2nd Test,
The Ashes, 2017-18, Adelaide

Australia vs England

02 December 2017 09:00 (IST)

2nd Test, Headingley, Leeds, 25 August 2017

England vs Windies

Windies 4th Inn:322/5 (91.2)

Shai Hope* 118 (211);Shane Dowrich 0 (0);
Chris Woakes* 12.2-2-44-1; Moeen Ali 25-3-76-2;

Last bat: Jermaine Blackwood

Result: Windies won by 5 wkts.

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Windies 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Kraigg Brathwaite c Stokes & b Moeen 95 180 12 0 52.78
Kieran Powell c Stokes & b Broad 23 50 5 0 46
Kyle Hope runout (Broad) 0 5 0 0 0
Shai Hope not out 118 211 14 0 55.92
Roston Chase c (sub)Mason Crane & b C Woakes 30 58 3 0 51.72
Jermaine Blackwood st Bairstow & b Moeen 41 45 3 2 91.11
Shane Dowrich(wk) not out 0 0 0 0 0.00
Jason Holder(c) dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Devendra Bishoo dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Kemar Roach dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Shannon Gabriel dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 4, lb - 9, w - 1, nb - 1)15
Total(322 for 5 in 91.2 overs)322 (3.53 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/46 (Kieran Powell, 15.6 ov.) 2/53 (Kyle Hope, 19.1 ov.) 3/197 (Kraigg Brathwaite, 59.4 ov.)
4/246 (Roston Chase, 75.1 ov.) 5/320 (Jermaine Blackwood, 90.6 ov.)  
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
James Anderson 24 6 73 0 3.04  
Stuart Broad 25 4 91 1 3.64  
Moeen Ali 25 3 76 2 3.04  
Chris Woakes 12.2 2 44 1 3.57 (1w)
Ben Stokes 5 0 25 0 5  
               

England 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Alastair Cook c Dowrich & b Holder 23 63 2 0 36.51
Mark Stoneman b Gabriel 52 124 7 0 41.94
Tom Westley c Dowrich & b Holder 8 25 0 0 32
Joe Root(c) c Shai Hope & b Gabriel 72 111 15 0 64.86
Dawid Malan b Roston Chase 61 186 7 0 32.8
Ben Stokes c K Brathwaite & b Roston Chase 58 108 11 0 53.7
Jonny Bairstow(wk) b Roston Chase 18 21 4 0 85.71
Moeen Ali c K Brathwaite & b Bishoo 84 93 14 0 90.32
Chris Woakes not out 61 104 7 0 58.65
Stuart Broad not out 14 23 1 0 60.87
James Anderson dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 13, lb - 5, w - 9, nb - 12)39
Total(490 for 8 in 141 overs)490 (3.48 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/58 (Alastair Cook, 21.5 ov.) 2/81 (Tom Westley, 29.6 ov.) 3/94 (Mark Stoneman, 38.3 ov.)
4/212 (Joe Root, 68.3 ov.) 5/303 (Ben Stokes, 100.1 ov.) 6/312 (Dawid Malan, 102.6 ov.)
7/327 (Jonny Bairstow, 106.4 ov.) 8/444 (Moeen Ali, 129.6 ov.)  
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Shannon Gabriel 26 3 125 2 4.81 (9w)
Kemar Roach 24 8 95 0 3.96  
Jason Holder (c) 33 10 95 2 2.88  
Roston Chase 32 5 86 3 2.69  
Devendra Bishoo 25 1 67 1 2.68  
Kraigg Brathwaite 1 0 4 0 4  
               

Windies 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Kraigg Brathwaite b Broad 134 249 17 2 53.82
Kieran Powell c Cook & b James Anderson 5 20 1 0 25
Devendra Bishoo c Bairstow & b James Anderson 1 33 0 0 3.03
Kyle Hope c Root & b James Anderson 3 15 0 0 20
Shai Hope c Bairstow & b James Anderson 147 253 23 0 58.1
Roston Chase c Cook & b Stokes 5 20 1 0 25
Jermaine Blackwood runout (Bairstow) 49 63 7 0 77.78
Shane Dowrich(wk) c Root & b James Anderson 0 1 0 0 0
Jason Holder(c) c Moeen & b C Woakes 43 54 7 0 79.63
Kemar Roach not out 6 26 1 0 23.08
Shannon Gabriel lbw Stokes 10 28 0 1 35.71
             
Extras(b - 8, lb - 11, w - 5, nb - 0)24
Total(427 all out in 127 overs)427 (3.36 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/11 (Kieran Powell, 6.3 ov.) 2/31 (Devendra Bishoo, 16.4 ov.) 3/35 (Kyle Hope, 20.5 ov.)
4/281 (Kraigg Brathwaite, 89.2 ov.) 5/296 (Roston Chase, 94.4 ov.) 6/329 (Shai Hope, 102.1 ov.)
7/329 (Shane Dowrich, 102.2 ov.) 8/404 (Jason Holder, 117.4 ov.) 9/408 (Jermaine Blackwood, 118.3 ov.)
10/427 (Shannon Gabriel, 126.6 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
James Anderson 29 7 76 5 2.62 (1w)
Stuart Broad 24 2 95 1 3.96  
Chris Woakes 21 4 78 1 3.71 (1w)
Ben Stokes 25 9 63 2 2.52 (3w)
Moeen Ali 24 4 84 0 3.5  
Tom Westley 4 0 12 0 3  
               

England 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Alastair Cook c Kyle Hope & b Gabriel 11 24 2 0 45.83
Mark Stoneman c Dowrich & b Roach 19 47 2 0 40.43
Tom Westley lbw Roach 3 11 0 0 27.27
Joe Root(c) c Blackwood & b Bishoo 59 98 9 0 60.2
Dawid Malan b Holder 8 39 1 0 20.51
Ben Stokes c Dowrich & b Gabriel 100 124 17 0 80.65
Jonny Bairstow(wk) c Holder & b Gabriel 2 9 0 0 22.22
Moeen Ali c Roston Chase & b Roach 22 35 4 0 62.86
Chris Woakes c Dowrich & b Roach 23 35 5 0 65.71
Stuart Broad b Gabriel 0 4 0 0 0
James Anderson not out 0 1 0 0 0
             
Extras(b - 2, lb - 3, w - 4, nb - 2)11
Total(258 all out in 70.5 overs)258 (3.64 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/19 (Alastair Cook, 7.2 ov.) 2/26 (Tom Westley, 10.4 ov.) 3/37 (Mark Stoneman, 14.6 ov.)
4/71 (Dawid Malan, 28.4 ov.) 5/140 (Joe Root, 43.5 ov.) 6/152 (Jonny Bairstow, 47.2 ov.)
7/220 (Moeen Ali, 60.2 ov.) 8/258 (Ben Stokes, 69.1 ov.) 9/258 (Stuart Broad, 69.5 ov.)
10/258 (Chris Woakes, 70.5 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Kemar Roach 19.5 1 71 4 3.58  
Shannon Gabriel 17 4 51 4 3 (1w)
Jason Holder (c) 16 5 45 1 2.81 (3w)
Roston Chase 12 1 59 0 4.92  
Devendra Bishoo 6 0 27 1 4.5  
               
All|Overs 1-50|Overs 51-100
4

to K Powell, FOUR, early on the flick and the leading edge takes it to the third man fence. Drifting in and some late movement on off-stump, and thus the edge

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, dropped by Cook. puffs his cheeks in disgust. Brathwaite literally spoon-fed an edge to first slip where Cook - maybe - wasn't alert enough to close his palms. Or perhaps surprised by the pace. Just burst through his fingers as he went to his left. Either way, Brathwaite gets a life. Count #1

4

to K Powell, FOUR, a gimme on the pads, glanced away to the fine leg fence

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, wobble seam full delivery in the channel. Brathwaite's head stays still as he leans through the drive wide of mid-off

4

to K Powell, FOUR, half-volley on middle stump, Powell showing his class with a closed bat face drive through mid-on

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, just wide of fifth slip. Brathwaite late-steers a back of a length delivery that flies past Stokes dive to his right

4

to K Powell, FOUR, pitched up and Powell times the pants of it. Weight nicely transferring into the shot and carving it over cover

