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Joshua Da Silva Leads West Indies Fightback in Series Decider Against England

Joshua Da Silva Leads West Indies Fightback in Series Decider Against England

Joshua Da Silva reached a hard-earned half-century to assist hosts West Indies take a 28-run lead with two wickets in hand on the finish of the second day of the third Test in opposition to England.

With Da Silva batting on 54 off 152 balls, with Kemar Roach on 25 at stumps as West Indies reached 232/8 after proscribing England to 204 of their first innings on a topsy-turvy second day on Friday.

West Indies had regarded in deep trouble after shedding six wickets for 45 runs on both facet of lunch, with Chris Woakes selecting up three in a wonderful spell.

But, simply as England had carried out on day one, the West Indies tail bailed out the recognised batters, as Kyle Mayers (28), Alzarri Joseph (28), Roach and Da Silva eked out each run within the second half of the day to overtake the vacationers’ first-innings complete.

England’s opening spell on the morning of day two supplied loads of run-scoring alternatives for the West Indian openers, because the seam assault struggled to search out their line, with Craig Overton and Woakes notably wayward first up.

The opening pair constructed a 50-run stand earlier than Ben Stokes struck, claiming the essential wicket of Barbados-hero Kraigg Brathwaite. A skiddy ball on the again of a size saved low and struck Brathwaite so straight in-front that the captain turned and walked off with England barely needing to muster an enchantment, the ICC reported on its official web site.

The lack of the skipper for 17 put West Indies able that they had not been in since Antigua, requiring the rest of the highest order to construct a platform. And they weren’t ready to take action, with Shamarh Brooks (13) and John Campbell (35) each dismissed earlier than lunch to Saqib Mahmood and Overton respectively.

Woakes, who had struggled to make an influence in his function as chief of the assault on tour, discovered a hot-streak after lunch because the ball grew softer, bouncing out Nkrumah Bonner (4) and Jason Holder (0) in the identical over to go away West Indies reeling on 82/5. And Woakes was within the wickets once more when he trapped Jermaine Blackwood in entrance for 18.

But West Indies’ crew choice for this decisive third Test had seen Kyle Mayers added as a batting all-rounder to strengthen the order, and he partially fulfilled his function with a sprightly 28 to take the house facet into triple figures as Da Silva solid anchor on the different finish.

The first day in Grenada had seen England’s lower-order bail the batters out with a fantastic rearguard effort, and the identical state of affairs unfolded on day two, as Da Silva and Alzarri Joseph picked up the place Mayers had left off to inch in the direction of first-innings parity.

Joseph was eliminated for a fantastic 28 by an Overton bumper, ending a 49-run partnership and giving England hope of rising with a first-innings lead.

But Roach bedded in alongside Da Silva by means of the night session as they constructed the most important partnership of the innings for the ninth wicket, with each unbeaten on the shut.

Brief scores: England 204 v West Indies 232/8 in 86 overs (Joshua Da Silva 54*, Kemar Roach 25*, John Campbell 35; Chris Woakes 3/48, Craig Overton 2/71, Ben Stokes 2/40).

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