  • 25.2 JUST SHORT! Wood is making things happen here. This is brilliant spell. Length ball again, Hetmyer stays rooted to his crease and look to defend away from his body. The ball takes the outside edge and lands just short of first slip.
  • 25.1 FOUR! EDGED AND OVER! Almost another one there for Wood. He goes full and outside off, Hetmyer throws his bat at it, manages to get a thick outside edge which flies over the third slip fielder and into the third man fence.
  • 24.6 Even the full toss can't be put away as Bravo hits it hard but straight to covers. Another maiden. 59/4
  • 24.5 Can't buy a run here can the Windies batters. Short and outside off, Bravo goes back and cuts it to cover-point.
  • 24.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 24.3 The straighter one on middle, Bravo punches it back to the bowler.
  • 24.2 A little bit short on off, Bravo goes back and defends it onto the ground.
  • 24.1 Gives it nice air and lands it on off, Bravo taps it towards point. He thinks of a run but then decides against it.
  • 23.6 Goes over the wicket for the last ball but bowls it short and wide outside off, left alone. Another maiden for Wood. 59/4
  • 23.5 Back of a length around off, Hetmyer keeps it out.
  • 23.4 Wood once again tumbles over in his followthrough. He is really steaming in here. Goes full and on off, it is driven to covers.
  • 23.3 Beaten on consecutive deliveries! More than the ball, this is a poor shot by SH. It is short and outside off, Hetmyer has a poke at it and gets beaten.
  • 23.2 JAFFA! Wood has bowled 8 balls and the Windies batsmen have struggled on almost each of those deliveries. Angled into the batsman and then gets it to straighten. Hetmyer looks to defend but gets beaten.
  • 23.1 No hat-trick. Not the hat-trick delivery he would have wished to bowl too. Outside off and it is an easy leave for the batsman.
  • 22.6 Outside off, left alone. Maiden by Moeen, keeping the pressure on is the offie. 59/4
  • 22.5 Another tossed up ball on middle, Bravo blocks it out.
  • 22.4 On the pads, it is worked to square leg.
  • 22.3 Flatter and on middle, kept out.
  • 22.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 22.1 On the pads, kept out.
  • Shimron Hetmyer trudges out at number 6, replacing Chase.
  • 21.6 OUT! Two-in-two for Wood! Why was he held back for 21 overs? His sheer pace is doing the trick for England. Roston chase bags a golden duck. Pace and bounce here gets the better of the tall batsman. It is on off and it skids through. Chase tries to defend but the ball flies off the outside edge and goes towards fourth slip. Burns takes a sharp catch. Windies are 59 for 4 from 57 for 0. They trail by 218 more. 59/4
  • Roston Chase is the new man in.
  • 21.5 OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Wood strikes gold straightaway! Just the start he would have wanted on his comeback. Bowls it full and around off, Hope looks to drive but ends up playing inside the line. The ball flies of the outside edge and towards gully. Burns takes it. Wood already seems to make a difference here. The X-factor England were missing seems to be visible here in Wood's first five balls. Windies now in big trouble here.
  • 21.4 He is really getting the ball to skid through here. Bangs his short and it is well-directed. Hope though ducks under it nicely.
  • 21.3 Another one past the outside edge! The England fans are liking this. However, Hope need not go for these. Outside off and on a length, Hope hangs his bat out and gets beaten.
  • 21.2 Started off well here has Wood. Length ball and around off, pitches and then skids through. Hope plays inside the line and gets beaten.
  • 21.1 Starts off with pacey delivery, 142 kph. It is a yorker but the line is outside off, Hope even before he gets his bat down, gets beaten.
  • Mark Wood is finally into the attack.
  • 20.6 Another flighted delivery outside off, Bravo strokes it nicely but finds the man at covers. 59/2
  • 20.5 Slower through the air on middle, Bravo prods forward and blocks it.
  • 20.4 Flatter and on the stumps, DB goes back and keeps it out.
  • 20.3 On the shorter side, Bravo goes back and pushes it to covers.
  • 20.2 On the pads, it is worked through square leg for a run.
  • 20.1 Slightly on the shorter side, Hope goes back and whips it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 19.6 Ends the over with a full ball outside off, wanting Bravo to play a loose shot. He resists the temptation and lets it be. 58/2
  • The physio is also out. Bravo's finger seems to be bleeding here. The magic spray is out. It seems to have done its job and Bravo is all set to continue now.
  • 19.5 Shortish and on the body of the batsman, Bravo looks to nudge but gets hit on the glove. He has taken the glove off. Seems to be in some pain. That will sting.
  • 19.4 Some away movement but the line is outside off, the batter leaves it alone.
  • 19.3 A little too straight, Hope misses the flick, the ball hits the pads and then rolls towards square leg. A leg bye taken.
  • 19.2 On the off stump, Hope goes back and guides it to point.
  • 19.1 This one is angled into the batsman from wide of the crease. Hope works it to mid-wicket.
  • 18.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. What an over from Moeen - A DOUBLE WICKET MAIDEN. 57/2
  • 18.5 Fired in on off, defended from the crease.
  • Darren Bravo walks in at number 4, replacing Campbell, to face the hat-trick ball.
  • 18.4 OUT! Two in two for England! And it is not Broad. Not Anderson. But Moeen. Out of nowhere. Both openers dismissed in quick succession. Pretty straight ball, fuller in length, Campbell comes forward and plays all around it, looking to flick. Misses and that looks plumb. Umpire Dharmasena thinks long and hard and then raises his finger! Campbell has a chat with Hope and takes the review. Well, replays suggest that it might be a bad call. Because one could see the leg stump. And Hawk Eye does not justify his call either. Crashing into leg. Wicket and review, both lost. The match kicks into life again. All of a sudden, Holder-less Windies trail by 220 runs with 8 wickets in hand.
  • Gone next ball! However, Campbell has requested for a review on the LBW...
  • Shai Hope walks in at number 3, replacing Brathwaite.
  • 18.3 OUT! Caught! A wicket out of the blue! What a wonderful field placement. Just one man out in the deep on the leg side. And Brathwaite exhibits his fielding coaching skills to perfection. Finds that man and hands him some catching practice. Only James Anderson was stationed in the deep - at widish long on, almost near mid-wicket. Brathwaite comes down the track and looks to go straight. However, with the ball drifting, the bat turns in his hand and goes towards Anderson. He comes running in a few paces and takes it comfortably. The 57-run stand is broken at last.
  • 18.2 Full and straight, Brathwaite looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 18.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 17.6 Outside off, dabbed to third man for a couple. 57/0
  • 17.5 The batsman gets a leading edge on that one. They pick up a single.
  • 17.4 Full and around middle, tucked through square leg for a single.
  • 17.3 Stays back in his crease and blocks.
  • 17.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • AN OFFICIAL WARNING FOR JIMMY. For running on the pitch. Umpire Tucker lets the match officials know. Must have given him a friendly warning earlier...
  • 17.1 Full and outside off, Campbell takes his bat skywards and then brings it down aggressively, in a horizontal way. Almost gets contact with the ball.
  • 16.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 53/0
  • 16.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 16.4 Full and outside off, Campbell comes down the track and pushes it towards mid off for a single.
  • 16.3 Full and around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 16.2 Down the leg side, flick shot missed. Gets hit on the pads.
  • 16.1 Landed around off, defended watchfully.
  • 15.6 Bowls a delivery outside off to end the over. Campbell lets it be. 51/0
  • 15.5 Once again, Anderson hits the length which is not that good on this wicket. Campbell misses the forward defense and gets hit on the pads. The ball is in line of the stumps but is surely going over. Needs to bowl it a yard fuller, that is when the LBW will come into play.
  • 15.5 NO BALL! Oversteps in the pursuit of more pace. Not a lot of times do you see Anderson overstep. Down the leg side, JC looks to flick but misses.
  • 15.4 FOUR! Top shot! Not a bad delivery this! Length ball and around off, Campbell on the up strokes it through covers and the ball races away to the fence. 50 up for the Windies. Another excellent start by the openers.
  • 15.3 Another decent delivery! However, Anderson is bowling a little short here. Not short actually but shorter then he should bowl. The in-dipper on middle, Campbell looks to play it with a straight bat but misses to get hit on the pads. Due to the bounce here, all these are going over.
  • 15.2 On the off stump, Campbell goes hard at the ball but ends up getting it off the inner half towards mid on.
  • 15.1 Some swing there! The line though is a little too straight. The ball however, comes back in late. Campbell fails to put bat on ball and is hit on the thigh pad.
  • Changes of ends for James Anderson.
  • 14.6 Uses his feet but then is beaten in the flight. However, Campbell adjusts and then strokes it down to long off for a run. 46/0
  • 14.5 Another one which is slower through the air on off, JC lunges and blocks it out nicely again.
  • 14.4 Slower through the air on off, John does well to block it out. There was a little extra bounce there but Campbell played it well.
  • 14.3 On the pads, Brathwaite goes back and flicks it fine on the leg side, collects two.
  • 14.2 On the stumps, Brathwaite keeps it out.
  • 14.1 Nicely swept! Plays it very fine, Stokes runs after it from first slip and stops it just before it crosses the ropes. Three taken.
  • 13.6 Beaten! Broad is frustrated here! He lands it on off and then gets it to move away, Brathwaite comes forward to defend but the ball beats the outside edge. Luck just not in England's favor here. 41/0
  • 13.5 The last one was on the pads and this one is way outside off, left alone.
  • 13.4 Angles it into the pads, KB looks to flick but misses to get hit on the thigh pad.
  • 13.3 Goes back to bowling length to the right-hander. Kraigg gets behind the line and keeps it out.
  • 13.2 Another short one, this time, Campbell gets on top of the bounce, pulls it all along the ground and towards square leg for a run.
  • 13.1 A bumper down the leg side, Campbell looks to pull but misses. This must be some plan against the left-hander, they are now looking to bowl short to him.
  • 12.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 40/0
  • 12.5 Now eases it to mid on with the turn.
  • 12.4 Tossed up around off, a little bit of turn there for the bowler. Brathwaite looks to keep it out but it goes off the inner half towards short leg.
  • 12.3 Just short! Brathwaite once again uses his feet, this time gets closer to the delivery and hits it uppishly but short of the bowler.
  • 12.2 Flighted delivery and on off, KB with the turn, works it to mid-wicket.
  • 12.1 Uses his feet but does not get to the pitch of the ball, Brathwaite blocks it out.
  • Spin time. Pretty early too. Moeen Ali into the attack.
  • 11.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 40/0
  • 11.5 Down the leg side, Campbell looks to clip again but misses.
  • 11.4 Hits the length hard around off, the batter lunges and keeps it out.
  • 11.3 Shortish again and down the leg side, John lets it be.
  • 11.2 Another short ball and it is down the leg side, Campbell looks to pull but misses by a long way. Two for the over is signaled! Broad is not happy.
  • 11.1 Bouncer and it is down the leg side! The batsman evades it.
  • 10.6 A lovely but to end! The scrambled seam delivery, it lands on off and moves away. Brathwaite looks to defend but gets beaten. 40/0
  • There seem to be some problem with the ball here. Root shows it to the umpire. He feels there is nothing wrong and asks them to continue.
  • 10.5 Good length and outside off, the batter leaves it alone.
  • 10.4 Another two! On the pads, it is flicked down towards fine leg. The fielder there runs to his left and stops it well. Two taken.
  • 10.3 On the pads, it is clipped through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 10.2 FOUR! WOW! This guy has hit some very delightful boundaries. To add to that, he also holds the pose for the camera. In his zone, slightly fuller and around off, Campbell lofts it straight down the ground for a boundary.
