ST GEORGE’S – A defiant, unbeaten half-century from Joshua da Silva earned West Indies a priceless 28-run lead to date over England within the deciding third Take a look at on Friday in Grenada.
The Windies wicketkeeper-batsman was not out on 54 and anchored successive stands with Kyle Mayers, Alzarri Joseph, and Kemar Roach that dragged the Windies to 232 for eight, replying to the guests’ first innings whole of 204, when dangerous mild stopped play on the second day on the Nationwide Cricket Stadium.
The hosts stumbled to 95 for six within the first hour after lunch when pacer Chris Woakes exploited the variable bounce within the pitch and grabbed three wickets in 14 balls to shift the momentum the English manner.
However da Silva batted with a cool head and placed on 33 with Barbados Satisfaction left-hander Mayers, 49 with Joseph, and 55 unbroken with Satisfaction stalwart Roach to blunt the England pacers and revive West Indies and maintain them within the match.
Mayers made 28 earlier than he was caught at mid-on off Ben Stokes, and Joseph received the identical rating earlier than he was caught behind swinging loosely at a brief supply from Craig Overton, however Roach resisted and was not out on 25 on the shut.
West Indies had been 71 for 3 at lunch after the opening pair of their captain Kraigg Brathwaite and left-hander John Campbell placed on precisely 50 for the primary wicket.
Lack of bounce proved the undoing of Brathwaite and Barbados Satisfaction teammate Shamarh Brooks, and so they fell to Stokes for 17 and Saqib Mahmood for 13, respectively earlier than Campbell was caught behind down the leg-side for 35 off Overton.
A succession of evaluations and reprieves for Windies vice-captain Jermaine Blackwood and his Jamaica Scorpions teammate Nkrumah Bonner reigned within the early exchanges after lunch, however the Caribbean aspect stumbled to 134 for seven at tea.
Bonner was caught behind for 4 off Woakes when he took evasive motion, however gloved a brief, rising supply, Jason Holder miscued an ill-advised hook and was caught at deeep sq. leg for a third-ball duck off the identical bowler, who had Blackwood lbw taking part in again and throughout for 18.
After tea, Joseph stayed lengthy sufficient to get West Indies nearby of taking the lead earlier than he mistimed a pull at a brief ball from Overton and was ccaught behind from an beneath edge.
Within the last hour of play, which was interrupted by a quick stoppage for rain, Roach formalised the lead for the Windies when he edged Stokes to 3rd man for his second 4 and Da Silva reached his 50 from 134 balls when he pulled Overton for the final of his 4 boundaries.
Woakes ended the day with 3-28 from 20 overs, Stokes battled by means of discomfort in his left knee and completed with 2-40 from 16 overs, and Overton persevered to take 2-71 from 20 overs.
The three-Take a look at sequence for the newly-minted Vivian Richards and Ian Botham Trophy is degree at 0-0 after the primary two Assessments within the sequence – on the Vivian Richards Cricket Floor in Antigua and Kensington Oval in Barbados – had been drawn.
ENGLAND 204 (Saqib Mahmood 49, Jack Leach 41, Alex Lees 31, Chris Woakes 25, Craig Overton 14; Jayden Seales 3-40, Kyle Mayers 2-13, Alzarri Joseph 2-33, Kemar Roach 2-41).
WEST INDIES 232 for eight (Joshua da Silva 54 not out, John Campbell 35, Kyle Mayers 28, Alzarri Joseph 28, Kemar Roach 25 not out, Jermaine Blackwood 18, Kraigg Brathwaite 17, Shamarh Brooks 13; Chris Woakes 3-48, ).