4

to K Powell, FOUR, thick edge and through! Looks to play leg-side and a firm closed bat face means, the edge flies in the gap betwen cordon and gully

W

to K Powell, out Caught by Stokes!! can't believe that a catch has been taken or he was praying inside: Don't drop this lads. England have a wicket, and more importantly an opening. My colleague Pratyush Sinha feels that Jimmy got under his skin and that is what prompted a wrong shot from Powell. Fair point that. came round the wicket, angled it in and made Powell play at that, a wee bit of away movement off the seam shook the outside edge and went flying to Stokes at fourth slip. Stokes won't drop many. K Powell c Stokes b 23(50) [4s-5]

W

to Kraigg Brathwaite, out Kyle Hope Run Out!! That's one bizzare way to get out. We've seen one happen in the ongoing Australia-Bangladesh Test match, and now here. Mushfiqur Rahim was out in the same fashion if memory serves me right. A thumping drive chipped back to the bowler, went for the catch...missed and it grazed his knee before dismantling the stumps. Kyle Hope was backing up a little too far, but can't blame him for the same. His series, with the bat, keeps getting worse. Kyle Hope run out () 0(5)

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, edged and wide of cordon, through to the third man fence in a jiffy

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, another edge, this one nutmegs Westley at third slip and sneaks through to the third man fence, once more

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, full pitched and Brathwaite gets his placement right this time. Hits it in the safest area of the ground; dead-straight. Take four

4

Ali to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, swings it wide of long-on. Sees the ball flighted and goes with the spin on this

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, that's from the coaching manual. Gets up on his toes and punches the ball with a dash of authority, well wide of Broad at silly mid-off

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, this slides on from wide of the crease, and Shai Hope flicks it through mid-wicket. Nicely ploughed into the fact the ball didn't nip away

OT

to Kraigg Brathwaite, 3 runs, 13th Test fifty for Kraigg Brathwaite. And he's made it in tough batting conditions against two of the best. Gets one-legged and rolls his wrist over the swiveling-pull round the corner. Nicely used the leg-stump line here to his own good use

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, so quick to stand on his toes and then late-cuts it between gully and backward point. Gives it a real thrashing. And the good bit is that this wasn't an abysmally short-wide ball. Tells us about the mindset Windies have walked in with

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, this is an edge and it runs downhill. Seaming away, Shai Hope isn't quite forward but softs the edge past gully. Made sure the ball rolls past Stokes's dive there

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, 300 p'ship runs for Hope and CB this Test - 246 & 54. Lovely presentation of the bat. Leabs in front and -push-blocks a ball past mid-off's dive

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, overpitched on the pads and just helped away with a clip through square leg. 5th boundary since lunch

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, thick inside edge on the leg-glance here, I reckon. Yeah, runs given. Just too straight from here

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, plays a little late and times the clip off the pads. 2nd fifty in his 12 Tests!

4

Ali to Shai Hope, FOUR, spindles his stance open on the back foot and makes the ball shorter than it is. Pulled through mid-wicket

4

Ali to Shai Hope, FOUR, not as much in control this time, like the last boundary this over. Similarly spindles on the back foot and swivels around into a hack, dragging it to the fine leg ropes

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, Anderson's misses the ball at mid-on, in haste. Tries to pick it left-handed and misses. So this clip gets away with a boundary

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, 100-run stand! They make a good deuce, do Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope. Has come off 159 balls, too. Gets a leg-stump delivery and just tickles it away

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, steers this between slips and gully. Playing off the back foot and just opening the face of the bat to shunt a boundary away. is disgruntled

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, pull top-edged over the keeper. To be fair, his strengths don't yet boast back foot shots. He is weighed on front foot here, so not in control of the bounce on this short ball

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, on-drives on the up here. And against the angle, as went very wide of the crease from over the wicket

4

Ali to Shai Hope, FOUR, turning down leg, with bounce, and tickled away! 132 needed. Not the best over 's bowled in Tests, or so it seems. If you scroll down, he's done pretty well

W

Ali to Kraigg Brathwaite, out Caught by Stokes!! He goes. does him in with a ball that he gets to hang in the air, forever. Brathwaite opens up for an uncharacteristic drive minutes before the scheduled tea break, and elicits an edge to Stokes at slip. End of a memorable innings - another one - from KB. Kraigg Brathwaite c Stokes b Ali 95(180) [4s-12]

4

Ali to Roston Chase, no ball, FOUR, that slipped out of Ali's hand. Was trying to bowl a lot slower and couldn't quite get hold of the grip. Tossed it well above Chase's waist who smashes it to the deep square fence with sheer disdain

4

Ali to Roston Chase, FOUR, full and wide, Chase throws the kitchen sink on the drive and skews it of the toe-end square of third man. The runs keep coming

4

to Shai Hope, leg byes, FOUR, Root has taken a review. A real waste of a review I'm telling you. Impact outside leg and missing leg stump. No time wasted. A length ball, slips it on the pads and it keeps curving away further after Hope missed the flick. Strikes the pads and races to the fine leg fence. No-one seemed interested, but persuaded his skipper into a tactical review. The target less than 100 now

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, that's a wood-chopper swing. Typical Windies power. Short and wide, Hope rocks back and lambasts it behind point

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, this pitch is talking now. Doing all sorts. Lands on a length and bolts onto the batsman before he could bring the bat down. Hope trusts his instincts and pokes with a closed bat face allowing the ball to run off the face to the fine leg fence. A dive there from the fielder goes in vain

4

to Roston Chase, FOUR, edged between slip and keeper. This is the kind of luck Windies need. Shapes away off the seam and takes thick edge through to the third man fence. Both Root and Bairstow pose a helpless stare. is miffed

D

to Roston Chase, 1 run, edged again and fell short of Root at first slip. Another healthy edge as extracts more movement off the seam, drops just short of Root to his right. Doesn't matter how they come, all these runs count

W

to Roston Chase, out Caught by (sub)Mason Crane!! Mason Crane has caught a blinder. Who said sub fielders can't create an impact in the game. Remember 2005 Ashes? Roston Chase walked into the line of the ball and miscued the drive, chipped it to the left of mid-on. The ball seemed to be evading Crane who was standing pretty straight. Wasn't to be. He leaps full length to his left and grabs it with both hands mid-air. What.A.Moment in the game. I was informed that Crane came onto the field just before this ball subbing for Anderson. Crikey! Roston Chase c (sub)Mason Crane b 30(58) [4s-3]

4

Ali to Blackwood, FOUR, that's the way Blackwood plays and he will play that way come hell or high water. Lines up for the biggie and swats Ali over mid-wicket. What swagger!

OT

Ali to Blackwood, no run, chance of a run out? All safe. Blackwood taps the ball to Anderson at mid-on and calls for a quick single, Shai Hope refuses instantly. Blackwood had to turn back and run...all this while Anderson had to run around the ball and pick up which is what made life easy for Blackwood who got back in time. A wide throw any way

OT

Ali to Shai Hope, no run, England opt for another tactical review. Shai Hope was hit on the pad, but the impact looked outside off. Fair delivery. No bat involved. Ball tracking shows umpire's call on impact and wickets, which is not out. So, it will remain not out. Turns in from a length and defeats the inside edge, Hope did well to shuffle across which saved him from more troubles of technology

4

to Blackwood, FOUR, slam-bang cricket from Blackwood. Sits deep inside the crease and bullies the ball wide of Broad at mid-on. Never bowl full to this lad. Never.

6

to Blackwood, SIX, that's a six. Oh Jermaine Blackwood. You little beauty. Makes full room, clears the front leg and shows no respect for James , just Blackwoods it away over the bowler's head. All the way for a maximum. Awww!

OT

to Shai Hope, 1 run, inside edge on the pad there. Intends his weight forward and runs an unintended single to cover. And drowns 's LBW appeal in his awesomeness. 2nd Test hundred for Shai Hope! Becomes the first ever player to score two First-Class hundreds in a match at Headingley. What an innings. What a wonderful innings. Are England cooked, yet?

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, burries it through covers. Stays mostly put and let his hands play this cover drive. Slap drive. Helluva brilliant drive. Lanced it away through the off-side. Have I done justice to this shot?