  • 10.1 On the off pole, kept out.
  • 9.6 Outside off, left alone. 33/0
  • 9.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 9.4 Dropped short, pulled towards long leg for a run.
  • 9.3 The batsman has punched that ball through the off side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 9.2 Down the leg side, flicked towards fine leg for a single.
  • 9.1 Full and outside off, Campbell lofts this over mid off. Acres of free space available there and the batsmen return for the second.
  • 8.7 Well, initially the umpire had called it an over but now has called Anderson back as he feels there is another ball to go. On the fuller side on off, it is stroked to mid off. 28/0
  • 8.6 A harmless delivery to end! Outside off, shouldered arms to.
  • 8.5 On the stumps again, Brathwaite is solid in defense. Anderson does not seem to be getting a lot of purchase here. Maybe time to get Wood on?
  • 8.4 Fuller in length again, blocked.
  • 8.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 8.2 Another length ball on off, Brathwaite keeps it out.
  • 8.1 Beaten on the inside! Seems to be the off cutter there, it pitches and then comes back in. Brathwaite looks to drive but ends up playing outside the line. The ball goes past the inside edge and into the mitts off the keeper.
  • 7.6 Driven through the covers by the batsman. Two runs added to the total. 28/0
  • 7.5 LEG BYE! A little too straight this time, Brathwaite fails to flick it. The ball hits his thigh pad and rolls towards square leg for a leg bye.
  • 7.4 Nice push towards mid off for a run. That should give him some confidence. Yes, it was just a run but it was hit right off the middle.
  • 7.3 Another loud shout not given! On the fuller side and on middle, Campbell looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal follows but the umpire shakes his head. Now then, lapse of concentration there by Campbell as he seems to be wandering out of his crease. Broad spots that and has a shy at the striker's end but misses. Nervous moments these for John, he needs to slow it down a little here.
  • 7.2 A little too straight this time! It is flicked through square leg for another two.
  • 7.1 Edgy runs! Length delivery and outside off, Campbell looks to defend but it goes off the outer half towards third man for a couple.
  • 6.6 NO REVIEW. Root has been timed out. Good that he was. Hawk Eye clearly states - PITCHING OUTSIDE LEG. On a shortish length, Campbell missed his tuck again and was hit on the pads. Anderson appealed but this time umpire Dharmasena's finger was in his pocket. Root wanted to go for the review but Anderson was not sure where it pitched. Almost, at the last moment, Joe signalled for the review but umpire Dharmasena informed him that he was timed out. Meanwhile, a leg bye has been stolen too. What an over! 20/0
  • Another LBW review! This time by England! This looks not out now. Where did it pitch?
  • 6.5 NOT OUT! It is going over! Did not see that coming, however, excellent use of the review there. A full delivery and on middle, it comes back in. Campbell looks to work it across the line but misses. It hits his front pad. An appeal follows and the umpire raises the finger after a thought. Campbell reviews. Replays show that the on-field call has to be overturned. John survives to fight another day and Anderson is not happy as he walks back in frustration.
  • Review time! Campbell has been adjudged LBW. He ahs taken the review. Looks out.
  • 6.4 Aggression from Anderson there. He did not like being hit for those boundaries, no bowler does so. This is on a length and around off, Campbell pushes it back to the bowler. Anderson collects it and then throws it back towards the stumps.
  • 6.3 SIX! All the way! Stylishly shot that one! On the shorter side and on middle, Campbell lifts his front leg up and then pulls it right off the meat. It goes all the way and over the square leg fence.
  • 6.2 Drags his length back and bowls it on middle, Campbell looks to flick but is hit high on the thigh pad.
  • 6.1 FOUR! Take that, says Campbell! On the fuller side, John says thank you very much, he extends his arms and lofts it over the bowler's head for a boundary. This is how he plays, he is naturally an attacking batsman.
  • 5.6 Very good from Broad this! Continues hitting the length around off, the ball pitches and moves away. Brathwaite ends up playing inside the line and gets beaten. 9/0
  • 5.5 A little too full on off, Brathwaite with the angle works it to mid on.
  • 5.4 Way too wide there to make the batsman play.
  • 5.3 On the pads, Campbell is late on the pull shot, it goes off the thigh pad towards fine leg. The batsmen take a leg bye.
  • 5.2 On off again, Campbell opens the face of the bat and guides it to point.
  • 5.1 Good length on off, JC gets right behind the line and keeps it out.
  • 4.6 A delivery wide outside off to end the over, left alone. 8/0
  • 4.5 Direct hit needed but Denly misses! Campbell was out by a long way there. First, a good delivery by Anderson, it was bowled on off and straightens. Squares Brathwaite up as he tries to defend. The ball goes off the outer half towards point. Brathwaite takes a few steps ahead. John thinking there is a run is quick off his blocks. Brathwaite though sends him back. Trying to turn back, John slips. He has no chance to make it back in now as the fielder has the ball in his hands. Joe has a shy but luckily for Campbell he misses.
  • 4.4 EDGY FOUR! Windies won't mind though. On the fuller side of things, moves away. Brathwaite pushes at it tentatively, it goes off the outer half and through backward point for a boundary. First boundary in this session.
  • 4.3 Gets this on to angle back into the batsman, Brathwaite defends it to mid-wicket.
  • 4.2 BEATEN! Angles it into the batsman first, Brathwaite has to play at it. Does try to with a defensive stroke. The ball though moves away and goes past the outside edge.
  • 4.1 In the 5th stump channel, Brathwaite covers his off pole and keeps it out.
  • James Anderson to continue from the other end.
  • 3.6 This time he does the right thing. Leaves the ball which was bowled outside off. A testing first over by Broad. 4/0
  • 3.5 Nicely bowled but not sure if Campbell needed to play at this one. The length maybe drew him into the shot. Slightly fuller and outside off, pitches and shapes away. Campbell goes after it but the ball whizzes past the outside edge.
  • 3.4 First runs after Lunch! On the fuller side this, Campbell plants his front foot forward and then strokes it through covers. Takes two.
  • 3.3 Lovely this from Broad. Two out of the three deliveries after Lunch have been brilliant. Closer to the off stump this time, it pitches and then shapes away. John plays for the original trajectory and gets beaten.
  • 3.2 Length again but the line is a touch wide outside off, left alone.
  • 3.1 A good delivery to begin with! Some extra bounce there. On the back of a length around off, Campbell goes back to defend. The ball however, hits the splice and goes towards point.
  • We are back for the afternoon session! Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell will resume their innings. The latter will be on strike and he will face and he will face Stuart Broad who will continue his spell. Here we go...
  • ... Day 2, Session 2 ...
  • Safely negotiated. A tricky period of 18 balls or 10 minutes - whichever way you look at it. There was swing and seam movement but Brathwaite and Campbell have done well to negotiate both. Plenty still there in the pitch but the Windies will be happy that they are getting the best part of the day to bat on. Join us back at 12.40 pm local (1640 GMT).
  • 2.6 Full and just outside off, defended back to the bowler. LUNCH ON DAY 2, WINDIES TRAIL BY 275! 2/0
  • 2.5 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 2.4 Around middle, played straight to short mid-wicket.
  • In Anderson's previous over, on the last ball, a bit of an argument took place. Root wanted Mark Wood at fine leg to go squarer while Jimmy wanted him to be finer. Poor Wood, was playing musical chairs from left to right till Anderson was let known who is the boss.
  • 2.3 Full and just outside off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 2.2 Outside off, moving away, Brathwaite shoulders arms.
  • 2.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • Should be the last over before Lunch...
  • 1.6 Again, the same reaction from John to a similar ball. 2/0
  • 1.5 Outside off, Campbell takes his bat away from the line.
  • 1.4 That one thing which Keaton Jennings has done superbly throughout the tour. FIELDING AT SHORT LEG. He was excellent in the first Test, did nicely when he came in as a substitute in the last and here too, has started well. A length ball, around off, coming in with the angle, JC works it through square leg but Jennings at short leg dives to his right to make a wonderful stop.
  • 1.3 A jaffa from Broad. On a good length outside off, John feels for it but the ball seams a long way after pitching, beating the outside edge.
  • 1.2 Landed outside off, Campbell pulls his bat out of harm's way.
  • 1.1 On a good length around off, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • Now. This could be big. Stuart Broad with the ball on a pitch tailor-made for Stuart Broad.
  • 0.6 Way outside off, an easier leave. Good start from Jimmy. Looked threatening. This pitch still has plenty of juice in it. 1/0
  • 0.5 Outside off, on a length, squeezed towards gully.
  • 0.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 0.3 Superb from Jimmy. He can make the ball talk. What a massive understatement. This is on a good length, outside off, Campbell looks to defend but the ball swings in a mile and beats the INSIDE edge of the bat.
  • 0.2 Full and down the leg side, flicked towards fine leg for a single. The Windies are away...
  • 0.1 Around middle, tucked straight to square leg.

West Indies Vs England Live Score (TEST) Ball by Ball Commentary

  • Earlier on, a ton from Root and 50s from Denly and Buttler ensured England can end the Test tour on a high. Windies will have to really bat well and show some composure. They cannot afford to think of a victory as that is farfetched. Let's see how the English pacers go about their bowling. Join us in a while.
  • Rather quickly than one would have expected but the declaration has been called. The intent was there from the start as Stokes was leading the charge. He will be stranded on 48* but that won't matter much. The visitors have batted for just 5.2 overs in the morning and set the Windies a target of 485.
  • 105.2 OUT! End of an excellent innings from England's captain. Shannon Gabriel's prayers have been answered. It was a low full toss on middle, Joe looks to flick it but the bat turns in his hands. The ball goes uppishly to mid-wicket. Shimron Hetmyer puts in a dive towards his front and catches it. Surprisingly, with Root's departure, England have declared their innings at 361/5. Windies will need 485 runs to make it 3-0.
  • 105.1 On the hips, Ben flicks it to square leg and takes a quick single.
  • 104.6 Good running. Joe just flicks this with soft hands through mid-wicket and comes back for the second. 360/4
  • 104.5 Root tries being cheeky. He has tried two scoops and missed both. This one is outside off, he goes again but fails to connect.
  • 104.4 Full on off, Stokes hits it hard to long off for just one.
  • 104.3 Back of a length ball outside off, Root guides it towards third man to give Stokes back the strike.
  • 104.2 Stokes has driven it through mid off. One run added to the total.
  • 104.1 FOUR! Some punishment for the Windies bowlers. Length around off, Stokes swings it through mid-wicket and earns himself a boundary. That also brings up the 100-run stand between them.
  • 103.6 FOUR! 350 comes up for England! It was on off and fullish, Joe drives it past covers and gets a boundary. Magnificent shot from the skipper. 351/4
  • 103.5 The ball is way wide on the leg side but the batsman still goes after it.
  • 103.4 Around off, Root looks to scoop but misses.
  • 103.3 On hips of the batsman, flicks it to square leg and takes a single from it.
  • 103.2 Full on middle, Root flicks it to deep square leg and takes a single.
  • 103.1 On a good length and the ball was on off. It moves in on the batsman, Root defends it on the leg-side.
  • 102.6 SIX! Stokes is preparing for the coming ODI series. Sees this ball short and nonchalantly pulls it over mid-wicket for a maximum. 11 runs from the over. 345/4
  • 102.5 FOUR BYES! Short all down the leg side, Stokes looks to pull but is too far for him. The keeper dives but cannot reach to it. The ball runs to the fine leg boundary.
  • 102.4 Stokes was lining up for that one. Gives room and cuts but finds the man at short covers.
