England are placed in a commanding position on the 2nd day of the final test in their bid to win the Wisden trophy for one final time against the West Indies having snapped up 6 wickets for 137 runs. Earlier, England were bowled out for 369 earlier today. Wisden trophy is the last time for both the teams.
Holder won the toss yesterday & elected to field, which was questioned by the experts, but I for one felt, that it was the right decision with Roach coming up with a tremendous spell of seam bowling to reduced them to 122 for 4. A 130 runs partnership for the 5th wicket aroused the England innings with Pope 91, 9 short of his 2nd test ton & Butler getting a 50 in tests after a long time. This was on the 1st day of the test.. Pope’s batting was elegant & drew comparisons with Ian Bell.
West Indies, who had claimed the second new ball late evening had the opportunity of bowling it on the morning of the 2nd day & they took advantage of that with some morning dew on the pitch. Gabriel got into the wickets column by bending Popes stumps on his overnight score of 91. Butler made 67. 4 wickets fell with only 32 runs added, but Broads’s batting came like a streak of lightning as he lofted Roach for a superb six, hit Gabriel for fours & pasted Holder all over the place for fours. 76 runs were added for the 9th wicket, out of which Broad had contributed 62 of 45 balls with 9 fours and a six. England innings wound up for 369.
Broad started with the ball as well by nipping out the important wicket of opener Brathwaite for 1. Campbell made 32, but was out to a snorter from Archer. Hope & Brooks were consumed cheaply for 17 & 4 respectively to the combination of caught Butler bowled Anderson. Blackwood was bowled through the gate by Woakes. Shane Dowrich survived to the close with 10 runs after a tough examination against the short stuff & captain Holder was 24 not out.
This Windes pair at the crease has a lot to do on the morrow to ensure that they dont concede a huge lead to the Englishmen. Holder has to take the onus on himself on this. Surviving the morning session without losing a wicket will be they key tomorrow.