Kemar Roach and James Anderson Stand Out on Day 2
Kemar Roach and James Anderson Stand Out on Day 2, CricketHighlights
by Kristina Newsam, MyCricketHighlights Writer
With Shannon Gabriel on strike against Ben Stokes, partnered by Dawid Malan, Day 2 of the 3rd test between England and the West Indies got off to a promising start for England, as Stokes responded to the first deliveries of the morning session with boundaries; but the partnership would soon be separated, as a round-the-wicket delivery from Kemar Roach beat Malan for pace and was taken by Shane Dowrich, the keeper, in the 22nd over.
Jonny Bairstow was made to wait before expressing himself with the bat, as the match was then put on hold after as heavy showers persisted. However, a return to the pitch would prove that the gusto of the batsmen was not all wet, as Stokes quickly ascended to a half century in the 32nd over.
Stokes Has A Double-Take
While Stokes was busy holding steady, Bairstow lost his grip and was given lbw despite an appeal, after recording a score of 21 runs off of 48 balls; and if that was not enough to signal to England that things were taking a certain turn for the worse, Stokes almost fell to a fierce round-the-wicket ball by Gabriel, which brushed the inside edge of his bat and hit his stumps flush; but he hung on after it was declared a no ball.
This only made Gabriel turn up the heat, as he made sure the next delivery would not miss, following up with a mean delivery that hit middle stump with an undeniable vengeance, to send Stokes packing finally.
Kemar Roach on Lord's Honours Boards
Kemar Roach would then earn his spot on the Lord's Honours Boards, after a delivery to Moeen Ali round the wicket through to gully allowed him to collect his five-for against England, becoming only the 8th West Indies bowler to boast this accomplishment.
A Broad Stretch of Heroism
After losing Toby Roland-Jones, Stuart Broad did his best to step up to the demand of attempting to anchor England through to a formidable 1st innings score despite having to hold firm the tail.
It looked well within reach, as Broad blasted fours all about the grounds while making the effort to remain on strike. However, a passive celebration by Jason Holder would signal the end of his stint, as he stretched for the delivery that was edged to Dowrich easily.
Anderson Takes 500th wicket
As the West Indies took up the bat, things got off to a flying and memorable start for James Anderson, who dismissed Kraigg Brathwaite 6/1, to become the first English bowler to take 500 wickets, and the 6th overall in the history of cricket.
Of these 500 wickets, Anderson has claimed 66 from his encounters against the West Indies, which stands as his fourth highest haul in international tests.
Kieran Powell and Shai Hope End Well
While the outcome of the efforts of Kieran Powell and Shai Hope ended somewhat differently on the 2nd day, their scores amassed the most for the West Indies, with Powell dismissed after acquiring 45 runs, while Shai held on till stumps with 35 runs, with Roston Chase still with him, on 3 runs.
The West Indies have managed to fight back between the evening session of Day 1, and the overall play of Day 2, while England has the fantastic feat of Anderson providing a lasting scent of hope as the outcome of the test and the series continues to hang in the balance.