  • 102.3 Taps this towards the on side and gives Stokes the strike.
  • 102.2 Fuller on middle and leg, Root on-drives it to mid on.
  • 102.1 Leading edge but safe. On a good length around leg, Root looks to turn his bat to the on side but gets a soft leading edge which lands safely towards the off side.
  • 101.6 Bouncer on off, Stokes leaves it alone. 334/4
  • 101.5 On off, Root guides it to third man to rotate the strike.
  • 101.4 On the pads, Ben looks to flick but the ball bounces off his thigh pad and runs down to square leg. A single taken of the leg byes.
  • 101.3 Fullish on off, Stokes punches it back to the bowler.
  • 101.2 Short and on leg stump, the ball zips away from Stokes.
  • 101.1 Bowls it outside leg stump, Stokes looks to flick it but misses.
  • Shannon Gabriel to bowl from the other end.
  • 100.6 Pitches this up further on middle, Root drives it to mid off. 332/4
  • 100.5 Goes short again, Root let's it go through to the keeper.
  • 100.5 WIDE! Tries going short for Root too. Ends up bowling it over the batsman's head. Wide called
  • 100.4 This one is outside off on the shorter side. Stokes comfortably pulls it through square leg for single.
  • 100.3 FOUR! Statement very early from Stokes. Fuller ball on middle and leg, Stokes steps out and smacks this over the bowler's head for a boundary.
  • 100.2 Outside off, Stokes cuts it to short covers.
  • 100.1 No wicket on the first ball for them unlike Day 3. Roach comes in from over the wicket and lands it on the leg side. Root helps it on its way way towards fine leg for one.
  • We are ready to begin Day 4. The players and the umpires are out to take center stage. Kemar Roach will bowl the first over while Root and Stokes will continue from where they left.
  • Darren Ganga with the Pitch Report. He starts off by saying that he expects some showers in the last two days. As for the surface, he feels that the lateral movement has increased day by day and with some variable bounce. Michael Atherton alongside him feels that the second new ball was a key and there was spice and pace still left on the wicket. He reckons that the game situation did not allow them to have a true indication of the wicket and he expects the story to be different when a full strength England comes out to bowl unlike the Windies bowling which was depleted due to injuries.
  • The only question that everyone wants the answer to is, when will England declare? They have managed to swell the lead to 448 and are comfortably in the driver's seat. One would feel that they will bat for an hour or so and then put the hosts to bat, keeping weather in mind. For the Caribbeans, they will hope to get a couple of wickets early and then try to wrap up the English lower order. However, seeing the way they batted in the first innings, things don't look pretty for them. Let's wait and see what this Test has in store for us.
  • ... Day 4, Session 1 ...
  • No juice? Does that mean Windies can draw this Test? Well, anything is possible in cricket. But it will require a huge amount of determination and mental strength to do that. First, the Windies will have to wait for some more time for England to declare - at least an hour on Tuesday and then go about trying to bat out more than 5 sessions. Inconsistent bounce has started to appear and Day 4 might see the most of that. Join us at 10 am local (1400 GMT) on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, for all the action. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
  • Stretching exercises going on for the Windies. They have toiled, toiled and toiled hard, being a bowler down, with Keemo Paul hurting his hamstring very early in the day. Gabriel and Roach bowled their hearts out but this pitch does not have as much juice in it now as it had yesterday.
  • A boring but proper day of Test match cricket. The fielding team strikes first ball, then meanders along, allowing the batsmen to settle and then the batters bed in. Burns, Jennings and Denly missed out on big knocks but not Root. He ensured that he stayed till the end of the day, forging a partnership with Buttler and then with Stokes, reaching that elusive hundred. Buttler played well and was looking good for his own century but got a jaffa from Roach - a rarity the whole day.
  • The Windies players get across and shake hands with Joe Root, acknowledging his effort - one of pure class. He has batted for a major part of the day and one would admit, taken the game beyond Windies' reach.
  • 99.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. STUMPS ON DAY 3, ENGLAND LEAD BY 448! 325/4
  • 99.5 Goes back again and blocks once more.
  • 99.4 THAT STAYS LOW. Fired in on middle, Stokes just about keeps it out.
  • 99.3 Full and outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 99.2 Goes back and blocks it out.
  • Final over then...
  • 99.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 98.6 Well outside off, let go of. 325/4
  • 98.5 Quicker ball, outside off, short in length, Root uses the pace of the bowler and almost takes it off the keeper's gloves, past slip towards third man for a couple. Moves to 111 and the stand reaches 71.
  • 98.4 Around middle, pushed towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 98.3 Full and just outside off, Stokes lunges and dead-bats it. 9 balls left...
  • 98.2 Pushes this through mid on for a single.
  • 98.1 Full and outside off, guided towards backward point.
  • 97.6 Goes back and punches it down to long on for one. 321/4
  • 97.5 Full and outside off, watchfully kept out.
  • 97.4 Outside off, punched through the covers for a run.
  • 97.3 Around off, blocked watchfully.
  • 97.2 The slog sweep. Uncharacteristic and ungainly from Root. Fetches it from wide outside off and drags it to deep mid-wicket. Just for a single.
  • 97.1 Full and down the leg side, tickled towards fine leg for three runs. The lead is now 441.
  • 96.6 Around middle and leg, turned towards square leg. 315/4
  • 96.5 Fired in outside off, Joe gets back and across to block. 19 balls left in the day...
  • 96.4 Full and outside off, driven back to the bowler.
  • 96.3 Very full, pushed towards long on for a single.
  • 96.2 Fuller now, driven straight to short cover.
  • 96.1 Thrown in on off stump, punched back to the bowler.
  • 95.6 Pushes a full ball to covers but finds the fielder. 314/4
  • 95.5 Once again a textbook front foot defense by the English skipper.
  • 95.4 Loopy and on off, Root strides forward and blocks.
  • 95.3 Floated and full on off, defended off the front foot by Root.
  • 95.2 Too full and on middle, Stokes stays back and drives it down to long off for a run.
  • 95.1 Fires one down the leg side, Stokes fails to flick and the keeper also fumbles. No run taken.
  • The over-rate has been much better today but we are into extended time again. 5 overs left in the day. Captain Brathwaite brings himself on.
  • 94.6 Around middle and off, worked towards short mid-wicket. 313/4
  • 94.5 Fired in on middle, pushed towards long on for a run.
  • 94.4 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 94.3 On middle, dabbed towards long on for a single.
  • 94.2 Full and around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 94.1 Short and outside off, cut straight to cover.
  • 93.6 Swishes and misses! Short and wide outside off, Root throws his bat at it only to get beaten. 310/4
  • 93.5 On the pads, nudged behind square leg for two.
  • 93.4 Too full and around leg, Stokes flicks it through the leg side, in front of square leg and they cross for a run.
  • 93.3 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 93.2 Good length ball on off, defended off the back foot.
  • 93.1 FOUR! Roooootttttttt goes the Barmy Army and the English skipper runs in joy with his arms afloat. Joseph serves a friendly full toss outside off, Joe has no issues in driving it through mid off for a glorious boundary. He punches his fist in delight. This knock means a lot to him. Has been off colour of late, losing his run-scoring hunger. For the record - 16TH TEST TON FOR ROOT! His third consecutive century after going past 50. Also, a hat-trick of tons in a dead rubber Test. 50-run stand comes up as well.
  • Alzarri Joseph's turn to use the second new ball. Meanwhile, Ben Stokes is busy choosing a new bat for himself.
  • 92.6 Full on middle and leg, flicked straight to short mid-wicket. 302/4
  • 92.5 Pushes this towards long on for a run. Moves to 98...
  • 92.4 Goes back and plays it with a horizontal bat to mid-wicket.
  • 92.3 Full and wide outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 92.2 Outside off, coming in, defended from the crease.
  • 92.1 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • Roston Chase is back on. 27-1-83-0 so far.
  • 91.6 Smart thinking. Slips in a yorker but Stokes is ready to dig it out. After the end of the over, Gabriel is seen smiling. Good to see that. 301/4
  • 91.5 Shortish and on middle, defended off the back foot.
  • 91.4 This is terrific bowling. Shannon is still bowling with a lot of venom. Serves a shorter one around leg, Stokes turns early inside the crease with his pull shot but the ball arrives late. He's caught in an awkward and it comes off the splice of his bat. Stokes is down on his haunches and Gabriel like an angry uncle once again shoots some words at him. Root is smiling, like he always does. Frustration writ large on Shannon's face. Has really tried hard today without much success.
  • News filters in that both Darren Bravo and Keemo Paul are in the hospital, for scans regarding their respective injuries. The former will certainly be missed in the days to come if the Windies are to make a fist of this game.
  • 91.3 Digs in a short ball on middle, Stokes plays a mistimed pull shot in front of square leg and it drops in no man's land in the deep. They take a couple. 300 up for England and the Barmy Army is on its feet.
  • 91.2 Flashes and misses. In the channel outside off, Stokes throws his bat at it but fails to connect.
  • 91.1 Four byes! Gabriel steams in and lets out a sharp bouncer around leg. It shoots off the surface as Stokes leaves it and Dowrich fails to gather it even with a full length jump. Bonus runs for England as it runs behind for a boundary.
  • Roston Chase is back into the attack. Hang on, change of heart for Kraigg Brathwaite. Shannon Gabriel will continue from this end...
  • 90.6 A bit too straight, on middle, flicked wide of mid on for a couple. 295/4
  • 90.5 Outside off, dabbed towards gully.
  • 90.4 FOUR! MAGNIFICENT! Root at his best. Full and outside off, Root comes forward and drives this on the up, comfortably beating mid off. Pleasing to the eye, Joe moves to 95.
  • 90.3 Stays back in his crease and pushes it towards mid on.
  • 90.2 Around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 90.1 Huge shout for LBW! Turned down! That looked close. Probably some wood involved. On a good length around off, jagging back in sharply, Root stayed back to defend but GOT A BIG INSIDE EDGE onto his pads. The ball lobbed towards backward point where Shai Hope came charging in for the catch but the ball landed 5-6 feet in front of him.
  • 89.6 Play and a miss! Short and wide outside off, Ben throws his bat at it but fails to make any connection. 289/4
  • 89.5 Beaten in pace. A 142 kph full ball around leg, Stokes tries to flick but misses. He is rapped on the pads, a half-shout from the bowler but nothing doing as far as the umpire is concerned. Pitching outside leg.
  • 89.4 Length ball on middle, Stokes covers the line and blocks it off his back foot to covers.
  • 89.3 Excellent nut, this. Probably landing on a crack around leg, a touch short and nipping away, Stokes tries pulling but misses. It goes just over the stumps. Gabriel has his hands on his head. His battle with Ben has been a highlight of this Test match.
  • 89.2 FOUR! No stopping this one! An overpitched delivery on off, Stokes brings down a straight bat and strokes firmly down the ground for a boundary. There was a mid off fielder seen giving the chase but he was never going to stop it.
  • 89.1 Fractionally short and on off, Root goes on his toes and taps it down in the vacant point region for a quick single.
  • 88.6 Not quite a 5. 4 less than that. A short ball, around middle, Joe swivels and pulls it towards long leg for a run. Into the nervous 90s goes Root. 11 from the over. 284/4
  • 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 so far. Will we get a 5?
  • 88.5 FOUR! Badly lined, down the leg side, fuller in length, Root just tickles it to the fine leg fence.
  • 88.4 Cracker of a shot. Full and wide outsode off, Ben reaches out and drives it through the covers. Roston Chase has to sweep the entire area to his left at cover but does get to the ball. Three runs taken. The lead now pops up beyond 400...
