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England hold slight edge on an eventful day two

Ben Stokes scored the only half century in the game until now
Ben Stokes scored the only half century in the game until now

West Indies 123 & 93-3 (Powell 45) v
England 194 (Stokes 60)
Second Test, Lord's, day two

Kieran Powell and Shai Hope scored valiant knocks to help West Indies recover in their second innings and gain a lead of 22 runs with seven wickets in hand at stumps on day two of the second Test at Lord's.

Earlier, England went on to post 194 in their first innings, riding on a half-century from Ben Stokes on tough conditions to bat. The home side resumed the day at 46 for four, trailing West Indies 77 runs.

Dawid Malan (20) started the day with a boundary in the first over while Stokes (60) hit two more fours in the next two overs as England showed a lot of positive intent. Kemar Roach (5-72) claimed his third wicket when he had Malan caught behind and immediately rain halted play.

After a delay of close to three hours, the play resumed at 14:15 local time and in the second delivery, Stokes was handed a reprieve. The Durham all-rounder gained momentum and continued to play aggressive, even completing his half-century off 51 deliveries.

Stokes had a 51 run stand with Jonny Bairstow (21) to help England cross the 100 run mark before the latter was trapped LBW by Roach. Even a review from the England wicket-keeper batsman could not save him there.

In an eventful 39th over, Shannon Gabriel (1-64) castled Stokes but only to find it was a no-ball. However, the tall lanky bowler once again bowled him two deliveries later.

Roach soon claimed his five wicket haul when he had Moeen Ali (3) caught at gully following which Toby Roland-Jones (13) and Stuart Broad (38) played useful knocks down the order to help England post 194 runs and claim a vital 71 run first innings lead.

In their second innings, Kraigg Brathwaite (4) was castled by James Anderson (2-17) which was also his 500th wicket in Test cricket - the sixth bowler to achieve the milestone and the first from England.

Stuart Broad (1-25) accounted for Kyle Hope (1) as West Indies were reeling at 21 for two. This is when Kieran Powell (45) and Shai Hope (35 not out) added 48 runs for the third wicket to help the visitors recover a bit before the former was removed by Anderson.

At the stroke of stumps, Anderson returned back to castle Powell but West Indies did well to ensure they did not lose any further wickets as they finished the day at 93 for three.

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