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England fightback to take two run lead after West Indies' dominance in first innings

Joe Root remained unbeaten on 45 on day three
Joe Root remained unbeaten on 45 on day three

England 258 & 171-3 (Stoneman 52) v
West Indies 427 (Shai 147)
Second Test, Headingley, day three

After West Indies went on to post 427 runs in their first innings, England did well to wipe out of the first innings deficit with three wickets down at stumps on day three of the second Test at Headingley.

West Indies resumed the day at 329 for five, having a 71 run lead. In the first two deliveries of the day, James Anderson (5-76) accounted for both Shai Hope (147) and Shane Dowrich (0).

In the next over, Jermaine Blackwood (49) was dropped at mid on off Stuart Broad (1-95). From there on Blackwood and Jason Holder (43) shared a 75 run stand between them to take the total past the 400-run mark. West Indies were eventually bowled out for 427 runs and they had a more than handy first innings lead of 169 runs.

Anderson was the pick of the England bowlers with a five wicket haul while Ben Stokes (2-63) picked a two wicket haul.

Mark Stoneman (52) announced his arrival with three boundaries in the fourth over as he and Alastair Cook (23) brought the 50 run opening stand in the 18th over. At the stroke of tea, the home side lost Cook to Jason Holder (2-44).

The final session saw Tom Westley (8) dismissed by Holder and soon Stoneman too fell after registering his maiden half-century. Shannon Gabriel (1-41) was the bowler this time.

Any chance of West Indies sealing the advantage was put off by an unbeaten 77 run stand between Joe Root (45 not out) and Dawid Malan (21 not out) as England managed to take a slender two run lead at stumps on day three.

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