  • 88.3 Full and wide outside off, squeezed through the covers for a couple.
  • 88.2 Angled in on middle, tucked behind square leg for a single. The stand is worth 20 now.
  • 88.1 Full and straight, watchfully defended.
  • Time for a bit of Alzarri Joseph. 12-2-38-1 so far.
  • 87.6 Ouch! Shortish and down the leg side, Stokes swivels and tries to pull but misses to get hit on the box. Gabriel shows no mercy, walks up to him and fires in a few verbal volleys. Show some compassion, Shannon. 273/4
  • 87.5 Fullish and outside off, driven off the front foot but it took the inside edge and deflected off his boots to covers.
  • 87.4 Bangs in a short delivery around leg, Ben is early into his pull shot and it comes off the upper half of his bat. Loops back but dies down quickly.
  • 87.3 Yorker on middle, Root digs it out on the leg side for one.
  • 87.2 On a length around middle, tapped down on the leg side.
  • 87.1 Funny! Good length delivery on middle and leg, Root tickles it off his pads and it races through mid-wicket. Warrican (sub) chases it and then puts in a dive near the rope. However, he himself goes beyond the rope while the ball is still to roll towards the boundary line. Warrican then recovers and jumps out to stop the ball. Then he gets up, slips a bit before picking it up and releasing the ball to the keeper. The batsmen have run all four. Quite comical. The substitute seems under-cooked for this format. We have seen him struggling in the field quite a few times now. Hearing that it's a FOUR!
  • 86.6 Comes down the track but Roach bangs in a bouncer. Stokes can only let it go. 268/4
  • 86.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 86.4 Works this behind square leg, thinks about the second, Buttler responds but the fielder comes in quickly this time and Joe sends Jos back.
  • 86.3 Around off, solidly defended.
  • 86.2 Excellent running. A half volley, around middle and leg, the skipper flicks it through square leg. Roston Chase gives it a good chase to his left, gets to the ball, fires in a good throw to Dowrich but Root puts the hard yards in and scampers back for the second.
  • 86.1 Down the leg side, Root misses his flick.
  • 85.6 Beaten by pace this time. 146 kph. On a length outside off, BS looks to cut but misses. 265/4
  • 85.5 Got himself into a bit of tangle there, did Stokes. A short ball, around middle, Ben initially looked to pull but the ball zipped through, skidding off the surface and hurried onto him. BS was surprised and tried to check his shot but almost spooned a return catch to Gabriel.
  • 85.4 Around middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 85.3 Change of angle, comes over the wicket, but bowls it down the leg side, Stokes misses his flick.
  • 85.2 Outside off, dabbed towards gully.
  • 85.1 Full and around off, driven straight back. Good diving stop by Gabriel.
  • 84.6 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman. 265/4
  • 84.5 Beaten by the away shape. A length ball landing on off and deviating off the surface, Root pokes inside the line and misses.
  • 84.4 Three this time. A length ball around off, Stokes drives it through the line and it races away through mid off. Skipper Kraigg chases it down.
  • 84.3 Pitches it up and outside off, Ben drives it towards mid off where Brathwaite dives to stop the racing ball.
  • 84.2 Back of a length outside off, played down to covers.
  • 84.1 FOUR! Fine start to the over. Short and wide outside off, Stokes camps back and slaps it through point for a boundary.
  • 83.6 Close shave! Full and around off, swinging in nicely, JR looks to flick but the ball goes off the inside edge and lands just short of short leg! Gabriel has more words to say now, to both batsmen and the response is a smile. Good to see. 258/4
  • 83.5 Full and wide outside off, the skipper reaches out to drive but misses again.
  • 83.4 Pull and a miss. Is that nervous 80-90s tag worrying Root? He is smiling but that seems to be a nervous one. Is the declaration round the corner? Has he been given a definite time before which the century needs to be made? But then, isn't he the captain and can decide for himself? The last few minutes have seen some atrocious shots, as if to desperately get to that century as quickly as he can. The length was not there for the pull but still Joe went for it. The ball just missed the inside edge and beat the off stump.
  • 83.3 Down the leg side, flicked through square leg for a single. More chatter between Stokes and Gabriel.
  • 83.2 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 83.1 A bouncer, around middle, Stokes pulls out.
  • 82.6 Sharp movement back into the batsman from outside off, Root plays it late and pushes it down in front of the slip cordon. 257/4
  • 82.5 Walks forward to this delivery and drives it to mid off.
  • 82.4 Edged but safe! Roach serves a fuller length ball outside off, Root tries driving but gets a thin inside edge behind. Doesn't carry to Dowrich who fumbles a bit.
  • 82.3 Fullish and on middle, flicked behind square leg for a couple.
  • 82.2 Extra bounce, on middle and leg, Root tries flicking but misses and wears it on his thigh pad.
  • 82.1 Brute of a delivery, that! Back of a length delivery around off, moving away sharply, maybe landing on a crack, Root feels for it and is beaten. Roach smiles.
  • 81.6 That stays low. On a good length outside off, Stokes looks to cut but is defeated by the lack of bounce. The ball goes beneath the bat and bounces in front of Dowrich. 255/4
  • 81.5 Outside off, BS looks to drive but is a tad early into the shot. Mistimes it back to the bowler.
  • 81.4 Down the leg side, flicked towards short mid-wicket where a decent stop is made.
  • 81.3 Full and outside off, Ben shoulders arms.
  • A bit of a delay. Seems like Stokes has just realized that he was worn different shoes on each foot. The umpires wisely have called for DRINKS. Around 19 overs left in the day. The focus will mainly be on whether Root can get to a century and even if he does, don't think the declaration will come out immediately. Maybe, some time after Drinks in the first session or second session tomorrow.
  • 81.2 On a length, just around off, watchfully defended with a hop.
  • 81.1 Short and outside off, punched through point for a single. Some words of advice from Gabriel to Root.
  • Shannon Gabriel is back on as well.
  • 80.6 Switches to 'round the wicket and lets out a length ball outside off, Stokes shoulders arms to complete a successful over for the home team. 254/4
  • Ben Stokes comes out to bat with the license to attack the bowlers.
  • 80.5 OUT! Sound of timber! Roach has done it with the second new ball. Lands it on a length around off and gets it to straighten from there off the seam. Buttler tries flicking but misses as he plays down the wrong line and it goes on to tickle the off stump. The 107-run alliance is broken. England's lead is 23 short of 400!
  • 80.4 In the air... SAFE! Short ball around off, sticking in the surface, Buttler is almost through his pull shot but then stops the followthrough of his bat. It catches the top edge and goes in front of square leg for a couple of runs.
  • 80.3 Wild delivery, way wide outside off, Buttler leaves it alone.
  • 80.2 Just eluding the flying keeper! FOUR! Back of a length ball on middle and leg, Buttler tries to glance it on the leg side but it comes off the inner half of his willow and flies behind. Dowrich puts in a diving effort to his left but all in vain. A boundary results.
  • 80.1 Good length ball on off, Buttler covers the line and blocks it back safely.
  • Second new ball is taken. Kemar Roach to make the first use of it.
  • 79.6 Fifty for Jos Buttler, his 14th in Tests! Eases a quicker and fuller delivery through covers for a run. Back-to-back half century for him. Fine knock! 248/3
  • 79.5 Flatter and shorter outside off, Root moves back and cuts it late to beat the backward point fielder. A single to bring up the 100-run stand.
  • 79.4 Tossed up ball outside off, Joe is on the front foot as he flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 79.3 Strides forward and across to a full ball and defends it near his front pad.
  • 79.2 A touch short and outside off, Root tries to run it down but ends up playing it in front of first slip.
  • 79.1 Flatter and fuller outside off, defended to covers off the front foot.
  • 78.6 Goes back and works it with the spin towards square leg. 246/3
  • 78.5 Pushes this towards long on for one.
  • 78.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 78.3 Outside off, pushed towards cover for a run.
  • 78.2 Tossed up outside off, Root looks to play the slog sweep but almost hits it straight to the substitute Jomel Warrican at deep mid-wicket. The fielder waits for the ball to come to him but then fumbles. An extra run taken on that.
  • 78.1 Full and outside off, driven towards long off for a single.
  • 77.6 Flatter and on off, defended back from the crease to end yet another brisk over. 242/3
  • 77.5 A late cut by Buttler and the point fielder makes a diving stop. Immediately releases the ball for the keeper but Root makes it safely before that. Single added to the total.
  • 77.4 Leans forward and pushes it gently to the off side.
  • 77.3 Flighted and outside off, left alone.
  • 77.2 Goes on the back foot and punches it to covers.
  • 77.1 Slider, fired in outside off, Buttler tries to play at it but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 76.6 Around middle and leg, flicked towards mid-wicket. 241/3
  • 76.5 Outside off, going away with the angle, zero spin, left alone.
  • 76.4 Full and around off, Jos gives himself room to the leg side and hammers it past the bowler down to long off for another single.
  • 76.3 Pushes this through mid-wicket for one more.
  • 76.2 Down the leg side, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 76.1 Full on middle, pushed towards long on for a single.
  • 75.6 Short and wide outside off, Jos cuts but finds the fielder at point. 237/3
  • 75.5 Goes on the back foot and punches it in front of square on the off side. Straight to the fielder.
  • 75.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 75.3 Too full and on middle, forced down through wide mid on for a run.
  • 75.2 Loopy and full around off, Root sweeps it to fine leg and rushes back for the second run. The fielder in the deep was a bit late in reacting.
  • 75.1 Flighted off spinner outside off, Root leaves it alone.
  • 74.6 Fires in a quicker one outside off, Jos pads it away to end the over. 234/3
  • 74.5 Well played! Short and wide outside off, Root plays it very late, almost of the keeper's gloves and guides it wide of short third man. Hetmyer chases it down and they take three.
  • 74.4 Bowls it flat and short on off, Buttler moves across and helps it behind square leg for a quick run.
  • 74.3 Full and flighted on off, flicked with the spin to short mid-wicket.
  • 74.2 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 74.1 Extra flight on this ball, Root takes it on the full and drives it down the ground. Buttler jumps and opens his legs to let it through and the long off fielder cuts it off. A single is all they manage.
  • 73.6 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman. 229/3
  • 73.5 Goes hard at a full ball and drills it down to long on for a run.
  • 73.4 Very full and outside off, driven through covers for one.
  • 73.3 SAFE! Kraigg delivers a flatter full ball outside off, Buttler tries to sweep and for that he drags his back leg outside the crease. Dowrich collects the ball and breaks the stumps. Appeals and the square leg umpire takes it upstairs. The replays show that Jos' back leg returned well in time.
  • Stumping appeal has been referred upstairs...
  • 73.2 Loopy and full on off, pushed back to the bowler who made a half-stop in his followthrough.
  • 73.1 Flatter one, on off, defended back to the bowler.
  • 72.6 Another single down to widish long off as Buttler plays the front foot drive on this occasion. 350 is the lead. 227/3
  • 72.5 Leans forward to a full ball and eases it through mid off for a run.
  • 72.4 Flat and short, Root immediately gets back to stroke it towards covers.
  • 72.3 It's been driven superbly through the covers. They pick up a single.
  • 72.2 Goes on the back foot and punches it to point.
  • 72.1 Up and over point! Quicker and fuller on off, Buttler reaches out for it and tries for a big shot but slices it over Hetmyer. He runs back to collect the ball and they take a couple.
  • 71.6 FOUR! Shot! The fielder in the deep seems to have not picked it. Full and on off, Root goes down and across to sweep it behind square leg. The long leg fielder is very late to react, in fact doesn't react at all. 222/3
  • 71.5 Presses forward to a full ball and blocks it.
