After the first test loss hosts England seeks to win the second test to stay alive in the series. England’s Joe Root makes his way to Test squad and expected to lead the team to victory in home ground.
ENG vs WI Toss Updates: Toss – Up goes the coin and it lands in favour of Jason Holder. West Indies have won the toss and have opted to field.
Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Zak Crawley, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Dominic Bess, Stuart Broad
West Indies Squad:
Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shai Hope, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich (wk), Jason Holder (c), Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel
Jason Holder: We’re going to field first. Try to make use of the overhead conditions. We’ve got the same team as well. Whatever it is under the surface, we’ll try to extract it in the first session. The bowlers have pulled up quite well, expect similar things in this game from them. We’ve got to start fresh; different venue, different match. We have to learn from our mistakes in the last game and rectify it here. The last game brought a lot of smiles to the faces of our people back home and we’ll look to keep it that way.
Joe Root: We have to look ahead to the next five days and put up a good performance. We spoke to Mark and Jimmy and knew it’s a high risk to play them in back to back games. It is a must-win for us, but we need to look after them as well. We can take 20 wickets and we’re looking forward to that. We have Broad, Woakes, Curran and Bess in the bowling. Firstly we need runs and need to improve there. We need to figure out how we want to play our cricket. We got ourselves where we could win the game after being down in the first two and a half days and that gave me a lot of pleasure. It was a difficult one at the toss. It looks a very good wicket, might spin a little bit and is softer than usual. I have had a lot of time thinking about Test cricket and want to get out there and perform.
Day-1 England’s 1st Innings:
Rory Burns and Sibley gets in the crease, Rory Burns is on strike. Roach opens the attack against England. As England seeks to win this match they steadily start the innings. With a maiden over at the beginning of the match, West Indies shows their aggressive bowling attack.
After 10 overs England scored only 17 runs with no wicket loss. Before lunch, at 13.2 overs England lost their first wicket for 27 runs. Where Roston Chase dismissed Rory Burns for 15 runs off 35 balls.
Post lunch at the very first ball England lost their second wicket where Zak Crawley dismissed for a duck and return pavilion. England gets in struggle after Roston Chase uproots two wickets.
Joe Root Backs in-game:
Joe Root joins hand with Dominic Sibley and executed an excellent performance to save Englan from sinking for a low score. Breaking a huge expectation Joe Root lost his wicket to Alzarri Joseph for 23 runs off 49 balls.
Ben Stokes joins hands with Dominic Sibley and dragged England further to score. Without any loss of wickets, further, England crossed 100 runs with Strokes and Dominic’s partnership.
At the end of Day 1, England scored 207 runs for 3 wicket loss.
Watch 2nd Test Day 1 Highlights:
Day 2 England Innings:
England continues their strike on the second day of the second Test match. Gabriel starts his attack against England where England’s batsman seems well settled as Ben Stokes scored 59 runs off 159 balls and Dominic Sibley after facing 259 balls scored 86 runs.
This duo seems to have a special day today!!. Both the batsman without any tension face the Windies bowlers and moves England towards a safe target.
West Indies bowlers struggled to break this partnership and tried various spells to dismiss a batsman. On the other hand, Dominic Sibley nears his second test ton in partnering with Stokes.
Before drinks break England scored 229 runs for 3 wicket loss where Stokes scored 75 runs off 204 balls and Dominic Sibley scored 90 off 286. West Indies skipper Holder continues the bowling attack against strong England.
Sibley Second TON
After a long struggle, Sibley reached TON and marked his second hundred count in Test matches. Where England scored 260 runs for 3 wicket loss.
Dom Sibley (101* off 312 balls) – This is the slowest century for England since Michael Atherton’s 317-ball century against Pakistan in Karachi in 2000/01.
What a moment! First Test 💯 on home soil for @DomSibley! 🙌
The previous slowest was off 199 balls against Australia at Leeds last year.
After 114 overs England reached 283 runs 3 wicket loss. Where the partnership crossed 200+ runs.
First English pair to score 200 runs for the fourth wicket since Jonathan Trott & Ian Bell against India in Nagpur in 2012/13.
This partnership reached another record at the end of 115 over where the duo faced 500 balls in partnership.