D

to Shai Hope, no run, Cook has dropped one, again. This is a sign from the Universe, they'll say. This is the Windies' game to lose from here. Slashes hard, there's a thick edge flying at Cook's face at first slip. Tries to take it reverse-cupped but fails to close palms. To remind you fellas, Cook had dropped Brathwaite early on in the innings, on 4, too. He made 95

4

Ali to Shai Hope, byes, FOUR, spins down the leg-side. Shai Hope attempted the glance but this spun real big, from an off-stump channel

4

to Blackwood, FOUR, shunted to the third man fence. Backs a long way down leg, is followed by too, but Blackwood is able to steer the outside edge past the lone slipper. Only 20 away are the Windies now!

6

to Blackwood, SIX, over Moeen Ali's leap at third man! Gets a short and wide ball and slashes the guts out of that ball. Plunders away six runs. Windies sniff history

D

Ali to Blackwood, 1 run, dropped in trying to go for the glory hit. By Stokes at deep mid-wicket. Swats across, fetching it from just outside off, and doesn't get the power

W

Ali to Blackwood, out Stumped!! This was coming. Shunned his helmet for a better view at that ball he intended to send sailing over the ropes.. and is now walking back, stumped and stunned. Comes down the track and wafts out the bat, leaving a bat-pad gap that this off break exploits. Easiest of stumpings for Bairstow. Blackwood st Bairstow b Ali 41(45) [4s-3 6s-2]

4

to Shai Hope, 2 runs, cry Windies, cry, for you're reborn! Battered into abyss with criticism, they come back from the Edgbaston shambles to register a memorable win, at the venue they once recorded their heaviest Test loss. Stories -- and the way they are made. Shai Hope stays crease-bound and works this behind square leg. And runs, pumping his fists mid-pitch and exercising the nerves in the cape. Poetically gets the chance to hit the winning runs. The series is now emphatically level at 1-1

4

to Stoneman, FOUR, pitched right up, Stoneman belts the drive through extra cover. Showing all his class now Stoneman

4

to Stoneman, FOUR, and more of it now. Don't pitch it up. Stoneman will feast on it all day long, straight of mid-off this time

4

to Stoneman, FOUR, poor bowling this from . Far too wide and to make life easy for the batsman he loads it full, Stoneman opens the bat face to pierce the gap behind point. Take four. So neatly done

4

to Cook, FOUR, short and nicely sat up to be spanked. Cook stamps back and publishes all his authority with a thump from middle of tha bat

4

Chase to Cook, FOUR, got forward, but did well to open the bat face and guided a full floater with the spin. Blackwood hunts the ball from backward point, but all he could manage was to drag the ball to the boundary rope along with him

4

Chase to Stoneman, FOUR, more of a flashy drive, did so because the line was very full. Fortunately, it took the outside half and flew past lone slip

4

Chase to Stoneman, FOUR, lucky four that. Gifted runs for Stoneman. Down leg, just needed to put bat to ball which he does with an air of nonchalance

W

to Cook, out Caught by Dowrich!! And he's nicked one. Jason is all pumped up. His roar can be heard from Headingley to Hosakerehalli, Bangalore. Thanks to the stump mics. marked his footing area before this ball and realized Cook wasn't comfortable facing him from round the wicket. Bowls it in the channel with a bit of nibble away, Cook wafts at it and sends an edge down to the keeper. Perfect. Cook c Dowrich b 23(63) [4s-2]

4

to Stoneman, FOUR, comes and finds the edge right away. Bowls good pace and extracts healthy bounce in the corridor of uncertainty, Stoneman jumps to cut and ends up slicing it off the edge through the gully region

OT

Bishoo to Stoneman, 2 runs, midnight summer non-dream. Windies panic, and miss an obvious run out here. So Stoneman square-drives this away. Westley settles for the single, perhaps watching the ball, and by then, Stoneman is at his end for the second! Bowler Bishoo, firstly, fumbles to collect the throw, then recovers to finally get hold of it.. and misses his aim. Misses the stumps at the bowler's end.. with Stoneman stuck mid-pitch in a self-inflicted mental jam. What a moment in the game

W

to Westley, out Caught by Dowrich!! Having botched a run out in just the over before this, Windies don't have to wait too long for the breakthrough. This shot from Westley is a coach's nightmare. An outswinger that's supposed to be far too wide to be of interest. But not for Westley, who chases it with a drive. doesn't quite have the pace - well. on most occasions - for edges on the defence to carry, but here, Westley was chasing a very wide ball. Has a real waft and sends a thick edge flying behind. Westley c Dowrich b 8(25)

4

to Stoneman, FOUR, is he on the Ashes bus already? Jagging back in and helped off the hips to the fine leg fence. Maiden Test fifty for the southpaw!

4

to Root, FOUR, 21 balls to get off the mark. Gets a full-baller on the pads, that he clips round the corner

W

to Stoneman, out Bowled!! Such a dampener that they're checking the front foot -- and for this corker of a delivery! -- but has called this upon him. Had a no-ball just this over and tell ya what, this is close. Seems to have a hint of his boot behind the line, so Stoneman has to go. Brilliant innings but he had to be bowled here. This ball is unplayable. went wide of the crease from round the wicket, extracted little seam to get past the left-hander's outside edge, and then tackled the top of off-stump. Doesn't get much better, cricket on-screen or inside your head. Stoneman b 52(124) [4s-7]

4

to Malan, FOUR, is able to jab the ball wide of mid-off here. Four runs. Overpitched and it's a long chase for mid-off. Gives up in the end

4

to Root, FOUR, Root finally is able to waft a shortish delivery through point. Was finding the fielders on his back foot punches; he's opened this shot a little more and played a little late to do that

D

to Root, no run, dropped! Could have been, should have been, the drops are sneaking back in. Mic Holding is lost for words. Speechless. Root flashes at a wide one and sends a big edge flying towards gully where a napping Kyle Hope spills it while spiralling around in awkward motion. Hit his palms and went down. He was trying to catch it reverse cupped, but it was coming straight at his face. Wasn't attentive enough perhaps. The second gully collects the ball and hits the stumps direct at the bowler's end, but Malan was safe

4

to Root, FOUR, full and in the zone, Root acknowledges with a blazing cover-drive wide of the fielder

4

to Root, FOUR, keeps going wide of the crease and this time the ball refuses to oblige . Drifts into leg-stump and takes Root to 18 with a wristy flick off the pads

4

to Root, FOUR, captain to captain; Root wins the race. Gets a sweet, full dessert outside off which he gobbles and glitters his grace through the covers. With a cover-drive of course

4

to Root, FOUR, short and wide; ta-ta! Root jumps back and cuts fiercely behind point

4

to Root, FOUR, too full and too straight, Root makes full use of the bonus by using his rubber wrists to unfurl a flick through mid-wicket

4

to Root, FOUR, tired legs from . Just 76mph, serves a dross on middle and leg which Root tickles fine to add four more to his and England's score

OT

to Root, no run, Root is given out lbw. He reviews straightaway. Fair delivery. No inside edge. Ball tracker shows missing leg stump. He survives. S Ravi has to reverse his decision. Not out it will be. seemed weary, but this delivery wasn't weary by any means. Full of fire and venom, nips it back in from a good length and defeats Root on the inside edge; Root was attempting to shuffle flick, but he was pinned just in front of middle and leg. Technology revealed that the ball was doing too much and sliding down. All that wild celebrations from means nothing

OT

to Malan, no run, Windies review: Kept low with some seam from round the wicket, and pinned the front leg. No bat there. But umpire's call on leg-stump. Since the on-field decision was not out, it stays that way. Such a day of margins. Windies lose both their reviews; they been getting the short end of the stick today

4

Chase to Malan, byes, FOUR, the scooter, pitches in the foot hole and refuses to rise. Dowrich was taken aback and by the time he could close his legs, the ball already nutmegged him

4

to Root, FOUR, and it goes right in the gap between cordon and gully. Just fences his bat at an outside off cherry and sends a fine edge in the gap

4

Bishoo to Malan, FOUR, dragged down. Malan had all the time in the world to nail the pull through mid-wicket

4

to Root, FOUR, that's Williamson-esque. Staying beside the line of the ball and gliding it with dead hands in the gap between cordon and gully. First runs of the morning

4

to Root, FOUR, 32nd fifty for Root! Gets there with another irritating boundary, a fine edge that pierces the gap between slip cordon and gully. is fuming

4

to Malan, no ball, FOUR, overstepped and overpitched. Result? A four. Malan allows the ball to jag back in and just pushes it with full face of the bat to the left of Holder at mid-off. Easy!

