A good batting effort by the West Indies batsmen helped them in a driver’s seat at the end of day 3 of the first Test match played at Ageas Bowl, Southampton on Friday.
Starting on the overnight score of 57 for 1, Kraigg Braithwaite kept his composure with his stroke play while Shai Hope survived few anxious moments. Both overnight batsmen showed their class and made the batting look easy. England was denied a wicket as Jofra Archer overstepped of Hope.
Braithwaite time the ball against Wood and kept on the ticking the scoreboard. After the first drinks break, Dom Bess produced the breakthrough dismissing Hope. Hope and Braithwaite added 59 runs for the 2nd wicket.
Shamrah Brooks looked in fluent touch with positive stroke play. Braithwaite struggled against Jofra Archer but kept his composure to reach his fifty off 113 balls.
The England captain Ben Stokes got rid of Braithwaite with a review from Braithwaite at the last second and decision was upheld. Brooks and Braithwaite added 38 runs for the 3rd wicket. At lunch, West Indies scored 159 for 3.
It was a much better-disciplined bowling effort by the England bowlers in the 2nd session. Chase and Brooks survived anxious moments before Anderson produced a beauty to dismiss Brooks. Brooks and Chase added 33 runs for the 4th wicket.
Jermaine Blackwood showed positive intent but was caught at mid-off by Anderson. Shane Dowrich and Roston Chase kept the scoreboard ticking. Dowrich hit Bess for lovely boundaries which put England bowlers under pressure. Dowrich was dropped by Bess on his own bowling.
Dowrich and Chase took West Indies to 235 for 5. The England captain took the second new ball immediately. Dowrich and Chase played Anderson and Archer decently. Anderson dismissed Roston Chase with an excellent review for an LBW.
The umpire gave it not out and the decision was overturned as it was crashing into the stumps. Chase and Dowrich added 81 runs for the 6th wicket.
Dowrich looked solid as ever to complete his fifty off 91 balls. James Anderson bowled with great control and did not allow West Indies batsmen to score runs easily. Ben Stokes got the wicket of Jason Holder with a top edge went into the hands of Archer.
The England captain Stokes castled Alazzari Joseph stump to pick up his 150th Test wicket. Dowrich played well with intent and was dismissed down the leg by Stokes for 61. Mark Wood got rid of Shannon Gabriel to bowl out West Indies for 318. West Indies got a substantial lead of 114 runs.
Despite the edges going past the bat, Dom Sibley and Rory Burns were solid with their defence as England ended day 3 at 15 for 0.
England 204 in 67.3 overs ( Ben Stokes 43, Buttler 35, Bess 31, Holder 6/42, Gabriel 4/62) and 15 for 0 in 10 overs ( Rory Burns 10, Sibley 5) trail West Indies 318 in 102 overs ( Braithwaite 65, Dowrich 61, Chase 47, Stokes 4/47, Anderson 3/62) England 204 in 67.3 overs ( Ben Stokes 43, Buttler 35, Bess 31, Holder 6/42, Gabriel 4/62) by 99 runs.