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West Indies seize control despite Stokes' century

Ben Stokes acknowledges the crowd as he walks off after losing his wicket
Ben Stokes acknowledges the crowd as he walks off after losing his wicket

England 258 (Stokes 100) v
West Indies 19-1 (Brathwaite 13no)
Second Test, Headingley, day one

Four-wicket hauls each from Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel helped West Indies bowled out England for 258 runs in their first innings despite a fluent century from Ben Stokes on the opening day of the second Test at Headingley.

England won the toss and decided to bat first with Chris Woakes coming in the place of Toby Roland-Jones.

After a calm seven overs which yielded 18 runs for England, they lost Alastair Cook (11), who edged a Gabriel (4-51) delivery to the third slip and two overs later Roach (4-71) trapped Tom Westley (3) LBW.

Mark Stoneman (19) tried to weather the West Indies new ball attack with his 47-ball knock before becoming second of Gabriel's victim. Things could have turned lot worse for the hosts had Kieran Powell not dropped Joe Root (59) at the stroke of lunch, during which England were positioned 61 for three.

Dawid Malan's (8) 39-ball vigil ended when he was castled by Jason Holder (1-45) in the third over of the second session. A 69 run stand for the fifth wicket between Root and Stokes (100) helped England gain some momentum.

The England captain completed yet another half-century, thereby levelling AB de Villiers' record of most consecutive fifties but fell soon after that to Devendra Bishoo (1-27) and moments later Gabriel returned back to remove Jonny Bairstow (2), when he was caught in the second slip.

The decision was referred to the third umpire, who affirmed that Holder had caught it clean. England went into tea with a score of 156 for six.

From there on it was pretty much one man show as Stokes, who has handed reprieves when he was on 9 and 98 completed his sixth century before being dismissed by Gabriel. Moeen Ali (22) and Chris Woakes (23) too played handy knocks as England posted 258 before they were dismissed in the 71st over.

West Indies had a brief 45 minutes of play to negate before stumps during which they lost Powell (5) to James Anderson (1-5). However, Kraigg Brathwaite (13 not out) and nightwatchman Bishoo (1 not out) ensured there were no further casualties as they reached 19 for one at stumps.

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