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England's Slender Lead Gives Visitors Hope of Producing Favourable Result

In a seesaw battle between England and the West Indies, the scales seem to be tilting in favour of the visitors, after they bagged two crucial wickets in the second session of day four at Southampton on Saturday.

Cricketnext Staff |July 11, 2020, 8:53 PM IST
England's Slender Lead Gives Visitors Hope of Producing Favourable Result

In a seesaw battle between England and the West Indies, the scales seem to be tilting in favour of the visitors, after they bagged two crucial wickets in the second session of day four at Southampton on Saturday.

While England were looking comfortable coming into the session at 102/1, things changed quite dramatically for them, right after Dominic Sibley brought up his well-deserved fifty. In a over by Shannon Gabriel, he chopped on one to the stumps, but was saved as the bowler had bowled a no ball.

But in the same over he ran out of luck, as he edged one going down the leg side, and was dismissed for 50. Though after his falls, Joe Denly and Crawley did put a partnership of 38, but the former did throw his wicket away after all the hard-work he had done for 29.

These small partnerships did ensure that England wiped off the deficit with ease, but that also meant that they don't have enough on the board -- 54 for the loss of three -- to feel safe.

Earlier, At lunch, England were 79 for 1, trailing West Indies by 35 runs.

England started the day 15 for no loss after having conceded a 114-run lead in the first innings. Their batting had collapsed in the first innings but did much better in the second, thanks to a solid opening partnership.

West Indies started with Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel, who bowled probing spells initially. Roach in particular tested Sibley's off-stump - Sibley was bowled without offering a shot in the first innings - regularly but the batsman showed good judgment.

Gradually, they chipped away at West Indies' lead. Sibley held one end firmly while Burns comparatively quicker, putting the bad balls away.

At the end of the first hour, England were 62 for no loss.

The pitch wasn't doing many tricks and the sun was out, which worked in England's advantage as well. West Indies took to spin early - Roston Chase was got on after the opening bowlers. He got some spin but nothing could threaten the English openers.

Jason Holder too maintained discipline, and got a few balls to bounce awkwardly; one delivery kicked up from back of length and even hit Sibley on his elbow.

England seemed set to go till lunch without any loss when a poor shot cost Burns his wicket. He cut a short and wide ball from Chase straight to point, falling for 42.

Over the first three days, England were bowled out for 204 in their first innings and West Indies responded with 318. Holder was the pick of the bowlers in the first innings with 6 for 42 while Gabriel for 4 for 62.

Kraigg Brathwaite and Shane Dowrich scored half-centuries to lead West Indies' reply. Captain Ben Stokes got four wickets while James Anderson got three.

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