England beat West Indies in what proves to be a thrilling and exciting match of test cricket.
England defeated Windies by 113 runs in the 2nd Test match at Manchester, Old Trafford to level the series 1-1. England bowled out West Indies for 198 with 15 overs still left to play. Stuart broad- 3/42 and Ben stokes- 2/30 was the highlight of England with Chris Woakes returning with a figure of 2/34.
On the 5th day, England resumed their innings from 37/2 and made some quick runs to take the lead to 311 and declared at 129/3 in 19 overs with Stokes amassing a quickfire 78 from 57 balls at the strike rate of 136.84 Which included 3 sixes and 4 fours. Kemar Roach took 2/37 in the 2nd innings for Windies.
England left West Indies 312 runs to chase with a total of 85 overs to be bowled in the day. England got off to a good start with Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes doing the early damage by removing both the openers John Campbell at 4 and Kraigg Braithwaite at 12 respectively.
Windies went into lunch having lost 3 wickets for 25. It was looking like Windies will not even go to the 3rd session with Rostan Chase departing early being trapped by Stuart broad in front to leave West Indies at 37/4 with another almost 70 overs to survive.
But then blackwood, the hero of the Ahead Bowl win, and Brooks put on exactly 100 runs for the fourth wicket in nearly 27 overs to keep England at bay.
But once again the man of the occasion Stokes took centre stage after is 176 in the first innings and a quickfire fifty in the second when he had Blackwood caught down the legside by a short of length delivery by Jos Buttler to open up the game and set up an intriguing final session.
In the final session, Stokes found the edge of blackwood dismissing him at 55. Dowrich didn’t trouble the scorers with Woakes trapping him in front. Holder showed some resistance before being dismissed by off-spinner Dom Bess on 35 and after that, it was easy for English bowlers to end Windies innings.
Earlier, with Rain spoiling Day 3 of play, and with an impressive start with the bat on the fourth day West Indies batsman were looking promising with having started well on Sunday reaching lunch on 118/2. Kraigg Brathwaite (75), Shamarh Brooks (68), and Roston Chase (51) spearheaded the Windies batting attack, but they crumbled in the third session due to an onslaught from Stuart Broad (3/66) and Chris Woakes (3/42).
West Indies collapsed from 227/4 at tea to 287 all out in the final session on Day 4, narrowly avoiding the follow-on. Stokes and Buttler came in pursuit of some quick runs but Buttler lost his wicket early without scoring. England ended Day 4 at 37/2. Stokes came in on Day 5 and smashes fours and sixes all over the ground to give a challenging total of 312 with ultimately England winning it by 113 runs.
The Wisden series is level now at 1-1 with Windies regretting that they could have drawn this test match. The 3rd and final test match is to be played from 24th July -28th July also at Machester, Old Trafford.