Rain plays spoilsport in Manchester on Day 3 of second Test. (Source: Twitter)

It was a disappointing day for cricket fans as the 3rd Day of the 2nd Test match played at Old Trafford, Manchester was washed out without a bowl being bowled on Saturday.

After a superb performance with the bat by England posting 469 for 9, Sam Curran eked out the wicket of John Campbell late on day 2 but was denied the chance. The weather forecast for the entire day was for rain and it proved it right. It is a major blow for the hosts as they would have fancied their chances to bowl out West Indies today.

With the weather better for the next two days, England would be hoping to make use of the conditions and bowl West Indies out quick in the first innings. On the other hand, West Indies would be happy to see an entire day’s play washed out.

There was consistent rain in the first session and the umpire called lunch. After the break, the rain continued, and players had to wait for rain to clear. Despite ground staff efforts, umpires called tea and then decided to call off play.

The England Cricket Team was given a massive surprise as they were defeated by West Indies in the first Test match at Southampton by 4 wickets. In the 2nd Test match, it was a superb batting effort by Stokes, Sibley who stitched a massive 260 runs stand for the 4th wicket. Stokes 176, Sibley 120, and useful contributions helped England declare their innings on 469 for 9.

Stokes and Sibley batted too slowly on the 2nd morning. If West Indies can draw the match, it would be a massive feat as they were struggling big time.

West Indies ended the 2nd day on 32 for 1. The visitors would begin the fourth day on the same score. It would be interesting if England bowlers can bowl out Windies before the follow-on target.

West Indies 32 for 1 in 14 overs (Joseph 14, Braithwaite 5, Curran 1/8) trail England 469 for 9 d in 162 overs (Stokes 176, Sibley 120, Buttler 40, Chase 5/172, Roach 2/58) by 437 runs.


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