  • 71.4 Presents the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 71.3 Shortish and outside off, Root gets back to play a late cut but still finds the point fielder.
  • 71.2 Played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 71.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • Kraigg Brathwaite is back on.
  • 70.6 A slider outside off, skidding away, Buttler offers no shot, presents his front pad but but it even beats that. Everything in the middle looking so disinterested. 218/3
  • 70.5 Buttler has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 70.4 Just pulls his length back a bit, on middle, Root moves back and turns it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 70.3 Flatter and fuller outside off, Buttler goes hard at it and swats it down to long off for one.
  • 70.2 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 70.1 Loopy and full on off, Root presses forward and drives it through extra cover for a run.
  • 69.6 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact. 215/3
  • 69.5 Good stop by Hope! A length ball outside off, Buttler stays back to push inside the line and it gets it away off the soft outside edge. Runs towards gully where Shai makes a diving stop to his right.
  • 69.4 Lands it on a length around off, angling in at 137 kph, Buttler blocks it off his back foot.
  • 69.3 Back of a length delivery on off, Buttler remains on the back foot and keeps it out safely on the off side.
  • 69.2 Rises on his back foot to a short ball outside off and steers it through point for a run.
  • 69.1 Bouncer outside off, Root would have easily swayed away but still ducks.
  • 68.6 Fires one wide outside off, an easy leave for Jos. 214/3
  • 68.5 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 68.4 FOUR! 42nd Test fifty for Joe Root, his first after 7 innings... Coincidentally, his two last scores were also 7 and 7. A real gift to reach the milestone. Spinning down the leg side, Joe quietly but neatly deflects it off his pads to the fine leg fence. The English skipper needed this knock under his belt.
  • 68.3 Goes on the back foot and turns it with the spin to square leg.
  • 68.2 Full and flighted on middle, Buttler strides forward and drives it back past the bowler to long on for a run.
  • 68.1 Quicker, flatter, shorter. Wide outside off. Left alone. Harmless bowling by Roston.
  • 67.6 Good length ball outside off, Root shoulders arms. 208/3
  • 67.5 Serves it full and wide outside off, Root is prepared to leave.
  • 67.4 Short delivery on middle, angling down, Root shapes up for the pull shot but it travels over his bat.
  • 67.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 67.2 Gets closer to the off stump this time, around off on a length, Root makes a watchful leave.
  • 67.1 Wayward. A gentle loosener, wide outside off, the batsman has nothing to do with it. Won't be long before he will start going after everything. Just waiting for his fifty, maybe.
  • Alzarri Joseph to bowl from the other end.
  • 66.6 Floated full ball on middle, Jos is on the front foot as he blocks it back. 208/3
  • 66.5 Flatter and shorter on off, it's punched down the ground to long off for a single.
  • 66.4 Root has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 66.3 Loopy and on middle, helped with the turn to mid-wicket.
  • 66.2 This time Root works it with the spin to the on side but the square leg fielder quickly gets to the ball.
  • 66.1 Tossed up ball around off, on the fuller side, Root defends it off his front foot.
  • We're back for the final session. 34 overs left in the day's play. Windies would try to limit the damage while England would hope that both the set batsmen get to their individual milestones and further strengthen their position. It continues to be bright and sunny and the outside chance of a rain this evening looks to be entirely outside at the moment. Roston Chase to continue with the donkey's work...
  • ... DAY 3, SESSION 3 ...
  • Will England bat for one more hour, get to 400 and then declare? Don't think so. Because they don't need to. There is a feast going on with two days left. Get in, settle yourself and enjoy. 400, 500, 600 - runs are just a number. Join us for the remaining part of today's feast at 3 pm local (1900 GMT). 34 overs left.
  • Often, one man's agony is another man's pride. After days of toil, England are finally playing like England in this Test. The top three have thrown away golden opportunities to sleep on a feather bed and Root and Buttler will aim to avert those mistakes. The skipper certainly has a century for the taking if he wants it - though every now and then we see a poor shot with the odd ball misbehaving.
  • The pitch has looked a bit on the flatter side while the bowling has looked the flattest of the series. The fact that the lead has already crossed 300 is not helping to boost the Windies' spirits and one need not be a rocket scientist to tell that they are simply waiting for a declaration.
  • 29 overs, 99/1. It has been a toil for the Windies. The only good thing for them is that the over rate was a stunning 14.4/hour, definitely the best in the match, probably the best of the series! But other than that, nothing much to write for the hosts.
  • 65.6 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover. TEA ON DAY 3, ENGLAND LEAD BY 330! 207/3
  • 65.5 Miles outside off, Buttler leaves it alone, attempting to pad it away.
  • 65.4 Goes right back in his crease and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 65.3 Full and outside off once more, pushed to the off side.
  • 65.2 Full and outside off, left alone.
  • 65.1 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 64.6 Comes forward and flicks it through mid-wicket for a single. 207/3
  • 64.5 One more leave outside off. This was the arm ball.
  • 64.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 64.3 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 64.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 64.1 A MISFIELD. Full on middle, Root flicks it through mid-wicket. Shimron Hetmyer gets across to his left, bends lazily and then tries to dive, missing the ball altogether. A single taken.
  • 63.6 Outside off, Root dabs it extremely late past slip towards third man. A run stolen. 205/3
  • 63.5 Goes right back in his crease and blocks.
  • 63.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 63.3 Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for one more.
  • 63.2 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 63.1 Full and outside off, eased through the covers for a single.
  • 62.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 202/3
  • 62.5 NOT OUT. No bat, no glove, nothing. Outside leg, Buttler looked to paddle but missed. Dowrich appealed casually and umpire Tucker raised his finger! If this was surprising (because we did not hear anything), this is even more surprising - before Tucker's finger goes up, Buttler's bat goes up for the review signal! Nothing on Snickometer. Keep batting.
  • Bizarre. Windies put in a mild appeal for a catch down the leg side and umpire Tucker raises his finger. Buttler immediately goes for the review. Chase asks Dowrich who shakes his head!
  • 62.4 Down the leg side, flicked through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 62.3 Around off, defended watchfully.
  • 62.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 62.1 Full and around middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 61.6 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. 201/3
  • 61.5 Outside off, chopped behind point for a single.
  • 61.4 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman.
  • 61.3 Outside off, Buttler looks to cut but is beaten as the ball stays low.
  • 61.2 Full and outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 61.1 Landed outside off, dabbed past first slip towards third man for a single.
  • 60.6 Another back foot defense. 200/3
  • 60.5 Fired in outside leg, blocked towards short leg.
  • 60.4 Outside off, steered behind point for one to bring up ENGLAND'S 200. The lead is 323. The game is going only one way now.
  • 60.3 Tucks it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 60.2 Around off, pushed towards long off for a single.
  • 60.1 Floated on middle and leg, Buttler looks to drive but the ball goes off the inner half of the bat wide of the bowler towards mid on.
  • 59.6 Goes back and works it through mid-wicket for a single. 198/3
  • 59.5 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 59.4 Comes forward and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 59.3 Around off, pushed towards silly point.
  • 59.2 Outside off, watchfully blocked.
  • 59.1 Full and tossed up outside off, Buttler reaches out to drive but mistimes it back to the bowler.
  • The captain brings himself on. Kraigg Brathwaite to bowl.
  • 58.6 Down the leg side, Jos misses his paddle and the keeper misses the ball too. A bye taken. 197/3
  • 58.5 Down the leg side, worked towards square leg for a run.
  • 58.4 Full once more, pushed towards long on for a single.
  • 58.3 Fuller in length, pushed from the crease.
  • 58.2 On middle and leg, worked towards short leg.
  • 58.1 Down the leg side, tucked towards fine leg for a couple.
  • 57.6 Short and wide outside off, Root looks to cut but misses it. 192/3
  • 57.5 A bouncer around middle, ducked under.
  • 57.4 Good length delivery on off, Buttler looks to leave that delivery but it goes off the outside edge past second slip. It goes towards third man. The batsmen cross ends.
  • 57.3 Short of a length delivery, Buttler looks to pull but gets beaten for pace.
  • 57.2 Again on a good length, Jos pushes it to mid-wicket.
  • 57.1 Good length delivery on off, Buttler defends off the back foot.
  • 56.6 Around middle, blocked to the leg side. 191/3
  • 56.5 Full on off, Jos drives it through mid off for a single.
  • 56.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 56.3 Floated on middle and leg, Buttler flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs.
  • 56.2 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman.
  • 56.1 Tossed up on middle and leg, Buttler flicks it towards fine leg. The batsmen pick up a couple.
  • 55.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 186/3
  • 55.5 Good length delivery outside off, the skipper lets it go but it was close to the off stump.
  • 55.4 Short of a length delivery, Root pulls it through mid-wicket. The batsmen pick up a couple.
  • 55.3 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 55.2 A short ball, outside off, Root looks to pull but the ball goes off the bottom edge towards mid on.
  • 55.1 Length delivery on leg, Buttler looks to flick but is cramped for room and it goes off his pads. It goes towards square leg for a single. The umpire gives it as a leg bye.
  • 54.6 Full on middle, Root pushes it towards mid on. Chase dives to his right but misses. Lies flat on the ground. Mid-wicket gets across to his left to mop it up. 183/3
  • 54.5 Flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 54.4 Around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 54.3 FOUR! Nice shot. Short outside off, Buttler makes room and cuts it through point for a boundary. The fielder had no chance there. Jos is looking in good touch here.
  • 54.2 Goes back and punches it behind point for a single.
  • 54.1 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 53.6 Landed outside off, left alone. 177/3
  • 53.5 The lead is 300 now for England. Full outside off, the skipper looks to defend but gets an outside edge. It goes towards gully. The batsmen cross ends. Is this enough for the visitors or will they target around 400?
  • 53.4 Wide outside off, Root leaves it alone.
  • 53.3 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 53.2 Good length delivery on middle, Buttler defends off the back foot.
  • 53.1 FOUR! Nice shot. A short ball, around off, Buttler swivels quickly on his back foot and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 52.6 Flighted delivery on off, the skipper looks to defend but it goes of the inner half of the bat to the leg side. 171/3
  • 52.5 Flighted delivery on middle, Root pushes it to the leg side.
  • 52.4 Full and fired around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 52.3 Tossed up on off, Buttler makes room and plays it towards point for a single.
  • 52.2 Full and around off, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 52.1 Floated on off, the skipper defends off the front foot.
  • 51.6 Full outside off, Buttler plays it to covers. 169/3
  • 51.5 Short outside off, Root cuts it towards point for a single.
  • 51.4 Outside off, eased through the covers for a single.
  • 51.3 Good length delivery outside off, Buttler shoulders his arms to this one.
  • 51.2 Outside off, punched through point for a single.
  • 51.1 Landed wide outside off, left alone.
  • 50.6 Landed outside off, left alone. 166/3
  • 50.5 Full on leg, Root drives it towards mid on for a single. 2000 Test runs as captain for Joe Root in Test cricket!
  • 50.4 Tossed up on middle and leg, Buttler pushes it towards the leg side for a run.
  • 50.3 Floated on off, Buttler defends it to cover.
  • 50.2 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman.
  • 50.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 49.6 FOUR! Edged away! Outside off, on a length, Root pushes at it but the ball moves away slightly, takes the outside edge, albeit to an unmanned third slip. Races away to the third man fence. 164/3
  • 49.5 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 49.4 Landed outside off, Joe looks to push but suddenly the ball kicks off something and beats him. The skipper is not happy at all.