4

to Root, FOUR, short and slipping down leg, Root helps it with a half-swivel hack past backward square

4

to Root, FOUR, too straight again, exquisite timing from Root who flicks it wide of Holder at mid-wicket. And with that, the 100-run partnership is up

OT

to Malan, 1 run, would have been close with a direct hit. Malan just tapped one in front of Holder at short extra and ran for a non-existent single; the ball went straight to the Windies captain, had one stump to aim at and he misses. Malan gets into a tangle with an off-balance drive, but he was safe

4

to Malan, FOUR, flicked in the air and may have grazed the fingertips of square leg. has nowhere to look. He's down on the ground, arms folded across his chest. Signs of a frustrated man? Bowls a pacy length ball on Malan's pads and that extra zip means Malan hadn't got control of the stroke. In the air and just over. Oh dear...

4

to Root, FOUR, low full toss on leg stump. See you later. Root puts it away with disdain

4

to Root, FOUR, tailing into the pads, Root sends the flick through mid-wicket, Holder gives chase, but the ball wins the race

W

to Root, out Caught by Shai Hope!! Would you believe me if I say that I had a feeling Root might get out this over. Crikey! I had to pinch myself after what I saw. was keen on bowling to Root for he had beaten the English skipper umpteen times, and his keenness paid off. This one was from back of a length, rose sharply off the surface and went at an awkward height to Root; he had to play. Looks for the back cut and was cramped for room. As a result, slices it off the thick edge to fine gully where Shai Hope juggles once before pouching it cleanly. Root c Shai Hope b 72(111) [4s-15]

D

to Malan, no run, dropped! The slip catching has been awful from the Windies says Nass on air. Aptly put. Malan wafts at a wide one and got a big edge, it was going straight to Powell at first slip. But Dowrich thought it was his and dives full length before curbing his hands. And that's what put Powell off. He saw the ball only after it passed Dowrich, tried to catch hold of it, but couldn't quite nestle it in his palms

4

Bishoo to Stokes, FOUR, short. Stokes had so much time...he leans on his back leg and pulls it away over mid-wicket

4

to Stokes, FOUR, bit short and that's enough for Stokes to rock back and muscle the pull all along the ground. Mid-wicket is a mere spectator

4

Bishoo to Stokes, FOUR, very full and Stokes latches on... Down on one knee and he smashes the drive straight of mid-off

4

Chase to Stokes, FOUR, broom..broom and boom! Lines up for a slogsweep and smashes it over short mid-wicket

4

Bishoo to Stokes, FOUR, short and dispatched! Arches back and bang over mid-wicket

4

to Malan, FOUR, the lines have been on either side of the corridor of uncertainty. Shortish delivery but doesn't rise up, and it's been swivelled behind long leg

4

to Stokes, FOUR, misfield at mid-off. Holder's a tall man, so he takes his time to unleash a dive, which was necessary. understands that but his facial countenance there didn't, certainly. And hence, this back-footed check-push from Stokes gets a boundary

4

to Stokes, FOUR, that's an overpitched meal. Full and right amout of width to lay across into a drive through covers. Stokes gets the gimme ball

OT

to Malan, 1 run, looks to defend, gets an inside edge into the leg-side and gets to his 2nd half-century in Tests. We must remember that this Windies series is also a closet Ashes audition and Malan has come good in this round

4

to Malan, FOUR, told ya that the drives will come off in a while. And they have started to. England taking control now. Effectively 104/4 with this cover drive

4

to Stokes, FOUR, now this is as stylish a response to a yorker can get. Well, turns out it was a low full toss. But still, Stokes slaps it into the pitch and the rebound over 's head

4

to Stokes, FOUR, closes the bat face and punches the full ball wide of mid-on. He's flowing now, nabbing runs for fun. We've seen this before

4

to Stokes, FOUR, first ball with his new bat and he's away. Gets a short and wide delivery that he clouts over the off-side infield. Gets to his fifty with that shot!

4

to Stokes, FOUR, leg-stump half-volley. Windies' fight being peeled away, over by over, boundary by boundary. Well in front of long leg, this flick

4

to Malan, FOUR, as if two from Stokes weren't enough this over. So here's the third boundary of the over, courtesy Malan. Slaps a slightly wide ball through covers. With that, England - a hurting England - raise 300!

W

Chase to Stokes, out Caught by Kraigg Brathwaite!! Now, first ball after the drinks break and Stokes has airlifted one straight to Brathwaite at wide long-off. The idea was right to plough into the flight on this delivery, and Stokes went with the turn here, but the loft lacked conviction. Almost like a half-hearted shot played in the subconscious, without the front foot getting across to the pitch of this off-break. Stays a long time in the air, allowing the fielder lots of time to get under it and take it right near the ropes. Does well to hold his balance after taking the catch, else that would have been a travesty for the Windies. Isn't. Stokes c Kraigg Brathwaite b Chase 58(108) [4s-11]

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, too full and driven through the cover fielder. Right through him, or just wide of his dive you can say. So well timed this

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, leg-stump half-volley flicked away in front of the square leg umpire

D

Chase to Malan, no run, there's a backward point in place and he's come running in to catch this. Just falls short. So much bounce. Imagine. Malan was on the front foot, went hard at the jab and this ball's been fended away

W

Chase to Malan, out Bowled!! This is a backdated wicket. Should have been to the ball bowled before in the over, one that kicked off. This actually slides on instead. Malan is in his crease, and you can't blame him there; there's enough two-faced bounce in the pitch now. Tries to get behind from the crease but the ball skids past the outside edge to take the off-stump down. The interesting bit, replays suggest, was Malan playing further inside the line, in front of his front pad. So loses his stumps in trying to guard against the lbw. Malan b Chase 61(186) [4s-7]

4

to Bairstow, byes, FOUR, wild swing into Bairstow here. Does well to leave it on length, and it easily clears the top of stumps. Too wide to Dowrich's left. He dives but that ball was always going away from him

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, whips it through mid-on. Does well to keep his front leg out of the way, reach across to fetch a line outside off and then cok his wrists

D

to Bairstow, 1 run, driven on the up and Kyle Hope's pulled off a near beauty. The ball's shooting at him at cover, so he dives back trying to take it reverse-cupped. Just loses his balance in trying to do so, and cannot pouch it. Such a telegenic moment, though

4

Chase to Bairstow, FOUR, goes back and across, and that has to be a brilliant cut shot. Cutting it late and finding the plughole through backward point

W

Chase to Bairstow, out Bowled!! That's manufacturing a moment of brilliance.. for the Windies. Bairstow here has tried to play a reverse-sweep to a ball on leg-stump. And then it's full too, taking the inside edge and chopping into the stumps. Holding suggests how Bairstow might be trying to exploit the vacant leg-side region, with Chase trying to angle his skidders across the right-hander from round the wicket. Bairstow b Chase 18(21) [4s-4]

4

to Woakes, FOUR, shuffles slightly across and Roach's high inertia at mid-on. Takes his time to dive and lets this wristy on-drive through

4

Chase to Moeen Ali, FOUR, slog-sweeps it out of the rough. Nicely has his weight in front, and so has the balance to unleash a real power swat

4

to Moeen Ali, FOUR, crashed through covers. Such a length that's driveable on the up, and had the room for Moeen Ali to throw his arms open

4

to Moeen Ali, FOUR, worked off the pads and there's no one at deep mid-wicket. "What a sweet player he is," says Nasser on air. "D-a-n-g-e-r-o-u-s player!"

4

to Moeen Ali, FOUR, up and over. Short and wide, Moeen Ali opens side-on and thrashes it over the slip cordon. "Bad short ball," reckons Holding

4

Brathwaite to Moeen Ali, FOUR, and he bowls a token ball right away. Juicy full toss outside off, Moeen Ali mauls him through the covers

4

to Woakes, FOUR, half-volley in Woakes' arc and he deals it with zero fuss. Transfers his weight into the drive and blazes it away through the covers

4

to Moeen Ali, FOUR, and to celebrate that 200 landmark Moeen Ali dismisses a leg-side full toss to the long leg fence

OT

Bishoo to Moeen Ali, no run, Windies review a lbw against Moeen Ali. Fair delivery. No inside edge, confirms the Ultra Edge. Missing leg stump and not out it will be. A legbreak that pitches just outside off and spins in sharply to catch Moeen Ali unawares on the crease. He was looking to block and was beaten on the inside edge. Then, you know the rest...

