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Resilient England fightback to set target of 322 for West Indies

Dawid Malan celebrating his half-century on day four
Dawid Malan celebrating his half-century on day four

England 258 & 490-8 (Root 72) v
West Indies 427 & 5-0 (Brathwaite 4no)
Second Test, Headingley, day four

England lower and middle order delivered when mattered the most as they posted 490 for eight when the declaration came to set West Indies a target of 322 runs heading into the final day of the second Test at Headingley.

West Indies had a brief six overs to negate before stumps, which they did successfully through Kraigg Brathwaite (4 not out) and Kieran Powell (1 not out), scoring five runs in it.

Earlier, England resumed their second innings at 171 for three, having claimed a lead of two runs. With two boundaries in the first over, Joe Root (72) completed yet another half century and soon brought the 100-run stand with Dawid Malan (61).

Root continued to play aggressive before he edged a Shannon Gabriel (2-125) delivery behind. West Indies, who had a sloppy day in the field yesterday, continued to shell out chances, this time Kieran Powell in the slips handed Malan a reprieve.

Malan along with Ben Stokes (58) managed to saw the remainder of the session as England were placed 251 for four at lunch.

West Indies took the new ball in the 88th over and soon Malan completed his second consecutive fifty in two games in the series. Gabriel was the bowler targetted as Stokes hit him for four boundaries in two overs to bring the 300 for England.

Roston Chase (3-86) gave some respite for West Indies with the wickets of Stokes, Malan and Jonny Bairstow (18) in quick succession but Moeen Ali (84) and Chris Woakes (61 not out) ensured they took England out of the hole with a 117 run stand for the eighth wicket.

Moeen, whose runs came at a healthy strike rate, missed out on a deserving century but soon the declaration came for England with the total on 490 for eight.

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