  • 49.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 49.2 Full and wide outside off, let through.
  • 49.1 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman.
  • Alzarri Joseph comes back on. 5-1-21-1 so far.
  • DRINKS BREAK. Interesting from Roston Chase. Before bowling the second ball of this over, he paused. Because while he was about to bowl, he saw that Buttler was backing away a bit too far. Did not Mankade him though, but gave a silent warning for sure. Images of Keemo Paul doing it during an Under-19 World Cup game flash in front of us. Also, Sachithra Senanayake vs Jos Buttler happened once which brought a massive controversy.
  • 48.6 Full and around off, JB looks to flick but gets a leading edge this time, to cover. 160/3
  • 48.5 EDGED, FOUR! Lucky escape for Buttler. Outside off, Jos looked to push it through the off side but there was some extra bounce on it, which induced an outside edge. The man at first slip reacts late and the ball goes past him to the third man fence.
  • 48.4 Floated on middle and leg, Buttler defends it out.
  • 48.3 Tossed up on middle, Root drives it through mid on for a single.
  • 48.2 Around off, pushed towards the bowler.
  • 48.1 Full on middle, flicked towards square leg.
  • 47.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 155/3
  • 47.5 FOUR! Poor delivery from Gabriel. Full toss outside off, Buttler looks to drive but gets an outside edge. It goes towards backward point for a boundary.
  • 47.4 Outside off, Buttler shoulders his arms to this one.
  • 47.3 Length delivery on off, Buttler defends off the front foot.
  • 47.2 Outside off, punched through the covers, a bit uppishly, but wide of point. A couple taken.
  • 47.1 Looks to flick but it goes off the inner half towards square leg.
  • 46.6 Around off, defended watchfully. 149/3
  • 46.5 Landed outside off, spinning in a long way, Joe shoulders arms and is hit high hit on the thigh pads.
  • 46.4 Goes right back in his crease and blocks.
  • 46.3 Around off, defended from the crease.
  • 46.2 Around middle, worked towards square leg for a run.
  • 46.1 Full and outside off, pushed towards long off for a single.
  • 45.6 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman. 147/3
  • Jos Buttler walks in at number 5, replacing Denly.
  • 45.5 OUT! Big wicket for the Windies. It was a much-needed one for them. It was bowled short and wide outside off, Denly looks to cut it but gets beaten due to lack of footwork. He gets a bottom edge and Shane Dowrich takes a comfortable catch. England lose their third wicket. The partnership is broken. It was a 74-run stand. End of a good knock from Joe Denly. England lead by 270 runs.
  • 45.4 Wide outside off, Denly looks to chase this one but misses it.
  • 45.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 45.2 FOUR! Good shot. Short outside off, Root cuts and cuts it hard over third man for a boundary.
  • 45.1 Good length delivery outside off, Denly leaves it alone.
  • 44.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 143/2
  • 44.5 That spins in a long way from outside off, Denly looks to tuck but misses. The ball seems to miss everything as even Dowrich cannot stop it. Shai Hope gets to it from first slip. Leg byes signalled as the batsmen cross each other thrice.
  • 44.4 Around off, tucked through square leg for a run.
  • 44.3 Tossed up, outside off, pushed towards long off for a single.
  • 44.2 Floated on off, Denly offers a forward defense on this one.
  • 44.1 Full and outside off, Denly dead-bats it.
  • 43.6 Short outside off, Root looks to cut but gets beaten by the away movement on this one. 138/2
  • 43.5 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman.
  • 43.4 Good length delivery on off, Root defends it towards gully.
  • 43.3 Caught behind! No? Wow. There came a sound for sure. Let's check the replays. A short ball outside off, Root arches back to play the upper cut but misses. There seemed to be a noise even in the replays but the bat was miles away from the ball.
  • 43.2 Around middle, Joe misses his tuck and the ball goes off his pads through square leg. A single taken, leg bye signalled.
  • 43.1 EDGED, FOUR! When you flash, flash hard. Short and wide outside off, Denly throws his bat at it but the pace does him in. Gets an outside edge which flies over the leaping Roston Chase at first slip to the third man fence. The lead now moves to 260.
  • 42.6 Full and around middle, pushed back to the bowler. 133/2
  • 42.5 Tossed up on off, Root defends off the back foot.
  • 42.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 42.3 Full on leg, Denly flicks it towards square leg for a run.
  • 42.2 Around middle, this time Root gets it past mid-wicket for a single.
  • 42.1 Floated on middle, Root defends it to short mid-wicket.
  • Roston Chase is back on. 8-1-20-0 so far.
  • 41.6 Short and outside off, Denly throws his bat at it but with his feet stuck in mud. 131/2
  • 41.5 Around off, coming in, defended towards mid-wicket.
  • 41.4 Wide outside off, let through.
  • 41.3 Full and outside off, Root drives it through the covers where Kraigg Brathwaite slides to his left and makes a half-stop. A run taken.
  • 41.2 Four byes! It's not easy being a wicketkeeper either. Especially when your bowlers are not accurate enough. Gabriel fires it full and down the leg side, Root fails to flick and Dowrich also fails to collect it with a dive to his left.
  • 41.1 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 40.6 Another drive from Denly, this time he has pushed it back to the bowler. 126/2
  • 40.5 Fuller and on middle, driven down the ground but without much timing. The mid on fielder got across to his left to stop the ball.
  • 40.4 Nipping back in from a length around off, Denly is hurried up this time due to the inward movement. Tries defending but misses to get hit high on the thigh pad.
  • 40.3 A bouncer at 128 kph, quite gentle, Denly lets it go though.
  • 40.2 Action replay of the previous ball. Two differences though. 1) Denly managed to connect with his flick shot. 2) No run.
  • 40.1 Fullish and on middle, angling down, Root is beaten in pace as he fails to flick. It goes off his pads to mid-wicket and they steal a leg bye.
  • Joe Root moves out at the last second and immediately apologizes. Not sure whether there was some movement once again near the sightscreen or Joe wasn't ready. Anyway, Roach has to reload. Not easy being a fast bowler.
  • 39.6 Too full and too wide outside off, Joe Denly makes a leave. Lucky to get away with that one, Shannon. Was very close to be called a wide. 125/2
  • 39.5 Denly has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 39.4 FOUR! This is called educated edge. Why? Not sure. Maybe because you have the knowledge of what you are doing... Fullish and on off, at 150 kph, Denly tries driving it through the line but it takes the outer half of his bat and speeds through the gap between gully and slips for a boundary.
  • 39.3 Half-shout for an lbw! Gabriel gets a length ball to jag back into the batsman from outside off. Denly tries to defend but misses. He is hit high on the pads, impact is outside off and it's too high as well.
  • 39.2 A length ball on middle and leg, Denly flicks it through square leg and the fine leg fielder jogs across to his left to make the stop. Two more to the total.
  • 39.1 A touch short and outside off, Root dabs it down to the right of the point fielder and rotates the strike.
  • 38.6 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 118/2
  • 38.5 FOUR! Maiden Test fifty for Joe Denly! Has worked hard in this knock and richly deserves this applause from the crowd. Slightly overpitched, around off, Denly strides forward and plays a cracking straight drive for a boundary. Well played, can he convert it into a century now? Lead is 241.
  • 38.4 Big inswinger! Probably reversing now. Roach lands it on a good length outside off and it tails back in sharply. Denly has his front foot forward to cover the stumps as he makes a leave.
  • 38.3 On a good length and outside off, Joe Denly plays it late and taps it down in front of the gully fielder.
  • 38.2 Back of a length ball on middle, turned on the leg side but not in the gap. The square leg fielder had it covered.
  • 38.1 Straighter in line, good pace, Root tries defending with a straight bat but it takes the inside edge and goes behind square leg. They cross for a hesitant single as Warrican (sub) fumbles a little.
  • Kemar Roach to share the attack from the opposite end.
  • 37.6 FOUR! That's uppish but wide of the mid-wicket fielder. Fuller length ball on middle, Denly flicks across the line but is a bit early into his shot. It loops in the air but goes wide of Chase. He runs behind it but the ball teasingly rolls past the rope. 113/2
  • 37.5 Gently taps it down in the gap on the leg side and runs across to the other end.
  • Some disturbance near the sightscreen. Joe Root is not happy. It's someone from the television crew roaming around. He has been asked to run away from that spot and he obliges. Root has a smile on his face as he takes his guard.
  • 37.4 Too full and on middle, Joe leans forward and across before pushing it down towards mid-wicket.
  • 37.3 Misses out! A low full toss wide outside off, Root stretches out for this one but fails to middle his shot. Clearly out of form!
  • 37.2 This one is darted in full and on middle, Root brings down a straight bat in defense. Gabriel fires a few words at the English skipper also.
  • 37.1 Starts with a good length delivery in the channel outside off, Root allows it through to the keeper.
  • We're back. The players are also back. Time for another two-hour dose of riveting cricket. The way this surface has offered something every single minute has kept us and the batsmen on the edge of their seats. Given the fact that the Englishmen are ahead by a big margin, they are not under pressure and when there is no pressure, the batsmen usually get away in spite of being uncertain. Shannon Gabriel to bowl first up...
  • ... DAY 3, SECOND SESSION ...
  • With the lead inching closer to 250, this probably is the final session for the home side to try and bounce back in the game. They need to try and restrict England's lead under 300, else the brownwash will only be a dream. Join us back at 12.40 pm local (1640 GMT) for the second session.
  • England will not mind this passage of play one bit. The openers failed to make use of this last batting opportunity but Denly and Root have looked largely untroubled. That is partly due to the match situation and partly due to the inconsistent bowling. There is still enough on this pitch for the faster bowlers but the Windies are crippled, having lost Keemo Paul early in the morning.
  • A wicket first ball would not have been expected by the Windies themselves. But they hardly failed to make use of the gift given by Rory Burns. They picked up 2 wickets in this session, both to soft dismissals but have conceded 89 runs. The fielding has been below par, with Denly put down by Hetmyer while the bowling has been largely inconsistent. Once in a blue moon, the balls have hit a grassy patch or a crack and then deviated. Otherwise, it is mostly outside off and been ignored.
  • Umpire Rod Tucker has a pretty serious discussion with captain Kraigg Brathwaite. There were a few heated exchanges between the players in this session but nothing looked like going over the top - unless there was something and Tucker might be wanting to point it out. As far as the game and session are concerned, meandering ones for the Windies.
  • 36.6 Third ball in a row, flicked towards short mid-wicket once more. LUNCH ON DAY 3, ENGLAND LEAD BY 231! 108/2
  • 36.5 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot, to mid-wicket again.
  • 36.4 Around middle and leg, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 36.3 Full and around off, watchfully pushed out.
  • 36.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 36.1 Outside off, played through point for a single.
  • We have one more minute left. So we shall have one more over. Meanwhile, after Gabriel completed his over, he was giving some piece of advice to Root. Nothing serious as Dharmasena was smiling as well.
  • 35.6 Landed outside off, let through to the keeper. 107/2
  • 35.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 35.4 Dabs this towards gully and gets off strike.
  • 35.3 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 35.2 FOUR! Cracking shot. Fractionally short in length, punched through point for a boundary!
  • 35.1 MISFIELD AGAIN. Windies have been off in the field in this Test at times. A length ball outside off, Denly pushes it straight to point who just lets it through lazily. The ball goes towards third man and a single is taken.
  • 34.6 Around off, the skipper tucks it towards square leg, calls for a single but then sees the fielder coming in quickly and changes his mind. 101/2
  • 34.5 Around off, Joe goes way back in his crease and blocks.