4

to Moeen Ali, FOUR, 50 partnerhip up! Can't bowl full and wide to Moeen Ali; he will punish you all day - like this one - leaning into the shot and clobbering a drive through the covers

4

to Moeen Ali, no ball, FOUR, things slipping away from the Windies. Another front foot no ball, and to rub salt into injury he bowls one short and wide. Moeen Ali stands tall and carves it over backward point

4

to Moeen Ali, FOUR, 15 runs from the over with a delivery to go. A pitched up half-volley, Moeen Ali spanks it through covers

4

to Woakes, FOUR, goes wide of the crease and loads up a full one on middle. Woakes straight bat biffs it over the umpire's head

4

to Woakes, FOUR, 400 up for England. Woakes sits back, picks his spot and late-cuts a wide delivery behind point

4

to Moeen Ali, FOUR, fifty for Moeen Ali! How often has he done this for England? Very often I would say. A gimme outside off and he smacks the life out of that leather. Raises his bat proudly and draws a huge applause from the crowd. Deserves every bit of it

4

Chase to Moeen Ali, FOUR, full toss outside off, whistled away through the covers. Moeen Ali you bewdy!

4

Chase to Moeen Ali, FOUR, gets on one knee and slogsweeps Chase to deep square fence. 100-run partnership

4

Chase to Moeen Ali, FOUR, lots of air, so slow that Moeen Ali sat on one knee and smoked it away through covers

4

Chase to Moeen Ali, FOUR, allows the ball to come to him, jumps back and slashes the cut fine of third man

W

Bishoo to Moeen Ali, out Caught by Kraigg Brathwaite!! Skews the slog off the toe-end and picks out long-on. End of an excellent, perhaps the game-changing innings from Moeen Ali. Root's impressed. Cameras show a bloke holding "THE BEARD THAT'S FEARED" placard as Moeen Ali walks off to a rousing reception. Moeen Ali c Kraigg Brathwaite b Bishoo 84(93) [4s-14]

4

Chase to Broad, FOUR, and he gets off the pair with a paddle down to fine leg. So easily done

4

to Woakes, FOUR, goes for the pad but the batsman has managed something on this tickle to fine leg

OT

Bishoo to Woakes, 1 run, driven to long-off to hoist his 3rd Test fifty. He's been good today

4

to Woakes, FOUR, like that. Short on leg-stump, pulled through mid-wicket

4

to Woakes, FOUR, goes full outside off and has been harrowed away with a drill-drive through covers

4

to K Powell, FOUR, there are four slips and a gully, and this edge finds a way between them.. Only fair Windies have their own fair share of luck. Just a hint of nibble away that takes the edge there

W

to K Powell, out Caught by Cook!! 150th catch in Test cricket for Alastair Cook. And that's not a bad ball to edge behind, let me tell you. Swings right out of 's hands there, as he runs in from over the wicket. Pitching outside leg, swinging across the left-hander with bounce, and taking the shoulder to the first slipper. Good comfortable catch for the ex-captain. K Powell c Cook b 5(20) [4s-1]

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, edged through Root at second slip. Doesn't carry. goes full around fourth stump, Kraigg Brathwaite isn't quite behind as he has a jab but it just doesn't carry, despite hard hands. And despite the fact that Kraigg Brathwaite had his weight on the back foot

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, atypically . That leg-stump line that he abhors but has bowled one now. Tickled to the fine leg fence. Cameras don't pan to 's face, and rightly so

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, he's dabbled one with a half-open bat through to the third man fence. Looked in control there. Pierces two fielders who're close-in and has both of them chasing the ball, in vain

W

to Devendra Bishoo, out Caught by Bairstow!! Gosh, finally has his number. He's been beating Bishoo with outswingers from over the wicket. Even went really full, luring him and then beating him on a drive, too. But then bowls one short and wide now, and elicits an edge to the keeper. That's how things work, when you least intend it to. Victim no. 494 for Jimmy o Jimmy. Get your calculators out. Devendra Bishoo c Bairstow b 1(33)

OT

to Kyle Hope, 2 runs, that's a drive played from far too close to the body. So he's mistimed it, having sliced it to Broad at deep cover. And now the drama: Kraigg Brathwaite would have been run-out, clearly, had Broad's throw hit the stumps at the bowler's end

W

to Kyle Hope, out Caught by Root!! Now that's not something that you see too often. This inswinger has decked in a good bit but finds the outside edge on the drive. Just jabbing cluelessly outside off and would have survived, had this been an outswinger, like it's been all morning. Wasn't. Good catch from Joe Root too, diving to his left and grabbing hold of it well above the ground. Kyle Hope c Root b 3(15)

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, finds himself stuck in the crease as this ball arrives and goes really soft at it. And engineers the ball past the slip cordon

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, short and wide, and cut away. Perhaps the worst ball that will bowl all match

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, angled into the pads - went wide of the crease there - and has been glanced away through fine leg

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, edged through the slip cordon! Doesn't carry. Credit to Shai Hope for going real soft at it, and for playing it real late. Westley at third slip there, who dives in front but can't get the body behind the ball

OT

to Kraigg Brathwaite, no run, Brathwaite out lbw? He reviews straightaway... "Fair delivery. Fron-on spin vision shows a bit of inside edge. Can we have the UltraEdge to confirm that. Yes there's a clear edge on that. Ravi there's an inside edge on that, you have to reverse your decision," a penetrative analysis from Marais Erasmus, the Tv ump. Another one that curved back in from a fullish length and pings Brathwaite dead in front. Only if he hadn't got that edge. Brathwaite had no second thoughts in reviewing it, he knew there was an edge and rightly so...

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, plenty of liberty outside off. Brathwaite camps back, not the flamboyant of cut shots, but he will get four. Decent foot work on display

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, offers a slightly angled bat to a peach of a length delivery, might have played it with soft hands too. And thus, the edge races away wide of the slip cordon

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, byes, FOUR, that's asking too much from YJB. The one that swerves down the hill with movement making matters worse, far down leg and the dive from Bairstow goes in vain. Must say it was a commendable effort

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, on the rise and four! Hope displaying his technical strengths. Waits on the back foot, hops to punch one on the up and times it sweetly square on the off-side

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, ain't getting his lines right in this spell. Either too short or too leg-side. Time for a change reckons David Gower on air. Clipped off the pads for four

OT

Ali to Kraigg Brathwaite, no run, Kraigg Brathwaite has been given out lbw again. By S Ravi for the second time. Fair delivery. No bat - confirms the UltraEdge. Impact outside off and not out again. S Ravi got it wrong on both occasions. Brathwaite was sitting on the back foot and fired one in which zipped off the pitch and struck him low on the pads. Brathwaite did well to shuffle across a tad which came as a saving grace to rescue him on technology

6

Ali to Kraigg Brathwaite, SIX, what a way to respond. Down the pitch and whoosh over mid-wicket, and that's Brathwaite's fifty too. Second for the Windies in the series

4

Ali to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, superb use of the feet, not as close to the pitch but those long levers took off. High and handsome over mid-on

4

Ali to Shai Hope, FOUR, full toss outside off; goodbye! Hope lunges forward and smacks the life out of that delivery to inject some life into the Windies innings. 100 up

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, full and the seam moves late towards slip cordon, Brathwaite chases it with a horizontal bat. Result? A big, booming edge flies over the slip cordon

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, sitting up on a back of a length and look what Shai Hope has done: stabbed it gloriously off the back foot, through covers

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, past the outermost slip fielder. Shai Hope slices the drive with soft hands last-minute. Hurries past the fielder

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, full ball, squeezed through mid-off! Windies building well. Now Shai Hope has his fifty! A little raise of the bat

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, makes a late decision to play this back of a length delivery. And that's because this seams away, allowing Kraigg Brathwaite the arm-space to punch it through covers. Not your typical back foot punch, but just a pat

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, too full on the pads. A rarity. Flicked through mid-wicket to hoist the 100-run stand

