Sibley and Stokes save England after a disappointing start against West Indies

After a brilliant win from the previous match, West Indies faced England at Manchester for the second Test match. Joe Root resumed his position as captain after taking a voluntary break from the first Test to be with his wife for their child’s birth. West Indies opted to bowl first, but the game was delayed by an hour due to rainfall. England lost their first wicket before the interval as Burns perished for 15 runs by Chase. England’s turmoil continued as Zak Crawley got dismissed by Chase as soon as the game resumed after lunch. After a back-to-back wicket, the hosts were 29/2.

Root began his innings well but was soon dismissed for 23 runs by Alzarri Joseph, this is the 4th time joseph as taken the wicket of Root out of their 5 meetings. As wickets fell one side Sibley played a patient game and stood his ground. Sibley and Stokes joined hands for the fourth wicket as the former scored his second consecutive half-century. The pair played a very calculated innings that saw them steady England’s ship.

The visitors had a similar start to that of the Southampton Test with the ball. But it was a frustrating day in the field from them as a DRS call went against them and few catches were dropped. At the day’s end, England were 207/3 with Sibley (86*) and Stokes (59*) still in the middle with a 126-run partnership.

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