18 Wickets On A Single Day Leave Match In Balance
England 257 & 39-5 (Ballance 12no) v
West Indies 189 (Blackwood 85)
England lead by 107 runs
Third Test, Barbados, day two
Jerome Taylor picked up five wickets between two innings and James Anderson took a six-wicket haul as 18 wickets fell on day two of the Third Test between West Indies and England in Barbados, leaving the game poised in a delicate and interesting balance with both sides having a chance to win.
England started the day on 240 for seven with two new batsmen at the crease, however, the deep England batting line-up with Chris Jordan (3) walking in at number nine couldn’t prolong the innings very much.
It took all of two overs for Taylor (3-36) to take his first one for the day, a delivery angling down the leg-side that was flicked to the wicket-keeper by Jordan.
He reviewed but the on-field decision was upheld.
Taylor removed Stuart Broad’s middle stump with a sharp delivery and then followed it up with a similar one that swung back in to beat James Anderson (0) for pace.
England were all out for 257, adding just 17 runs in 7.1 overs in the morning.
Broad (10) hit a couple of fours but Taylor came back to pick up two wickets in two deliveries to close the England innings.
England came back strong and hard too. Anderson (6-42) dismissed Kraigg Brathwaite (0) with the second ball of the innings with a fuller delivery that was edged to Jordan.
Darren Bravo (9) offered a chance even before opening his account, nicking one to slip, but Alastair Cook dropped a straightforward chance, the second he has shelled in two games.
Anderson, meanwhile, in his next over allowed Cook to redeem himself grasping a thin edge from debutant Shai Hope (5).
There were a couple of fours from Marlon Samuels (9) but his challenge didn’t last long as Anderson trapped him lbw with a sharp in-swinger. Samuels wasted a review even though it was a plumb one.
After a few overs from Moeen Ali (1-56) and Joe Root (1-34), West Indies went into lunch at 37 for three.
Ali got a breakthrough in the first over after lunch, Bravo edging one to slip, where Jordan took another catch, to dismiss the fourth West Indian batsman for a single-digit score.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul (25) and Jermaine Blackwood (85) added 45 for the fifth wicket, Blackwood playing aggressively. He whipped Anderson for couple of fours, before attacking Ali, cracking a short ball for a six and then following it up with two fours.
Ali went for couple of fours again in his next over after which he was replaced by Root.
It worked very quickly as Chanderpaul pushed at a delivery spinning away, a sharp catch plucked by Jordan, yet again, who added to his list of brilliant instinctive catches in this series.
Blackwood smacked a couple more fours off Root but he didn’t get much support from the other end, Denesh Ramdin (13) dismissed cheaply by Broad.
Blackwood got his fourth fifty in Tests with a four off Ben Stokes (1-17) but in the same over he managed to get the edge of Jason Holder (5).
England won the post-lunch session, West Indies going into tea at 139 for seven.
In the post-tea session, there was a flurry of fours before Anderson got Veerasammy Permaul (18) with a short delivery taken at short leg.
Taylor (15) played a cameo with a six and two fours but his stumps were rattled by Anderson who reached his five-wicket haul with that delivery.
Anderson conceded another six to Blackwood, before getting his wicket, Ali taking a brilliant catch in the deep.
West Indies were bundled out for 189 to hand a first innings lead of 69 to England.
Anderson was exceptional, wrecking the West Indian batting almost single-handedly. However, the day's excitement didn’t end there.
It took Taylor (2-16) all of three overs to get the first breakthrough, trapping Jonathan Trott (9) plumb in front.
Shannon Gabriel (1-4) got Cook the very next over with a sharp delivery that kicked from the surface and got the edge that carried to second slip.
Not long after, Taylor, who registered a brilliant day of pace bowling, trapped Ian Bell (0) in front of middle stump. Bell’s review failed sending him out on a pair in this Test.
The frenetic pace of the match continued as Holder (1-7), who was given the ball first change, got an edge from Root (1) that was safely pouched at first slip.
Ali (8) got out at the stroke of stumps dragging a slow turning delivery from Permaul (1-7) back onto his stumps.
England ended the day on 39 for five building their lead up to 107. West Indies bowlers did well yet again, Taylor in particular, well supported by Gabriel who hardly gave anything away.
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