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, this wasn't even as short as it looked. Just seamed away, allowing some room to Kraigg Brathwaite who, goes one-legged as always, to clout it through point

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, leg byes, FOUR, Bairstow is habit-appealing here. Hoopy inswinger, yes, but it raps the pad. All three stumps visible, so clearly going down leg. And going down well away from Bairstow's radar

4

Ali to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, that's spanked between extra cover and mid-off. He looks to be enjoying Ali's bowling; strides towards the pitch of the ball and lets those hands take over. The length too full and asking for trouble

OT

Ali to Kraigg Brathwaite, no run, England have gone up for the review. Kraigg Brathwaite out caught at slip? England and Ben Stokes think so. Fair delivery, looks like it's missing the bat. Clear evidence of the same on the UltraEdge. Nothing on the glove either. Not out it will be. England lose a review... Brathwaite strode forward to block, the ball spins in, beats the inside edge and goes low to Stokes at second slip. There was a clear sound as the ball passed the bat, but it was off the pad. No inside edge. Stokes was confident and implored Root to go for a review. Good decision by umpire S Ravi. The impact was outside off and Brathwaite was playing a shot, so can't be given out lbw either

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, too wide, Brathwaite does well to reach out on the slap-drive and smacks it off the middle of the bat through covers

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, that's another gift and Brathwaite moves into 90s. With a gorgeous punch off the back foot through covers

4

Ali to Shai Hope, FOUR, some tired legs out in the field and the Windies are making the most of it. Hope unleashes a classy cover-drive with a blazing front foot authority

4

Ali to Shai Hope, FOUR, 150-run partnership between Hope and Brathwaite. Gets a short and wide one, which he dismisses with a back foot cut past point

D

Ali to Shai Hope, no run, another day and it would have stuck. Hope tucks one straight to FSL, which hits the thigh and drops down in the blink of an eye. Mark Stoneman was the fielder. He was crouching low, but couldn't have reacted any better

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, hands on hips. *Facepalm* All sorts of expressions in the field. England's troubles continue to multiply. rolls his fingers over the seam and gets this to shape away around off; Hope, lured into a on-drive, gets a thickish edge that runs wide of Stokes at second slip.

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, driven gun-barrel straight from Hope, pitched up and right in his arc, he lets his bat do the talking

6

to Kraigg Brathwaite, SIX, Headingley erupts. Plenty of emotions in the dressing room and guess what Brathwaite does? Takes a moment or two to stomach the fact that he hit a hundred and hurls his arm wildly. Kisses the helmet and raises his bat to all corners of the park. 6th Test hundred and 1st in England. What better way to get there: A dance down the pitch and way he goes over wide long-on

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, Root doesn't know, now. He's unable to plug the gaps in the slip cordon. Outside edge and this time, it rushes through excatly where Root doesn't have the fielder. Between the two slips and gully. Of course

4

Ali to Shai Hope, FOUR, driven through covers. Nicely has his front leg thrusted out, so his weight is right into this shot. Super shot

4

Ali to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, just wide of Cook at leg slip. Umpire signals it as runs, so that was a close shave then. Fielder did fling himself to his left to grab this leg-glance but couldn't quite

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, pulled away. Square leg umpire had to sway away, woah

OT

to Shai Hope, 1 run, maiden Test hundred! Raises his bat, takes his helmet off, fills his lungs with air and screams for joy. What a moment for him. Gets a gift on the hips and he tucks it away to the fine leg fence to bring up the moment he's going to remember forever

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, the partnership between Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope is now 200. Way too full and that's bashed for another boundary; pitches it full and gets ticked away past a diving extra cover

OT

Ali to Kraigg Brathwaite, no run, England review an lbw against Kraigg Brathwaite. Fair delivery. No inside edge confirms the UltraEdge. He was playing a shot and the impact was outside off, so can't be given. The onfield verdict stays. Not out. It spun in sharply from outside off and caught Brathwaite shuffling on the back foot, he was looking to play a shot and that's what saved him. Beat the inside edge and looked dead to the naked eye, but impact was always going to be a question with batsman shuffling across

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, timed the pants off it. The shot of the day so far; pitched up and asking for some punishment, Hope bludgeons the drive straight back. Past 's dive... and Anderson's dive at the boundary ropes

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, anything full and it will disappear. Hope just puts bat to ball, a mere push and it goes blazing through extra cover. Good use of 's pace there

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, short and wide, put away with ease. Just triggers back and flays it through backward point

4

to Kraigg Brathwaite, FOUR, repeats the error and Brathwaite repeats the dose. As simple as that

OT

to Kraigg Brathwaite, 1 run, just taps the ball to mid-on and calls for a quick single. Had to run around the bowler but he would have been safe if there was a direct hit. Anderson was the fielder and he missed the target by quite a mile

OT

to Shai Hope, no run, has he been strangled down leg? Loudest of appeals from Bairstow.. and Root has been coaxed into a review! Veering away from Shai Hope's leg glance there actually, replays confirm, so the on-field decision of 'not out' will stay

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, kingly clip through mid-wicket. England are running ragged here and now this second new ball seems to be yielding too. Sheer timing on that

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, overpitched and this has been repelled through mid-on. Presents a straight bat and the rest is romance

W

to Kraigg Brathwaite, out Bowled!! Deep into the day, has got one to animatedly nip back in, and has snuck through the bat-pad gap. Came in a long way actually, and with soapy slither to beat Kraigg Brathwaite with pace, too. Headingley stands up in real appreciation, taking a detour from the mechanical applause that's been the order of the day. What an innings from Kraigg Brathwaite. What a gorgeously brilliant innings. Take a bow. Kraigg Brathwaite b 134(249) [4s-17 6s-2]

4

to Roston Chase, FOUR, he will play his shots. He's right forward this time. And gets the width to lunge into this cover drive

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, the line firstly draws Shai Hope across and then he's jabbed an inside edge past leg-stump. Just trying to play a full delivery off the back foot

W

to Roston Chase, out Caught by Cook!! Now, he's shouldered an edge to Cook at first slip. Extra bounce for here. Just lifts off the deck, Roston Chase is caught unawares and fends it behind. Good bit of intent from towards the end of a consuming day. Roston Chase c Cook b 5(20) [4s-1]

4

to Blackwood, FOUR, that swagger. manages a smile. Blackwood has stood tall here and spanked it over covers. No followthrough and a poker face to follow that unbelievable hit to get off the mark. Going to be fun this

4

to Blackwood, FOUR, I thought he'll bide his time but he's clearly going afterthe deliveries, on merit. Pitched up and carved over the cover region. No one in the deep. Why will there be

4

to Shai Hope, FOUR, full hooping inswinger. And Shai Hope has jabbed an outside edge past second slip. Nearly falls over in trying to do that too. Scoots away low, this edge

4

Ali to Blackwood, FOUR, drives with the drift really. Gets the readymade room and throws his bat at it. More off the outside edge through backward point

4

Ali to Blackwood, FOUR, 99 out of hundred batsmen would have left it. Filthily dropped short and down leg, Blackwood swivels and chops it between leg slip and FSL. That will be stumps

W

to Shai Hope, out Caught by Bairstow!! Now, now, just as you feared. strikes first ball on Day 3. Gets one to nibble away slightly outside off and poof, gets the outside edge. Shai Hope is starting as a new batsman, he's facing his first ball today, and has a lame dabble at it. Outside edge, caught, gone. Shai Hope c Bairstow b 147(253) [4s-23]

W

to Dowrich, out Caught by Root!! shoves another five-wicket haul down the record books. Caught at second slip this time. Drags the length slightly back outside off, Dowrich pokes and sends a thick edge flying behind. What a start for England; two wickets in two balls! Dowrich c Root b 0(1)

4

to Holder, no run, full and wide, no shot offered

D

to Blackwood, no run, dropped by Moeen at mid-on. Straight to him.. in and out. Wanted to clear the fielder but ends up dragging it off the inside half there. Nice and easy height, at the chest for Moeen, but guess what, it's out and down on the ground. Could be costly this; it's Blackwood!

