Eng vs WI Day 2 – A Hol-Hearted Performance
Eng vs WI day 2.
A day that belonged to perhaps the most underrated cricketer in the world.
It was a day to remember for West Indies captain Jason Holder at the Ageas Bowl. He led from the front taking 6 English wickets. His fine bowling was also ably backed up by his teammates’ performances.
Resuming on 35-1, England lost Joe Denly when Shannon Gabriel found a gap in his defences, castling the off-stump in dramatic fashion. Gabriel soon had his second of the morning and third of the innings when he hit Rory Burns on the ankle. After the appeal was not successful initially, on review Burns had to depart – a sign of things to come for the umpires.
It was now time for the skipper and Jason Holder duly brought himself into the attack. He was a constant threat from ball one. The tall seamer trapped Zak Crawley leg-before wicket before running through England’s middle and late order.
The world’s number one all-rounder Holder finished with career-best figures of 6-42. He was ably backed up by Shannon Gabriel who took 4-62 from his 15.3 overs.
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Only Holder’s counterpart came away with much credit. England stand-in skipper Ben Stokes top-scored with 43, albeit a far from flawless innings which saw the Durham man dropped twice.
With the ball in hand openers, James Anderson and Jofra Archer made life difficult for the visitors without breaking through early on.
Finally, it was the veteran Anderson who made the breakthrough, after having two decisions overturned in the batsman’s favour. He eventually got one right, which saw the enterprising John Campbell walking back to the pavilion.
It was a day to forget for the umpires as they saw five of their on-field decisions overturned, all in favour of the West Indies. Jason Holder, in particular, will be thankful for the DRS system tonight.
Similarly to day one, there was more stop-start today. As the day wore on, the light deteriorated, leading to numerous breaks in play.
At around 6.30 pm GMT, play was officially suspended for the day with the West Indies 57-1 a deficit of 147. Opener Kraigg Brathwaite remains not out on 20 and Shai Hope on 3 having only faced 16 balls.
Eng vs WI Day 3 Preview
An intriguing days play waits tomorrow – especially with improved a weather forecast. The visitors will hope to build on a solid start and create a healthy first-innings lead.
Eng vs WI day 2 clearly belonged to the visitors. England will be hoping to make amends tomorrow with the ball in hand. Archer and Wood will perhaps need to bowl slightly fuller to entice the West Indies batsmen.
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