  • 34.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 34.3 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 34.2 A short ball, Root pulls it through square leg for a couple. 100 IS UP FOR ENGLAND. The lead is now 224.
  • 34.1 Full on middle, pushed through mid on for a single.
  • 33.6 Outside off, left alone. 98/2
  • 33.6 NO BALL! A late call from umpire Dharmasena. So late that Rod Tucker has not heard it as well and is starting to walk towards the other end, assuming that the over is done. Replays show that Gabriel's foot landed inside the line and then stretched ahead. Hard luck. Around off, pushed towards the off side.
  • 33.5 Outside off, Joe looks to play the upper cut but misses.
  • 33.4 A short ball, around off, pulled straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 33.3 Around off, Denly looks to defend but the ball goes off the inner half of the bat towards mid-wicket. A single taken.
  • 33.2 A short ball again, this time wide outside off, Denly looks to punch but misses.
  • 33.1 A short ball, around off, punched to the off side.
  • Shannon Gabriel is back on. 7-0-38-0 so far.
  • 32.6 Full and around off, pushed towards mid on. 96/2
  • 32.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 32.4 Landed outside off, dabbed through third man, past first slip for a couple.
  • 32.3 Gets across and clips it through square leg for a single.
  • 32.2 Around off, pushed to the off side.
  • 32.1 Full on middle, Denly works it straight to square leg.
  • 31.6 Way outside off, left alone. 93/2
  • 31.5 Down the leg side, Joe cannot connect with his flick.
  • 31.4 FOUR! PUMMELED! Hit with authority. A short ball, around middle, Root pulls it over mid-wicket and the ball races away to the fence. The stand now moves to 20 from 27 balls.
  • 31.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 31.2 Around middle and leg, worked straight to mid-wicket.
  • 31.1 Landed outside off, punches it through point for a single.
  • 30.6 Full and around off, watchfully defended. 88/2
  • 30.5 Around off again, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 30.4 Around off, solidly defended.
  • 30.3 Full and outside off, driven towards long off for a run.
  • 30.2 Outside off, short in length, punched to deep point for a single.
  • 30.1 Full and outside off, Root gets a good stride forward and drives it straight to cover.
  • 29.6 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 86/2
  • 29.5 A back foot punch by Root to the left of the cover-point fielder and a run is taken.
  • 29.4 Well stopped in the end! A fuller length ball on off has been flicked in front of square leg. Chase stationed there puts in an early dive but then does well to collect it with both hands.
  • 29.3 Uppish but in the gap! Back of a length delivery outside off, Joe gets back to punch but it takes the outer half of the bat and flies through the vacant point region for one.
  • 29.2 Left alone. Good length delivery outside off, shaping away a shade, Denly watches the line closely which is not close enough to bother him.
  • 29.1 FOUR! Shot! Joseph bowls it short and outside off, Denly camps back and punches it in front of square on the off side. Finds the gap at cover-point and it races away to the fence.
  • 28.6 Lovely shot. Full and outside off, Denly comes down the track and lofts it over cover for three runs. 80/2
  • 28.5 Comes down the track and works it through the leg side for a run.
  • 28.4 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 28.3 Full and around middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 28.2 Down the leg side, not played at.
  • 28.1 Full and around middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 27.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. A WICKET MAIDEN for Alzarri. 73/2
  • 27.5 A short ball, outside off, played towards point.
  • 27.4 Full and wide outside off, not played at again.
  • 27.3 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman.
  • 27.2 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • In comes the skipper, Joe Root. Not under pressure in terms of the match situation but in terms of personal gains, he will like at least a 50.
  • 27.1 OUT! BOWLED AROUND HIS LEGS! That is some way to lose a wicket. Pitched outside leg and Jennings gets a good stride forward to flick. But he is not at all to the pitch of the ball. Perhaps he expects the ball to come around middle. However, it is not coming in that much. He misses his flick and the ball hits his back thigh, which barely moves. Now comes the misfortune. The ball then deflects onto the stumps. That is sheer bad luck. He was dismissed in a similar fashion against India in the first Test back home. For a change, Jennings gets dismissed in a manner other than driving and edging. The 54-run stand is broken and England are effectively 196/2!
  • Alzarri Joseph is back on. 2-0-10-0 so far.
  • 26.6 A RUN AFTER 24 BALLS! The highly educated crowd seems to realize that. Applauds whole-heartedly. Full and outside off, pushed towards point for a single. 73/1
  • 26.5 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 26.4 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 26.3 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman. Boring.
  • 26.2 Another one kissing the wide lines, not played at once more.
  • 26.1 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman.
  • 25.6 Wide outside off stump, Denly looks to play but then wants to leave. Again, indecision and that costs him time. Is beaten. 72/1
  • 25.5 Around off, coming in, JD looks to defend but the ball seams in, takes the inner half of the bat and goes towards mid-wicket.
  • 25.4 Well done by Roach. Full and outside off, Joe drives it back to the bowler who does well to dive to his left to stop. The entire crowd applauds that effort.
  • 25.3 On a good length around middle, defended back to the bowler.
  • 25.2 A bouncer on middle, Denly defends.
  • 25.1 Full and outside off, driven back to the bowler.
  • 24.6 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover. A non-threatening maiden from Chase. 72/1
  • 24.5 Similar ball, this time he lets it pass.
  • 24.4 Landed outside off, Jennings looks to cut but misses.
  • 24.3 Aha. Finally one in line of the stumps. Jennings defends it watchfully.
  • 24.2 Full and outside off, left alone.
  • 24.1 Again. Miles outside off, left alone.
  • 23.6 The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery. 72/1
  • 23.5 Ahhh... wide outside off, JD reaches out to chase, but then decides to withdraw his bat. Is late and gets beaten.
  • 23.4 Again, another one nipping back in, Joe looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 23.3 Outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 23.2 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 23.1 That has nearly cut the batsman into half! On a good length outside off, Denly prods to defend but the ball jags back in and just goes between bat and pad, almost taking the off stump with it.
  • 22.6 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 72/1
  • 22.5 Full and outside off, Keaton drives it through the covers for a couple.
  • 22.4 Again, the reverse sweep is attempted and he misses again. This time Dowrich appeals for the catch but there was hardly any wood involved.
  • 22.3 Full and outside off, Jennings brings out the reverse sweep but misses. The ball hits his glove and rolls to the off side.
  • 22.2 Again, flirting with the wide guidelines outside off, not played at.
  • 22.2 WIDE. This is miles outside off and this time it is wided.
  • 22.1 Oops. Tossed up generously outside off, lands just beside the wide guidelines and then spins away.
  • Spin time now. Roston Chase introduced. Just a reminder - Keemo Paul is still off the field and will not take part till Tea at least - means a bowler short.
  • Drinks are on the field.
  • 21.6 Keeps it in the corridor around that off stick, Denly stays right behind the line and guards it out. 69/1
  • 21.5 Back of a length delivery outside off, defended solidly with a straight bat in response.
  • 21.4 Close. Full delivery angling in on middle and off, Joe plants his front foot forward to defend but it goes off the inside edge and thuds onto the pads.
  • 21.4 Wide! The 50-run stand is up. Banged in short but it's too short, Denly leaves it alone. At first the umpire signals one for the over, but then the square leg umpire signals it's too high.
  • 21.3 That's a brave leave. A little too close for comfort, eh, Joe? Comes in a long way off the seam, Denly covers the line and shoulders arms. It goes quite closely past the off stump.
  • 21.2 Keeps slightly low. Targets the off stick with a length ball, Denly does well to adjust and bring his bat down in time to defend.
  • 21.1 Good movement on offer for Roach, but he pitches it too far outside off. It comes in as Denly makes an easy leave.
  • 20.6 Good length ball around off, kept out safely from the back foot. 68/1
  • 20.5 Watchful leave. Banged in short, angling across from around off, the opener arches back and lets it through.
  • 20.4 Cramps the batsman for room. A back of a length ball on off, Jennings somehow manages to force it down on the off side.
  • 20.3 Play and a miss! Hurled outside off and it's angling across, Jennings has some width to work with so he attempts to cut. Is a bit late on the shot and so, he misses it altogether.
  • 20.2 Fires it in on the pads, goes off the pads of the batsman as he misses the flick. It rolls to backward square leg and a leg bye is collected.
  • 20.1 FOUR! Shot. Right in the gap. Joe Denly leans into the drive and pumps it through the gap in the covers on the up. Chase chases from the deep, runs to his right and puts in the dive, only to come second best.
  • 19.6 Some extra bounce for Roach. Terrific delivery. Coming in initially and then moving away sharply, Jennings looks to defend but the extra bounce beats him all ends up. 63/1
  • 19.5 Too far outside off, no way the southpaw will have anything to do with it.
  • 19.4 Back of a length outside off, kept out from the back foot.
  • 19.3 Hangs his bat inside the line on this occasion. A length ball cutting away from around off, Jennings is beaten. That's the ideal line to bowl. Almost drew the edge.
  • 19.2 Lands around off, moves away after hitting the deck, Jennings lets it be.
  • 19.1 Full delivery from around the wicket, going away from outside off, driven to covers.
  • Kemar Roach has a change of ends.
  • 18.6 Full delivery swinging back in on middle and leg, flicked down to fine leg. Single to end the over. 63/1
  • 18.5 Angling in on leg stump, Denly looks to flick it away but is caught on the pads. Always going down leg, so no appeal made.
  • 18.4 A little too straight from the pacer, sprays it on the pads, it's easy enough for the batter to work it behind square leg for one.
  • 18.3 Throws it full and well wide outside off, Keaton has nothing to do with it.
  • 18.2 Sweet shot from Joe Denly. Full outside off, he leans into it and drives it beautifully through the covers. Chase hares after it and pulls it back in just before the rope, so the batsmen take three.
  • 18.1 Some good shape away for Joseph. Comes in at first and then goes away from around off, Denly defends off the front foot.
  • Alzarri Joseph into the attack now.
  • 17.6 Easy leave for the batsman. Outside off on a good length, Jennings covers the line and shoulders arms to it. 57/1
  • 17.5 Just ahead of a length, outside off, placed through cover-point for a double.
  • 17.4 Close. Good delivery from Gabriel, fires it full on the stumps, Keaton gets an inside edge onto his pads as he tries to work it across the line.
  • 17.3 Good length delivery in the off stump channel, left alone.
  • 17.2 FOUR! Streaky runs for Keaton Jennings. He's got the runs, but he'll feel lucky to have not gotten out. Gabriel fires it full and wide outside off, Jennings goes after it and it goes off the thick edge between gully and backward point. A boundary results.
  • 17.1 Back of a length angling in on middle and leg, worked behind square leg for a single.
  • 16.6 Terrific yorker. Right in the blockhole. Jennings brings his bat down in time to dig it out back safely. Good thinking from the bowler, just mixing his lengths to keep the batsmen guessing. 50/1
  • 16.5 Fullish and outside off, finally Jennings is seen driving square of the field on the off side. Finds the gap and a couple of runs have been added to the scoreboard. 50 up for England!
  • 16.4 Nearly edges it! Fabulous delivery. Roach angles in a good length ball on off, the line is such that Keaton has to play at it. But the naughty ball seams away to beat the outside edge.
  • 16.3 Fuller again, this time it moves back into the batsman from around off, Jennings defends it from the inner half of his bat.
  • 16.2 This time it has been served on a fuller length outside off, Keaton allows it through to the keeper. So far, he has restrained himself from driving.
  • 16.1 Roach continues from 'round the wicket angle. Lands it too full and on middle, Jennings pushes it down with a straight willow to mid on.