4

to Blackwood, FOUR, past Stokes at gully! Just a back of a length delivery that flies off the leading edge there. Stokes gets his left hand up but that edge was flying. Couldn't quite react in time

4

to Holder, FOUR, here you go, Ganesh. He's played like you wanted him to. Lifted over mid-on and there's no one in the deep. Nicely clearing his front leg and flowing into his second boundary

4

to Blackwood, FOUR, that's unintentionally genius. Ducks beneath a bouncer with his bat high up, and the ball deflects off that.. over the slip cordon!

4

to Holder, FOUR, he's so tall that no delivery is tall enough. Easily swivels around and pulls it through long leg. Getting interesting now, this partnership

4

to Holder, FOUR, manufactures another boundary out of sheer placement. Stands tall, opens his stance side-on and shunts it through point. A cover fielder had just been put in there, so Holder went a bit squarer

4

to Holder, FOUR, a cornea-vitrifying cover drive. Not unlike the Night King. And he holds the pose after leaning into that shot. Lovely to watch. Makes it three boundaries on the trot, does it? Yeah

4

to Blackwood, FOUR, jumping in your chair yet, are you? This is good as hell. Even better than everything you watched today. Or read. It's a short ball outside off and that's been summoned with a brave pull through wide mid-on. The ball just obeys. Right on top of that pull, rolling his wrists and finding the placement through his spindling pirouette

4

to Holder, FOUR, Root and field placements are on a break. Not every one of you will have watched FRIENDS but still. Edged wide of second slip here. Atherton makes a good point that Holder has pushed Root into taking the third slip off. Tries to drive, not behind and flashes away an outside edge

4

to Holder, FOUR, he's stayed put in the crease and just protracted his hands to thrust this away through covers. There's a fielder in that region but Holder brooms it well past him

W

to Holder, out Caught by Moeen Ali!! Dropped Blackwood early in the day, and now Moeen compensates with a good catch at mid-off. Ran back, had his body in a spindle but manages to hold on. And we cannot really blame this shot from Holder, can we? He's played like this from ball one. Tries to lift a ball downtown but looked a little early into the shot. And finds the toe-end. Holder c Moeen Ali b 43(54) [4s-6]

W

Ali to Roach, leg byes, 2 runs, out Blackwood Run Out!! 2 runs completed. Tries to defend outside off but plays inside the line, and the ball runs off his pad. They cross over twice, decide to come back for the third -- dear me! -- but by then Stokes has run from slip and gotten rid of the ball very, very quickly. And Blackwood couldn't make it back in at the end. Good tag team work between Stokes and Bairstow, who took it and immediately flicked the bails off, Dhoni-like. But what a brilliant innings from Blackwood this has been. Blackwood run out (Stokes/Bairstow) 49(63) [4s-7]

D

Ali to Gabriel, no run, bat-pad dropped at FSL. Just needed to lunge further forward there Stoneman. You know what, I think he had his weight too much in front. So the ball hits his wrists and pops out

6

Ali to Gabriel, SIX, there's no followthrough. And it's in the stands. Smokes the flighted delivery over the stumps at the other end. Poker face from Gabriel. He's looking for many more

4

Ali to Roach, FOUR, pretty full but look, look, this has been swept away over FSL's head. Stoneman just turns his head away, hoping that the ball clears his helmet. It does, by some distance

4

to Roach, byes, FOUR, leg-stump line and finds some thigh pad en route

OT

to Gabriel, no run, Gabriel reviews without a second thought. Sharp bouncer from here, that Gabriel has seemingly fended to gully. And what a super take that from Malan, flying to the left and taking it mid-air. Like a clock's second hand. Hey, that seems to have come off the shoulder! Hence Gabriel was so confident. All in vain

W

to Gabriel, out Lbw!! Given out lbw, and Gabriel reviews again. Almost immediately again. Jagged back in and pinned the front pad, with Gabriel's weight behind. Two stumps visible and it's umpire's call on leg-stump, so the on-field decision will stay. So that will be it from the Windies in the first innings. Gabriel lbw b 10(28) [6s-1]

4

to Stoneman, FOUR, these sort of fours should be named as KW(Kane Williamson) boundaries. 88mph, nibbles away a fraction off a fuller length, Stoneman offers dead hands on the open bat glide which escapes through the slip cordon

4

to Cook, FOUR, Blackwood gives chase from backward point, but ball wins the race. Cook spotted the length early, transferred his weight onto the back foot and laced the cut behind square

4

to Cook, FOUR, Nasser Hussain made an interesting point just before the start of the over. That Cook likes to score his runs towards third man and Windies should think about their field setting. And guess what? Cook has just soft-edged one down to third man, deliberately at that. Opening the bat face late at a wobbly delivery and piercing fourth slip and gully

W

to Cook, out Caught by Kyle Hope!! This is why Shannon has been brought into the side, this is precisely the kind of damage he can do with the new ball. Bowls an absolute jaffa to Cook; hits good length and gets it to shape away in the corridor of uncertainty. Cook takes the bait and pokes with his feet off mid-air inside the crease. The edge goes low to the right of Kyle Hope who grabs it smartly at third slip, with his eyes well set on the cherry. Cook c Kyle Hope b 11(24) [4s-2]

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to Westley, out Lbw!! An action replay of first Test. The only difference was the bowler. Cummins then. now. Westley's dreams of buying a ticket for Ashes bus are being lbw-ed by the Windies. He sits too far deep inside the crease, doesn't account for a full delivery that came back in after hitting the seam. Looks to drive, but the inward movement defeats him. Ends up playing way outside the line and is plumb. Technology shows THREE REDS. Hitting the middle of middle to be precise. Westley didn't even think about the review and rightly so. Westley lbw b 3(11)

4

to Stoneman, FOUR, full away-nibbler, hands away from the body drive from Stoneman, slices the thickish outside edge and skims past backward point

4

to Root, FOUR, there's my coffee. I eat crow. Just as I questioned his foot work, he gets an overpitched delivery. Gimme ball alright but look how elegantly Root has put it away, driving through covers and all. Gorgeous to watch. That's a right swipe for me..

W

to Stoneman, out Caught by Dowrich!! Inside-edges it to the keeper. Now that's a situation-defying drive. Hell it needed a rebuilding after those early wickets but Stoneman has decided to throw his hands at a drive that I'd term 'ambitious'. And if you indeed have to drive at something that far away, get your front foot across, closer to the pitch of the ball at least. Stoneman doesn't. And the ball seams back in from a full length to exploit whatever gap - lots of it! - is between the bat and the pad. Stoneman c Dowrich b 19(47) [4s-2]

D

to Root, no run, that's the drop of the match, certainly. Has to be. HE'S DROPPED THE ENGUJISH CAPTAIN WHO'S IN FORM. Powell has made a mass destruction weapon out of a sitter at first slip. Root had almost feigned a walk back to the pavilion, so obvious was the dismissal. He had chased a line outside off, having been shut out of runs for so, so long, and steered a simple, sane edge right into the lap of first slip. Wanted to punch one off the back foot there Root, but did so without conviction.. and survives. Powell had his weight on his left foot, with the ball curling towards his right -- that's the only issue I can see

4

Chase to Root, FOUR, low full toss and that's been paddled through fine leg. Nice swivel of the bat, making a late decision to play that shot

4

Chase to Root, FOUR, too full. And Root has squeezed it through Chase's left. And finds the long-off ropes

4

to Root, no ball, FOUR, all the width. Coupled with the warm up drag down. Add to that an overstepping. Root doesn't mind though, lines up, gets tall and cracks it square

4

to Malan, FOUR, 83.3mph, too short. And the angle continues taking it away. Climbs into him as he takes it on, head on. Doesn't even bother keeping it down as he cuts it over point

W

to Malan, out Bowled!! Talk about reaping instant rewards. The moment he switches sides, the ball starts to talk. Starts from wide of the crease, drifts in sharply through the air, seams in further and catches yet another English batsman driving away from his body. This time Malan is rather circumspect, ending up dragging the drive back onto his sticks. The wobbly seam and the angle toying around with his mind. The ticket to the Ashes ship remains nameless. Malan b 8(39) [4s-1]

4

to Root, FOUR, a nice little gift. Takes the foot off the interrogation. With a gentle full toss. Root is quickly on a knee, free flowing in unleashing his long levers. In a spank through the covers. He's gone back to his overstepping troubles too - without the umpire having called it this time