Sibley & Stokes partnership is now 500 balls long. The last English pair to bat as many balls was Alastair Cook & Nick Compton – 509 balls vs NZ in Dunedin in 2013. Last to do so in a home Test was Stuart Broad & Jonathan Trott (574 balls) against Pakistan at Lord’s in 2010.
England crossed 300 runs:
Stokes with an impressive boundary in Roston Chase’s over moves England to score 300 runs in total for 3 wicket loss. Holder risks teams last review in an attempt to dismiss aggressive Stokes.
Highest individual scores for Stokes
258 v SA Cape Town 2015/16
139* this Test
135*v Aus Leeds 2019
128 v Ind Rajkot 2016/17
This duo seems to be a great threat for Windies bowlers as they crossed 250 runs partnership also Ben Stokes scored 150 runs.
Finally, Windies prayers have been answered!!. Roston Chase dismissed Sibley for 120 runs off 372 balls. The slow and steady innings come to an end after facing more than 60 overs.
Highest partnerships in Manchester (any wicket)
267 M Vaughan – G Thorpe 3rd wkt v Pak 2001
260 D Sibley – B Stokes 4th wkt v WI 2020 *
246 T Dexter – K Barrington 3rd wkt v Aus 1964
245 B Wyatt – F Woolley 3rd wkt v SA 1929
Ollie Pope joins hands with aggressive Stokes and continues the innings. But this duo fails to lead the innings as Ollie Pope lose his wicket to Roston Chase and return Pavillion for just 7 runs. England at this stage scored 352 runs for 5 wickets lost. It’s Jos Butler who then joins hands with Stokes
Day 2 Tea:
Before tea break, the hosts scored 378 runs for 5 wicket loss. Butler with a triple boundary in Roston Chase’s over dragged England to 395 runs.
Roach Back to Back Wickets:
With 5 runs away from reaching 400 England lose a couple of wickets. West Indies Roach ends the aggressive innings of Stokes. Stokes dismissed for 176 runs off 356 balls. Soon after his wicket the followed batsman Woakes too lose the wicket in very next ball from Roach.
England crossed 400 runs and Declared:
Sam Curran joins hands with Jos Buttler and dragged England past 400 runs mark. Buttler soon loses his wicket to Holder before scoring a half-century. Soon after his wicket England collapsed and England captain Root declared the innings for 469 runs with a wicket remaining to lose.
WI spinners taking 5-fers in England in the last 50 years
6/57 R Harper Manchester 1984
5/34 C Gayle Edgbaston 2004
5/172 R Chase this Test *
Most expensive 5-fers for WI
5/266 OC Scott v Eng Kingston 1929/30
5/179 S Shillingford v Ind Mumbai WS 2013/14
5/172 R Chase this Test *
West Indies 1st Innings:
With a mammoth target to chase West Indies starts their 1st Innings. Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell get in the crease as England’s Stuart Broad opens the attack on behalf of England.
Stuart Broad in Ashes 2019
vs LHB: 16 wickets @13.63 (SR 25.4)
vs RHB: 7 wickets @56.43 (SR 92.1)
Sam Curran dismissed John Campbell in an early stage of the innings where Campbell return Pavillion for 12 runs from 34 balls. West Indies lost their first wicket for just 16 runs.
Day 2 Stumps:
At the end of day 2, West Indies scored 32 runs for a wicket loss from 14 overs. Where Alzarri Joseph (14 from 18 balls) and Kraigg Brathwaite (6 from 32 balls).
Watch 2nd Test Day 2 Highlights:
Day 3 Called Off:
It’s raining in Old Trafford.
14:25 Local Time, 13:25 GMT, 18:55 IST: Still no signs of rain abating in Old Trafford.
16:05 Local Time, 15:05 GMT, 20:35 IST: Fair to say this was coming. The rain has had the last say and Day 3 has been called off without a ball being bowled. As things stand, England has 196 overs to bowl the visitors out twice and level the series at 1-1. It’s difficult to see West Indies winning from here, at best they would be happy if they can draw this Test and preserve their lead going into the decider.
Jofra Archer Back to 3rd Test:
A big boost for England with Jofra Archer being made available to play the final Test. He has been fined and warned by the ECB, but they haven’t gone further in imposing any sort of ban. ICYMI, he was ruled out of the ongoing Test for breaking the bio-secure bubble in between the last Test and this one.
On his way from Southampton to Manchester, the Hove-based bowler took a detour to his home in Sussex – which constituted as a breach in protocol.