  • 15.6 FOUR! Shot of the morning but it had a hint of risk in it as well. Fuller length ball around off, Denly brings down a straight bat and drives it back. It's uppish but before Gabriel reacts to his right the ball has screamed past him to the fence down the ground. 48/1
  • 15.5 FOUR! Up and over gully! Width on offer outside off, short in length, Denly flashes and flashes hard at it. It flies off the outside half over the jumping gully fielder for a boundary. Gabriel has his hand on his head in disappointment.
  • 15.4 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 15.4 Brute of a delivery! But Gabriel has overstepped as he bends his back to extract something extra from the surface. It's short around off, jumping onto the batsman, Denly leaps on the back foot, almost trying to fend it off but then drops his wrists quickly. It shoots past his face.
  • 15.3 Edgy! Fuller and on middle and leg, Jennings gets it away from the inner half of his bat to fine leg. A single is taken.
  • 15.2 Play and a miss! Back of a length delivery outside off, holding its line, Jennings stays back to punch it through the line but misses.
  • 15.1 Jennings has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 14.6 Goes even further up with his length. Too full on off at 130 kph, Jennings finds it close to his body and hence plays the drive. The feet are still missing but the connection is proper. It runs wide of mid off and they take a run. 38/1
  • 14.5 Better line and much better pace. Angles in a full ball on off at 133 kph, Jennings tries defending but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 14.4 Roach's pace remains somewhere around 127 kph. It's full on off, only difference being there is some away shape. Jennings shoulders arms.
  • 14.3 Now the pace goes down to 126 kph, the line remains the same. Wide outside off and left alone.
  • 14.2 Yet another delivery bowled at 127 kph. Way wide outside off, Keaton makes a leave.
  • 14.1 Roach bowls his first delivery at 127 kph. Hasn't warmed up properly. It's fullish and outside off, Jennings drives but finds the fielder at cover-point.
  • Keemo Paul is being stretchered off now. Not a pleasant sight on a cricket field. Kemar Roach, meanwhile, is into the attack, as expected.
  • 13.6 This one is wide outside off, on a fuller length, Denly watches it closely and lets it through to the keeper. 37/1
  • 13.5 Around off, tapped down towards gully.
  • 13.4 EDGED, PUT DOWN! Denly gets a life. Easy as you like. Would have been a massive boost for the home side. Back of a length outside off, Joe comes forward to defend but suddenly the ball kicks off and takes JD by surprise. He is in no position to play and tries to fend but in vain. But the ball shoots up and hits the top half of the bat. Flies towards third slip where Shimron Hetmyer gets a simple chance to his right but puts it down. Gabriel is fuming. He was not the luckiest of the bowlers on Day 1 either.
  • 13.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • Physio comes out. Keemo Paul is in some pain, lying flat on his back beyond the boundary line. Stretcher is being called now. The play resumes though as there is a substitute replacing Paul. Windies already have been facing issues with injuries to their players. Darren Bravo is off the field. Shannon Gabriel is also feeling his hamstring. Now, we are seeing Kemar Roach summoned to warm-up. Hopefully, his body gets warmed up quickly so that he can bowl the next over.
  • 13.2 FOUR! Confident shot! Denly leans forward to a full ball and drives it through cover-point. But what happened there to the fielder? Keemo Paul scoots behind the ball from point, it starts to slow down before the rope but then Paul also slows down. He seems to have pulled his hamstring.
  • 13.1 Fullish and outside off, going straight on, Denly is not tempted into the drive.
  • 12.6 Outside off, left alone. 33/1
  • 12.5 Brings this delivery back into the batsman from the middle stump line, Denly gets his bat on it and it goes off the inner half to fine leg for a run.
  • 12.4 Good length ball just around off, straightening a touch, Joe stays back and taps it down on the off side.
  • 12.3 Good length ball on off, angling in, Denly is behind the line firmly as he blocks it down.
  • 12.2 Sprays it down the leg side, an easy leave for the batsman.
  • 12.1 Around off, on a length, Denly defends it off his back foot.
  • 11.6 A tempter there. Inviting the drive. Jennings knows how he falls most of the times. Shows patience, holds his composure and allows it through to the keeper. Like we always hear, Jennings is just one drive away from the pavilion. Poor chap has really struggled because of his feet, or say no feet. 32/1
  • 11.5 Well bowled and well played too. Gabriel goes short and darts it around off, Jennings leans back and sways away at the last moment.
  • 11.4 From 'round the wicket angle, Gabriel delivers a full ball outside off. It goes straight on after landing and Jennings allows it through.
  • 11.3 Pitches it up and outside off, another confident drive by Denly. This time towards covers where the fielder makes a sliding stop. A single taken.
  • 11.2 Misfield! Really sloppy by Paul. Too full and outside off, Denly gets forward to drive it square of the wicket on the off side. Keemo moves across to his right to stop the ball but falls over it and lets it pass. Two runs added to the total.
  • 11.1 Good length ball on off, defended off the back foot by Denly.
  • 11.1 Five wides! Why don't they warm-up properly? It's a loosener by Gabriel. Wild one. Way down the leg side. Would have been a wide even if a left-hander was on strike. Dowrich tries his best to dive across to his left and collect the ball. Too wide though. Out of his reach. Bonus runs for England. Lead is over 150 now.
  • Shannon Gabriel to steam in from the other end.
  • 10.6 Once again there is visible movement back into the batsman, Jennings plays it close to his body and it takes an inside edge before hitting him on the pads. Fine first over by Paul. 24/1
  • 10.5 Big swing on this one! This pitch is very spicy. Keemo Paul delivers a length ball outside off and it jags back in sharply, Jennings stays back and blocks it back safely.
  • 10.4 Switches to 'round the wicket for the left-hander and lands it on a length outside off, it's left alone watchfully by Keaton Jennings.
  • 10.3 Full and angling down from middle, Denly fails to flick and it goes off his pads towards backward square leg. They cross for a leg bye.
  • 10.2 FOUR! Off the mark straightaway! A back of a length delivery around off, Denly stays back and at the last moment runs it wide of the slip cordon for a boundary.
  • Joe Denly's turn to prove himself with the bat.
  • 10.1 OUT! Wicket first ball! What a start for Windies! Paul runs in from 'round the wicket and angles in a length ball on middle, Rory leans forward and across to play the flick shot but fails to keep it down. Alzarri Joseph is strategically placed there at square leg and he takes a fine low catch. Keemo is smiling and a dejected Burns is on his way back. A soft dismissal really.
  • Time to get underway! Keaton Jennings and Rory Burns are the English openers. Leaving the game situation on one side, this innings is of utmost importance for these two batsmen. How will they fare? Let's find out. Strangely, Keemo Paul to continue from this end with four slips in place. Here we go...
  • PITCH REPORT - As usual, Daren Ganga is doing the pitch report. Says that it is Day 3 but does that mean spinners will get more purchase? Reckons that it may not be the case as the 4 wickets picked by spinners so far has not been due to any turn but because of their guile, inducing false shots. David Lloyd coming alongside straightaway calls it as a track for the seamers. Observes a few cracks around the good length area which might cause some indifferent bounce.
  • Ben Stokes in an interview to Ian Ward says it's special to share the field with someone reaching the landmark. Says that Wood has his ups and downs due to injuries and it meant a lot to him. Adds that Mark was bowling very quick and he has not seen a spell of that kind before. Further says when recurring injuries happen, it's all about keep yourself positive and be strong. On the surface, Stokes says there are dents on the pitch and there is something in it for the bowlers every time.
  • 4 wickets on Day 1 and 4 x 4 wickets on the following day. This Test match like the other two has also moved at a fast pace with the only difference being that England are on top and not the hosts. A saying in cricket goes that there is no substitute for pace and Mark Wood proved that on the second day. Swing is good but pace is intimidating and that's what he did with the Windies batsmen. It was a devastating spell from him where he decimated the hosts' batting. The current status of this Test can be put as - England have the 'Wood' over the Windies and call the shots from hereon by building on their overnight 142-run lead. On that note, let me welcome you all for all the action from Gros Islet. Stay tuned for more updates...
  • ... DAY 3, FIRST SESSION ...
  • The hosts need to come out and bowl a lot better on Day 3. Wickets is the call of the hour for them and they need it in heaps. For England, one good partnership and the game is more-or-less in their bag. Also, it is a good opportunity for their batsmen to get amongst the runs. Join us for all the action from Day 3 at 1000 local (1400 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!
  • 60 balls is what the Windies pacers bowled to the English batsmen and not a lot of good deliveries were seen in those. They were once again wayward and guilty of bowling it too wide outside off. Similar to how they bowled with the new ball at the start of the first innings.
  • Already having 123 in the bag, the English side would now aim to capitalize. However, their first aim would have been to get through the nervy 10 overs unscathed and they have done so. Jennings once again looked shaky but has survived. Burns hasn't looked all that convincing but the two have ensured the visitors have all their wickets intact on Day 3.
  • The day started off with England being bundled out for 277 from 232 for 4. In reply, the Windies got off to the ideal start as the openers stitched a 50-plus run stand. However, the Wood and Moeen partnership wrecked havoc. The former picked a fifer and the latter ended with a four-fer. The two ensured that the English side head into their second innings with a big lead.
  • A big smile on Joe Root's face as his openers make their way back in the pavilion and why not? This is probably for the first time that they are in a firm position in this Test series.
  • 9.6 Almost an action replay of the last ball. Swinging away from off, Jennings plays inside the line and lets it go to the keeper. THAT WILL BE STUMPS ON DAY 2! 19/0
  • 9.5 Gets it to move away from the 5th stump line, Jennings first thinks of playing at it but then lets it be.
  • 9.4 Too wide again, yes this time he gets good carry but it is of no use if the batsman is not willing to play a shot.
  • 9.3 Another wasteful ball outside off, Keaton lets it be.
  • 9.2 Outside off, the batsman is not interested in playing at those.
  • 9.1 Edged but short! Soft hands was the key there. It is on a length and around, shapes away a touch. It takes the outside edge of the bat, bounces just ahead of the first slip fielder. He fails to stop it cleanly and concedes a run.
  • 8.6 A delivery outside off to end the over, it has been shouldered arms to. One more over to go. 18/0
  • 8.5 Starts from outside off, it comes back in late. Jennings looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 8.4 Another one outside off, another leave.
  • 8.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 8.2 On the middle stump, Burns strokes it through mid-wicket and takes three.
  • 8.1 Well bowled! A yorker and it tails back in. Burns does well to jam it out.
  • 7.6 Another leave in the over! So 5 leaves in total in this over. Outside off, Keaton shoulders arms to it. 15/0
  • 7.5 4th now as this one is not as wide as the last one but wide enough to not worry the batsman.
  • 7.4 Third leave in the over! This though was the widest of the deliveries int his over. Keaton shoulders arms to it.
  • 7.3 Angles this one into the batsman, KJ goes back and blocks it onto the ground.
  • 7.2 Another one which is just outside off, Jennings covers the off pole and shoulders arms to it.
  • 7.1 Just outside off, the batsman though need not play at those.
  • 6.6 Full and around off, watchfully kept out. 15/0
  • 6.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 6.4 Landed outside off, shouldered arms to.
  • 6.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 6.2 Around off, pushed towards cover.
  • 6.1 Full and around off, solidly defended.
  • 5.6 Full and straight, Jennings looks to work it to the leg side but closes the bat-face a touch early and gets a leading edge back to the bowler. 15/0
  • 5.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump again.
  • 5.4 Similar ball, this time KJ knows where his off stump is and shoulders arms.
  • 5.3 This one comes in miles after pitching, Keaton pushes and misses.
  • 5.2