4

to Stokes, FOUR, an airy whip. Overcooked on the legs, a nice non-overbalanced fall over as Stokes laps it up with a loft over mid-wicket. All in control, expect for a diving short mid-wicket who puts in some of his moves..doing his share of keeping the entertainment alive

4

to Root, FOUR, 87.6mph, a sitter. The short back-bender that refuses to get up. Piles on the misery, taking on the line sliding down already to help it on its way with a swivelling pull

4

Bishoo to Root, FOUR, long hop to start. You really do not bowl there to a back foot player, certainly not one as prolific as this. Reads the slow turn, rocking deep inside and pulls it away in front of square

4

to Stokes, FOUR, 82.3mph, a half volley. Compounds the misery on it further with the longest of strides possible. Right to the pitch of it and clubs it down the ground

4

to Stokes, FOUR, another one down. My word. Stokes gets a life. Another. Spits up off a length, Stokes doesn't pick it up, goes hard with his defence and has the splice flying to second slip. Over him, reverse cupped and popping over

4

to Stokes, FOUR, tries the sucker ball. And finds it nailed through the covers. Right forward, head-on-ball stuff and drills it away

4

Bishoo to Root, FOUR, chants of ROOOOOOOT ring around Leeds as the local boy brings up the fifty. Gets there with a thumping slogsweep through mid-wicket

4

to Stokes, FOUR, plenty of width on offer, Stokes latches onto it with a muscular slap through extra cover

4

to Stokes, FOUR, edged and through! Frustrating times for . Induces a thick outside edge from Stokes and it goes between second slip and gully. Flashes at a delivery that moves away late and the edge sneaks through Windies' lack of luck

4

Bishoo to Root, FOUR, slower through the air, dips in cunningly in front of off, Root got that extra yard forward to take it on the full and broom it away backwards of square

4

to Stokes, FOUR, that's feeding to Stokes' strengths. Pitched it up whilst offering room, Stokes crouch-drives to pose for the newspapers and to collect a boundary through the covers

W

Bishoo to Root, out Caught by Blackwood!! The Windies deserved this. After a series of luckless chances, they needed change of fortunes in some form and Bishoo has provided just that. More of Root gifting his wicket away rather the Windies claiming it. No complaints albeit. The English skipper takes Bishoo too lightly and leans into a sweep shot that he had to fetch from far of off. Seemed way too casual in his approach and feathered a top-edge to Blackwood at slip. Root c Blackwood b Bishoo 59(98) [4s-9]

4

to Stokes, FOUR, short and had ample space to crack the cut past a diving backward point. Cries of catch it, but that was far away from the fielder

4

to Stokes, FOUR, that's bread and butter for any left-hander. Too much room outside off and he smacks the hell out of that leather through square on the off-side

W

to Bairstow, out Caught by Holder!! Holder is claiming a catch. Bairstow is hanging around. The soft signal from umpire S Ravi is OUT. Erasmus into the action now: "Fair delivery, clear edge, something (camera angle) from square. I want to see if the fingers are underneath or not. A little bit of zoom in on the first angle please. I have got nothing conclusive to overturn the onfield decision, so you can press OUT on the big screen." Bairstow was playing with firm hands and one always felt the edge was round the corner. shapes one back in from wide of the crease; the line - on and around off - was such that Bairstow had no option but to play at it. He drives hard and straight, sending big edge to the right of second slip where Holder pouches in front of his bootlaces. Holder celebrated instantly indicating that he had caught it clean, but Bairstow wasn't sure and stood his ground leaving the matter to the onfield umpires. Bairstow c Holder b 2(9)

4

to Stokes, FOUR, that's quite a way to bring up a half-century! Lays into the width - ploughs into it! - with a slap-drive through covers. He's making hay after he was dropped at 9 in the slip cordon

4

to Stokes, FOUR, drill-drive straight down the ground. And he's scuttled that away with a straight bat, through the side of the stumps that belongs to , who's running from over the wicket

4

to Moeen Ali, FOUR, lovely square drive, in front of point. Trick was to open the bat face at the right instant, with the feet not doing helluva lot of work

4

to Stokes, FOUR, he's gorgeous to watch. Plain gorgeous. Spots the short delivery so early, and balances on one leg to smash the pull away through wide mid-on. And that swivel. Go, drool

4

Chase to Stokes, FOUR, coils on the front foot, and does so early enough to paddle-sweep this ball on off-stump. Deftly done through fine leg, although a ripping offbreak there could have made things interesting

4

to Stokes, FOUR, lovely from Stokes! Full and outside off, he walks across and flicks it to the midwicket fence

4

Chase to Moeen Ali, FOUR, that's a hobby swing. Drifting in from round the wicket, it happens to be in Moeen's arc and has been dispatched over mid-on. Bounces just inside the ropes

4

Chase to Moeen Ali, FOUR, he does that. Seems to have that extra second when it comes to playing on the off-side. Waits for the ball, gets under it with his weight on the front foot, and pops a boundary over covers

4

to Stokes, FOUR, full and outside off, over corrects this time, Stokes takes a step foward, leans into the drive and sends it racing to the deep extra cover fence

4

to Stokes, FOUR, short ball on the leg stump, that just sat up, smashed to the fine leg fence

4

Chase to Moeen Ali, FOUR, sitting up and that's been hacked over mid-wicket with a back-footed swivel. Read the length early today, which is why he's able to do that

W

to Moeen Ali, out Caught by Roston Chase!! Just credited him last ball for lunging into a forward push, and this time, he decides to just waft his bat at the width. No feet. Since the length is fullish, he attempts a drive and edges one to backward point, where Chase takes a good, sharp catch. Moeen Ali c Roston Chase b 22(35) [4s-4]

4

to Stokes, FOUR, not the first time he's done that today. The off-side is heavily packed, so he shuffles across a touch and walks into a clip through mid-wicket. Flows, this shot from Stokes that takes him into the nineties..

4

Chase to Woakes, FOUR, he had actually made more room than is necessary there, but then Woakes reaches out, and naturally cuts it late behind backward point

D

to Stokes, no run, dropped on 9.. and dropped on 98 again! Guess he's just lucky, or Windies plain poor. Sort of a hack this was, which he intended to play much squarer. But sliced it, found Gabriel at mid-on, and hammered home another life

OT

to Stokes, 2 runs, Andrew Flintoff had 5 Test hundreds, Stokes now has six! Gets there with a soft intentful drive through covers, much devoid of the mad rush bloodrage last ball, where he holed out to mid-on.. only to be dropped! Guess good players earn all the luck they have

4

Chase to Woakes, FOUR, drifting down and helped to the fine leg fence here. Gets just enough bat on this

4

Chase to Woakes, FOUR, some width, somewhat short and that's been late-cut through third man

4

Chase to Woakes, FOUR, just harrowing out boundaries here are England. Woakes quickly goes back and slaps it in front of the lone slipper

4

to Woakes, FOUR, short ball, asking to be punished and Woakes obliges in kind. Rocks back and rolls the wrists on the pull, a couple of bounces and into the fence

W

to Stokes, out Caught by Dowrich!! Few words exchanged between Stokes and . Not all that fiery, but good enough to rev Stokes up. He chucks that off his head almost instantly and raises his bat to acknowledge the brimming love from the Headingley crowd. What.A.Knock. And he gets out for 100 exactly, this is how: Gets a short ball that's angling away from him, goes for a swivel-pull and could only manage a thin bottom edge en route to the keeper. The extra bounce of did the trick there, Dowrich did well to leap full length to his right. Stokes c Dowrich b 100(124) [4s-17]

W

to Broad, out Bowled!! "No-one needs to take catches when you can hit the stumps," an emotional Mikey Holding on air. looks at the stumps and says **Lip reading work** don't mess with me... Unveils a toe-killer right at the base of middle, Broad was in all sorts. Looks to bring his bat down, but was too late in doing so. The sound of timbers uprooting....whoosh! Broad b 0(4)

W

to Woakes, out Caught by Dowrich!! That's it, well done the Windies. Well done Kemar . Well done Shannon Gabriel. wraps it up with a back of a length corker in the outside off window; Woakes slashes wthout any conviction and snicks a glove-edge through to the keeper. No problems for Dowrich this time around. Headingley rise as one to appreciate the Windies off to the pavilion. Great scenes. Woakes c Dowrich b 23(35) [4s-5]