Day 4 West Indies Batting:
The rain has done quite a favour for the visitors, it has not only taken time off the game but has also given the bowlers, who toiled hard for 162 overs, a much-needed rest. Now it is up to their batsmen to extend that relaxation period and ensure they need not worry about their fitness going into the final Test of the series.
The first target for them will be 270 which will make England bat again and almost ensure a draw. However, with the pitch assisting the bowlers and being under covers for an entire day will not make things easy. It will need the same kind of discipline they showed with the ball from their batsmen.
The players are out in the middle. Nasser Hussain rings the bell as Jerusalem plays in the background. Brathwaite marks his guard in typical Caribbean fashion by hammering the bail-in. Woakes to get us underway. Three slips and a gully in place. Ready to go.
West Indies Batsman Struggled to Score:
Woakes continues the attack against West Indies, soon after reaching 70 runs West Indies lose their second wicket. Dom Bess dismissed Alzarri Joseph for 32 runs off 53 balls.
On the other hand, Sam Curran loads pressure on the Windies batsman. Which made West Indies score 81 runs off 2 wickets lose before drinks break.
Kraigg Brathwaite’s Impressive Innings:
Kraigg Brathwaite joins hand with Shai Hope and dragged Windies to cross 100 in total. West Indies gets in-game as the players seem to have a good partnership where English bowlers were under pressure.
Day 4 Lunch:
England skipper Joe Root finished the first half of the day 4 with a maiden over.
A good session for the visitors, they added 86 runs for the loss of nightwatchman, Alzarri Joseph. The ball didn’t do a lot despite being under covers for a long time. Joseph set out trying to score runs, he was dropped early by Stokes, found a couple of edges flying past slips and then settled. On the other hand, Kraigg Brathwaite was happy to bide time.
It needed the introduction of spin and Dom Bess to break the stand – Joseph couldn’t deal with extra bounce and offered a simple catch to short-leg. That brought in Shai Hope and he has looked very solid. Brathwaite has gained in confidence and the scoreboard was kept busy. West Indies are still 152 runs adrift of avoiding the follow-on, but they would only be thinking of batting for a long time at this stage.
Kraigg Brathwaite Fifty:
After a short lunch break, Sam Curran continues the attack against West Indies and dismissed Windies Hope for 25 runs from 71 balls. Kraigg Brathwaite, on the other hand, executes an impressive inning by scoring his 19th Test fifty.
At this stage, West Indies scored 131 runs for 3 wickets lost.
It’s a new change in opening players of the England side as Stokes and Buttler get in the crease. Roach opens the attack.
This seems not to be a great idea for England as they lose Buttler in the first over of the match without scoring a run.
Zak Crawley joins hand with Stokes, soon this partnership too broke by Windies bowlers as Roach dismissed Zak Crawley for 11 runs.
Day 4 Stumps:
England lost 2 wickets for just 17 runs. England skipper gets in the crease and lifts total to 37 runs at the end of day 4.
Watch Day 4 Highlights:
Day 5 England Batting:
England Declared the innings:
Ben Stokes and Joe Root continues the innings as England already secured a good spot in lead. After 10 overs England scored 56 runs for 2 wicket loss.
After 15 overs England scored 90 runs in their second innings where Alzarri Joseph dismissed England skipper Joe Root for 22 runs from 33 balls.
After England skippers wicket Ollie Pope joins hands with aggressive Stokes and dragged England to 129 runs. After which the declaration has come from England, giving themselves 85 overs to get West Indies out.
Ollie Pope(12 for 7) and Stokes (78 from 57) remains undefeated in the yard.
Five times previously WI have lost the Test after starting their fourth innings on the fifth day.
(Overs played out by them in these instances)
34.3 v Eng Edgbaston 1963
83.5 v SL Kandy 2001/02
70.1 v Ban Arnos Vale 2009
82.2 v NZ Bridgetown 2014
47.3 v Ind Gros Islet 2016
Most sixes in Test cricket (among current players):
74 – Ben Stokes**
72 – Tim Southee
61 – Angelo Mathews
56 – David Warner
52 – Rohit Sharma
52 – Ross Taylor
West Indies 2nd Innings:
West Indies is in need to score 312 off a minimum of 85 overs. Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell gets in the crease. Kraigg Brathwaite is on strike. Broad opens the attack against West Indies.
