West Indies Get Ahead With Brathwaite's Century
West Indies 299 & 202-2 (Brathwaite 101 no) v
England 464 (Root 182 no)
Second Test, Grenada, day four
West Indies lead by 37 runs
Devendra Bishoo took four wickets and Kraigg Brathwaite scored a resilient ton as West Indies managed to avoid an England onslaught and in turn gained a vital lead of 37 runs with eight wickets in hand, going into day five of the second Test in Grenada.
England resumed the day on 373 for six after 124 overs with plenty of sunshine.
Denesh Ramdin opened with Devendra Bishoo (4-177) in an attacking mode and it worked soon.
Jos Buttler (13) struck a four and the very next ball got lured by a tossed up delivery and was beaten, Ramdin affecting the stumping.
Chris Jordan (16) was lucky in the next over as an inside edge off his bat, hit the base of the stumps without dislodging the bails, Shannon Gabriel (2-67) the unlucky bowler.
Jordan brought up the 400 for England with a four, even as Joe Root (182 not out) crossed 2000 Test runs, one of the fastest England batsmen to do so.
The partnership between Jordan and Root lasted 39 runs before Jordan was run-out, in a very close call after Root rejected a second run sending him back.
Stuart Broad (0) survived all of four balls before Bishoo got him sweeping and he gloved a leg-side catch. Broad reviewed it and the decision remained.
England were 421 for nine after 138 overs but the visitors gave West Indies a taste of their own medicine.
Root and James Anderson (2) battled for more than six overs, adding another 33 to the tally to take England’s score to 464 by the time Anderson was run out.
It was an odd dismissal too as Anderson had made his ground but had not grounded his bat and as a result Root was robbed off a chance to score another double-century.
His 229-ball knock at a strike-rate of close to 80 included 17 fours and four sixes and he was visibly furious at Anderson’s lethargy, that after he smoked some mighty hits.
England managed a lead of 165 runs, the last five wickets adding 129 runs.
For West Indies, Bishoo bowled more than 50 overs, the next highest being Kemar Roach’s (0-100) 28, as he went wicketless. Gabriel (2-67) didn’t have any luck in the morning either.
West Indies started nervously losing their opening batsman Devon Smith (2) in the third over of the innings, Anderson (1-27) getting one to swing away and getting an inside edge from the batsman as he decided to leave it at the last moment.
However, Darren Bravo (69) and Brathwaite (101 not out) showed plenty of resolve in a 142-run partnership that came in 48.1 overs.
Bravo took West Indies to lunch with two fours off Moeen Ali (0-48) as West Indies reached 22 for one after six overs at the end of the first session.
In the post lunch session, Bravo and Braithwaite batted impressively playing out maiden overs and putting the loose balls away.
Ben Stokes (0-34) in particular went for many fours.
Bravo and Braithwaite lasted the whole post lunch session scoring exactly 100 runs in 33 overs, the latter bringing up his half-century with a four off Broad (1-23).
England started the post-tea session with Root (0-22) who was struck for a four in his second over after tea by Bravo who brought up his half-century in the process.
Bravo was lucky in the 43rd over as a lofted drive just cleared Jordan, who has already taken some stunning catches this series, at extra cover.
After a series of maidens, Bravo edged one to the wicket-keeper off Broad missing out probably on a century, the ball hardly doing anything. His 147-ball knock had 12 fours.
Late in the day Brathwaite survived an England review for lbw as he just managed to get an inside edge on it.
Brathwaite eventually brought up a well-deserved ton in the penultimate over of the day with a couple, steered past cover. His resilient 230-ball knock included 11 fours.
Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels (22 not out) added an unbeaten 57 runs for the third wicket in close to 25 overs ensuring West Indies closed the day in a really strong position.
While England's bowlers, with the exception of Stokes were economical though there were very few wicket-taking balls actually bowled.
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