Thanks to a superb bowling spell by Jason Holder and Shannon Gabriel, West Indies ended the 2nd day of the 1st Test match against hosts England at Ageas Bowl, Southampton in a rain-curtailed play on Thursday.
Starting on the overnight score of 35 for 1, Rory Burns and Joe Denly struggled against the West Indies bowlers who bowled much better than on day 1. Shannon Gabriel was on the spot right from the word go and troubled both batsmen. Gabriel got the first breakthrough dismissing Joe Denly with a beauty of a delivery that castled the stumps.
Gabriel struck again as he got rid of Rory Burns with a brilliant yorker. The decision was overturned as the umpire gave it not out and Jason Holder decided to review the decision for an LBW. Zak Crawley looked solid with his defence while Ben Stokes played according to the ball. The West Indies captain Jason Holder dismissed Crawley to leave England in trouble at 71 for 4.
Ollie Pope played some lovely strokes before Holder got him with a beauty. Jos Buttler came to the crease and looked in decent touch.
Before the lunch break, Kemar Roach dropped Ben Stoke’s chance which came of a top edge. Stokes and Jos Buttler took England to 106 for 5 at lunch.
In the second session, Stokes was dropped for the 2nd time as he was dropped by Brooks. Both played with positive intent against top quality West Indies bowling line up. Jason provided the big breakthrough dismissing Stokes. Stokes and Buttler added 67 runs for the 6th wicket. Holder got rid of Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer in quick succession to leave England in trouble at 157 for 8. Dom Bess looked in decent touch with aggressive strokes as they added 17 important runs. Holder dismissed Wood to pick his sixth wicket of the innings. Anderson came together and gave full support to Bess who looked in good touch.
Gabriel produced a beauty to dismiss Anderson as England was bowled for 204. Holder and Gabriel picked all 10 wickets together. After the fall of Anderson’s wicket, the umpires called it tea. West Indies openers John Campbell and Kraigg Braithwaite faced tough times against Anderson.
Campbell hit some lovely strokes putting pressure on England bowlers. He survived an LBW shout which was given out but Campbell decided to review and the decision was overturned. After that bad light stopped.
The resumption saw a tough battle between the West Indies openers and England bowlers. It was eventual over as Campbell was given out by the umpire and the decision was overturned due to missing leg stump. Anderson finally struck by dismissing Campbell with a beauty of in swinger. The West Indies openers got off to a decent start putting on 43 runs.
Mark Wood was bought into the attack by Stokes and ramped up good speed. Hope and Kraigg Braithwaite kept the England bowlers at bay before bad light interrupted play. At the end of day 2, West Indies scored 57 for 1.
The first days of play were severely hampered by rain as England made 35 for 1. Shannon Gabriel took the wicket of Dom Sibley for 0.
West Indies 57 for 1 in 19.3 overs (John Campbell 28, Braithwaite 20, Anderson 1/17) trail England 204 in 67.3 overs ( Ben Stokes 43, Buttler 35, Bess 31, Holder 6/42, Gabriel 4/62) by 147 runs.