Broad continues his aggressiveness as in the first innings and dismissed John Campbell foe just 4 runs and gave the England’s much needed start.
Windies Struggled to score:
West Indies struggled to score as their another opener Kraigg Brathwaite too lose his wicket to Woakes and return Pavillion when he scored just 12 runs off 23 balls.
Broad in the next over dismissed Shai Hope for 7 runs which lands West Indies in danger zone as their top order batsman fails to give the much needed partnership.
At the end of 10 overs West Indies scored 24 runs for 3 wicket loss.
Half a day over YES it’s time for Lunch!! West Indies struggles to score and may tries to draw the match by restricting the wicket loss.
Broad Scatters Windies Dreams:
Roston Chase and Shamarh Brooks gets in the crease post lunch and seems to have a new determination. But their plans scatters when Broad bowled and dismissed Roston Chase for 6 runs.
Jermaine Blackwood joins hands with Shamarh Brooks for the next wicket. Blackwood hits a impressive triple boundary in Sam Curran’s over which gave Windies a hope to survive.
This duo stands and drags Windies towards a good score as Windies scored 86 runs for the same 4 wicket loss before drinks break. And this duo drags Windies to reach 100 runs in total.
This duo continues to slam England bowlers and leads West Indies to score 122 where Blackwood lists a fifty under his name. In the same Dom Bess’s over Brooks too reached his half century.
Game Changes in favour for England:
But soon Stokes shows up and dismissed Blackwood for 55. Woakes on the other hand dismissed Dowrich for duck and registered his 100th Test wicket.
Windies skipper Jason Holder joins hands with Shamarh Brooks and drags windies to score 161 runs in total and loose his wicket to Sam Curran and return Pavillion by scoring 62 runs off 136 balls.
England Won the Second Test:
Windies skipper and Roach are at the crease soon the west Indies starts to loose their lower order wickets in a regular interval and wind up with a score of 198 runs.
England won the second test by 113 runs and equals the three Test series as 1-1.
This is the sixth time WI have lost a Test after starting their fourth innings on the fifth day
v Eng Edgbaston 1963
v SL Kandy 2001/02
v Ban Arnos Vale 2009
v NZ Bridgetown 2014
v Ind Gros Islet 2016
v Eng Manchester 2020*
Wins for England against other teams
110 vs Aus (351 Tests)
64 vs SA (153)
50 vs WI (159) *
48 vs NZ (105)
47 vs Ind (122)
Watch Day 5 Highlights:
Joe Root (England) | Winning captain: It was a brilliant week of cricket. From the outset making 400 for the third time in four games was great. From that point on in this game, we just drove the game on. At the start of the day all three results were possible and it was great to finish on top. [On Sibley’s batting] I mean that’s exactly what we want from him – to go out there and make that big contribution and then Stokes just keeps getting better and better.
He went through a range of gears and played the situation. He doesn’t surprise me, if you watch how he goes about his business in training and practice, he leads the way. He just wants to get better and better and it is great for a lot of young guys coming in to see that. [On Broad’s comments after the last game] You expect that from Stuart. When he says something you expect him to back it up.
He put up a great performance in the first innings and today as well. We always feel that he has a long career ahead. [Selection for the next game] That was always going to be the case with the ball. It’s the first time we have so many options available. It is a good headache and a fantastic position to be in as a team.
Jason Holder (West Indies) | Losing captain: We’re disappointed with the result. We have let ourselves down. England played a good game of cricket so they deserve all the credit. We could have stretched the game yesterday, but that’s when we let ourselves down and lost wickets in clusters. England bowlers challenged our batters a lot, stuck to their tasks, and held their lengths. The batters got caught in the crease; we need to get forward or back and make sure we are decisive about playing or leaving and also with our footwork.
We have a few days left to ponder these things. It’s a short-term problem, honestly. We need to understand scenarios better. English bowlers tend to bowl long spells, so we need more grit and trust our defences for longer. No regrets about the toss, Stokes and Sibley deserve the credit for their innings. I remember we passed the bat a few times and put down chances, and we need to make sure that doesn’t happen in the final Test. We are experienced enough.
After a long layoff, we are getting used to the workload, and we just have to see how the bowlers pull up before the last game. We are here to fight, I know the guys are feeling this loss, and we’ll give it everything in this last game.