West Indies add just 123 runs in two and a half sessions before being knocked out for 411, with England bowlers racking up a whopping 187.5 overs; Saqib Mahmood (2-58) claims his first Test wicket; England finish 40-0 in their second leg, with a 136 lead
Last update: 03/19/22 10:35 p.m.
The second Test between the West Indies and England looks destined for a draw after another grueling day for the touring side on the pitch in Barbados, England, closing with a 136 lead and all 10 second leg wickets in hand before the last day.
On a much-criticized placid pitch, the West Indian batters – led by captain Kraigg Brathwaite (160 from 489 balls) and his remarkable feats of concentration – blunted the English attack again for two and a half sessions, adding just 123 runs . in 70.5 overs in a dismal day of play before finally being consolidated for 411.
This earned England a 96 first-innings lead and left them with 17 overs to negotiate until the end; Alex Lees (18no) and Zak Crawley (21no) improved their score to 40-0, and while the tourists will likely be targeting a statement at some point on day five, taking an extra 10 wickets on this ground which only produced 19 in the first four days is likely to prove too high a command – especially with a massive 187.5 overs worth of already working in their tired bowlers legs.
Leaching with a mind-blowing workload on the fourth day
Jack Leach (3-118) had the biggest workload of them all, racking up a staggering 69.5 overs in the West Indies opening innings. After receiving quite a bit of criticism for the speed at which he played on Friday, Leach offered more variation on day four and deserved bigger rewards for his efforts in which he conceded just 21 points from his 25.5 overs, including 13 maidens.
He pocketed two wickets, including Brathwaite’s key, ripping one beyond his outside edge to cut off the top of the stump shortly after taking the third new ball, as he returned to wrap up the innings by trapping Josh Da Silva. (33) lbs.
Mahmood’s first goal gives England hope
Beginner Saqib Mahmood (2-58) finally earned his first career try wicket by knocking out Jason Holder (12) two balls after the lunch interval. The fast Lancashire bowler, who was denied his first breakthrough on day three when bowling Jermaine Blackwood (102) on a no-ball at 65, then nearly celebrated two in as many overs as Da Silva received one lbw for three, only for the decision to be reversed in review with a slight inside edge displayed.
Had that decision stood, England might still have seized the opportunity to force victory in the Test match, as the West Indies would have trailed seven times and still trailed by 151 points. In place, Da Silva regrouped and, along with Brathwaite and the tail, trailed for another 34 overs, taking crucial time out of the game.
Brathwaite with seventh longest Test shot for West Indies
As the West Indies resumed the day on 288-4, after the first of a handful of intermittent morning showers delayed the start of proceedings at the Kensington Oval, Brathwaite and night watchman Alzarri Joseph (19) hinted to the torment that was to come for England. on the pitch as they put 52 for the fifth wicket.
The golden arm of Ben Stokes (2-65) finally made the breakthrough, Joseph (19) sneaking a great opportunity, cleverly taken over by Dan Lawrence. But, far from causing a collapse or a lower-order surge from the home side, there was soporific action before lunch as only 11 runs were added in the 14 overs leading up to the interval.
England were boosted by Holder’s immediate return to the second ball after the break – Matt Fisher brilliantly held off a skier halfway to secure a first try shot for fellow debutant Mahmood.
Da Silva’s inside edge denied him a second in as many overs, with the West Indies wicketkeeper particularly lucky as he was apparently unaware he had the ball on the ball given how long it took him to review decision.
He and Brathwaite ate a further 17 overs, blunting an English attack that was needed to claim a third fresh ball at the 160-over mark. Stokes played beautifully with it unrewarded, and ultimately it was Leach who made it pay, putting on Brathwaite in style to complete his epic 710-minute vigil.
Chris Woakes (1-51), who continues to work hard on overseas tours with England, personally won a first wicket for 52 overs as he trapped Kemar Roach (1) lbw, while Mahmood and Leach represented Veerasammy Permaul (5) and Da Silva. , respectively, after the tea interval to finally end the innings.
Crawley survives belated lbw scare
As the England fly-half entered their second innings, Crawley survived an lbw scare against Roach when he was given for two in the fifth over – the decision was overturned after review, the ball found out sneak down the leg.
After a nervous start, he and Lees quickly caught on and the pair did well to move England to 40 when the bad boy ended the game two overs early. The tourists’ lead is 136 but time is running out for a result in this second Test of the three-match series.
Mahmood ‘relieved’ after winning first Test wicket
English fashion designer Saqib Mahmood, speaking on BT Sport: “It’s been a long day in the dirt. It’s my first red ball game since December and I was happy to leave the pitch today!”
[On no-ball dismissal of Blackwood]: “I was quite disgusted at the time – I thought I had let myself and the boys down. I tried to get that out of my head, which was quite difficult.”
[On maiden Test wicket of Holder]: “There was no massive celebration on my part – I was looking at the wicket to see where my foot had landed and if the ref would say anything! I guess it was a feeling of relief more than anything afterwards what happened last night.”
Can England still force victory in the second Test?
Former England drummer Mark Butcher: “Time is against England. Yes, they are going to be able to put their foot down with the bat, but it took them almost 190 overs to knock out the West Indies in the first innings, so you think they would need at least minus 80 in the second, which they cannot have.
“So either you give the opposition a chance they don’t really deserve or you say we’ll do two sessions and see what happens. It all depends on how brave England are.”
The West Indies and England will resume the second Test at 2pm UK time on Sunday. Follow the text commentary from 1.45pm on skysports.com and the Sky Sports app.