First Test: Stokes prevent West Indies from taking a big lead


After the 81-run partnership between Roston Chase and Shane Dorich, the West Indies lost the last five wickets for 51 runs in front of a superb bowling by Ben Stokes, although on Friday, on the third day of the first cricket test, they got a 114-run lead over England in the first innings. In response to England's first innings total of 204, the West Indies scored 318 runs in the first innings, while the sixth-wicket partnership between Chase and Dorich seemed as if the Caribbean team would gain huge momentum.

At the end of the third day, England scored 15 runs in the second innings without any loss. Rory Burns was 10 and Dom Sibley scored five runs.

West Indies' sixth wicket fell in the form of Chase, who was trapped lbw by James Anderson. He scored 47 off 142 balls and added 81 runs for the sixth wicket with Dorich. At the time of his dismissal, the West Indies were 267 for six.

Captain Jason Holder, who took six wickets in England's innings, could not do any great work in the batting and scored five runs and caught Joffra Archer off the ball of Ben Stokes. Stokes, the acting captain and hero of England's 2019 World Cup victory, also sent Dorich and Aljari Joseph to the pavilion. He took four wickets for 49 runs in 14 overs.

The West Indies lost the wickets of Shamar Brooks (39) and Jermaine Blackwood (12) in the second season. Playing ahead of their overnight score of 57 for one wicket, the West Indies lost the wickets of Shai Hope (16) and Craig Braithwaite (65) in the first session. West Indies added 122 runs in the first session in the match without an audience today.

England's fast bowlers could not do what they did in the first two days of the rain-affected Caribbean bowlers. Joffra Archer and Mark Wood are yet to receive wickets. Spinner Dom Bess scored his first success in his first over today when Hope caught Ben Stokes at slip. Hope was given a life earlier on a strong appeal from leg before off Archer.

He was given out by the on-field umpire but it was found in the review that Archer came out of the crease and was a no ball.

Stokes lbw Braithwaite, who returned to the pavilion for 65 off 125 balls with six fours. The West Indies took a review after the on-field umpire was dismissed, but the DRS decision remained the same.

James Anderson played both wickets in the second season. First he caught Brooks behind the wicket. Brooks also took a review on this but in UltraEase it was found that the ball touched his bat. After five overs, Anderson caught Blackwood at mid-on and sent Blackwood to the pavilion. This time the bowler was spinner Dom Bess. Anderson took three and Bess took two wickets.